Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Reading and Writing Skills ELT 105 1 6 + 0 6 7
Precondition Courses <p>None</p>
Recommended Optional Courses <p>None</p>
Course Language English
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Compulsory
Course Coordinator Öğr.Gör. AYDIN ÇELENK
Course Lecturers
Course Assistants

Res. Assist. Elif BOZYİĞİT

Course Category
Course Objective

The course aims to equip the students with the required reading and writing skills. At the end of the semester, students will be able to read between the lines and express their ideas in a well-organized form. Furthermore, they will idetify the types and forms of essay and be informed about the academic writing etiquette.

Course Content

The present course is designed to develop reading and writing skills of the freshmen of ELT. The components of a reading process & both the process itself and its background- such as reader, author, text, the action of typing etc. along with the gateways to academic and some other forms of writing will be our foci throughout the semester. Rather than simply analyzing reading materials in terms of grammatical and basic structural elements, we will question each aspect to raise an awareness of reading. An analysis of meticulously selected materials consolidates the fact that language varies in accordance with time, place, gender, society and context. As the authors of Ways of Reading have suggested, we will &#8220;treat reading as much more than the simple decipherment of words on the page.&#8221; Students will be encouraged to question to what degree a hand can successfully convey the intention to the audience by means of pen, or whether putting pen to paper is so simple.

Another focus of attention will be some different forms of writing ranging from academic ones to electronic mail etiquette. The issues kept in perspective while studying reading will be your main assets throughout the process of writing, so as the title of the course clues you in, these two dimensions are firmly interconnected, and feed one another. Beginning with words that are the smallest constituents of writing, we will broaden our scope with sentences, paragraphs etc. We will consolidate the fact that paraphrasing is the key to furthering writing skills. Other than focusing on such technical details of writing process, we will also pay attention to philosophical side of it; to put it another way we discuss various viewpoints of writing by numerous critics e.g. we will brainstorm the hypothesis of materialist criticism that advocates &#8220;even a supposedly simple text is nothing but a totality of lines standing as the production of a single hand.&#8221; Though to achieve the objectives seem burdensome, the attainments of the course will definitely repay your efforts, so enjoy it!

# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Students will be able to read and understand texts in English from a number of different disciplines Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
2 Students will be able to determine author´s purpose and intended audience. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
3 Students will be able to locate main ideas and supporting details. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
4 Students will be able to define main concepts in academic writing. Lecture, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Testing, Homework,
5 Students will be able to identify and locate the thesis statement and the topic sentence in an essay and a paragraph respectively. Lecture, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
6 Students will be able to write paragraphs and essays in various academic rhetorical modes based on given topics. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
7 Students will be able to will pay attention to the author´s way of using language, structuring the essay and developing the ideas. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
8 Students will be able to analyze expository, process-analysis, comparison and contrast, and classification types of essays using critical reading skills and evaluate them based on English academic writing criteria. Lecture, Drilland Practice, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
9 Students will be able to analyze paragraphs and essays written by classmates using peer-feedback forms, evaluate and correct them. Lecture, Drilland Practice, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
10 Students will be able to compose expository, process-analysis, comparison and contrast, and classification essays based on given topics. Lecture, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
11 Students will be able to identify and locates connectors and transitional signals in essays and paragraphs. Lecture, Question-Answer, Drilland Practice, Self Study, Testing, Homework,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Introduction to the course and the course aims, academic integrity and plagiarism, in-text citations, types of reading & writing, purposes of reading & writing, text types (Formal vs. Informal), diagnostic writing
2 Activating background and identifying main ideas; Types (Simple, Compound, Complex, Compound-Complex) Punctuation, Fixing Sentence Problems, Parallel Structures, Academic vs non-academic vocabulary, Use of Corpus)
3 Reading strategies; Types (Simple, Compound, Complex, Compound-Complex) Punctuation, Fixing Sentence Problems, Parallel Structures, Academic vs non-academic vocabulary, Use of Corpus (contd.)
4 Cohesion, unity and coherence, use of conjunctions, punctuation rules
5 Managing unknown vocabulary, practising reading strategies; practices
6 Creating concept maps; Paragraph organization and its features
7 From paragraph to essay, Essay organization and its features
8 Introducing types of essay, Identifying topics and writing thesis statements, Process Essay
9 Midterm Exam
10 Opinion Texts; Opinion-Essay
11 Opinion Essay (cont'd)
12 Revisional work, reading variety of texts; Feedback Practices
13 Problem-Solution texts; Problem-Solution Essay
14 Problem-Solution Essay (contd.)
Resources
Course Notes <p>Barton, G. (2000). Writing o 14. Oxford University Press.</p> <p>Greenall, S.(1986). Effective Reading. Cambridge University Press.</p> <p>Meyers, A. (2005). Gateways to academic writing: Effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays. London: Longman.</p> <p>Montgomery, M., &amp; Alan Durant, N. Fabb, T. Furniss, S. Mills (2007). Ways of Reading. London and New York: Routledge, Taylor &amp; Francis Group.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Course Resources

Oshima, A., & Hogue, A. (2006). Writing academic English  (Longman Academic Writing Series, Level 4). London: Pearson Longman.

Smith, L. C. (2013). Longman academic reading series: Reading skills for college (Level 5). New York, NY: Pearson Education.

 

Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 A graduate of the department is able to plan teaching processes.
2 A graduate of the department possesses the skill in organizing appropriate environments for English teaching.
3 A graduate of the department can evaluate materials and resources that are relevant to English teaching with a critical viewpoint.
4 A graduate of the department employs appropriate methods and techniques for English teaching.
5 A graduate of the department decides on the feasibility of software and other technological resources to be utilized in English teaching
6 A graduate of the department chooses the suitable learning strategies considering the personal traits of the students.
7 A graduate of the department develops writing, reading, speaking and listening skills of the students.
8 A graduate of the department uses measurement and assessment instruments in an effective way.
9 A graduate of the department generates solutions for the educational, social and economic problems of the society.
10 A graduate of the department questions to what degree s/he possesses the required qualifications of a teacher.
11 A graduate of the department follows the academic studies conducted in the field for his personal development.
12 A graduate of the department conveys his ideas on the significance of intercultural communication in the process of learning English as a foreign language.
13 A graduate of the department indicates the ways of digging up information that are compulsory for life-long learning.
14 A graduate of the department generates foreign language tests.
15 A graduate of the department designs original activities promoting the use of English in the daily life.
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 30
1. Ödev 25
1. Kısa Sınav 20
1. Proje / Tasarım 25
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 60
1. Final 40
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 6 96
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 3 48
Mid-terms 1 2 2
Assignment 1 10 10
Final examination 1 2 2
Quiz 2 2 4
Project / Design 1 20 20
Performance Task (Application) 1 2 2
Total Workload 184
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 7.36
dersAKTSKredisi 7