HUMA 102


6 exercise hours

2  ECTS credits

Academic English

Abstract

  •  Introduction to Academic English is a course catering for the language needs of students who are able to function in an academic environment but have certain deficiencies in oral/written communication.

    The course is designed to brush up on basic language and academic skills.

    It highlights the importance of improving the different language skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as the language content of grammar and vocabulary. All skills are integrated and presented in an academic context. Students learn to write paragraphs, read critically, listen to lectures and take notes, use grammar effectively, and become more effective learners.

Outline

  •  I. Given a topic, students will be able to:
      A. Generate ideas with an accuracy level of 90%.
      B. Organize their ideas into a structured outline with an accuracy level of 90%.
      C. Produce a coherent paragraph made up of a topic sentence, supporting details, and a

    conclusion with an accuracy level of 85%.

    D. Use correct sentence structure, appropriate vocabulary, and appropriate transitions

    in writing with an accuracy level of 85%.

    E. Produce a coherent well written academic essay with an accuracy level of 70%

    II. Given an academic passage of 400 – 600 words, students will be able to:
      A. Recognize main ideas with an accuracy level of 100%.
      B. Identify specific details with an accuracy level of 100%.
      C. Recognize implied main ideas with an accuracy level of 100%.
      D. Distinguish between main ideas and supporting details with an accuracy level of 95%.
      E. Identify meaning of vocabulary from context with an accuracy level of 90%. 
      F. Distinguish fact from opinion with an accuracy level of 100%.

    III. A. Given a mini-lecture or a long conversation, students will be able to:
    1. Identify the topic with an accuracy level of 100%.
    2. Recognize the main idea with an accuracy level of 100%.
    3. Identify specific info with an accuracy level of 100%.
    4. Identify pros and cons with an accuracy level of 100%.
    6. Comprehend speech acts with an accuracy level of 100%.
    7. Take notes about the lecture with an accuracy level of 85%.
    B. Given a situation, students will be able to:
         1. Produce fluent, comprehensible, accurate spoken English in presentations with an
    accuracy level of 90%.

        2. Produce fluent, comprehensible, accurate spoken English in interviews with an  accuracy level of 90%.

Goals

  •  A. Writing

    • Applying the writing process

    • Formulating a well-constructed paragraph

    • Writing a well- constructed essay

    B. Reading

    • Skimming for main ideas

    • Identifying implied main ideas

    • Scanning for specific information

    • Differentiating between main and supporting ideas

    • Using clues to determine the meaning of new words

    • Distinguishing fact from opinion

    • Making inferences based on info in the passage 

    C. Listening/Speaking

    Listening

    • Comprehending conversations and long discussions in social and academic contexts and academic lectures

    • Understanding culturally appropriate expressions of:

    • Taking and organising notes that could be used as the basis for class discussion and activities

    Speaking

    • Speaking fluently and comprehensibly in social and academic contexts

    • Practicing spoken language through interview simulation

    • Demonstrating acquired speaking skills through small group presentations

    D. Grammar

    • Understanding the difference between the meaning, form and use of different grammatical forms

    • Speaking grammatically

    • Writing grammatically

    • Using grammar in understanding academic texts

     

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