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Critical Reading and Writing

 

Course Syllabus

 

1. Course Code: 049 004


2. Credits:    3(3-0-6)


3. Course Name: Critical Reading and Writing


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 critical thinking, and English language reading and writing skills needed to read and write proficiently, so that by the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate that they have the critical thinking, reading and writing skills, in English, required of an international university.

10. Course objectives:

Students are to successfully demonstrate the following critical reading and writing skills:
• Skimming texts to gain the gist.
• Scanning texts for specific information.
• Identification of topic sentences and supporting sentences in texts.
• Understanding context when reading texts.
• Understanding inference when reading to deepen understanding of texts.
• Understanding comparisons and contrasts in texts to see similarities and differences.
• Distinguishing fact from opinion in texts.
• Writing to give reasons.
• Writing to give explanations.
• Writing about feelings.
• Writing to give opinions.
• Writing narratives.
• Writing essays.
• Writing academic articles.

 

11. Course content:

 
Topics
Hours
 
 
Lecture
Others
1
How did you get your name?
6
4
2
What is a good job?
3
2
3
Why do people immigrate to other countries?
3
2
4
What are the benefits of positive thinking?
6
4
5
Why is vacation important?
3
2
6
 What makes you laugh?
3
2
7
How does music make you feel?
6
4
8
Is it ever okay to lie?
6
4
9
How are children and adults different?
3
2
10
What are you afraid of?
6
4
 
                               Total
45
30
 
 

12. Learning and teaching approaches:

Whilst lecturing is the recognised form of instruction for most disciplines, teachers are encouraged to use their imagination when deciding approaches and methods of instruction. An eclectic approach, integrating multiple methods is required to facilitate the appropriate learning environment for individual students as learning a language involves doing rather than talking about doing.

 


13. Core learning materials:

 

Blanchard, K., & Root, C. (2006). Ready to read more. White Plains, NY: Pearson Education.
Lynn, S. (2011). Q: Skills for success. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
White, R., & McGovern, D. (1994). Writing. Hemel Hempstead: Phoenix ELT.

 

 


14. Evaluation:

 

 

No.
                                         Criteria
                  %
1
Classroom Attendance, Assignments and Participation
40
2
Midterm Examination
20
3
Final Examination
40
 
                                        Total
100

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

 

 

15. Grades:

 

A   = 80-100%
B+  = 75-79%
B   = 70-74%
C+ = 65-69%
C   = 60-64%
D+ = 55-59%
D   = 50-54%
F   = below 50%

 

 


16. Additional learning resources:

 

Teachers are encouraged to supplement existing core materials where they see a need, as long as these resources enhance the language objectives, the course aim and the overall learning experience for the students.

 

 

 

17. Schema of work:

 

 

 

