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ACADEMIC SKILLS PROGRAM (English Language and Key Skills)

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English Language is the business language of the petroleum industry throughout the world. Knowledge of English Language and the ability to communicate in English is key to success in the petroleum industry, so all programs at SPSP are delivered through the medium of English.

All applicants to SPSP are assessed in English Language and Mathematics prior to entering the Year 1 Academic Skills Program. Students are placed according to their English Language ability on entry to SPSP.

The SPSP English Language program is delivered from Level 2 – Level 5, and the program delivers English Language training within a technical context. Delivery is based around the most up to date published English Language texts, and focuses on the kind of English Language required for entry to vocational technical training programs, and for job-entry to the petroleum services industry. Delivery of the program is through integrated four-skills development; speaking, listening, reading and writing. All assessment is four-skills assessment, and the emphasis is on what students can Do with their English i.e. competency-based assessment. Students are strongly encouraged to communicate in English at all times, and all Key Skills classes in Mathematics, Health and Safety and IT Studies are delivered entirely through English Language.

The Academic Skills Program includes out of class Project Work, non classroom-based learning activities, extra curricula learning activities such as Speak Up Club, as well as offering remedial training to students who need it.

Successful completion of the SPSP Academic Skills Program is a pre-requisite for entry to SPSP Job-Skills Training in Year 2.

LEVEL 2 (English within a Technical Context)

  • Numbers and Spelling
  • Making requests
  • Checking and Clarifying
  • Describing Facilities and Materials
  • Functions and Dimensions
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Safety Warnings
  • Locations
  • Problems, Solutions and Repairs
  • Functions and Control Panels
  • Reporting Damage
  • People and Nationalities
  • Asking For Help, Directions
  • Instructions and Experiments
  • Maintenance
  • Health & Safety and Machinery

LEVEL 3 (English within a Technical Context)

  • Units
  • Jobs
  • Measurements and Corrections
  • Project Plans
  • Gadgets
  • Performance and Troubleshooting
  • Numbers
  • Rules, Regulations and Safety Hazards
  • Describing Equipment
  • Instructions and Warnings
  • Directions, Dimensions and Quantities
  • Schedules and Logistics
  • Machine Parts
  • Comparing Options
  • Progress Updates
  • Materials
  • Explaining Outcomes

LEVEL 4 (English within a Technical Context)

  • Units
  • Giving Basic Information
  • Key Petroleum Terminology
  • Numbers, Calculating, Measuring and Dimensions
  • Shapes, Sizes and Materials
  • Describing Equipment and Tools
  • Giving and Following Instructions
  • Describing Controls
  • Giving and Understanding Warnings, Instructions and Advice
  • Describing Systems
  • Using Process and Instrument Drawings
  • Measuring Flow
  • Talking About Safety
  • Making Comparisons
  • Describing Processes and Procedures

LEVEL 5 (English within a Technical Context)

  • Units
  • Writing E-mails and written communications
  • Technical descriptions
  • Mechanisms and machine parts vocabulary
  • Explaining processes
  • Dealing with visitors – welcomes, greetings, farewells
  • Planning and making comparisons
  • Equipment documentation
  • Reporting accidents
  • Properties of materials and Inventions
  • Explaining how. Making conversation
  • Making predictions and weighing up alternatives
  • Handling complaints and describing damage
  • Reporting progress
  • Technical writing
  • Getting organized and Faults and Hazards
  • Security and Discussing Risks

LEVEL 6 (English within a Technical Context)

  • Follow and extract key details from a conversation, talk or lecture.
  • Locate and understand details in a narrative, description or explanation.
  • Recognize the main idea(s) in texts of more than one paragraph.
  • Give a short talk about a piece of equipment or technology.
  • Describe the use or function of a device and / or how it works.
  • Complete work related documents such as forms, tables and notes.  
  • Understand and organize a series of written or aural instructions.
  • Give a series of instructions to explain a short procedure.
  • Write a product design specification report.
  • Recognize and / or explain the different stages of a process.
  • Complete work related documents such as forms, tables and notes.  
  • Identify the main gist of a work-related conversation.
  • Participate in a meeting, take notes and exchange opinions.
  • Compare and contrast different systems.
  • Describe and / or write about a work-related incident.
  • Ask and answer questions about a work-related incident.
  • Write a product comparison or a risk assessment report.
  • Design & deliver a work-related proposal.
  • Complete work related documents such as forms, tables and notes.  
  • Give a definition of an item in terms of its function, appearance and properties.
  • Participate in a meeting, make notes and exchange opinions.
  • Describe how a system works.
  • Order and / or summarise the sections of a technical report.
  • Identify and / or describe possible causes of an accident or incident.
  • Write an incident or test report.

Health and Safety

  • Driver safety
  • Introduction to Health & Safety
  • Fire safety
  • PPE
  • COSHH
  • Manual handling
  • First Aid
  • Working from heights
  • Electrical Safety
  • Reporting Accidents

Technical Maths

  • Review of Operations with Fractions
  • Signed Numbers and Powers of 10
  • The Metric system
  • Measurements
  • Polynomials: Introduction to Algebra
  • Equations and Formulas
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Graphing Linear Equations
  • Systems of Linear Equations
  • Geometry
  • Right Triangle Trigonometry
  • Basic Statistics

Aramco Academic Training Program Level 2-6 (English Language)

Level

Skill

Content

E2E

Listening & Speaking

 Interactions Access Listening and Speaking [Emily Thrush, Robert Baldwin and Laurie Blass] McGrawHill    [2009]

Writing & reading

 Interactions Access Reading and Writing [Pamela Hartmann, James Mentel and Ahmed Motala] McGrawHill  [2009]

Grammar

 Interactions Access Grammar [Milada Broukal] McGrawHill  [2009]

