English Access


The English-Access course is tailor-made to address the needs of many Namibian students who perform well in many academic courses at school level, but fail to obtain the minimum required C symbol in English to enroll at the University of Namibia. Since many schools in previously disadvantaged and under-resourced regions have poor English input to enable learners to attain the required symbols in English in order to pursue their further studies, the Language Centre is entrusted to respond to such needs through this course.

Course Structure

This course is pitched between the current ESL H/IGCSE and ESL IGCSE extended Cambridge curriculum. The following are themes, topics and general aims of the proposed E symbol English-Access course.

Reading and Writing

  • Understand a reading text and be able to express information in writing
  • Understand ideas and opinions from the text and be able to present them in writing /speaking in a logical order
  • Select relevant information from a reading text and use it for specific purposes
  • Communicate accurately and fluently in writing
  • Interpret and use a variety of vocabulary and writing styles in writing, speaking and listening
  • Select and evaluate information and use it for specific purposes in writing
  • Interpret a text by making use of your own ideas
  • Write by using other writers’ ideas in your own writing
  • Demonstrate the ability to extract information from a variety of texts
  • Analyse and synthesise information from given texts
  • Identify the purpose of different types of texts
  • Transfer information from texts
  • Describe and define concepts and give relevant information
  • Identify themes
  • Apply different lower and higher order reading skills
  • Write simple tasks, such as completing forms, writing postcards or formal and informal letters in an appropriate and accurate form of English in response to a written stimulus
  • Generate ideas and organise given material in a particular form
  • Predict forthcoming information
  • Write extended texts in the form of essays
  • Take notes

Listening and Speaking

  • Listen to a text and respond verbally
  • Identify facts, ideas and opinions in an oral presentation, and present them orally
  • Listen and select specific information
  • Communicate accurately and fluently according to the situation and audience
  • Identify and infer implied meaning
  • Present a prepared topic to an audience
  • Analyse and critique a text and present it orally
  • Demonstrate understanding of a variety of spoken discourses
  • Initiate and sustain a conversation
  • Listen and take notes
  • Make a coherent presentation based on a given topic using the appropriate presentation skills
  • Be conscious of different communication situations that demand different registers

Language Awareness

  • Exercise control of appropriate grammatical structures and lexis according to the situation
  • Use variety of vocabulary according to the situation
  • Write a coherent paragraph, taking into account punctuation and spelling
  • Use cohesive devices at sentence and paragraph level
  • Demonstrate command of essay writing skills


Scheme of assessment summary


Formative Assessment

In order to qualify for the examination, students should have attained a minimum continuous assessment mark of 50%.

Summative Assessment

Paper 1:Reading and Directed Writing 50%
Paper 2:Listening 20%
Paper 3:Oral (Coursework - assessment) 30%
Pass mark:50%
Total mark:100%

Course Duration

4 hours twice a week
Two (2) semesters

Offered at: Windhoek, Oshakati, Katima Mulilo, Rundu and Erongo Centres

Contact Us

Janey Joseph
+264 61 206 3280