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Academic English Preparation Program 3

 

 

The AEP 3 class is coming to an end and the students relax by using the university facilities to have a bit of fun. English for Karaoke courses are available on request, but please do not ask your teacher for a demonstration!

 

 

Time to celebrate at Central Plaza in Khon Kaen. Just a short note to all the students; the Central Plaza in Khon Kaen is much smaller than the new modern Central Plaza in Udon Thani. Just a reminder, you understand. Now get back to class, you don't want to be late!

 

 

 

Course Syllabus

 

1. Course Code: AEP3

 

2. Credits:  N/A

 

3. Course Name: AEP 3

 

4. Khon Kaen University, International College

 

5. Course Co-ordinator:   Name : Steven Graham
Position & Affiliation : Lecturer KKUIC
Mobile phone : 0819753586 
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Website: http://home.kku.ac.th/steven
Office hours : 24/7

 

6. Course Instructor(s):  Name : Steven Graham                               
Position & Affiliation : Lecturer KKUIC
Mobile phone : 0819753586
Email :  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: http://home.kku.ac.th/steven
Office hours : 24/7                


7. Prerequisite: None

 

8. Elective/General Education/Core / Compulsory Course: General Education


9. Course description:

 

The aim of the course is to develop the English language and study skills of students who have been identified as having a low level of English attainment, so that by the end of the course, they can actively participate in mainstream university courses to an international standard.

 

10.  Course objectives:

 

The aim of the course is to develop the English language and study skills of students who have been identified as having a low level of English attainment, so that by the end of the course, they can actively participate in mainstream university courses to an international standard.

Students are to successfully demonstrate the following English language and study skills:

 

  • Academic Skills: summarizing, paraphrasing, making predictions, identifying gist, and using graphs to aid comprehension.
  • Critical thinking skills: analyzing, synthesizing, making inferences, understanding organization, and drawing conclusions.
  • Understanding and answering questions.
  • Skimming reading and listening texts.
  • Scanning reading and listening texts.
  • Writing paragraphs.

*  Students who do not complete 80% attendance will not be allowed to sit the final examination. *

 

11. Course content:

 

Unit

Contents

Hours

Objectives

Activities

1

Reading

Listening

Grammar

Vocabulary

Conversation Strategy

Writing

12

Scanning for specific information. Reading and answering wh- questions.

 

 

Listening for specific information. Comparing and contrasting.

 

 

Questions in the simple present and simple past. Quantifiers.

 

 

Talking about celebrities.

 

 

 

 

Asking for and giving advice.

 

 

 

 

Mastering parts of a paragraph.

Hemispheres 3

Student book unit 1

Work book unit 1

The Other Side of Fame.

The unit begins with the important reading skill of reading for answers to wh- questions. The grammar activity covers questions in the simple present and simple past. Students will use the target grammar in interview role-plays. In the vocabulary section, students will practice vocabulary for talking about celebrities. In the listening section, students will practice comparing and contrasting famous people. In the conversation strategy, students will practice the skill of asking for and giving advice. In the writing section, they will work on all the parts of a paragraph.

 

2

Reading

Listening

Grammar

Vocabulary

Conversation Strategy

Writing

12

Skimming for the main idea. Sequencing.

 

 

Listening for gist. Identifying examples to support your answer.

 

 

Review the simple present, present continuous, simple past, and the past continuous.

 

 

Talking about smells.

 

 

Asking for additional information.

 

 

Writing topic sentences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hemispheres 3

Student book unit 2

Work book unit 2

Scents.

The unit begins with the important reading skill of sequencing. The grammar activity covers contrasts the simple present, present continuous, simple past, and the past continuous. Students will use the target grammar in interviews about scents.  In the vocabulary section, students will practice vocabulary for talking about smells. In the listening section, students will practice listening for gist. In the conversation strategy, students will practice the skill of asking for additional information. In the writing section, they will work on writing topic sentences.

3

Reading

Listening

Grammar

Vocabulary

Conversation Strategy

Writing

12

Using titles and headings to aid comprehension. Making inferences.

 

 

 

 

Listening to confirm first impressions. Using prior knowledge and impressions to make predictions.

 

 

Gerunds and infinitives.

