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Foreign Language Courses

The English and Foreign Languages Department offers English as well as foreign languages courses to all BCA students to help them develop or improve their language skills for their working life in a globalised market.

Course Structure

Course Delivery Mode Hours per week
English Language and Study Skills 2 semesters 6 hours per week
Personal Development and Academic English 2 semesters 4  hours per week
September English Courses 1 month (September) 6-9 hours per week
English for Business Studies 2 semesters 2 hours per week
English for Maritime Studies 2 semesters 2 hours per week
IELTS preparation From 2 to 6 semesters 3 hours per week

Chinese

From 2 to 6 semesters 3 hours per week

Spanish

From 2 to 6 semesters 3 hours per week

 

English Language and Study Skills

This module is designed to help students develop all-four skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - through a range of activities which engage students and allow them to improve English in a thorough and stimulating way. It will also assist them to develop basic study & academic skills in order to facilitate their transition from High School to University Studies.

 

Personal Development and Academic English

This module is designed to equip students with key transferable as well as English language skills that will enable them to succeed in a competitive academic and managerial setting and cope with the increasing trend toward independent study and lifelong learning.

September English Courses

The students whose competence in English is still rather weak, will have the opportunity to attend an additional English language course in September  in order to improve their level. This course covers all skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing, including grammar and vocabulary.

English for Business Studies

This course is designed to help students understand and talk about key business, marketing and economic concepts. It covers a wide range of issues, including work and motivation, production, marketing, advertising, banking, business ethics, tourism industry, exchange rates and international trade. It also draws on authentic texts and real companies to present the most up-to-date and comprehensive language and terminology.

By the end of this course, students will have raised their overall level of English to the point where they can effectively understand academic texts and journals.

This course is open to all BCA students having a satisfactory command of English.

English for Maritime Studies

This course is designed to improve students’ knowledge of English for use in the shipping and academic environments. Students are expected to develop skills used mostly in a maritime context. The material covers a range of topics primarily from the shipping world, such as companies, meetings, organizational structure, regulations and leadership, without, however, excluding the academic side of management. It involves a number of reading skills such as predicting and extracting main ideas and understanding texts related to the maritime transportation industry. They will also develop their writing skills, such as presentation and report writing, based on real life shipping business cases.

By the end of this course, students will have improved their overall level of English to the point where they can effectively understand academic and shipping texts and lectures as well as express themselves in speech and writing.

This course is open to all BCA students having a satisfactory command of English.

IELTS preparation

Students will be prepared for the official IELTS exam, by understanding questions, improving task completions, building up interview techniques and improving their listening, writing and reading skills under exam conditions.

Chinese

This language course is designed to help students develop all four skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - through a range of stimulating activities. At the end of the sixth semester, students will have improved their competence in Chinese so they will be able to exchange information and express simple opinions in discussions with native speakers, understand main ideas and produce texts on familiar and routine topics.

Spanish

This language course is designed to help students develop all four skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - through a range of stimulating activities. At the end of the sixth semester, students will have improved their competence in Spanish so they will be able to exchange information and express simple opinions in discussions with native speakers, understand main ideas and produce texts on familiar and routine topics.

Programme Manager

Ms Marina Apostoliadi holds a master’s degree in English Language from University College of London and a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from University of Athens. She has also attended various seminars on  “Organizing and Managing Educational Institutions”, “Team Building”, “Personal Professional Development”, Τhe Art and Science of Negotiations” and “PR and Personal Marketing”. Her participation in the plays organized by BCA Drama Society as well as the seminars she has  attended regarding the Multi- Sensory Teaching Methods, the Role of Drama Games in Teaching and Learning Difficulties revealed new ways of thinking leading to the continuous pursuit and implementation of innovative teaching and learning strategies.
She has been the Head of the English Department at BCA since 1996 and in charge of the Academic Services Department of the Athens Campus since 2008, a department which was designed to empower students with all those skills required to respond successfully to the academic program of study they have chosen.
Some of the modules she teaches  are “English Language”, “Business English”, “IELTS preparation”, “Study skills” and “Personal Development”.