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  • English Skills for Academic Studies

    Study Guide for

    AD Scheme in Health Studies

    Semester 2, 2008-09

    Written and compiled by Ms Amy Chui, Ms Wience Lai, Ms Jessica To, Ms Esther Tong and Mr Pong Tsang (2007) Modified and edited by Ms Yvonne Tang (2008) Hong Kong Community College, 2008

  • CC2001d English Skills for Academic Studies Semester 2, 2008-09 Study Guide


    TTTaaabbbllleee ooofff CCCooonnnttteeennntttsss I. Syllabus 2

    II. Teaching Plan 5

    III. Learning Outcome Matrix 14

    IV. Assessment Details 15

    V. Study Guide By Session 26

    VI. Supplementary Worksheets

    Worksheet 1. Essay Analysis Worksheet 2. My English Learning Self-evaluation Sheet Worksheet 3. Fragments, Run-on sentences, Unparallel structures Worksheet 4. Misplaced Modifiers Worksheet 5. Dangling Modifiers Worksheet 6. Designing a Questionnaire Worksheet 7. Interviewing Skills Worksheet 8. One-sentence Summaries Worksheet 9. Verbs & Subject-verb Agreement Worksheet 10. Pronouns & ESL Pointers Worksheet 11. Behaviour in Group Discussions Worksheet 12. More Useful Expressions for Successful Discussions Worksheet 13. Self-evaluation Sheet for Project Task B

    54 56 58 60 61 63 65 68 69 71 73 75 78

    VII. Annotated Student Samples

    Skill 1: Writing a Reflection

    Good Reflection Poor Reflection


    Skill 2: Writing an Essay Outline

    Good Essay Outline Poor Essay Outline


    Skill 3: Writing a Research Essay

    Good Research Essay Poor Research Essay


    Skill 4: Writing one-sentence summaries (with identification of sources)

    Good Sample Poor Sample


  • CC2001d English Skills for Academic Studies Semester 2, 2008-09 Study Guide


    I. Syllabus

    CC2001 English Skills for Academic Studies

    Level 2 Credits 3 Nature Non-Science Medium of Instruction English Teaching Pattern 42 hours of Seminar Prerequisites Nil

    60% Coursework Assessment 40% Examination


    The subject prepares students for successful academic study in an English medium post-secondary learning environment. The main focus of this subject is to develop students confidence and competence in using English within academic contexts relevant to their area of study.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successfully completing this subject, students will be able to: Listening Skills

    take effective notes on key points and ideas in spoken academic contexts Reading Skills

    apply learned strategies to improve reading for different purposes (e.g. reading for general understanding, reading for details, etc.)

    Writing Skills

    write a well-structured paragraph that includes a topic sentence and supporting details paraphrase, summarize, and quote from a source write an academic essay using the process approach which enables students to

    o generate and select writing topics o plan, organise, and structure an academic essay o edit and revise their work for unity, coherence, support, and sentence skills

    demonstrate improved control of vocabulary and grammar through appropriate and accurate usage in writing

    Speaking Skills

    contribute and justify their comments and respond critically to others ideas in a small group discussion

    demonstrate improved control of pronunciation through an increased awareness of common pronunciation errors in Hong Kong

  • CC2001d English Skills for Academic Studies Semester 2, 2008-09 Study Guide


    Research Skills

    conduct library and other research and integrate ideas from other sources to support their positions

    document information from multiple sources using an established documentation style (e.g. MLA, APA, etc.)

    Study Skills

    reflect on learning processes and critically evaluate performance in academic English tasks contribute positively to class learning and group activities

    Indicative Contents

    Note-taking and listening skills Reading strategies Process writing Academic essays Referencing Documenting Discussion/ presentation skills Study skills

    Teaching/Learning Approach

    Students will be required to participate actively in the learning process. During seminars, students will take part in a wide range of interesting and challenging language learning activities such as role-plays, discussions, individual and group activities, which reflect students needs in their field of studies. In particular, students will be required to plan and collaborate with peers in a major team project/assignment which will give them an opportunity to experience learning from peers as well. In language laboratory sessions, audio-visual materials will be used to improve students listening and speaking skills, and WebCT will be used as a tool to promote extended learning after class. Students are also encouraged to engage in constant reflection on learning processes and to evaluate their own as well as their peers performance in the learning tasks. Through extensive interactive practices, the course helps students gain mastery of the academic language skills needed for effective academic communication.

