All Ph.D students at SUT are required to pass the English Proficiency Test (EPT) or to successfully complete the Graduate English Programme before they are allowed to graduate. Those students who fail the EPT are assigned to GE1, GE2 or GE3 depending on their performance in the test. The main purpose of the GE courses is to develop students’ academic reading skills, but students are also required to practise basic conversational skills (GE1), find the main points of a text (GE2) and write a summary of a text (GE3). All students in GE2 and GE3 are also required to make a short presentation on a topic of general technical interest and to use the appropriate language for making presentations. The GE courses consist of 3 hours’ teaching for 12 weeks plus a homework assignment each week. Students must obtain an overall score of a minimum of 60% for all their examinations and assignments. Those who obtain 60% or over receive ‘Satisfactory’ (S) while those who obtain less than 60% receive ‘Unsatisfactory’(U). Only two of the three GE courses are offered each term.