INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature
||Advanced Reading and Writing II
||Number of ECTS Credits
||Class Hours Per Week
||Total Hours Per Semester
||2 + 2
|The course aims to enhance students' academic skills, by integrating critical thinking strategies such as making inference, synthesizing and drawing logical conclusions based on texts they read. Students will be able to infer word meaning from context, evaluate and categorize information. One of the main points of the course is to integrate reading with writing. In order to help students develop strategies in academic reading and writing, various types of essays ( e.g. a cover letter, statement of purpose, writing a research proposal, writing an abstract) will be analyzed and composed, with special attention paid to intertextual cohesion and coherence. In addition to reading and writing, the course aims to integrate presentations and debates relevant to written texts implemented in the course design.
- Introduction to academic reading and writing, essay structure, essay organizing conventions
- Reading: Annotating a text. Writing: Developing a process essay describing how to do an activity with which you are familiar.
- Reading: Distinguishing main ideas from details. Writing: preparing an extended definition of a word or concept from another language or culture for which there is no equivalent term or idea in English.
- Student presentations on “Extended Definition”.
- Reading: identifying contrasting ideas. Writing: Develop a persuasive essay arguing why a particular leisure activity should or should not be considered work.
- Reading: Previewing a text. Writing: Writing with unity. Create an advertisement proposal describing your idea for print or Web advertisement.
- Reading: Making inferences. Writing: organizing supporting ideas and using parallel structure and ellipsis in writing.
- Midterm Examination
- Reading: following ideas; verb complements. Writing: Develop an analytic essay depicting a public place and ways to make it more appealing.
- Reading: Anticipating content through questions. Writing: paraphrasing. Prepare a business plan that describes an innovative new garbage recycling company to potential investors.
- Reading: Identifying the author’s intent. Writing: summarizing. Develop a summary and response essay based on an informational text.
- Reading: Organizing your notes and annotations in a chart. Writing: prepare a cause-and-effect essay analyzing two or three methods for boosting energy levels.
- Reading: understanding narrative structure and metaphorical language. Writing: using symbolism. Create a short story with an organized plot, interesting characters, and a clear point of view.
- Final examination
| Midterm Exam(s)||1||30|
| Final Exam||1||40|
- Reading various types of texts by employing advanced reading methods, techniques and strategies
- Defining basic concepts in the field of academic reading and writing
- Analyzing different types of paragraphs to evaluate texts in terms of organization, integrity and content
- Identifying the main idea of the text and recognizing text structure
- Writing research summaries and drawing conclusions
- Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students, Bailey, Stephen (2006) Routledge, London.
- Fundamentals of Academic Writing, Butler, Linda (2007) Pearson, Longman.
- How to Write a lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing, Paul J., Silvia,(2007), APA Life Tools, Washington.
|ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
|Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)||56||1||56|
|Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)|| || ||0|
|Midterm Examination (1 week)||1||2||2|
|Final Examination(1 week)||1||2||2|
|Preparation for Midterm Examination|| || ||0|
|Preparation for Final Examination|| || ||0|
|Assignment / Homework/ Project|| || ||0|
|Seminar / Presentation|| || ||0|