English Communication Skills
The English Communication Skills Program at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), Dekwaneh Campus, is a mirror program of the English Department at the Main Campus (Al Kurah), with the same requirements for entry. The same courses are offered at FHS as well as on the Main Campus, with close coordination.
Students may take their English courses at either the Main Campus (Al Kurah), the Dekwaneh Campus (Beirut), or the Souk el Garb Campus (Aley).
The English Communication Skills Program is involved in many diverse activities alongside its academic offerings. Activities are intended to contribute to the University’s mission of preparing students to achieve reliable communication and language skills and to develop a critical and reflective appreciation of the local and world literary and cultural heritage. They have included public speaking competitions, theatre productions, scrabble competitions, and hosting of guest speakers.
Since 2004, the FHS has participated in the National Public Speaking Competition, a yearly competition organized by the English Speaking Union (ESU) and funded by the HSBC Bank. Ms. Nayiri Baboudjian, herself an ESU alumnus, has trained more than a half dozen students to participate in this event. Three of her students (Ms. Loren Eid in 2004, Mr. Jad Khoury in 2008, and Mr. Moataz El Israwi in 2010) won the National Competition and made it to the London finals to participate in the International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC). In 2010, Mr Moataz El Israwi (Junior, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Pre-Med. student) won the international competition (IPSC), which took place at the HSBC headquarters in London.