 

 

Talking about relationships.

 

 

Commiserating.

 

 

 

Using graphic organizers for planning.

Hemispheres 3

Student book unit 3

Work book unit 3

Relating.

The unit begins with the important reading skill of making inferences. The grammar activity explains the differences between gerunds and infinitives. Students will use the target grammar in activities about relationships. In the vocabulary section, students will learn vocabulary for talking about people and relationships. In the listening section, students will practice using prior knowledge and impressions to make predictions. In the conversation strategy, students will learn expressions for commiserating or showing sympathy. In the writing section, they will work on using graphic organizers for planning.

4

Reading

Listening

Grammar

Vocabulary

Conversation Strategy

Writing

12

Skimming for main ideas. Understanding what pronouns refer to.

 

Getting basic information without understanding every word.

 

 

 

Dependent and independent clauses.

 

 

 

 

Words ending with the suffix   –ist.

 

 

 

Correcting a misinterpretation.

 

 

 

Using descriptive language.

 

 

Hemispheres 3

Student book unit 4

Work book unit 4

Digging.

The unit begins with the important reading skill of understanding what pronouns refer to. The grammar activity presents dependent and independent clauses. Students will use the target grammar in interviews about their lives. In the vocabulary section, students will practice vocabulary for professions that use the suffix –ist, for example columnist.  In the listening section, students will practice getting basic information without understanding every word in a listening passage. In the conversation strategy, students will practice the important skill of correcting a misinterpretation. In the writing section, they will work on using descriptive language.

5

Reading

Listening

Grammar

Vocabulary

Conversation Strategy

Writing

12

Understanding parenthetical information. Reading for specific information.

 

Listening for specific information. Listening to distinguish between fact and opinion.

 

 

Simple present for future.

 

 

 

 

Talking about images and branding.

 

 

 

 

Asking and answering personal questions.

 

 

Supporting writing with graphs and charts.

 

 

 

 

 

Hemispheres 3

Student book unit 5

Work book unit 5

Creating an Image.

The unit begins with the important reading skill of understanding parenthetical information. The grammar activity explains how the simple present is sometimes used to talk about future actions. Students will use the target grammar to talk about their future actions. In the vocabulary section, students will learn vocabulary for talking about images and branding. In the listening section, students will practice separating facts from opinions. In the conversation strategy, students will learn expressions for asking and answering personal questions. In the writing section, they will work on supporting their writing with charts and graphs.

6

Reading

Listening

Grammar

Vocabulary

Conversation Strategy

Writing

11

Scanning to see what information is included in a text. Identifying words that indicate purpose.

 

 

Identifying correct information. Recognizing supporting examples.

 

 

Quantifiers.

 

 

 

Talking about treating fears.

 

 

Asking if someone has time to talk.

 

 

Using punctuation to convey tone or emotion.

Hemispheres 3

Student book unit 6

Work book unit 6

Things that Scare Us.

The unit begins with the important reading skill of identifying words that indicate purpose. The grammar activity explains the quantifiers a few, few, a little, and little. Students will use the target grammar to interview people about their fears. In the vocabulary section, students will learn vocabulary for talking about treating fears. In the listening section, students will practice recognizing and asking for supporting examples. In the conversation strategy, students will learn expressions for asking if someone has time to talk. In the writing section, they will work on using punctuation to convey tone.

 

7

Reading

Listening

Grammar

Vocabulary

Conversation Strategy

Writing

11

Making inferences and paraphrasing.

 

 

Listening for specific information. Sequencing.

 

 

The past perfect and the simple past.

 

 

Talking about changes.

 

 

 

Getting to the point.

 

 

 

Maintaining verb tense consistency.

Hemispheres 3

Student book unit 7

Work book unit 7

Transformations.

The unit begins with the important reading skill of paraphrasing. The grammar activity contrasts the past perfect and the simple past. Students will use the target grammar to understand a listening passage about the changes in a woman’s life. In the vocabulary section, students will practice vocabulary for talking about changes. In the listening section, students will practice sequencing. In the conversation strategy, students will practice the important skill of getting to the point. In the writing section, they will work on maintaining verb tense consistency.

