Upon successful completion of the course, students are expected to be able to: read short essays and skim for the main ideas and important details; organize, build connections between ideas, and exhibit an integration of reading and writing in their written output; use academic style in writing different types of essays; use a wide range of vocabulary and grammatical structures and have a good control of lexical and grammatical features of English; speak confidently, question intelligently and critically, as well as create and give an academic/professional presentation.
This course is designed to increase students’ understanding of academic discourse, both written and spoken, and the ability to produce such discourse, at a certain level, in relation to general and student specific studies. Reading skills, such as skimming and scanning, and dealing with unknown vocabulary, are integrated with the production of various essay types, such as expository, comparison-contrast, and cause and effect. The course also focuses on the production and performance of professional outputs in the form of oral presentations in relation to students’ current studies. Language skills are provided by a workshop series for remediation in grammar, syntax, and academic lexis acquisition. The course also emphasizes heavily on other academic skills such as paraphrasing, quoting, summarizing, and referencing.
Prerequisite(s): TOEFL 550 AND TWE 4.0 OR a minimum C passing grade in Pre-Academic English
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