Course Details

Academic English

Academic English

Course Description*

In this course students will develop skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in an academic context needed for university study. The class consists of integrated skill units that develop academic language and critical thinking skills essential in academic contexts.  Lecture skill units provide authentic practice in listening to lectures and notetaking.

A minimum of 10 hours of out-of-class work will be required for this course and may include research, critical thinking exercises, assigned readings, individual and team presentations, essay writing, and debates. 

Class Dates: Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
Instructional Contact Hours: 4 weeks x 9 hours a week = 36 clock hours 4 weeks x 9 hours a week = 36 clock hours 4 weeks x 9 hours a week = 36 clock hours

Program Goal 

B: English language learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the content areas relative to professional settings.

Program Objective 

9 The student applies listening skills that demonstrate interpretation of spoken language in professional content areas.

10 The student engages in oral communication appropriate for instructional purposes in professional content areas.

11 The student applies reading skills that demonstrate interpretation of symbols and text in professional content areas.

12  The student applies writing skills that demonstrate writing for specific audiences in content areas.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to meet the following learning objectives. They include, but are not limited to:  

READING

  • Students will be able to utilize efficient strategies for research to be used in essay writing. (PO11)
  • Students will be able to employ contextual vocabulary strategies to aid comprehension. (PO11)
  • Students will be able to read for detail and take notes on such reading to enhance essays. (PO11)
  • Students will be able to recognize and avoid plagiarism. (PO11)
  • Students will be able to read figures and tables successfully. (PO11)

WRITING

  • Students will be able to support claims with evidence. (PO12)
  • Students will be able to practice paraphrasing and using quotes to avoid plagiarism. (PO12)
  • Students will be able to use in-text references and reporting verbs. (PO12)
  • Students will be able to appropriately apply hedging. (PO12)

LISTENING/SPEAKING

  • Students will be able to identify key terms in speeches. (PO9)
  • Students will be able to take informative and exhaustive notes on lectures. (PO9)
  • Students will be able to discern lecture aims to distinguish important points for note taking. (PO9)
  • Students will be able to make useful suggestions in group work. (PO10)
  • Students will be able to identify and successfully navigate a topic change. (PO9)

Tentative Course Outline

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Session Book Assignments/Homework Final Evaluation
1 Cambridge Academic English TBD Project/Test
2 Cambridge Academic English TBD Project/Test
3 Cambridge Academic English TBD Project/Test

Participation - Students are graded on how well they participate in class.  Participation includes but is not limited to thoughtful and active participation in group and pair work, asking and answering questions and being prepared, alert, and attentive in class. Being prepared includes completing assigned homework, which the instructor will review in class. Cell phone use, leaving the classroom for extended periods of time and sleeping in class will be counted against your participation grade.

 

Assignments (In-Class/Homework) - Students will be assigned approximately 5 hours of out-of-class work per week.  Assignments may include logs, vocabulary study, memorization and practice, assigned readings, sentence, paragraph or essay writing, grammar assignments, textbook or handout exercises, and other practical English usage exercises.

 

Tests - The tests assess student competency of the skills and units covered in the course.  The tests are created in-house but are based on the course text.

*Please note that this is a pilot program