Course in English for students of Technology
1. The course will comprise 12 weeks (4 hours/week) of class work and a course exam, which will entitle students to 5 European Credits. The term exam will be in weeks 16/17 and will be based on the material covered in the course.
Half way through the term there will be a two-week break ( weeks 11-12 ). This will enable students to prepare for the oral presentation and to finish their academic essay.
2. Since this is a language course, active participation is necessary. This means you cannot stay at home and sleep, or sleep when you come to class. Credit will be given to class activity. The Language Centre requires 75% attendance.
3. Oral proficiency.
Every student will give a 15 - 20 minute presentation on his/her specific academic subject (or related to subject), either alone, or as part of a pair or group. In addition, every student may be asked to be a discussion leader once during the term, on any topic you think might interest your classmates. This could be around some article which has interested you, a book or a film etc.
4. Text analysis (from a variety of texts), to expand vocabulary and as a base for discussion. This will mainly be your teacher's responsibility, but student participation would be very welcome. If you come across an article in your field, which you think would be suitable to discuss in class, PLEASE feel free to bring it to class.
5. Written proficiency.
There will be three written assignments to hand in for assessment during the course. These will be fairly short assignments, primarily focusing on the process of writing. For instance:
d. A short formal (academic) essay (3-5 pages), or an abstract/summary of your oral presentation.
Some of these assignments will be guided, so that students focus on the process of writing, rather than simply on the presentation of scientific data. I do not want documents which you have written for somebody else before, and have already had corrected. This is a waste of everybody's time! Neither do I want “copy and paste” essays.
A course in Academic Writing will take place during this academic year. See printed programme.
Any points arising out of your writing. No systematic repetition of school grammar can be undertaken, there is not enough time. Good grammar books for self study:
Svartvik, Sager: Modern Engelsk Grammatik (Esselte Studium)
Allsop: Cassell students' English Grammar (+ exercises with answers)
Your course grade will be calculated according to the following:
class activity (one quarter)
presentation and discussion (one quarter)
writing assignments (one quarter)
course exam (one quarter)
Students need to obtain at least 1/5 in each section to pass the course.
Since nothing in this world comes free any longer, you will be asked to pay Three euro to help towards copies.
I hope we will have a nice term!
Special course in English for the Faculty of Technology and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
In addition to writing assignments for the course, each student will be required to lead an in-class discussion (this may be done in pairs), and to give a formal presentation (this must be done alone). Details are provided below.
Once during the term, you will be given the opportunity to discuss a particular topic in small groups. The topic is to be presented to the class by a different member of the class, or pair, each time. Topics can be study- related or deal with items of current interest.
Your task is to select a day when you wish to lead the class discussion and sign your name on the list. You should be able to announce your topic one week before the discussion takes place in order to give members of the class time to prepare themselves.
You should come prepared to provide sufficient background information on your topic to the class along with several questions or points that you feel should be considered and which will form the basis of the discussion. In the past, for example, each smaller group has been given a particular aspect of the question to discuss.
Once you have presented your topic and the questions you wish each of the groups to consider, the class could break up into smaller groups for approximately 10 minutes. After this, the whole class could then come together again to discuss the topic in plenary under your management.
Each student is required to give a 15-20 minute formal presentation on a topic of his or her choice. Ideally, the topic is an oral presentation of the written academic paper which is submitted at the end of the course, or a topic which is closely related to the individual’s field of study. Since this is a formal presentation, the presenter should address the class from the front, and make use of audio-visual equipment, OHP, etc., as required. Presentations should not be read directly from a prepared text.
However, brief notes or index cards may be used.
You will be assessed on correct use of language, clarity of speech, overall presentation of topic (including content, structure, timing, etc.) and, when relevant, use of audio-visual aids.
Please let me know your topic at least one week before the presentation. Should you need any help with equipment or materials for in-class discussions or presentations, please let me know in advance. (I can supply a cassette player, VCR etc., as long as I know when you need them.)
My office is in Arken M 211 and my office hour is Thursday 11-12.Telephone 215 4546. E.mail:
A course diary can be found at http.//web.abo.fi/~mphillip