ES5001A
GRADUATE ENGLISH COURSE (INTERMEDIATE LEVEL) (2018/2019, Semester 2) 

 MODULE OUTLINE Created: 01-Dec-2017, Updated: 18-Dec-2018
 
Module Code ES5001A
Module Title GRADUATE ENGLISH COURSE (INTERMEDIATE LEVEL)
Semester Semester 2, 2018/2019
Modular Credits 0
Faculty Non-Faculty-Based Departments
Department Ctr For English Language Communication
Timetable Timetable/Teaching Staff
Module Facilitators
DR Zhu Shenfa Coordinator
MR Anwar Others
MR Clarence Leow Kai Siang Others
Weblinks
https://nigelcaplan.com/2012/09/14/introducing-grammar-choices-for-graduate-and-professional-students-video/
https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/ld/resources/writing/grammar/grammar-guides/sentence
Revision on Sentence Structure
https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html
Writing Resources at Purdue OWL
https://wts.indiana.edu/writing-guides/paragraphs-and-topic-sentences.html
Paragraphs and Topic Sentences
https://www.wheaton.edu/academics/services/writing-center/writing-resources/paragraph-unity-coherence-and-development/
Paragraph Unity, Coherence, and Development
https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/thesis-statements/
Thesis Statements
http://libguides.lmu.edu/c.php?g=324079&p=2174105
Flow and Lexical Coherence
http://www.bibme.org/citation-guide/
Citation Guides
https://usingsources.fas.harvard.edu/
Harvard Guide to Using Sources
https://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/QuotingSources.html
Quoting and Paraphrasing
https://www.indiana.edu/~istd/example1paraphrasing.html
How to Recognize Plagiarism
https://users.drew.edu/~sjamieso/summary.html
Summary Writing
http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/tips/summary/
Writing Tips: Summaries
https://writingcenter.fas.harvard.edu/pages/summary
Summary
https://msu.edu/~jdowell/135/Synthesis.html
Introduction to Syntheses
http://www.findingdulcinea.com/features/edu/Strategies-for-Synthesis-Writing.html
Strategies for Synthesis Writing
https://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/QPA_paraphrase2.html
How to Paraphrase a Source
https://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/QPA_paraphrase.html
Successful vs Unsuccessful Paraphrases
https://unilearning.uow.edu.au/academic/4bi.html
Expressing Your Voice in Academic Writing
https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/scholarlyvoice
Basics of Scholarly Voice
http://waldenwritingcenter.blogspot.com/2016/10/meghans-top-tips-for-maintaining.html
Top Tips for Maintaining Academic Tone
http://www.uefap.com/writing/feature/hedge.htm
Features of Academic Writing - Hedging
http://www.uefap.com/writing/function/stance.htm
Rhetorical Functions in Academic Writing: Taking a Stance
https://www.citewrite.qut.edu.au/write/critique.jsp
Writing a Critique
http://owll.massey.ac.nz/assignment-types/article-critique.php
Article Critique
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/skillshub/?id=371
Using Graphs, Diagrams, and Images
http://learnline.cdu.edu.au/studyskills/studyskills/data.html
Reading and Writing about Data
https://aso-resources.une.edu.au/academic-writing-course/information-basics/tables-figures/
Tables & Figures
https://library.leeds.ac.uk/info/14011/writing/106/academic_writing
Academic Writing
https://www.ncl.ac.uk/library/subject-support/wdc/resources/index.php#2
Academic Skills and Resources
https://www.brad.ac.uk/wimba-files/skill-space/academic_writing_essays/essay_structure/page_05.htm
Academic Phrasebank
https://www.researchgate.net/post/Academic_Vocabulary_Useful_Phrases_and_Sentences_for_Academic_Writing_and_Research_Paper_Writing
Academic Vocabulary, Useful Phrases, etc.
https://www.ref-n-write.com/trial/how-to-write-a-research-paper-academic-phrasebank-vocabulary/
Useful Phrases and Sentences for Academic Research Papers
https://services.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/706946/Incorporating_Sources_100113_ST.pdf
Incorporating Sources in Academic Writing
https://www.editage.com/insights/tips-on-effective-use-of-tables-and-figures-in-research-papers
Tips on Effective Use of Tables and Figures
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Learning Outcomes | Prerequisites | Teaching Modes | Schedule | Assessment | Workload


 LEARNING OUTCOMES Top
Upon successful completion of this course, students will demonstrate a better understanding of writing for academic purposes at the postgraduate level and will be able to
 
  • Employ formal academic language in their writing with appropriate structures, form, style, and usage
  • Apply various academic writing skills in their writing with a specified citation style, such as quoting, paraphrasing, summarising, and synthesising
  • Formulate and defend arguments in their writing by analysing, evaluating, and synthesising source information effectively


 PREREQUISITES Top
To be admitted to this module, students must have taken the Diagnostic English Test and received a “Band 2,” or passed ES5000, Basic Level, if required to do so.


