INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature
2014-2015

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 118 Advanced Reading and Writing II Undergraduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 5 2 + 2 60 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Harun BAŞTUĞ, Research Assistant Lola Turker Kübra Öztürk, Research Assistant
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COURSE OBJECTIVE
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.

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Introduction to academic reading and writing, essay structure, essay organizing conventions
  2. Reading: Annotating a text. Writing: Developing a process essay describing how to do an activity with which you are familiar.
  3. 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.
  4. Student presentations on “Extended Definition”.
  5. Reading: identifying contrasting ideas. Writing: Develop a persuasive essay arguing why a particular leisure activity should or should not be considered work.
  6. Reading: Previewing a text. Writing: Writing with unity. Create an advertisement proposal describing your idea for print or Web advertisement.
  7. Reading: Making inferences. Writing: organizing supporting ideas and using parallel structure and ellipsis in writing.
  8. Midterm Examination
  9. Reading: following ideas; verb complements. Writing: Develop an analytic essay depicting a public place and ways to make it more appealing.
  10. Reading: Anticipating content through questions. Writing: paraphrasing. Prepare a business plan that describes an innovative new garbage recycling company to potential investors.
  11. Reading: Identifying the author’s intent. Writing: summarizing. Develop a summary and response essay based on an informational text.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Final examination

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic

    TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
    Description
    • Lectures
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Homework110
    Project20
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Final Exam140
    +
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • 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
    TEXTBOOK(S)
    • 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
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)56156
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week)122
    Final Examination(1 week)122
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination 0
    Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 60
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 2