Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 117 Advanced Reading and Vocabulary I Undergraduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 5 2 + 2 125 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Elma Dedović-Atilla, Instructor Amna Brdarević-Čeljo Elma Dedović-Atilla, Instructor
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This course presents a wide range of authentic reading materials including newspapers, journals, reviews and academic texts in order to comprehend contrasting viewpoints and to predict and identify main ideas and to decode hidden clues. It also aims to equip students with intensive and extensive reading habits. Critical thinking skills such as synthesizing information or analysing a problem as well as reacting on the basis of evaluation are fostered. Such sub-skills of reading are employed by students in their short writings on the topic. Students are expected to improve their ability to communicate the information and concepts from course reading materials continually and to improve and expand their vocabulary significantly.

Upon completion of this course, students:
• should have been able to read and comprehend different types of texts.
• will have also learned to acquire new vocabulary on their own and thus to improve their reading and writing skills
• Acquire sufficient college-level vocabulary to comprehend the texts and use this vocabulary in student writing and speaking assignments.

  1. Introduction to techniques for improving reading comprehension and vocabulary
  2. READING COMPREHENSION: Home and Travel, Homeless
  3. Helping and Hating the Homeless; Vocabulary Booster and Reading Comprehension;
  4. Health: Divided Sleep, Long Life; Vocabulary Booster and Reading Comprehension;
  5. The Robber Barons, The Politics of Progressivism; Health and Longevity;
  6. Message to Wall Street; The Necktie; Quiz
  7. One Hundred Years of Cinema; a Young Man and his Kilt;
  8. Mid-term exam
  9. A Conversation with Leo Tolstoy on Film, An Interview with James Cameron;
  10. Mind Control and the Internet; The Positive Effects of Social Networking sites;
  11. The Use of Social Media in the Arab Spring; The Right-Brain, Left-Brain Controversy;
  12. Artists as Scientists and Entrepreneurs; In Search of Memory;
  13. The Brain and Human Memory; Music and the Brain;
  14. The Art of Paintball; Camping in Oz;
  15. Wrap-up: Reading and Vocabulary journal submission and checking;


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Excersises
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)120
    Final Exam130
    +Reading and vocabulary journal120 %
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Develop and improve aspects of academic reading in English language.
    • Develop new vocabulary which is relevant to academic studies and the ability to derive meaning from context
    • Advance to a higher level of reading comprehension
    • Apply skills learned from reading texts to writing texts and preparing presentations, debates in English
    • Identify academic vocabulary and use it
    • • Rober F. Cohen and Judy L. Miller. Longman Academic Reading Series 4: Reading Skills for College. Pearson Education. 2014. (Chapters 1-5)
    • • Fellag Linda Robinson. From Reading to Writing Level 3. Pearson Education. 2010. (Units 1-4)
    • • Michael McCarthy and Felicity O’Dell. English Vocabulary in Use. Cambridge University Press. 2001

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15230
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15115
    Midterm Examination (1 week)111
    Final Examination(1 week)111
    Preparation for Midterm Examination12020
    Preparation for Final Examination13030
    Assignment / Homework/ Project11010
    Seminar / Presentation11818
    Total Workload: 125
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5