EASL 050 - Advanced English for Academic Purposes

This is a course for upper intermediate to advanced non-native English students. This course covers grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking to encourage students to confidently understand and use correct English in unpredictable and informal social situations and more prolonged formal contexts like speeches, lectures, and discussions. This course will also focus on reading fluency through comprehension and discussion of various materials and academic essay writing skills development.


Hours: 300 (Lecture Hours: 300)


EASL 040 or CaMLA of 51-61 


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
Grammatical structures used in speech and academic writing.
-Verb tenses - affirmatives, negatives, questions, short answers, tag questions.
-Nouns count, non-count, qualifiers and measurement units, articles, pronouns, possessives.
-Modal Verbs.
-Connectors - coordinating conjunctions, transitions, subordinating conjunctions.
-Phrasal verbs used in a variety of tenses.
-Adverbs, Adverbials; Adverb, Adjective and Noun Clauses and Phrases and their reductions. 
-The Passive Voice.
-Gerunds, infinitives and related structures.
-Conditional sentences including hope and wish, and the  subjunctive.
-Reported speech used orally and in writing.
-Pronunciation - discrete sounds, reductions, contractions, linking, syllabication, stress (syllable and sentence), phrasing, intonation and rhythm, can and can't.
-Oral presentations.
-Listening for main ideas, details, and expressions and signal words that introduce topics and cohesion.
-Making inferences.
-Comprehend and take effective notes from oral lectures.
-Apply discourse strategies such as rejoinders, open-ended and follow-up questions, clarification, comprehension checks, asking for details, describing, summarizing, asking for input, direct and indirect quotations, repetition, advising, interviewing, changing the topic, using persuasive language
-Employ rhetorical cues to aid in listening fluency.
-Grammar review: gerunds, infinitives, subjunctive for suggestions, transitive and intransitive phrasal verbs, past unreal conditionals, present perfect and present perfect continuous, comparative adjectives and adverbs, sentences (simple, compound, complex), indirect speech, relative clauses, real conditionals.
-Vocabulary development.
-Students will read and respond to a variety of materials.
-Vocabulary and idioms from context, definitions.
-Distinguish general from specific.
-Outlines, paraphrasing, summarizing, making inferences.
-Expressing reactions, comparisons.
-Recall information, identifying main ideas stated or implied.
-Practice prereading skills: scan for facts, skim for general ideas, discern between general and specific ideas, and separate fact from opinion.
-Predict main ideas from titles and abstracts. 
-Identify supporting statements and organization in a variety of types of writing.
-Paraphrase and summarize.  
-Learn new vocabulary and idioms, collocations, parts of speech, roots, prefixes, suffixes.
-Oral presentation/book talk.
-Paragraph writing: descriptive, comparison, cause-effect, classification.
-Essay writing: descriptive, comparison, cause-effect, classification.
-Editing: capitalization, punctuation, subject-verb agreement, revision.
-Grammar for writing: subject-verb agreement, fragments, pronoun reference, parts of speech, preposition use, common suffixes, comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, transitions and conjunctions, passive voice, adjective clauses.
-Vocabulary: word associations, collocations.
-Summary writing.


Learning Outcomes: Students will:
- be able to correctly identify and employ the grammatical structures necessary to express complex ideas
- practise and apply correct forms in communicative contexts
- employ the structures, vocabulary, and pronunciation of English in order to carry on intermediate to advanced level oral and written exchanges with few errors
- show increased fluency in reading and comprehension of English materials through developing skills
- understand vocabulary from context, recognize the author’s main idea, show understanding by discussion or writing, summarizing, inferring, skimming, scanning, and interpreting
- develop organizational skills in writing to demonstrate that they understand the concept of content and detail to support the topic, develop cohesion and style in writing through the drafting and revision process, and use the correct forms for a variety of writing purposes


Grading System: Mastery


Passing Grade: A COM (completed), PGS (progressing) or DNC (did not complete) is based on a CaMLA minimum score of 62, or equivalent


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.