EASL 060 - Masters English for Academic Purposes

An advanced level course in grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking for non-native English students to encourage students to use English confidently in unpredictable and/or informal social situations, and in more prolonged formal contexts such as speeches, lectures, and discussions, to read English to gain fluency through comprehension and discussion of various materials, and to develop academic essay writing skills..

 

Hours: 300 (Lecture Hours: 300)

 

Total Weeks:  15

 

Prerequisites: 
None

 

Non-Course Prerequisites:
Admission to English for Academic Purposes Level 060 or
EASL 050

 

Co-requisites: 
None

 

Course Content:
Grammar
- Various grammatical forms used in complex structures
- Verb tenses used in negative, questions, short answers
- Nouns count, non-count, qualifiers and measurement units
- Modals - situation of application
- Connectors - coordinating conjunctions, transitions, subordinating conjunctions
- Phrasal verbs used in a variety of tenses
- Adverb, adjective and noun clauses and phrases and their reductions
- Passive voice using various verb tenses
- Gerunds, infinitives and related structures
- Conditional sentences including hope and wish, and the subjunctive
- Reported speech used orally and in writing
Listening and Speaking
- Accuracy in pronunciation - discrete sounds, reductions, contractions, linking, stress, focus, and rhythm
- Comprehending, summarizing and note-taking in academic lectures
- Discourse strategies
- Public speaking
- Transforming aural information to a visual form: map, graph
- Basic rights/obligations and problems regarding employment and housing
- Discussing news broadcasts, sitcoms and lectures
- Note-taking from a variety of formats
- Describing a sequence of events using a variety of tenses
- Making timed speeches in preparation for TOEFL
Reading
- Theme, vocabulary from context
- Distinguishing general from specific, identifying irony
- Anticipating content, reading, critically, skimming
- Prereading, comparisons, outlines, vocabulary analysis, paraphrasing
- Comprehension, hypotheses, study mapping, summarizing
- Outlining, oral summaries, making inferences, idioms
- Definitions, recalling information, bias, summarizing
- Guessing vocabulary from context, expressing reactions, comparisons
- Key issues, recalling information, group discussions, tone and mood, scanning
- Suffixes, prefixes, identifying important differences, shades of meaning, paraphrasing
- Reading between the lines, comprehension, point of view
Writing
- Essay writing in various forms: argument, compare and contrast, exposition, cause and effect, narrative
- Business letters, creative writing
- TOEFL speed writing
- Brainstorming, forming a thesis statement which can be supported
- Organizing main supporting ideas
- Preparing details to substantiate each idea
- Writing an outline
- Writing body paragraphs focusing on unity and cohesiveness by using a variety of transitions and connecting phrases
- Writing introduction and conclusion paragraphs
- Writing transition sentences or paragraphs
- Editing
- Drafting and revising for style and fluency
- Introduction to research paper writing including selection of materials, quoting, citing and creating a bibliography

 

 

Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:
Grammar
- Correctly identify and employ the grammatical structures necessary to express complex ideas
- Practice and apply correct forms in communicative contexts
Listening and Speaking
- Comprehend and take effective notes from aural lectures
- Improve two-way communication through applying the sound system of English and develop fluency in discrete sounds by focusing on rhythm and use of reductions
- Apply discourse strategies such as phrases for rejoinders, follow-up questions, clarification, comprehension checks, asking for details, describing, summarizing and leading a group in discussion by asking for input
- Employ rhetorical cues to aid in listening fluency
- Make speeches and invite discussion of ideas
- Use conversational and discourse strategies of maintaining an opinion courteously, disagreeing, qualifying what has been said
Reading
- Read and respond to a variety of materials
- Recall information, identify main ideas stated or implied
- 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
- Write paraphrases and summarize
- Describe characters and settings, outline plots, and identify and support themes
- Learn and apply new vocabulary and idioms in writing and discussion
Writing
- Demonstrate understanding of concept of content and incorporate detail to support the topic
- Explore and organize ideas
- Develop cohesion and style in writing through the drafting and revision process
- Use the correct forms for a variety of writing purposes
- Compose a research paper complete with bibliography

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Grading System: Mastery/DNC

 

Passing Grade: Mastery is based on achieving a CaMLA EPT minimum test score of 69 administered at NLC plus readiness for Engl 099 or greater as indicated by NLC's Writing Assessment.

 

Percentage of Individual Work:  50

 

Percentage of Group Work:  50

 

Additional Comments:

 Although chapter quizzes, weekly tests, and speech marks are given, these assessments do not have any bearing on the final student grade. Students remain in the same level until they receive the appropriate mark on the CaMLA test..

 

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