Academic English Modules for Graduates

Academic English Modules for Graduates (AEGM) program is divided into the following non-intensive modules:  Academic Writing (ENGL 0310), Academic Reading (ENGL 0311) and Listening and Speaking (ENGL 0312). Students enrolled in AEGM courses are expected to maintain an overall 75 percent average in their class work and a 65 percent on their exams in order to exit each module. Students who do not achieve a passing grade on the first attempt may re-register twice for any given module.

 

GOALS, OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMES

Instructors in each of the module courses above work with students in small classes to achieve the course goals, course objectives and student learning outcomes listed below:

 

ENGL 0310: Academic Writing

Course Goals

  • Produce different types of academic essays using appropriate rhetorical patterns
  • Apply a process approach, which includes pre-writing planning, multiple drafts and revisions

Course Objectives:

  • Use pre-writing strategies to plan writing
  • Give critical peer-feedback 
  • Improve writing through the process of drafting, feedback and editing
  • Use knowledge of overall and internal organizations of the four to five paragraph essay to write a variety of four to five paragraph essays to include a reaction essay and either a cause/effect or problem/solution essay
  • Expand quantity and accuracy of academic vocabulary 
  • Increase knowledge of English morphology: roots, suffixes and prefixes
  • Improve accuracy and complexity of sentence structure and grammar in academic writing
  • Increase proficiency in formatting and punctuating typewritten texts
  • Develop research skills to identify and incorporate relevant resources for academic texts using APA style sheet
  • Increase awareness of a variety of online writing resources related to writing style, academic vocabulary, collocations and grammar to assist in essay writing 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Write a well-focused thesis 
  • Write effective, appropriate introduction and conclusion paragraphs
  • Write well-developed body paragraphs with logical development, cohesion and unity around a central idea                                                
  • Write a variety of effective sentences types that contain appropriate cohesive devices, connectors and transition words
  • Demonstrate ability to write using correct grammar structure
  • Use a wide range of academic words correctly and appropriately  
  • Use proper punctuation and formatting of typewritten texts
  • Identify relevant outside source material and integrate it appropriately in writing
  • Create a reference page using the APA style guidelines
  • Correct errors in language use and mechanics

 
ENGL 0311: Academic Reading

Course Goals

  • Improve ability to comprehend academic tests
  • Expand academic vocabulary
  • Increase reading speed and accuracy

Course Objectives

  • Vary reading strategy depending on purpose
  • Develop metacognitive awareness of reading skills and strategies
  • Comprehend, analyze, and evaluate academic journal articles 
  • Participate in discussions based on student-chosen academic articles
  • Prepare and lead a discussion based on a self-chosen article related to field of study
  • Use computer-assisted language learning software to improve reading speed and accuracy

Student Learning Outcomes

Given an academic article students will be able to:

  • Identify organizational patterns of academic texts
  • Identify the writer’s thesis, point of view, audience, purpose or tone
  • Make and identify inferences
  • Identify main ideas, major details, and minor details
  • Interpret a variety of diagrammatic information                                                       
  • Use contextual clues and/or knowledge of word forms, roots, and affixes to infer meanings of unfamiliar words
  • Summarize, paraphrase, and outline academic articles effectively

Given an opportunity to lead a discussion, students will be able to:

  • Choose an appropriate academic article for reading and discussion
  • Create appropriate instructional materials/worksheet to be used for class discussion           
  • Demonstrate ability to lead and moderate a class discussion based on a self-chosen academic article
     

ENGL 0312: Listening and Speaking

Course Goals

  • Comprehend academic lectures
  • Participate in graduate-level class discussions
  • Develop academic research skills
  • Improve academic presentation skills 

Course Objectives

  • Identify listening and speaking skills and strategies
  • Develop metacognitive awareness of listening and speaking skills and strategies
  • Comprehend, analyze, and evaluate academic videos and lectures
  • Participate in discussions based on student-chosen academic videos and lectures
  • Prepare and lead a discussion based on a self-chosen academic video or lecture
  • Practice extensive listening for entertainment and academic purposes
  • Listen to and take notes on a variety of academic videos and lectures
  • Record summaries of videos and lectures, using an outline 
  • Improve pronunciation, fluency, and grammatical accuracy of speech
  • Give various class presentations
  • Give an effective oral presentation on an academic/professional, field-related topic

Student Learning Outcomes

Given an academic lecture, students will be able to:

  • Take clear and adequate notes while listening to academic material
  • Identify discourse markers and organizational signals in academic lectures
  • Identify the writer’s thesis or purpose 
  • Identify the writer’s tone
  • Make and identify inferences about the video or lecture
  • Identify main ideas, major details and minor details
  • Record an appropriate summary of a video or lecture including reference to speaker, main ideas and major details

Given an opportunity to participate in a discussion, students will be able to:

  • Participate in class discussions by using appropriate discourse functions

Given an opportunity to lead a discussion, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ability to lead and moderate a class discussion
  • Create appropriate instructional materials to be used for a class discussion
  • Demonstrate appropriate pronunciation 
  • Use correct grammar
  • Speak with appropriate fluency

Given a topic to research and present in class, students will be able to:

  • Give an effective academic oral presentation in class 
  • Design an effective presentation using classroom technology 
  • Use effective presentation skills
  • Demonstrate appropriate pronunciation 
  • Use correct grammar
  • Speak with appropriate