English Language Course admin
This course teaches students whose native language is not English how to read with good comprehension and to write clearly and persuasively in English. The course consists of 20 hours of lecture, divided up into 10 meetings that last 2 hours each.
This course is especially designed to meet the language needs of students who are preparing to enroll at an American university. Its major aim is to raise the writing skill level of these students, ensuring that they will do well on the academic writing assignments that they encounter in their university classes.
Homework for the course will include writing exercises that students do following each meeting. In between one lecture and the next, each student’s writing assignment will be read by a Tutors.University tutor, who will then meet with the student one-to-one, using Skype or another two-way communication platform, to review that assignment. The student and the tutor will also discuss course content and review the progress that the student is making.
Introduction to reading and writing academic English
History of the English language
The many aims of writing, ranging from diaries to story-telling, journalism, and scientific communication
Varieties of academic writing: brief course assignments, longer essays, theses, dissertations
Writing for publication
Introduction to grammar and the writing process
Grammar and accuracy in writing – Part 1
Correct use of eight parts of speech: nouns, determiners, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions.
Punctuation and transitions
Preparation: Gathering and organizing information
Working individually and in groups
Effective use of GoogleDocs and other communication media
Initial discussion and brainstorming
Choosing a thesis
Reading sources and critical thinking
Evaluation of Internet sources
Originality and plagiarism
Grammar and accuracy in writing – Part 2
Word choice and phrase choice
Irregular verbs and other features of the English language
The spoken and the written word (presentation by Adam Elder)
Mastering the challenges of pronunciation, inflection, intonation, and diction.
Dramatic illustrations of the relationships between written and spoken English
The writing process – Part 1
Developing your thesis
Description, analysis, interpretation, and explanation
Working with an outline
The writing process – Part 2
Logical order, paraphrasing, summarizing
Quotations and references
Writing a draft: opening, body paragraphs, conclusion
Additional drafts and proof reading
Arguments, logic, observation, counter-arguments, fallacies
Evidence: examples, statistics, and generalization
Correlation and cause and effect
Consideration of the intended audience
The use of visual information, as in a PowerPoint presentation
Review of the course
We at Tutors.University aim to make learning English an exciting and rewarding adventure.
Our English language course, which combines lectures with one-to-one meetings with a tutor, is designed to raise your writing ability step-by-step.
This is an effective way to improve your reading skill too, because reading well and writing well go forward hand in hand.