The Bridging Program helps prospective students prepare for graduate study conducted in English at AIT. Since its implementation in 1993 under Sida support, it has been helping to strengthen participants’ English proficiency and academic abilities, specifically by developing their potential to plan and carry out research work and their confidence and skills to undertake self-directed learning. While a member of the Bridging Program, you will live and learn in an English-speaking environment, become accustomed to the way things work at AIT, and begin to feel at home in AIT’s multicultural community. The length of the Bridging Program is eight weeks.
Bridging Program Schedule
Duration: 4 June – 26 July 2019 (8 weeks)
Time: 9:00 – 16:00
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org to register now.
We will contact you concerning the status of your application as soon as possible. Please allow one month before the beginning of the program: this is necessary for processing visas.
The aim of the Bridging Program at AIT is to prepare students who are limited users of English for graduate level academic programs conducted in English and life at AIT. Here is a list of specific objectives:
To improve students’ general English proficiency for oral and written communication
To familiarize student with English in academic contexts and the resources available to guide their usage
To help them develop independent study and learning strategies
To become attentive participants in lecture and discussion courses
To introduce different types of assessment and test-taking strategies
To utilize texts, spoken and written, for academic purposes as sources of knowledge, support for arguments, etc.
To familiarize them with the genre and the discourse of their study fields and to cite and refer to sources responsibly
To become adept at using word-processing and other relevant software packages
To engage in investigate research projects
To produce technical reports and reviews of literature on topics related to their fields of study
Bridging Students are immersed in a variety of social as well as academic situations such as seminars, meetings, interviews, lectures and collaborative group projects, while also developing their independent learning skills by constructing and carrying out individual study plans. Where a need for undergraduate coursework is identified, foundation courses are arranged. The course are conducted in English following the Western format of presentation plus discussion with regular assignments and periodic testing.
Each Bridging Program module consists of a selection of the courses listed below:
Bridging Forum: To build camaraderie, a cooperative work ethic and English for daily life, and activities are planned throughout the 8 weeks.
Writing Skills: Fundamentals of grammar; academic and technical vocabulary and devices; lecture comprehension and note-taking methods; writing about data and processes. Coherence and Cohesion through work on sentence and paragraph structure and linking; patterns of organization, the essay.
Handling Academic: Text Handling content presented in textbooks, research reports, abstracts and journal articles. Basic reading skills of skimming and scanning, identifying main ideas, and outlining for summarizing; library and internet search. Sources are critically evaluated and comparisons of different authors on the same topic are developed.
Foundation Studies: Integrated into a seminar approach to covering major themes such as gender, sustainability, climate change, etc. are tasks for applying academic skills including text analysis and critique of journal articles and technical reports; evaluating arguments; presenting the ideas of others; paraphrasing, summarizing, referencing and citing.
Introduction to Field of Study: AIT students resource person meet with Bridging participants who will be entering their own field of study. In addition, introductory coursework in pre-requisite subjects are determined by AIT fields or areas of study. On the basis of identifiable needs, lecture series plus discussion sections will be arranged to bridge gaps in undergraduate preparation in relevant areas. E.g.: mathematics, statistics, social science, economics, computer programming skills, biology etc.
Communication Skills: Discussion and debate; principles of effective presentations; listening-to-self and remedies; interviewing techniques; elements of good visuals for graphic presentation of information; presentation of frameworks; peer learning, teamwork and peer review.
Research Reporting: Students produce a ‘term paper’ or extended essay on a topic related to their work or future study. They are guided through stages of the writing process from early ideas through writing up of the various sections and on to final editing and proof reading. Proper formatting of the test papers they generate following the AIT style guide is covered hands-on.
Project – group work
Extending Writing Assignments
AIT English Entry Test on entry/exit