English for Academic Purposes 1

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSGA1FC1324

Semester and Year Offered: Semster 1 Monsoon 2018 onwards

Course Coordinator and Team: Krishna K Dixit

Email of course coordinator:

Pre-requisites: None

Course Objectives/Description:

This course aims at introducing students to core academic study skills required for study in English medium. The primary focus of the course is on introducing students to receptive skills (both spoken and written) of disciplinary discourses. The key content areas covered include listening, reading and vocabulary and grammar in academic English with specific reference to specialized subject areas. It is anticipated that this course will prepare students for productive tasks in academic life.

Course Outcomes:

The student is expected to be able to do the following things at the end of the course in terms of different language skills:


  1. Use academic listening strategies such as prediction, identification of main ideas and specific details, and note-taking.
  2. Respond appropriately to spoken instructions.
  3. Recognize formal and informal spoken (academic) English.
  4. Identify ways of emphasizing, signposting, organising, etc used in spoken (academic) English.


  1. Read and comprehend authentic English language publications, both print and electronic, such as newspapers, journals, brochures and catalogues, course materials and online blogs.
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of appropriate reading and pre-reading strategies such as scanning, annotating, predicting outcomes, making inferences, and identifying main ideas and supporting details.
  3. Use strategies to comprehend unfamiliar vocabulary in context.
  4. Understand a writer’s purpose
  5. Identify main arguments, counter arguments and thesis in academic texts

Vocabulary and Grammar

  1. Demonstrate level-appropriate understanding and application of grammar rules
  2. Use typographical and punctuation clues to supplement their comprehension
  3. Understand structural conventions of various kinds of writings.
  4. Acquire and use new academic vocabulary.
  5. Identify written and spoken language patterns, including sequential events, cause and effect, compare and contrast, and problem/solution narratives.
  6. Identify various academic writing devices such as embedding, use of relative clauses, complex-compound sentences etc.

Study Skills

  1. Prepare summaries of written and oral academic texts
  2. Prepare summaries using a variety of graphical or non-verbal means, e.g. tree diagrams or flow-charts
  3. Paraphrase key ideas and expressions from academic texts
  4. Take notes from written and oral academic texts, with and without graphical aids
  5. Search for and find relevant information from a range of print and online sources
  6. Assess the relevance of collected information to a stated purpose

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

The course begins with an overall introduction to the English language for academic purposes. It will be followed by a study of core language skills – listening, reading, vocabulary and grammar – focusing on specialized subjects. The focus areas will include academic listening, academic reading, academic vocabulary and grammar and core study skills, such as critical thinking, summarizing, paraphrasing, note-taking etc. Course material will be predominantly authentic material drawn from professional literature and the Internet, and may include journal articles, book chapters, passages from textbooks or reference books related to students’ major subjects, as well as audio clips of lectures, talks, debates, research presentations, etc. Efforts will be made to include texts of students’ own choice and interest where feasible.

Assessment Details with weights:

  1. In-class and home assignments (throughout the semester) 20%
  2. Class tests/ quiz/ group discussions/ presentations (throughout the semester) 30%
  3. Mid-semester examination (as per AUD calendar) 20%
  4. End-semester examination (as per AUD calendar) 30%
  5. [*The types of assessment and weightages are subject change. Students will be informed the assessment plan at the beginning of the semester.]

Reading List

  • Rost, M. (2015) Teaching and Researching Listening. London: Routledge.
  • Hewings, M.(2012). Cambridge Academic English. Cambridge:CUP.
  • Lane, S.(2010). Instant Academic Skills. Cambridge: CUP.
  • Cotrell, S.(2005). Critical Thinking Skills. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Bailey, Stephen (2006). Academic Writing : A Handbook for International Students . Milton Park : Routledge.
  • Zemach, D.E. and Rumisek, L.A. 2005 [2003]. Academic Writing from Paragraph to Essay. Oxford: Macmillan.
  • Swales, J. (1990) Genre Analysis: English in academic and research settings. Cambridge: CUP.
  • Swales, J. & C. B. Feak (2000) English in Today’s Research World: A writing guide. Ann Arbor, MI: Michigan University Press.