Course Title : Academic Language Skills II
Code Course
Credits ECTS
ELL 112-1 B 2 5 0 0 5.00 7
Lecturer and Office Hours
Teaching Assistant and Office Hours
Language English
Course Level
Description The syllabus of this course has a multi-layered structure, which includes a comprehensive grammar and vocabulary syllabus integrating listening, speaking, writing and reading. Regarding reading, emphasis will be put on comprehension, vocabulary knowledge and extensive reading, It aims at developing learning skills by involving students in task-based approach, by leading them to work autonomously with the dictionary and other language resources. It aims at improving students’ language skills and especially skills in reading comprehension. The texts for this course will help students improve their comprehension of diverse topics and subject areas (e.g., social science, natural science, and humanities) with various modes of discourse (e.g., exposition, narration, and argumentation). Students’ critical thinking and higher order comprehension skills are expected to improve as greater weight will be placed on inferential skills throughout the semester. The texts cover cultural aspects of contemporary English speaking countries helping their intercultural education. Writing is developed through a more in-depth study of grammatical structures and through further practice in writing techniques for paragraphs and, especially, the five-paragraph essay. Students continue to improve their ability to write a variety of sentence types and engage in peer critique and substantial revision.
Objectives The course aims to - develop students’ reading skills and their verbal ability - improve the use of vocabulary learning strategies during their readings and specific activities designed for vocabulary instruction. - develop students’ ability to become cognizant of the underlying processes of reading comprehension and will become better at using skills effective for comprehension of reading material. - improve students’ skills in identifying distinguishing features of passages, relate them to the function and context of the writing, and organize information in their answers. - make students demonstrate understanding of various grammatical structures from the text in both speaking and writing: To explain techniques for writing paragraphs, essays, journal, letter and creative writing and to emphasize the importance of editing in writing. - make students discuss, argue about different social and academic topics using English language grammatically correct.
Course Outline
1Who we are ,Different but the same, Present and past tenses
2Writing: Informal letters, Workbook
3Pushing boundaries, How to build a Bionic Man, Future
4Writing: Proposals, Workbook
5Widen your horizons, Young entrepreneurs Making Their Mark, infinitive /-ing forms
6Writing: semi-formal/formal letters/emails , Workbook
8Midterm Exam
9Health Matters, What`s in a Smile, Modals
10Writing: An essay based on prompts , Workbook
11Cause for Concern, Environmental Crime Investigator, Writing: Reports, Workbook
12Material World, The story of Stuff, For and Against Essay
13Back to Nature, Ice Breaks, Writing a narrative
14The Art of Entertainment, Risking life and limb, Writing a Review
16Final Exam
Other References
Laboratory Work -
Computer Usage -
Other -
Learning Outcomes and Competences
1Students will be able to understand extended speech and lectures and follow complex lines of argument in English.
2Students will be able to read English language articles and texts concerned with contemporary topics in which the writer adopts a particular viewpoint or attitude.
3Students will be able to take an active part in academic discussions in English, presenting clear, detailed descriptions and defending a particular viewpoint by describing the various advantages and disadvantages.
4Students will be able to take notes and write essays and summaries in English.
Course Evaluation Methods
In-term studies Quantity Percentage
Term Projects00
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade60
Contribution of final examination to overall grade40
ECTS (Allocated Based on Student) Workload
Activities Quantity Duration
Total Workload
Course Duration (Including the exam week : 16 x Total course hours) 16580
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14342
Assignments 122
Midterms 11010
Final examination 11414
Other 31030
Total Work Load 178
Total Work Load / 25 (hours) 7.12

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