Vocabulary

 Vocabulary and Reading 2E [Saudi Aramco] 2009

E3E

Listening & Speaking

 Interactions 1 Listening and Speaking [Judith Tanka and Paul Most] McGrawHill  [2009]

Reading

 Interactions 1 Reading [Elaine Kirn and Pamela Hartmann]  McGrawHill  [2009]

Writing

 Interaction 1 Writing [Cheryl Pavlik and Margaret Keenan Segal] McGrawHill [2009]

Grammar

 Interaction 1 Grammar [Elaine Kirn and Darcy Jack] McGrawHill  [2009]

Vocabulary

 Vocabulary and Reading 3E [Saudi Aramco] 2009

E4E

Listening & Speaking

 Interactions 2 Listening and Speaking [Judith Tanka and Lida Baker] McGrawHill  [2009]

Reading

 Interactions 2 Reading [Elaine Kirn and Pamela Hartmann]  McGrawHill  [2009]

Writing

 Interaction 2 Writing [Cheryl Pavlik and Margaret Keenan Segal] McGrawHill  [2009]

Grammar

 Interaction 2 Grammar [Patricia K. Werner and John P. Nelson] McGrawHill  [2009]

Vocabulary

 Vocabulary and Reading 4E [Saudi Aramco] 2009

E5E

Listening & Speaking

Tapestry 1 Listening and Speaking [Rebecca L. Oxford and Susana Christie] Heinle Language Learning [2005]

Reading

 1- Tapestry 1 Reading [Rebecca L. Oxford and M.E. Sokolik] Heinle Language Learning [2005]

 2- English E5E Reading Sub-Technical [Saudi Aramco] 2007

Writing

 English E5E Writing Sub-Technical [Saudi Aramco] 2007

Grammar

 Understanding and Using English Grammar second edition volume A [Betty Schrampfer Azar] Prentice Hall  Regents [2007]

E6E

Listening & Speaking

1- Tapestry 2 Listening and Speaking [Rebecca L. Oxford, Susana Christie, Mary McVey Gill and Pamela Hartmann] Heinle Language Learning [2005]

2- Tapestry 3 Listening and Speaking [Rebecca L. Oxford, Susana Christie, Mary McVey Gill and Pamela Hartmann] Heinle Language Learning [2005]

Reading

 1- Tapestry 2 Reading [Rebecca L. Oxford, M.E. Sokolik and Michael Ryall] Heinle Language Learning  [2005]

 2- English E6E Reading Sub-Technical [Saudi Aramco] 2007

 3- Tapestry 3 Reading [Rebecca L. Oxford, M.E. Sokolik and Michael Ryall] Heinle Language Learning  [2005]

Writing

 English E6E Writing Sub-Technical [Saudi Aramco] 2007

Grammar

 Understanding and Using English Grammar second edition volume B [Betty Schrampfer Azar] Prentice Hall  Regents [2007]

 

Aramco Academic Training Program Level 3-6 (English Language)

Level

Skill

Content

E3E

Listening & Speaking

 Interactions 1 Listening and Speaking [Judith Tanka and Paul Most] McGrawHill  [2009]

Reading

 Interactions 1 Reading [Elaine Kirn and Pamela Hartmann]  McGrawHill  [2009]

Writing

 Interaction 1 Writing [Cheryl Pavlik and Margaret Keenan Segal] McGrawHill [2009]

Grammar

 Interaction 1 Grammar [Elaine Kirn and Darcy Jack] McGrawHill  [2009]

Vocabulary

 Vocabulary and Reading 3E [Saudi Aramco] 2009

E4E

Listening & Speaking

 Interactions 2 Listening and Speaking [Judith Tanka and Lida Baker] McGrawHill  [2009]

Reading

 Interactions 2 Reading [Elaine Kirn and Pamela Hartmann]  McGrawHill  [2009]

Writing

 Interaction 2 Writing [Cheryl Pavlik and Margaret Keenan Segal] McGrawHill  [2009]

Grammar

 Interaction 2 Grammar [Patricia K. Werner and John P. Nelson] McGrawHill  [2009]

Vocabulary

 Vocabulary and Reading 4E [Saudi Aramco] 2009

E5E

Listening & Speaking

 Tapestry 1 Listening and Speaking [Rebecca L. Oxford and Susana Christie] Heinle Language Learning  [2005]

Reading

 1- Tapestry 1 Reading [Rebecca L. Oxford and M.E. Sokolik] Heinle Language Learning [2005]

 2- English E5E Reading Sub-Technical [Saudi Aramco] 2007

Writing

 English E5E Writing Sub-Technical [Saudi Aramco] 2007

Grammar

 Understanding and Using English Grammar second edition volume A [Betty Schrampfer Azar] Prentice Hall  Regents [2007]

E6E

Listening & Speaking

1-      Tapestry 2 Listening and Speaking [Rebecca L. Oxford, Susana Christie, Mary McVey Gill and Pamela Hartmann] Heinle Language Learning [2005]

2-      Tapestry 3 Listening and Speaking [Rebecca L. Oxford, Susana Christie, Mary McVey Gill and Pamela Hartmann] Heinle Language Learning [2005]

Reading

 1- Tapestry 2 Reading [Rebecca L. Oxford, M.E. Sokolik and Michael Ryall] Heinle Language Learning  [2005]

 2- English E6E Reading Sub-Technical [Saudi Aramco] 2007

 3- Tapestry 3 Reading [Rebecca L. Oxford, M.E. Sokolik and Michael Ryall] Heinle Language Learning  [2005]

Writing

 English E6E Writing Sub-Technical [Saudi Aramco] 2007

Grammar

 Understanding and Using English Grammar second edition volume B [Betty Schrampfer Azar] Prentice Hall  Regents [2007]

 

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