UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MARA (UiTM)
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PROGRAMME:   DIPLOMA PROGRAMME
CODE & COURSE: BEL 311: ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES
CREDIT HOURS:       3   CONTACT HOURS:       6 hours per week
DURATION:               14 weeks PRE-REQUISITE:           PREPARATORY COURSE FOR MUET

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is aimed at preparing students to meet the demands of their respective disciplines.  This is achieved by training students to employ the language skills and strategies necessary to carry out their academic tasks.

 

COURSE OUTCOMES:

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

1. read and respond to academic texts
2. conduct literature search on topics selected
3. plan and write an outline for a written assignment
4. write a text of an academic nature
5. listen and respond to spoken discourse
6. communicate effectively during group discussions


COURSE CONTENT

Reading

• Skimming for general information
• Scanning for specific information
• Outlining
• Interpreting non-linear texts
• Making inferences
• Drawing conclusions
• Analysing and evaluating reading texts
• Distinguishing fact from opinion

Writing

• Revising writing skills
• Paraphrasing
• Summarizing
• Analysing and Synthesizing
• Documenting
• Drafting, Revising and Editing
* Students will be required to write a text of an academic nature

Listening

• Identifying the main ideas and supporting details of a lecture
• Identifying spoken cues or transitions
• Taking notes
• Distinguishing between fact and opinion

Speaking

• Participating in discussions
• Expressing opinions and supporting them
• Expressing agreement/ disagreement
• Giving suggestions/possible solutions
• Evaluating opinions
* Lecturers should use materials and conduct activities related to the students’ respective disciplines.

ASSESSMENT

• On-going Assessment -60%

• Written assignment (450-700 words) - 30%
• Group Discussion - 20%
• Attendance - 10%
(punctuality, participation and timely submission of assignments)


• Final Examination - 40%

• Reading - 20%
• Writing - 20%


PRESCRIBED TEXT

Cox, Kathy & Hill, David. ( 2007). EAP now! Preliminary: English for Academic Purposes. Students’ Book. NSW: Pearson ED. Australia

RECOMMENDED TEXT

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. ( 2005). 4th. ed. Essex: Pearson ED

REFERENCES

Cox, Kathy & Hill, David. ( 2004). EAP now! English for Academic Purposes. NSW: Pearson ED. Australia
Dollahite, Nancy E. & Haun, Julie. (2006) Sourcework: Academic Writing from Sources. Boston, MA: Thomson Heinle
Langan, J. ( 2001). College Writing Skills with Readings. New York: McGraw Hill.
Leki, Ilona. (1989). Academic Writing. New York: St. Martin's Press.
Lipp, Ellen. (1992). From Paragraph to Term Paper. Boston: Heinle and Heinle Publishers.
Morais, Elaine. (2006). Academic Writing for Beginners: Explorations of the Mind.
Kuala Lumpur: The Beacon Press
Oshima, Alice & Hogue, Ann. Introduction to Academic Writing. : Longman, Pearson

Internet Sources


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