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Nelson Mandela Language Programme


Nelson Mandela Language Programme


Nelson Mandela Language Program

Learn English

as a Foreign Language

Semester Programmes

The NMMU Office for International Education Language Centre offer two seventeen-week English programms for you to choose from – both courses are offered twice a year:




July– November

If you would like to study a degree at NMMU then you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Your school results must meet NMMU’s entrance requirements
  • Pass the Pre-Intermediate English programme
Students should be aware that passing the Englisch programme does not mean they will automatically be accepted into a full degree programme.

Minimum English language entrance requirements of NMMU:


TOEFL(paper-based test) 570

TOEFL(computer-based test) 230


Common European Framework C1

Placement Testing

Students will complete an English placement test at the onset of the programme (at no extra cost) to determine their level of proficiency. Based on their test results, students will then be placed into either the Elementary or Pre-intermediate class.

  1. Elemantary English Programme

This programme is intended for students who are at elementary level. The course covers the basics in reading, writing, listening and speaking so that students can deal with everyday situations. As the course progresses, students should move from elementary to pre-intermediate level.

At the end of the programme students will be able to:

  • listen and process information related to immediate personal relevance
  • Read a variety of short,simple texts
  • Speak with increasing confidence on a range of familiar topics
  • Write short, simple texts related to areas of immediate needs
  • Apply basic grammatical structures

2. Pre-intermediate English Programme

This Programme is designed for students who do not meet the minimum language entrance requirements of NMMU

Aimed at students who are at pre-intermediate level, the programme is designed to improve proficiency levels to the extent that international students will be able to cope with English as a medium of instruction. Upon completion of the pre-intermediate programme the students will be at an intermediate plus level.

At the end of programme students will be able to:

  • listen and process information accurately anc critically 
  • Speak fluently, clearly, confidently and with an awereness of audience and situation 
  • Read a variety of texts with comprehension, enjoyment and critical awareness
  • Write purposefully and with increased accuracy
  • Apply grammatical structures and linguistic conventions

Further studies at NMMU:

  • During the English Programme students will be assisted with their application for further studies at NMMU.
  • Students should be aware that passing this programme does not mean they will automatically be accepted into a full degree programme.

Please note: There is no intake for undergraduate programmes in the second semester ( JULY ).

Students are assessed in the following ways:

  • Daily homework 
  • Portfolio of written work
  • Class tests(3 formal assessments during the course)


Final Examination

Speaking : 20 minutes – a face-to-face interview, answering questions, speaking at length on a familiar topic, interacting with the interview.

Listening : 45 minutes – recorded/spoken text(s) that may feature a mixture of monologues, conversations and a variety of accents.

Reading : 150 minutes- 2 to 3reading passages from a variety of texts.

  • Comprehension questions test the candidates ability to understand and use the information.
  • Language questions test the candidates knowledge and understanding of the rules uf usage ( practical and functional language skills and abilities).


Writing : 60 minutes – students answer one question.

Short Programme

The NMMU Office Internationa Education Language Centre offers an English language short course for English as a Second Language learners.

The supportive learning environment provided by our experienced teachers will incorporate fun activities and group work, giving you opportunities to practice your English skills throughout the day,

Outside the classroom:

Social, cultural and sporting activities are tailored according to the season, the local events calender, as well as your group’s specific needs.

Examples of events include: theatre visits, heritage tours, game drives, township tours, sports matches, African drumming workshops and quiz nights!

Short Programme breakdown:

  • 3 weeks – offered in January of every Jear.*
  • 54 hours of English (spread over the 3 weeks)
  • Cultural, social and sporting activities

The cost includes:

  • Teaching and course material 
  • Accomodation & Main Meals
  • Transport to classes and arranged activities
*Note :A minimum number of students are required for the course to take place.

Courses can also be built around a specific theme if requested.

Examples: Business and Industry, Spot or South African Culture

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