Week Contents Hours Objectives Activities
1 Critical reading skills. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can skimming texts to gain the gist and scan texts for specific information. Students will demonstrate that they have discipline and are honest and responsible. Students will demonstrate their ability to think critically, research, interpret and evaluate information in their quest for knowledge in order to creatively solve academic problems. Critical reading and writing skills through discussions, group work, exercise from course books, the reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturer and students. Assignments are to be handed in on time during the course. Students are to resist plagiarism throughout the course. Students are to regularly attend class at specified times and adhere to agreed classroom etiquette over the period of instruction. Students are to be responsible for their own learning throughout the course. Students are to interpret and use research data when reading and writing all texts.
2 Critical reading skills. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can identify topic sentences and supporting sentences in texts. Students will demonstrate their ability to think critically, research, interpret and evaluate information in their quest for knowledge in order to creatively solve academic problems. Critical reading and writing skills through discussions, group work, exercise from course books, the reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturer and students. Students are to interpret and use research data when reading and writing all texts.
3 Critical reading skills. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can understand context when reading texts. Students will demonstrate their ability to think critically, research, interpret and evaluate information in their quest for knowledge in order to creatively solve academic problems. Critical reading and writing skills through discussions, group work, exercise from course books, the reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturer and students. Students are to interpret and use research data when reading and writing all texts.
4 Critical reading skills. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can understand inference when reading to deepen understanding of texts. Students will demonstrate their ability to think critically, research, interpret and evaluate information in their quest for knowledge in order to creatively solve academic problems. Critical reading and writing skills through discussions, group work, exercise from course books, the reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturer and students. Students are to interpret and use research data when reading and writing all texts.
5 Critical reading skills. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can understand comparisons and contrasts in texts to see similarities and differences. Students will demonstrate that they can successfully collect and evaluate data in a self directed learning environment. Students will demonstrate their ability to think critically, research, interpret and evaluate information in their quest for knowledge in order to creatively solve academic problems. Critical reading and writing skills through discussions, group work, exercise from course books, the reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturer and students. Students are to collect and evaluate data commentaries with the use of computers and other electronic communication technology. Students are to interpret and use research data when reading and writing all texts.
6 Critical reading skills. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can distinguish fact from opinion in texts. Students will demonstrate their ability to think critically, research, interpret and evaluate information in their quest for knowledge in order to creatively solve academic problems. Critical reading and writing skills through discussions, group work, exercise from course books, the reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturer and students. Students are to interpret and use research data when reading and writing all texts.
7 Critical writing skills. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can write to give reasons. Students will demonstrate their ability to think critically, research, interpret and evaluate information in their quest for knowledge in order to creatively solve academic problems. Critical reading and writing skills through discussions, group work, exercise from course books, the reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturer and students. Students are to interpret and use research data when reading and writing all texts.
8 Critical writing skills. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can write to give explanations. Students will demonstrate their ability to think critically, research, interpret and evaluate information in their quest for knowledge in order to creatively solve academic problems. Critical reading and writing skills through discussions, group work, exercise from course books, the reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturer and students. Students are to interpret and use research data when reading and writing all texts.
9 3 Midterm test.
10 Critical writing skills. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can write about feelings. Students will demonstrate their ability to think critically, research, interpret and evaluate information in their quest for knowledge in order to creatively solve academic problems. Critical reading and writing skills through discussions, group work, exercise from course books, the reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturer and students. Students are to interpret and use research data when reading and writing all texts.
11 Critical writing skills. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can write to give opinions. Students will demonstrate their ability to work with others and their capacity for leadership by using their initiative in diagnosing problems, whilst at the same time being aware of the social and cultural diversity of their peers. Students will demonstrate their ability to think critically, research, interpret and evaluate information in their quest for knowledge in order to creatively solve academic problems. Critical reading and writing skills through discussions, group work, exercise from course books, the reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturer and students. Students are to participate in group work throughout the duration of the course. Students are to take turns in leading discussions and groups throughout the course. During the course students are to use their initiative to diagnose problems. Students are to be culturally aware of their peers at all times. Students are to interpret and use research data when reading and writing all texts.
12 Critical writing skills. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can write narratives. Students will demonstrate their ability to think critically, research, interpret and evaluate information in their quest for knowledge in order to creatively solve academic problems. Critical reading and writing skills through discussions, group work, exercise from course books, the reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturer and students. Students are to interpret and use research data when reading and writing all texts.
13 Critical writing skills. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can write essays. Students will demonstrate their ability to think critically, research, interpret and evaluate information in their quest for knowledge in order to creatively solve academic problems. Critical reading and writing skills through discussions, group work, exercise from course books, the reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturer and students. Students are to interpret and use research data when reading and writing all texts.
14 - 16 Critical writing skills. 9 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can write academic articles. Students will demonstrate their ability to think critically, research, interpret and evaluate information in their quest for knowledge in order to creatively solve academic problems. Students will demonstrate that they have discipline and are honest and responsible. Students will demonstrate that they can successfully collect and evaluate data in a self directed learning environment. Critical reading and writing skills through discussions, group work, exercise from course books, the reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturer and students. Students are to interpret and use research data when reading and writing all texts. Assignments are to be handed in on time during the course. Students are to resist plagiarism throughout the course. Students are to regularly attend class at specified times and adhere to agreed classroom etiquette over the period of instruction. Students are to be responsible for their own learning throughout the course. Students are to collect and evaluate data commentaries with the use of computers and other electronic communication technology.
17 3 Final test.
 
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