ÇANKAYA UNIVERSITY

 

OFFICE OF BASIC AND ELECTIVE COURSES

 

ENGLISH UNIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009-2010 ACADEMIC YEAR

 

SPRING SEMESTER

 

 

 

 

 

COURSE SYLLABUS FOR

 

ENG 116 COMMUNICATION SKILLS II

 

For all departments

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Year: 2009-2010

Semester: Spring

Departments: All

Course Code: ENG 116

Course Name: Communication Skills II

Instructors: Meral Kızrak, Nilüfer Akın, Elvan Şentürk

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

  1. READING SKILL

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

-          identify the main idea and supporting details of a text

-          scan and skim the texts to find specific information

-          guess unknown words in a text through the use of contextual clues and decoding strategies

-          identify referents

-          recognize contextual references in a text

-          make inferences

-          evaluate and discuss the main ideas in a text

-          distinguish facts and opinions in a text

-          think critically in response to a text

-          understand a wide range of content words and idiomatic expressions in a text

 

  1. WRITING SKILL

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

-          use linkers, transitions, and parallel structures appropriately

-          develop an understanding of the sentence and paragraph

-          understand and use the key concepts of paragraph writing such as topic sentence, supporting sentences, concluding sentence, unity and coherence

-          describe places, people, things and events

-          state their opinions about given situations, pictures, articles

 

  1. LISTENING SKILL

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

-          identify main ideas

-          identify details

-          take notes

 

  1. SPEAKING SKILL

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

-          express their opinions about given topics

-          participate in conversations and group discussions

 

 

REFERENCES:

New English File (Upper-Intermediate) Supplementary materials will also be provided when required.

 

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION:

Lecture; question and answer; class/group discussions; communicative/meaningful language exercises; in-and-out-of-class reading and writing tasks.

 

LENGTH AND PERIOD:

3 hour per week; 15 weeks and 45 hours in total

 

ATTENDANCE:

Students are required to attend classes and examinations. Minimum required attendance is 70% for class sessions per semester, which makes up    hours of absence at most. A student who does not fulfill the requirements for attendance is not allowed to take the final exam for the semester concerned and is to repeat the course. Students who miss an exam will not be given a make-up exam unless they submit an approved medical report or any other official document proving their excuse.

 

CODE OF ACADEMIC CONDUCT:

Cheating during exams or presenting someone else’s work as yours (plagiarism) will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Disciplinary action will be taken against any student who violates the code of academic conduct.

 

GRADING:

-          Midterm 40%

-          Final exam 50%

-          Active participation during classes, attitude toward the course, assignments handed in due time 10%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TENTATIVE COURSE OUTLINE

 

Week 1            Orientation – Course Introduction and Overview

 

Week 2            UNIT 5

     - Topics: 5 A -The Psychology of Music

 

-          Learning Objectives

                      - To revise and extend the use of gerunds and infinitives

 

-          Language

Grammar: Gerunds and Infinitives – Revision – Certain verbs which can be used both in gerund and infinitive with a difference in meaning.

                        Vocabulary: Words related to music (instruments, musicians, etc.)

                       

 

 

 

Week 3            UNIT 5

 

-  Skills

Listening: Note-taking

Speaking: Discussing in pairs

Pronunciation: Rules for ch and y.

Reading: Matching the given in formation according to the text

 

 

 

Week 4            UNIT 5

 

            Topics: 5 B -Counting Sheep

 

            Learning objectives: To revise the use of used to to talk about repeated past actions and to introduce be used to, get used to to talk about actions or activities which have become or are becoming familiar.

 

            Language:

                        Grammar: used to, be used to, get used to. Form and meaning. Contrast the meanings of used to, be used to and get used to.

                        Vocabulary: Phrases related to sleep (oversleep, jet lagged etc)

 

 

Week 5            UNIT 5

 

            Skills:

                        Listening: Correcting the text according to the listening-text

                        Speaking: Discussing in pairs or in groups.

                                    Pronunciation: linking words

                        Reading: Finding the questions which are found in the text.