 TEACHING MODES Top
The course will be taught through face-to-face tutorials, out-of-class consultations at various points, and independent completion of writing tasks.


 SCHEDULE Top
Week Topics Resources
1
14-18 Jan
  • Class Registration
2
21-25 Jan
  • Course introduction: CAs and IVLE resources
  • Academic writing: Considerations and strategies
  • Peer Teaching: Grouping
  • Graduate English Course (IVLE)
  • Unit 1 of Swales, J. M. & Feak, C. B. (2012). Academic writing for graduate students (3rd ed.).
              https://www.press.umich.edu/pdf/9780472034758-unit1.pdf
  • Academic writing
             https://library.leeds.ac.uk/info/14011/writing/106/academic_writing
             https://www.ncl.ac.uk/library/subject-support/wdc/resources/index.php#2
  • Peer Teaching Topics (IVLE)
Homework: Read Unit 1 of Swales, J. M. & Feak, C. B. (2012). Academic writing for graduate students (3rd ed.).
  • Features of academic writing
  • Academic grammar
  • Academic phrasebank
  • Useful academic words and phrases
  • Academic grammar
              https://nigelteacher.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/introducing-grammar-choices-for-graduate-and-professional-students-video/
             https://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/studyadvice/StudyResources/Writing/sta-grammar.aspx
             http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/ld/resources/writing/grammar/grammar-guides/sentence
  • Academic phrasebank
             http://www.brad.ac.uk/wimba-files/skill-space/academic_writing_essays/essay_structure/page_05.htm
 
https://www.researchgate.net/post/Academic_Vocabulary_Useful_Phrases_and_Sentences_for_Academic_Writing_and_Research_Paper_Writing
             https://www.ref-n-write.com/trial/how-to-write-a-research-paper-academic-phrasebank-vocabulary/
Homework: Read relevant chapters of Morley, J. (2014). Academic phrasebank
3
28 Jan - 1 Feb
  • Paragraph unity and flow
  • Unity, coherence, cohesion
  • Revision on Thesis Statement and Topic Sentence writing
             https://wts.indiana.edu/writing-guides/paragraphs-and-topic-sentences.html
             http://www.jccc.edu/student-resources/tutors-accessibility/writing-center/files/the-paragraph.pdf
              http://www.wheaton.edu/Academics/Services/Writing-Center/Writing-Resources/Paragraph-Unity-Coherence-and-Development
             https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/thesis-statements/
Homework: Read online materials on paragraph unity and flow
  • Writing summaries
  • Summary reminder phrases
  • Unit 1.7 of Bailey, S. (2011). Academic writing: A handbook for international students (3rd ed.).
  • Unit 5 of Swales, J. M. & Feak, C. B. (2012). Academic writing for graduate students (3rd ed.).
Homework: Complete and submit Summary Essay to IVLE by 23:59 of Sunday, 3 Feb
4
4-8 Feb
 
5-6 Feb (Tue-Wed):
Chinese New Year
  • e-Learning on Writing Clearly
  • Practice on Writing Clearly
  • PPT on Writing Clearly (IVLE)
             http://libguides.lmu.edu/c.php?g=324079&p=2174105
             https://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/CCS/ClearConciseSentences.html
Homework: Do exercises in Unit 1 of Swales, J. M. & Feak, C. B. (2012). Academic writing for graduate students (3rd ed.).
  • Academic honesty and avoiding plagiarism
  • Quoting
  • Paraphrasing
  • Peer Teaching 3: Academic honesty
             http://usingsources.fas.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k70847&pageid=icb.page342057
             http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/QuotingSources.html
             https://www.indiana.edu/~istd/example1paraphrasing.html
  • Units 1.3 and 1.6 of Bailey, S. (2011). Academic writing: A handbook for international students (3rd ed.).
Homework: Complete Plagiarism Quiz on IVLE (Assessment) by 23:59 of Sunday, 10 Feb
5
11-15 Feb
  • Incorporating multiple sources in an academic essay: Quoting, paraphrasing and summarising
Homework: Complete exercises in Units 1.8 and 1.9 of Bailey, S. (2011). Academic writing: A handbook for international students (3rd ed.).
  • Academic voices
  • Hedging, boosting, and taking a stance
  • Maintaining your academic voice while synthesizing information from other sources
             http://services.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/706946/Incorporating_Sources_100113_ST.pdf
             https://unilearning.uow.edu.au/academic/4bi.html

             http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/scholarlyvoice
             http://waldenwritingcenter.blogspot.sg/2016/10/meghans-top-tips-for-maintaining.html

