Program length: 200 hours
Credits needed to earn the degree: 8 ECTS
Degree level: MQF Level 5
The Award in English for Academic Purposes: High-Intermediate Level course is designed for students who have completed the level 4 intermediate course at AUM or tested into this level through a placement exam. This course has a minimum placement test score of 3.9 on the iTEP Placement Core exam. This test will be administered upon arrival at the university.
Learning Outcomes for Communication Skills for the whole course,
Learning outcomes include:
a) Speaking Skills:
– Present a business plan
– Take part in a debate
– Changing the topic
– Using questions to maintain listener’s interest
– Adding to another speaker’s comments
– Answering questions
– Other common intonation patterns
– Basic intonation patterns
– Highlighted words
– Thought groups
c) Writing Skills:
– Essay brainstorm, outline, and format
– Writing compare and contrast essays
– Writing cause and effect essays
– Writing a summary
– Writing an opinion essay
– Citing sources (APA)
– Writing a persuasive essay
Learning Outcomes for Learning to Learn Skills for the whole course,
The learner will acquire the following:
– Students will be able to discern and restate meaning from academic lectures, both verbally and in writing, by gathering information through detailed and organized notes.
– Students will be able to listen for bias, contrasting ideas, signal words and phrases, for causes and effects, and making inferences from recorded lectures and conversations.
– Students will be able to take effective notes from lectures and how to edit those notes after the listening exercise or lecture.
– Students will be able to effectively communicate both formally and informally through group discussions and presentations. Additionally, students will enunciate in a manner that helps the listener understand.
– Students will be able to make academic presentations on a variety of topics in front of the class, express interest during a conversation, take part in a debate, and create questions to maintain listeners’ interest.
– Students will be able to apply the following reading strategies: previewing, skimming, scanning, inferring from context, and using an outline. This will be assessed by comprehension questions, creating outlines, and summary writing.
– Students will be able to understand compare and contrast organization, understanding the purpose of quoted speech, recognize bias, and identify counter arguments and refutations.
– Students will be able to comprehend a variety of social and academic texts by reading orally and silently in class, and are assessed through comprehension questions formally and informally.
– Students will be able to recognize and use a broad set of social and academic vocabulary words in all four skills, reading, writing, listening, and speaking, that are most common in the English language, gathered from the Oxford 3000 list.
– Students will be able to recognize context, root words, word forms, affixes, and parts of speech in order to expand formal and informal vocabulary and interpret meaning of unknown words while reading and listening.
– Students will be able to identify diverse grammatical errors while editing their own writing or peer editing.
– Students will be able to use subordinators and transitions to compare and contrast using comparative forms of adjectives and adjectives in their writings and essays.
– Students will be able to form simple, compound, complex, and compound complex sentences using the following grammatical structures: present perfect, present perfect continuous, passive voice, reported speech, indirect speech, real conditionals, adverb clauses, and adverb phrases in writing, classroom discussions, and speaking opportunities.
– Students will be able to follow the steps of the writing process to construct academic essays by brainstorming, creating an outline, writing summaries, and formatting the essays appropriately for academic writing at a high-intermediate level.
– Students will be able to edit and revise their own work and works of peers using standard editing markings.
– Students will be able to create various types of essays, including: compare and contrast, cause and effect, opinion essay, and persuasive essays which will be assessed using an appropriate rubric for each.
– Students will be able to understand and use basic APA citation skills as demonstrated in research writing.
– Students will be able to develop keyboarding skills on the computer, using typing.com, in preparation for writing academic papers.