English for Academic Purposes 2

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSGA1FC1324

Semester and Year Offered:Semster3 Monsoon 2019 onwards

Course Coordinator and Team: Krishna K Dixit

Email of course coordinator:

Pre-requisites: None

Course Objectives/Description:

This is an advance course (building on English for Academic Purposes 1 offered at Semester One) targeted at equipping students with core study skills required for undergraduate study through English language. The aim is to facilitate student learning in specific disciplines by working with subject specific material. It is targeted at helping students in productive tasks in academic genre (both spoken and written).

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. Speak with appropriate accuracy and fluency using moderately complex sentence structures in the context of academic discourse
  2. Verbally connect ideas in paragraph-like discourse.
  3. Use appropriate verbal intonation and rhythm.
  4. Engage in verbal role playing in formal and informal situations.
  5. Express advice and personal opinions with supporting information.
  6. Make formal and informal oral presentations.
  7. Engage in group discussions by employing effective strategies to initiate, persuade, convince, interrupt, agree and disagree



  1. Demonstrate a level-appropriate understanding and application of grammar rules in writing
  2. Use appropriate typographical and punctuation clues
  3. Use structural conventions appropriately in accordance with the type of writing
  4. Practice peer editing, self-editing, and revising skills.
  5. Write short and long academic compositions of various kinds such as narrative, argumentative and descriptive.
  6. Demonstrate a level-appropriate ability to synthesize ideas by referring to multiple sources and arriving at one’s own claims/arguments


Vocabulary and Grammar

  1. Acquire and use new academic vocabulary.
  2. Demonstrate level-appropriate application of grammar in speaking and writing.
  3. Accurately compose moderately complex sentences with basic transitions to connect ideas in spoken and written discourse.
  4. Use appropriate technical vocabulary, sentence structures and basic stylistic features in written and oral academic compositions.
  5. Use appropriate written and spoken language patterns, including sequential events, cause and effect, compare and contrast, and problem/solution narratives.


Study Skills

  1. Compare and contrast different written and oral texts on a common topic/ issue
  2. Prepare summaries by synthesizing from multiple texts on a common topic/ issue
  3. Compare and contrast multiple positions or views on a common topic/ issue in the same or different texts


Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

The course begins with review of ground covered in EAP 1. It will be followed by a study of core language skills – speaking, writing, and vocabulary and grammar – focusing on specialized subjects. The course has four modules: academic speaking, academic writing, academic vocabulary and grammar and core study skills. 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:

  • Class tests/ quiz/ assignments 20%
  • Writing portfolio 20%
  • Project work (presentation and report) 20%
  • Mid-sem and/or End-sem examination 40%

[*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.