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Academic English II 2013

Academic English II
Second Semester 2013
Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences
Nepā School of Social Sciences and Humanities

 

Instructor: Gary Hampton

Course Description and Objectives
This course will build on the foundations of the first semester and continue the emphasis on creating a fluid and cumulative learning experience. Moreover, the second semester will also continue working from the Academic Word List, developed by Averil Coxhead at Victoria University of Wellington, to increase the students` working vocabulary. The course will become increasingly focused on all aspects of academic English language usage and advanced grammar and composition, and will run concurrently with the other course subjects by sourcing tasks and writing and reading exercises from these subjects. This will make classes more realistic, practical and cognitively engaging for the students. A generative approach will be encouraged, where the students will consistently apply the English they are learning on a regular basis and incorporate the skills into their daily work. At the completion of the course the students will display the ability to write clearly, logically and fluently in academic prose and be able to critically analyse academic texts. Furthermore, they will be able to construct an argument and display proficiency in presenting their ideas and data in formal academic discourse that demonstrates a high level of competence in writing in a cohesive and coherent academic style.

Course Requirements:
Students should remember that the key to learning any language is practice, and therefore the course requirements for this particular course are strict.

Class Attendance and Participation: Classes will meet for 90 minutes twice a week. Students should be present and engaged in class every day. Participation in classroom discussions is mandatory. Students will be expected to give occasional presentations. In addition, the students will have a mandatory supplementary tutorial once a week.
Weekly Assignments: Students will receive one assignment a week which will be sourced from subject disciplines and will highlight a particular academic English skill to be learned.
Vocabulary and Grammar Exercises: Students will be provided with homework exercises to improve their understanding of important vocabulary and grammar structures in academic English.


Detailed Course Outline

Week 1:

  • Class 1: Introductory Orientation lecture: Outlining the course structure, goals, aims, and expectations, Writing: Critical Thinking & Academic Writing, Assignment of First Vocabulary List: AWL Sublist 6 A
  • Class 2: Grammar: Overview of English Academic Grammar, Student Critical Debate, Writing: Research & Essay Planning (Outlining) Assignment of Vocabulary List: AWL Sublist 6 B

Week 2 (Gender Studies – Summary and Reflection Paper)

  • Class 3: Writing: Academic Writing – Reflective Writing, Student Critical Debate, Assignment of Vocabulary List: AWL Sublist 6 C
  • Class 4: Grammar: Nouns Phrases & Verbs Phrases, Writing: How to Avoid Plagiarism 1: Summarising, Assignment of Vocabulary List: AWL Sublist 6 D

Week 3 (Research Methods – Reflection Paper)

  • Class 5: Writing: Book Reviews/ Article Critiques, Student Critical Debate, Assignment of Vocabulary List: AWL Sublist 7 A
  • Class 6: Grammar: Nouns Phrases & Verbs Phrases, Writing: Introductions and Thesis Statements, Assignment of Vocabulary List: AWL Sublist 7 B

Week 4 (Day 8 Gender Presentation)

  • Class 7: Writing: Cause and Effect Essays, Student Critical Debate, Assignment of Vocabulary List: AWL Sublist 7 D
  • Class 8: Grammar: Prepositional Phrases, Writing: Body Paragraphs & Conclusions, Assignment of Vocabulary List: AWL Sublist 7 D

Week 5 (Research Methods – Reflection Paper: Day 10 Gender Presentation)

  • Class 9: Writing: Classification Essays, Student Critical Debate, Assignment of Vocabulary List: AWL Sublist 8 A
  • Class 10: Grammar: Subject Verb Agreement, Writing: How to avoid Plagiarism 2: Citations, Referencing, and Bibliographies, Assignment of Vocabulary List: AWL Sublist 8 B

Week 6 (Day 12 Gender Presentation)

  • Class 11: Writing: Compare and Contrast Essays, Student Critical Debate, Assignment of Vocabulary List: AWL Sublist 8 C
  • Class 12: Grammar: Adjectives in Academic Writing, Writing: How to avoid Plagiarism 3: Paraphrasing, Assignment of Vocabulary List: AWL Sublist 8 D

Week 7 (Research Methods – Reflection Paper)

  • Class 13: Writing: Critical Analysis Essays, Student Critical Debate, Vocabulary Review
  • Class 14: Grammar: Adverbs in Academic Writing, Writing: Editing 1: Noticing, Vocabulary Review

Week 8

  • Class 15: Writing: Critical Argumentative Essays, Student Critical Debate, Assignment of Vocabulary List: AWL Sublist 9 A
  • Class 16: Grammar: Clauses & Conjunctions (Independent / Dependent Clauses 1), Writing: Editing 2: Cohesion and Coherence, Assignment of Vocabulary List: AWL Sublist 9 B

Week 9 (Comparative Studies – Research Plan)

  • Class 17: Writing: Research Proposals, Student Critical Debate, Assignment of Vocabulary List: AWL Sublist 9 C
  • Class 18: Grammar: Clauses & Conjunctions (Independent / Dependent Clauses 2), Writing: Editing 3: Sentence Level (Application of Grammar Rules), Assignment of Vocabulary List: AWL Sublist 9 D

Week 10     (Research Methods – Survey Questionnaire) (Week 10-15 Comparative Studies – Writing Research Paper)

  • Class 19: Writing: How to Write a research Paper (Dissertation), Student Critical Debate, Assignment of Vocabulary List: AWL Sublist 10 A
  • Class 20: Grammar: Grammar Review, Writing: Class Discussion on Student Research Topics, Assignment of Vocabulary List: AWL Sublist 10 B

Week 11

  • Class 21: Writing: Research Papers (Literature Review), Student Critical Debate, Vocabulary Review (Homework)
  • Class 22: Grammar: Verb Tenses, Lexical Verbs, and Gerunds & Infinitives, Writing: Hedging, Vocabulary Review (Homework)

Week 12 (Research Methods – Reflective Piece on Research Experience)

  • Class 23: Writing: Research Papers (Methodology Section), Student Critical Debate, Vocabulary Review
  • Class 24: Grammar: Lexical Substitutions, Stock Academic Phrases & Collocations, Writing: Sentence Transitions and Idea Connectors, Vocabulary Review

Week 13

  • Class 25: Writing: Research Papers (Critical Analysis Section), Student Critical Debate, Vocabulary & Grammar Review
  • Class 26: Writing: Presentation of Your Written Work (First impressions DO matter), Vocabulary & Grammar Review

Week 14

  • Class 27: Writing: Research Papers (Abstracts), Student Critical Debate, Vocabulary & Grammar Review
  • Class 28: Writing: Presentations, Vocabulary & Grammar Review

Week 15

  • Class 29: Student Presentations
  • Class 30: In Class Wrap Up, Final Q & A, Assembling of all the sections of the research paper (dissertation)