EASL 060 - Masters English for Academic Purposes

This is an advanced-level course for non-native English students. This course grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking for non-native English students to encourage students to use English confidently in unpredictable and informal social situations and more prolonged formal contexts such as 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)

 

Prerequisites: 
EASL 050 or CaMLA of 62-80 

 

Non-Course Prerequisites:
None

 

Co-requisites: 
None

 

Course Content: 
Grammar
- 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.
Listening/Speaking
-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 oral presentation.
-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.
Reading
-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.
Writing
-Paragraph writing: descriptive, comparison, cause-effect, classification.
-Essay writing: descriptive, comparison, cause-effect, classification.
-Summary writing and paraphrasing.
-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.
-Formatting: title page, quotations, references.

 

 

Learning Outcomes: Students will:
Grammar
- 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 to 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 68, or equivalent

 

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