           

           

 

Week 6            UNIT 5

 

            Topics: 5 C – Breaking News

 

            Learning objectives: To revise the basic rules of reported speech and to introduce reporting verbs.

 

            Language:

                        Grammar: reporting verbs, as. Revision of basic rules. Form and meaning. Statements, questions and imperatives with say/tell/ask. Direct speech, reported speech and reporting verbs such as offer convince, admit, deny etc.

                        Vocabulary: Vocabulary items related to media: commentator, newsreader, critic etc.  

 

           

 

Week 7            UNIT 5

 

            Skills:

                        Listening: Listening for true&false statements.

                        Speaking: Debating on a topic about media.

                                    Pronunciation: Word stress of two-syllable reporting verbs.

                        Reading: Matching sentences with the people who said them

 

 

Week 8            UNIT 6

 

            Topics: 6 A – Speaking to the world

           

            Learning objectives: To consolidate and expand students’ knowledge of the rules governing use and non-use of definite and indefinite articles.

 

            Language

                                                Grammar: Revision of basic rules of definite and indefinite articles, Introducing new areas of article using such as institutions and geographical names.

 

Week 9            UNIT 6

 

                        Vocabulary: Collocations: ice and lemon, backwards and forwards, more or less, all and nothing, law and order etc.

 

            Skills:

                        Listening: Numbering the pictures according to the listening text.

                        Speaking: Giving a presentation

                                    Pronunciation: Sentence stress

            Reading: Find the answers of a questionnaire in a reading text, Identifying why some particular names and numbers are mentioned.

MIDTERM

 

Week 10            UNIT 6

 

                        Topics: 6 B –Bright lights, big city.

                       

            Learning objectives: To extend students’ knowledge of uncountable nouns and plural nouns in the context of big cities.

 

            Language

                                                Grammar: Uncountable nouns and plural nouns. The Rules of using countable and uncountable nouns. The differences between the uncountable and countable form of the same noun.

 

Week 11            UNIT 6

 

                        Vocabulary: Towns and cities, places of worship (chapel, mosque etc.) landmarks and sights (harbour, hill etc.), getting around (cable car, taxi rank etc) other buildings (concert hall, skyscraper etc)

 

            Skills:

                        Listening: Listening and matching the questions with the pictures.

                        Speaking: Expressing opinion

                                    Pronunciation: Word stress in multi-syllable words.

Reading: Marking the sentences true or false according to the information in the text.

 

Week 12            UNIT 6

 

                        Topics: 6 C – Euroka

 

            Learning Objectives: To teach the rules for using a variety of quantifiers correctly in the context of light hearted look at science. To make the students use the quantifiers instinctively.

 

            Language

                        Grammar: Quantifiers (all, every, both, either or, neither nor, all, any, none, none of etc.)

Vocabulary: Words related to science (a physicist, a biologist, a chemist, a geneticist, a geologist etc.)

 

 

 

Week 13            UNIT 6

 

                        Skills:

                        Listening: Answer wh- questions according to listening text.

Speaking: To lead a discussion on a topic about creative thinking. To speak about science in pairs through the guiding questions.

Pronunciation: Changing stress in word families(scientist, science, scientific)

                      Reading: To identify the names of the scientist and their speeches, To guess the vocabulary items out of context.

                   

                       

 

Week 14            UNIT 7

 

 

                        Topics: 7A I wish you wouldn’t ….

 

                        Learning objectives: To introduce the construction I wish… to talk about present and past regrets and to express annoyance.

 

                        Language:

                                    Grammar: Function and form of the structures that are used after wish.

            Vocabulary: -ed and –ing adjectives (frustrated, frustrating, depressed, depressing etc.) Expressions with go (go through, go sleep, go without etc.)

Week 15            UNIT 7

 Skills:

Listening: Identifying the people and their speeches in the listening record.

                                    Speaking: Talking about regrets.

                                                Pronunciation: Sentence rhythm.

                                    Reading: Identifing the supporting ideas in a text. Guessing word meanings out of context.