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English Language Department




Academic Year 2011-2012


Spring Term


Course: Academic English - ENG 122

Credits: 3

Course/Syllabus Compilers: Svetlana Zhanabayeva, Saule Yeshengazina, Jacob Reid





Approved by:


Dean A.Sh. Tokmagambetov




Head of the English Language S.K. Abdygapparova




Almaty 2012


Dean of General Education Faculty

Tokmagambetov A.Sh.

January 2012



SYLLABUS in Academic English (ENG 122)

Credits – 3


Personal Information on the instructor Time and place of classes Contact information
Lessons Office Hours Tel. e-mail
Zhexembiyeva N.R. Monday Wednesday Friday TBD nzhexembieva@yahoo. com

Prerequisite: Diagnostic Test (Level 4.5 in IELTS format)

Post-requisite: ENG 123 – Business English (Level 5.0 )

Course Description

The course is offered to students who have achieved a 4.5 on the IELTS test. It is designed to raise the students’ language competence to the required international standards of academics and future professional needs. The course requires regular guided practice for all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) concentrating on teaching written expression that is precise and demonstrates higher level thinking skills. Academic English has its own vocabulary and special characteristics that distinguish it from General or Professional English.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

· recognize and understand selected academic words when seen in context;

· develop the micro skills of a competent reader, including skimming, scanning, note-taking, and guessing the meanings of unknown words;

· identify the topic, main idea/thesis, and argument structure when reading and listening;

· distinguish fact from opinion and recognize point of view in reading and listening passages;

· choose a note-taking strategy that enables him or her to best understand and remember lecture content;

· use the writing process (planning, drafting, editing, revising) to clearly express and support an opinion in paragraphs and essays;

· write an extended essay using basic research;

· use APA references and citation style.





  1. Philpot S., Curnick L. New Headway. Academic Skills: Reading, Writing, and Study Skills. Level 3. Student’s Book. Oxford University Press, 2007.
  2. Campbell, Colin and Jonathan Smith. English for Academic Study: Listening (Course Book). Garnet Publishing, 2007 / Revised Edition 2009. (EASL)
  3. Zemach, Dorothy E. and Lisa A. Rumisek. Academic Writing: from paragraph to essay. MacMillan, 2005.
  4. Zwier, Lawrence J. Inside Reading: The Academic Word List in Context 2. Oxford 2009.
  5. Burgmeier, Arline. Inside Reading: The Academic Word List in Context 1. Oxford 2007.
  6. Cox, K. and D. Hill. EAP Now! Preliminary. Longman 2007.


  1. Adams, W. Royce and Becky Patterson. Developing Reading Versatility 8th Edition. Thomson Heinle 2001.
  2. Campbell, Colin. English for Academic Study: Vocabulary (Course Book). Garnet Publishing 2007.
  3. Frazier, Laurie and Shalle Leeming. Lecture Ready 3: Strategies for Academic Listening, Note-taking, and Discussion. Oxford 2007.
  4. McCarthy, Michael and Felicity O’Dell. Academic Vocabulary in Use. Cambridge 2008.
  5. Terry, Morgan and Judith Wilson. Focus on Academic Skills for IELTS. Longman 2004 / New Edition 2010.



*Please note that although your instructor(s) will make his/her best effort to adhere to the course calendar, adjustments may be made for a variety of reasons, including holidays, technical problems, and student performance.

Week Reading Listening Writing SIS (Project)
    Good study habits Introduce Cornell Method. The writing process. Summarizing and paraphrasing Description of the Project
Survey, Skim, Scan Challenges to effective listening Generating ideas.   What is a paragraph?  
Predicting Note-taking: Cornell System Topic sentences and sentence types Project Stage 1 due
Paragraph Purpose, Text Cohesion Introduction to lectures Paragraph development Editing strategies  
Info from multiple sources Identifying key ideas in lectures Comparison and Contrast Paragraph Project Stage 2 due
Distinguishing fact from opinion Note-taking part I Problem / Solution Paragraph  
    revision revision revision Project Stage 3 due
Reading strategy for longer texts Note-taking part II What is an essay? Thesis statements  
Dealing with unknown words; complex sentences Introducing new terminology Outlining an essay  
  Understanding visual information What lecturers do in lectures Introductions and conclusions Project Stage 4 due
  Dealing with longer texts Digressions Including sources in your writing  
Recognizing tone TBD Planning and writing a timed essay  
TBD TBD Unity and coherence Project Stage 5 due
End-of-Term Test Revision. Timed writing practice  



Attestation period I (30%) Attestation period II (30%) Examination (40%)
Module 1: In-class assessment Homework (T/SIS) 10% 5% 5% Module 3: In-class assessment Homework (T/SIS) 10% 5% 5% Listening Reading Writing 10% 15% 15%
Module 2: In-class assessment Homework (T/SIS) 10% 5% 5% Module 4: In-class assessment Homework (T/SIS) 10% 5% 5%
Mid-term assessment   10% End-of-term assessment 10%
Total 30% Total 30% Total 40%
Gross Total

Deadline schedule

¹ Type of evaluation Week Score
Class work * * * * * * *   * * * * * * *    
TSIS   * * * * * *   * * * * * *    
SIS     *   *   *       *     *    
Mid-term and End-of-term assessment               *             *  
Final exam                               *


There are two attestation periods worth 30% each. The final exam is 40% of the student’s grade.

In-class assessment includes classwork, quizzes, and participation.

Homework (T/SIS) is work done outside of class and includes regular assignments as well as the project.


Course policies

Academic honesty is expected of all students. Cheating and plagiarism are violations of academic honesty any student found violating the academic policy would receive an automatic “ZERO” for the assignment. Further actions will be taken according to the academic dishonesty policies of the English Language Department, General Education Faculty and KBTU.

Cheating is the act of obtaining information and data improperly or in a deceitful or dishonest way. Examples of cheating are copying from another student’s paper, obtaining information illegally on tests, and using crib notes or deceitful practices.

Late work: All formal papers must be submitted at the beginning of class on the day they are due. There will be a deduction of points. (10% per day)

Please note that it is your responsibility to print assignments well in advance.

Warning: a grade of zero will be given:

• No indication of sources (either in-text or after text)

• Falsification of sources

• Direct plagiarism (taking someone’s words as your own, presenting someone’s ideas as your own)

• Indirect plagiarism (mechanical paraphrases, electronic translations, other cases decided by the instructor)


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