             http://www.uefap.com/writing/feature/hedge.htm
             http://www.uefap.com/writing/function/stance.htm
Homework: Read online materials on incorporating multiple sources
6
18-22 Feb
  • Citations and references
  • Feedback on Summary Essay writing
             http://www.bibme.org/citation-guide/
             https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/1/
  • In-class writing of Synthesis Essay (Draft 1)
  • Bring laptops to class
  • Submit Synthesis Essay Draft 1 to IVLE at the end of the class
23 Feb - 3 Mar Recess Week
7
4-8 Mar
  • Conferencing on Synthesis Essay (1)
  • Bring a copy of your Synthesis Draft 1 for discussion with your tutor
  • Conferencing on Synthesis Essay (2)
  • Bring a copy of your Synthesis Draft 1 for discussion with your tutor
8
11-15 Mar
  • Conferencing on Synthesis Essay (3)
  • Bring a copy of your Synthesis Draft 1 for discussion with your tutor
  • Feedback and revision of common grammar errors in Synthesis Essay
  • Grammar Reference List (IVLE)
Homework: Complete exercises in Unit 6 of Swales, J. M. & Feak, C. B. (2012). Academic writing for graduate students (3rd ed.).
9
18-22 Mar
  • Writing a Critique
    http://www.flinders.edu.au/slc_files/Documents/Blue%20Guides/Critiquing%20Research%20Articles.pdf
  • Unit 6 of Swales, J. M. & Feak, C. B. (2012). Academic writing for graduate students (3rd ed.).
  • Peer review/critique
  • Peer review of Synthesis Essay (Draft 1)
  • Revision of Synthesis Essay (Draft 1)
  • Students will exchange papers and give feedback on their peer’s draft based on what they have learnt so far about appropriate academic phrases, strategies of flow, paragraph unity, incorporating other sources, synthesising multiple sources in academic texts, summarising, quoting, paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism, etc.
             https://www.ucalgary.ca/ssc/files/ssc/wss_critique_2014.pdf
             http://www.stevendkrause.com/tprw/Chapter%207.pdf
Homework: Revise and submit Synthesis Essay Draft 2 to IVLE by 23:59 of Sunday, 24 Mar
10
25-29 Mar
  • In-class writing of Critique Essay (Draft 1)
  • Bring laptops to class
  • Submit Critique Essay Draft 1 to IVLE by the end of the class
  • Using graphics in academic writing
             https://www.editage.com/insights/tips-on-effective-use-of-tables-and-figures-in-research-papers
Homework: Complete exercises in Unit 4 of Swales, J. M. & Feak, C. B. (2012). Academic writing for graduate students (3rd ed.).
11
1-5 Apr
  • Data commentary writing
  • Conferencing on Critique Essay (1)
  • Bring a copy of your Critique Draft for discussion with your tutor
12
8-12 Apr
  • Conferencing on Critique Essay (2)
  • Bring a copy of your Critique Draft for discussion with your tutor
  • Conferencing on Critique Essay (3)
  • Bring a copy of your Critique Draft for discussion with your tutor
Homework: Revise Critique Essay
13
15-19 Apr
 
19 Apr (Fri):
Good Friday
  • General feedback on Critique Essay (Draft 1)
  • Revise and submit Critique Draft 2 to IVLE by the end of the day
  • Online Sharing and writing of Reflection of Learning
  • Submit Reflection on Learning to IVLE by the end of the class
20-26 Apr Reading Week
 
References
Bailey, S. (2011). Academic writing: A handbook for international students (3rd ed.). N.Y.: Routledge.
Morley, J. (2014). Academic phrasebank: A compendium of commonly used phrasal elements in academic English in PDF format. The University of Manchester.
Swales, J. M., & Feak, C. B. (2012). Academic writing for graduate students: Essential tasks and skills (3rd ed.). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan.


 ASSESSMENT Top
This is a 100% Continuous Assessment (CA) module and the final course grade will comprise the following:
 
  • Summary Essay                                        20%
  • Synthesis Essay Draft 1                            20%
  • Synthesis Essay Draft 2                            10%
  • Critique Essay Draft 1                               20%
  • Critique Essat Draft 2                                10%
  • Class Participation*                                   20%
 
*Class participation consists of a Peer Teaching, a Reflection on Learning, as well as students’ preparedness for and contribution to their class activities.
 
To pass this course, students must obtain at least a C grade from their CAs while students from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine must obtain a C+.

 


 WORKLOAD Top
0-4-0-3-3

Workload Components: A-B-C-D-E

A: No. of lecture hours per week
B: No. of tutorial hours per week
C: No. of lab hours per week
D: No. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc. per week
E: No. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week