Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 118 Advanced Reading and Vocabulary II Undergraduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 5 2 + 2 0

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Ibrahim Murat Öner, Assist. Prof. Dr. Eldin Milak Ibrahim Murat Öner, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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In the second part of the course Advanced Reading and Vocabulary, the focus shifts from literary to academic texts. The students will improve their academic reading skills by analyzing a variety of texts. Furthermore, through weekly practice utilizing TOEFL-based reading material, the students will improve their comprehension and analysis skills, and master advanced vocabulary and grammar. The course combines theory and practice with the goal of producing better critical readers. This course also presents a wide range of authentic reading materials including short stories, books, 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. 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.

1. To motivate students to participate in discussions
2. To help students develop critical reading skills
3. To help students practice and develop written discourse about literary texts.
4. To help students expand their vocabulary
5. To cultivate a love for reading in students.

  1. INTRODUCTION: Introducing the syllabus, the book and the practice and testing packet;
  2. INTRODUCTION: TOPIC: Academic Reading READING: Essay excerpts QUESTIONS: How is an academic text different from other forms of text? How do we read an academic text?
  3. UNIT 1 TOPIC: Essay as a Form of Academic Expression QUESTIONS: What are the main features of an essay? Why is it the preferred form in academia? READING 1: A Zone in Time, pg. 04. TOEFL Reading and Vocabulary 1
  4. UNIT 1 TOPIC: The Topic and the Thesis QUESTIONS: How does the topic determine the text? How does one posit and prove a thesis? Can we read on any topic if we read well? READING 2: The Remarkable Clarence Birdseye, pg. 09. TOEFL Reading and Vocabulary 2
  5. UNIT 2 TOPIC: Form and Function of Essays – the Process Essay QUESTIONS: How do form and function determine the text? Are we bound by the form? How do we break it? READING 3: How Networking Works, pg. 23. TOEFL Reading and Vocabulary 3
  6. UNIT 2 TOPIC: Academic Texts and Attention QUESTIONS: How can academic texts draw readers’ attention? How much pathos can be used in an academic text? READING 4: How to Run a Successful Business, pg. 30. TOEFL QUIZ 1
  7. UNIT 3 TOPIC: Coherence, Cohesion, and Other Forms of Connection QUESTION: How does an essay enable easier reading? How do ideas connect and translate? How is coherence and cohesion established? READING 5: Can Cell-Phone Recycling Help African Gorillas, pg. 41.
  8. Midterm Exam
  9. UNIT 4 TOPIC: The Idea of Objectivity and Subjectivity QUESTION: How do we determine what is fact and what is fiction? How do we read critically? READING 6: Lucky Charms, pg. 62, Legendary Creatures, pg. 67. TOEFL Reading and Vocabulary 4
  10. UNIT 5 TOPIC: Science as a Way of Observing the World QUESTIONS: How is a scientific perspective different from a regular perspective on an issue? How do we read scientific texts? READING 7: Musical Personalities, pg. 75 TOEFL Reading and Vocabulary 5

  1. UNIT 7 TOPIC: Causation QUESTIONS: How do ideas correlate? How do recognize causal relationships? What logical fallacies do we need to avoid? READING 8: Why You Can’t Turn Away, pg.114, To Laugh is Human, pg. 121. TOEFL Reading and Vocabulary 6
  2. UNIT 8 TOPIC: Technology and Reading QUESTIONS: How did reading change over the course of centuries? What does reading look like today? Does it still matter? READING 9: Future with Nowhere to Hide, pg. 133. TOEFL QUIZ 2
  3. TOPIC: Literature and Academia QUESTIONS: How is literature different from ‘literature’? What does it mean to have a source? How is influence different from reference? READING 10: Reference lists and bibliographies BOOK REPORT PRESENTATION
  4. TOPIC: Who Doesn’t Hate Reading Now? QUESTIONS: How are academic reading and leisurely reading different? Why does the reading experience differ so much? How do we read better? READING 11: Sample Essay.
  5. REVIEW: Preparing for the Final Exam


    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Student debates
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Final Exam150
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
      • • Colin Ward. From Reading to Writing 4.
      • • F. Scott Fitzgerald The Diamond as Big as the Ritz & Other Stories
      • • J. D. Salinger Nine Stories.

      ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
      Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
      Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week) 0
      Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
      Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
      Final Examination(1 week) 0
      Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
      Preparation for Final Examination 0
      Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
      Seminar / Presentation 0
      Total Workload: 0
      ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0