 

8

. Reading

Listening

Grammar

Vocabulary

Conversation Strategy

Writing

11

Confirming predictions. Summarizing.

 

Listening for specific information. Using context clues to infer a speaker’s feelings.

Modals of possibility.

 

 

 

 

Talking about living in cold places.

 

 

Expressing tentative agreement.

 

 

Writing more effective summaries.

Hemispheres 3

Student book unit 8

Work book unit 8

Frozen.

. The unit begins with the important reading skill of summarizing. The grammar activity presents modals of possibility. Students will use the target grammar to talk about possibilities in their lives. In the vocabulary section, students will practice vocabulary for talking about living in cold places. In the listening section, students will practice using context clues to infer a speaker’s feelings. In the conversation strategy, students will practice expressing tentative agreement. In the writing section, they will work on writing more effective summaries.

9

Reading

Listening

Grammar

Vocabulary

Conversation

Strategy

Writing

11

Distinguishing between fact and opinion. Identifying a writer’s point of view.

 

Listening for specific information. Drawing a conclusion.

 

Restrictive adjective clauses.

 

 

Using negative prefixes.

 

 

 

 

Making excuses.

 

 

 

Introducing additional information to expand on an idea.

Hemispheres 3

Student book unit 9

Work book unit 9

Brains.

The unit begins with the important reading skill of identifying a writer’s point of view. The grammar activity explains restrictive adjective clauses. Students will use the target grammar to talk about people who are good for scientific jobs. In the vocabulary section, students will learn vocabulary that uses negative prefixes. In the listening section, students will practice drawing conclusions.  In the conversation strategy, students will learn expressions for making excuses.  In the writing section, they will work on adding information to expand on an idea.

10

Reading

Listening

Grammar

Vocabulary

Conversation Strategy

Writing

11

Scanning for specific information. Making inferences based on written and visual information.

 

 

Identifying true and false information. Evaluating advantages and disadvantages.

 

 

The passive verb form.

 

 

 

Talking about secrets.

 

 

 

Ending a conversation.

 

 

 

 

Writing a character description.

Hemispheres 3

Student book unit 10

Work book unit 10

Keeping Secrets.

The unit begins with the important reading skill of making inferences. The grammar activity explains the passive verb form. Students will use the target grammar to talk about proverbs. In the vocabulary section, students will learn   vocabulary for talking about secrets. In the listening section, students will practice evaluating advantages and disadvantages. In the conversation strategy, students will learn expressions for getting out of conversations. In the writing section, they will work on writing a character description.

11

Reading

Listening

Grammar

Vocabulary

Conversation Strategy

Writing

11

Scanning for specific information. Identifying cause and effect.

 

Listening to confirm predictions. Making inferences.

 

 

Future real conditional.

 

 

Talking about dreams and their effects.

 

Showing that you are paying attention.

 

 

Writing about cause and effect.

Hemispheres 3

Student book unit 11

Work book unit 11

Sleeping and Dreaming.

The unit begins with the important reading skill of understanding cause and effect. The grammar activity explains the future real conditional. Students will use the target grammar to interpret statements about dreams. In the vocabulary section, students will learn vocabulary for talking about dreams and their effects. In the listening section, students will practice making inferences. In the conversation strategy, students will learn expressions for showing they are paying attention. In the writing section, they will work on writing about cause and effect.

12

Reading

Listening

Grammar

Vocabulary

Conversation Strategy

Writing

11

Scanning for specific information. Relating to content as you read.

 

Identifying original speakers in a conversation of reported speech. Restating information.

 

Reported speech.

 

 

 

Talking about movies.

 

 

Speculating.

 

 

 

Using introductory clauses with although, even though, and while.

Hemispheres 3

Student book unit 12

Work book unit 12

Movies.

The unit begins with the important reading skill of relating what you read to your personal experience. The grammar activity presents reported speech. Students will use the target grammar to tell the class about other students’ favourite movies. In the vocabulary section, students will practice vocabulary for talking about movies. In the listening section, students will learn how to restate information using reported speech. In the conversation strategy, students will practice speculating. In the writing section, they will work on writing introductory clauses.

 

 

 

Test

 

3

Final test.

 

 
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