SoFL 1101 English For Academic Purposes I ECTS : 4
This course is designed for freshman students. The course, the first in a two-course sequence, employs a skills-based syllabus that addresses both process and product. It aims to help students acquire and practice basic academic English skills, and apply them in their academic studies. This first course provides students with the opportunity to develop their listening and note-taking skills through listening to academic lectures and also focuses on how to give presentations in an academic context. It requires them to approach the course content from different perspectives and to speak about these in relation to what they know and, to some extent, to their own academic discipline. In addition, it provides students with appropriate academic reading texts to help learners develop effective reading skills. Also, critical thinking skills are integrated into relevant tasks throughout the course.
Students who regularly attend this course will have practiced and improved the following academic skills: listening to lectures and note-taking, giving individual and pair presentations; reading and understanding academic texts; summarizing and evaluating summaries of a text. Upon completion of the course, students will be better able to improve their comprehension and note taking skills in academic lectures, demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver academic presentations effectively and evaluate others’ presentations, comprehend academic texts, engage critically with texts they read, the lectures they listen to and the material in presentations they make.
SoFL 1102 English For Academic Purposes II ECTS : 4
This course is designed for freshman students who have successfully completed SoFL 1101. The course employs an integrated syllabus that addresses both process and product. It aims to help students acquire and practice academic skills and strategies necessary for reacting/responding to academic texts and to discuss their ideas in a group environment. Coursework includes practice in reading and comprehending academic texts, searching skills, pre-writing, paraphrasing, summarising, writing a reaction paper and orally discussing points of view in a group.
Students who regularly attend this course will practise and improve their academic skills: reading and understanding academic texts; conducting research; analysing sources; paraphrasing; summarising; making notes and comments about the ideas or arguments that are expressed in a given material or text; writing a reaction/response paper and orally discussing issues by agreeing, disagreeing or partially agreeing supported with evidence. Upon completion of the course, students will be better able to think critically; interpret and evaluate texts; compile information from different sources; provide referencing correctly; comprehend and analyse texts with a critical eye; paraphrase/summarise; plan, organize and write a reaction/response paper; revise and edit assignments and contribute in an academic way to group discussions.