Course Description

Subject Description


Foundation Year, Semester 1


FY105 Public Administration

Public Administration is an academic discipline that studies the implementation of government policy and prepares civil servants for working in the public service. Its fundamental goal is to advance management and policies so that government can function. The subject also focuses on the management of public programs, and the translation of politics into the reality that citizens see every day. In other words, Public Administration is centrally concerned with the organization of government policies and programmes as well as the behavior of officials (usually non-elected) formally responsible for their conduct.


FY106 Core English

This subject focuses on the improvement of student’s macro skills: reading, listening, writing, speaking, and knowledge of grammar, e.g. the tense system, gerunds and question forms. It also stresses the ability in using more complicated vocabulary. Necessary sub-skills are included in the syllabus in order to help students communicate effectively (i.e. presentation skills, important techniques in communications, body language, etc.).


FY106 Office Application

Office Application is intended to introduce students to basic office applications useful for office work (i.e. Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). It is to do with a spreadsheetapplication. That is, the study involves calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications. This enables graduates to use basic office applications for the sake of their work administrations.


FY105 Cultural Studies

This subject examines basic cultural and social aspects of humanity such as how to strengthen family relations, roles of family, impacts of agriculture on certain cultures, international education systems, basic model of world economies, government structures, rules of law and crime reduction, population growths, or environmental pollution, etc. In addition, the course also takes the enhancement of English proficiency into account, introducing new English vocabularies, idiomatic expressions, slangs, and sentence structures commonly found in cultural and social aspects.


WS114103 Writing Skills

This subject is designed to develop students’ academic writing skills by having them engaged in such basic writing knowledge of English as types of phrases and sentences, sentence formation, how to avoid common mistakes in English writing, and other important elements contributing the formation of correct and formal language. The subject is primarily aimed to provide the students with practical information about the essential conventions of academic writing and to improve the students’ academic writing skills through frequent practice.


Foundation Year, Semester 2


FY208 Core English

            (See FY106)


FY205 Literature Studies

The main aim of the subject is to assist students in becoming effective, independent readers with a capacity to analyze and respond critically to what they read. It provides intensive, extensive practice in reading and speaking, and in analysis of language, which complements the Core English subject. Students will also develop knowledge of major literary genres of English literature and an ability to identify linguistic features of texts (both fiction and non-fiction).


FY206 Khmer Studies

The subject concentrates on the study of Khmer civilization, traditional ways of lives, the expected behaviors, attitudes, and norms of Cambodian people of both ancient and contemporary societies. It also focuses on the history of Cambodia: civil wars and conflicts, social tendency, the development of Cambodia, and other similar matters.

FY207 Social Studies

The subject deals with the study of people in relation to their past, their environment and their society. The study helps students to develop their personal, family, ethnic and cultural identities; to make informed and reasoned decisions about their classroom, the school and the world; and to understand themselves in relation to the past, the environment and society.


WS114208 Writing Skills

(See WS114103)


Year 2, Semester 1


CE114311 Core English

(See FY106)


WS114312 Writing Skills

The subject introduces students to paragraph writing before involving them with intensive practice of paragraph writing. In doing so, students are first introduced to the basic definition, parts, and structure of a paragraph. They are also supposed to learn how to write topic sentence, supporting sentences, and concluding sentence. Then, students are involved with paragraph writing practices that include a main idea, or topic. This aims to help students write effective paragraphs.


LS114313 Literature Studies

            (See FY205)


CS114314 Cultural Studies

            (See FY105)


Year 2, Semester 2


CE114415 Core English

(See FY106)


WS114416 Writing Skills

The subject focuses on essay writing. Students are introduced to the basic definition, parts, and structure of a paragraph. They are also exposed to the different types of essay and how to write each one accordingly. Furthermore, students are supposed to learn types of each paragraph in an essay: introductory paragraph, supporting paragraphs, and concluding paragraph. Follow-up activities are given to encourage students to learn and involve them with practice.


LS114417 Literature Studies

(See FY205)


CS114418 Cultural Studies

(See FY105)


Year 3, Semester 1


CE114519 Core English

(See FY106)


WS114520 Writing Skills

The subject is designed to cover necessary lessons that are the prerequisites to research studies in the following semester (WS114624). It involves useful techniques in paraphrasing and summarizing information, how to cite sources, how to write both in-text citation and referencing of APA Style. Students are supposed to learn how to use someone’s work in theirs in an academic way by giving credit to the original author and, as a result, avoiding plagiarism. That is, the subject aims to provide students with basic knowledge that enables them to study and/or do research successfully.


LS114521 Literature Studies

(See FY205)


CS114522 Cultural Studies

(See FY105)


Year 3, Semester 2


CE114623 Core English

(See FY106)


WS114624 Writing Skills

As an introduction to research, the subject aims to introduce students to the basic concepts, designs, methods, and structure of research. The main contents include issues in research, reviewing literature, research design, research methodology, collecting data, research instruments, analyzing data, and writing research report. The knowledge from the study enables students to use basic concepts in research, write workable research proposals, and do research projects.


LS114625 Literature Studies

            (See FY205)


CS114626 Cultural Studies

(See FY105)


Year 4, Semester 1


TM114727 Teaching Methodology

The subject examines the most recent advances in teaching theory, teaching methods and the various instructional options for implementing teaching approaches effectively in second or foreign language classrooms. In Cambodian EFL context, where the knowledge of teaching English as a foreign language is necessary for the development of communicative English, and in response to the course aims/objectives, the subject plays an important role in providing graduates with basic knowledge of how to ensure effective teaching. This therefore prepares students to work effectively as ESL/EFL teachers.  


AL114728 Applied Linguistics

The subject aims to provide students with a wealth of knowledge about language, from uses of a language’s sound system to create meaning, to factors that affect language learning, to knowledge of how people structure conversations, and to ways of using language to signal membership in particular language communities, among other issues. It plays a major and integral role in teacher education and teaching programs around the world, and it is prominent in any discussion of language teacher education and teaching.


FE114729 Foundations of Education

As the name suggests, the subject brings students relevant disciplinary resources to bear in developing interpretive, normative, and critical perspectives on education, both inside and outside of schools. That is, it promotes analysis of the meaning and effects of educational institutions, including schools. It also assists students in examining and explaining education in light of value orientations. Importantly, the subject assists students to develop inquiry skills, to question educational assumptions and arrangements, and to identify contradictions and inconsistencies among social and educational values, policies, and practices.


Year 4, Semester 2


TM114830 Teaching Methodology

(See TM114727)


AL114831 Applied Linguistics

(See AL114728)


FE114832 Foundations of Education

(See FE114729)


Teaching Practicum

Teaching Practicum is the demonstration of teaching activities conducted by students. It is designed to give them supervised practical application of previously or concurrently studied ESL/EFL theories. In the practicum, students are required to conduct peer teaching and/or real teaching in a real classroom. This gives them opportunities to apply the teaching methodology they have just learnt into real practices. From the practicum teaching, students receive constructive feedbacks from their peers, teacher and/or supervisor. This helps prepare them to be an ESL/EFL teacher.  

Comprehensive Exam

This is the very final and most important exam that marks the graduation of students. It is administered at the end of the course and invigilated by the Exam Committee of AEU and invigilators from MoEYS. The content of the exam comprehensively covers important points of the whole course. To graduate the course, it is compulsory for students to pass the exam.

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