    Assessment Approach

    Students are required to complete the following four assessment tasks which are combined to address all the learning outcomes of the course:

    1. Two individual written tasks 2. One individual/ group oral task 3. One group project/ assignment

    They will demonstrate achievement of course learning outcomes by completing a combination of the following tasks relevant to their discipline of study:

    i) Paragraph Writing: This task aims at assessing students ability in developing a topic through paragraphing. They need to write a paragraph that includes a topic sentence and supporting details.

  • CC2001d English Skills for Academic Studies Semester 2, 2008-09 Study Guide


    ii) Summary Writing: This task requires students to synthesize information/ideas from an academic article.

    iii) Group Project/Assignment: The group project/assignment gives students an opportunity to plan and collaborate with their fellow classmates in small groups and apply the learned strategies and skills in researching, writing, reading, speaking, and/or listening.

    iv) Seminar Discussion: This task assesses students listening and speaking skills. They have to apply the learned strategies to note down key points and opinions of their peers, state their position, and respond critically to peers ideas in a group discussion.

    v) Academic Essay: This writing task assesses students research, referencing, documenting, and process writing skills.

    Reflection: This task gives students opportunities to reflect on their learning processes and critically evaluate their group communication skills.

    In addition, to encourage a spirit of enquiry and sharing and to help students explore the creativity and enjoyment of the process of learning and researching knowledge, part of students grade will be based on their class participation throughout the course of the semester.

    Indicative Readings

    Recommended Textbook Langan, John. English Skills for Academic Studies. McGraw-Hill. (latest ed.). An abridged edition of:

    Langan, John. College Writing Skills with Readings. McGraw-Hill. (latest ed.). ---. Reading and Study Skills. McGraw-Hill. (latest ed.). References Langan, John. English Brushup. McGraw-Hill. (latest ed.). Madden, Carolyn G. and Rohlck, Theresa N. Discussion and Interaction in the Academic Community. University of Michigan Press. (latest ed.). Oshima, Alice. and Hogue, Ann. Writing Academic English. Addison Wesley Longman. (latest ed.). Spencer, Carolyn M. and Arbon, Beverly. Foundations of Writing: Developing Research and Academic Writing Skills. NTC. (latest ed.). Steer, Jocelyn. M. and Schmid, Dawn. The Advanced Grammar Book (Workbook), Heinle & Heinle. (latest ed.). Wallace, Michael J. Study Skills in English. Cambridge University Press. (latest ed.).

  • CC2001d English Skills for Academic Studies Semester 2, 2008-09 Study Guide


    III. Learning Outcome Matrix

    Expected Learning Outcomes Teaching Week

    (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f)


    - Course introduction

    - Essay structure

    - Self-reflection


    - Writing process

    - Pre-writing strategies

    - Writing effective thesis statements

    and topic sentences

    - Sentence skills


    - Research skills: Research at a

    local library and designing a


    - Interviewing skills


    - Outlining an essay

    - Supporting the thesis

    - Sentence skills


    - Recognising main ideas

    - Researching skills: Researching on

    the Internet


    - Writing one-sentence summaries

    - Paraphrasing ideas

    - Research essay consultation


    - Summarising an article

    - MLA referencing


    - Building coherence

    - Grammar revision


    - Revising and editing skills

    - Listening and note-taking skills


    - Seminar/ discussion skills

    - Grammar revision

    - Revising and editing skills


    - Seminar/ discussion skills 12

    - Oral assessment task

    - Revising and editing skills/

    Reflection on learning processes,

    group skills or project skills


    - Oral assessment task 14

    - Course review

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    IV. Assessment Details