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University Study Skills in English 1

 

Course Syllabus

1. Course Code: 049 008

2. Credits:  TBC

3. Course Name: University Study Skills in English

4. Khon Kaen University, International College

5. Course Instructor(s):  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 progress to the University Study Skills in English 2 course and actively participate in mainstream university courses to an international standard.


10.  Course objectives:

 

Students are to successfully demonstrate the following English language and study skills:
• Understanding and answering questions
• Knowledge and use of general vocabulary and rubrics
• Skimming reading texts
• Scanning reading texts
• Skimming listening texts
• Scanning listening texts
• Writing sentences
• Elementary sentence writing grammar
• Writing paragraphs
• Elementary paragraph writing grammar
• Basic presentations


11. Course content:

 

Topics Hours
Lecture Others
1 Introduction and Pleasure reading 3 6
2 Scanning 6 3
3 Skimming and looking for topics 6 3
4 Understanding and building sentences 4 1
5 Understanding paragraphs 4 1
6 Writing about yourself 3 1
7 Writing about your family and friends 3 1
8 Writing about daily activities 3 1
9 Writing about lifestyles 3 1
10 Presentations 6 6
11 Grammar 4 6
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. (1998). Get ready to write. White Plains, NY: Longman.
Blanchard, K., & Root, C. (2003). Ready to write (3rd ed.). White Plains, NY: Longman.
Mikulecky, B. S., & Jeffries, L. (1998). Reading power (2nd ed.). White Plains, NY: Longman.
Mikulecky, B. S., & Jeffries, L. (1997). Basic reading power. White Plains, NY: Longman.
Richards, J. C. (1990). Listen carefully. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
West, C. (1999). Listen here. St. Helier: Georgian Press.
West., C. (2002). Recycling elementary English. St. Helier: Georgian Press.

 

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

Four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and study skills.

3

Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can understand and answer questions. Students will demonstrate that they have discipline, and are honest and responsible.

English language and study skills development through discussions, group work, exercises from course books, reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturers 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.

2

Reading, vocabulary and study skills.

3

Students are to successfully demonstrate that they have the knowledge and can use general vocabulary and rubrics. 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.

English language and study skills development through discussions, group work, exercises from course books, reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturers and students. Students are to interpret and evaluate questions and general vocabulary.

3

Reading and study skills.

3

Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can skim reading texts.

English language and study skills development through discussions, group work, exercises from course books, reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturers and students.

4

Reading and study skills.

3

Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can scan reading texts. Students will demonstrate that they can successfully collect and evaluate data in a self directed learning environment.

English language and study skills development through discussions, group work, exercises from course books, reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturers and students. Students are to collect and evaluate data commentaries with the use of computers and other electronic communication technology.

5

Listening and study skills.

3

Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can skim listening texts.

English language and study skills development through discussions, group work, exercises from course books, reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturers and students.

6

Listening and study skills.

3

Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can scan listening texts. Students will demonstrate that they can successfully collect and evaluate data in a self directed learning environment.

English language and study skills development through discussions, group work, exercises from course books, reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturers and students. Students are to collect and evaluate data commentaries with the use of computers and other electronic communication technology.

7

 

3

Midterm test.

 

8 - 9

Writing and study skills.

3

Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can write sentences.

English language and study skills development through discussions, group work, exercises from course books, reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturers and students.

10

Writing, grammar and study skills.

3

Students are to successfully demonstrate that they possess elementary sentence writing grammar.

English language and study skills development through discussions, group work, exercises from course books, reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturers and students.

11 - 12

Writing and study skills.

3

Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can write paragraphs. Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can write about current events.

English language and study skills development through discussions, group work, exercises from course books, reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturers and students. Students are to ensure they are up to date on current affairs.

13

Writing, grammar and study skills.

3

Students are to successfully demonstrate that they possess elementary paragraph writing grammar.

English language and study skills development through discussions, group work, exercises from course books, reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturers and students.

14 - 16

Speaking and study skills.

3

Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can give basic presentations. 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 that they can successfully collect and evaluate data in a self directed learning environment.

English language and study skills development through discussions, group work, exercises from course books, reading and writing of texts and presentations by the lecturers and students. Students are to participate in group work. Students are to take turns in leading discussions and groups. Students are to use their initiative to diagnose problems. Students are to be culturally aware of their peers. 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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