Courses Offered

Last updated:07 Sep 2017


  1. EELC110 INTERACTIVE ENGLISH I
  2. EELC120 INTERACTIVE ENGLISH II
  3. EELC130  ACADEMIC ENGLISH
  4. EELC123/124  LISTENING AND SPEAKING IMPROVEMENT 1 & 2
  5. EELC125/126  READING SKILLS & STRATEGIES 1 & 2
  6. EELC127/128  GRAMMAR & WRITING IMPROVEMENT 1 & 2
  7. EELC227/228  INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC WRITING 1 & 2
  8. EELC290/291  SPEAKING AND FLUENCY/PUBLIC SPEAKING
  9. EELC327/328  ADVANCED ACADEMIC WRITING 1 & 2
  10. EELC331/332  SPEAKING 1 & 2 (ADVANCED)
  11. EELC341/342  ADVANCED INTEGRATED SKILLS
  12. EELC350/351  INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING INTERNSHIP 1 & 2
  13. EELC450  THESIS WRITING WORKSHOP
  14. Special Topic Electives (Meet 80 minutes/week for one semester)

 

EELC110  INTERACTIVE ENGLISH I

This course, at 6 hours per week, boosts students’ proficiency and confidence in English through their participation in a series of intensive English activities designed to enhance their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, as well as enlarging their vocabulary. The focus in this course is on general language improvement, although, where possible, the themes and content covered will be of relevance to other courses taught in the General Education programme. An emphasis of this course is on developing students’ spoken and written fluency in English. The purpose of the course is to begin the preparation of students for study using English as a medium of instruction. At the end of the course, the assessment will be partly based on an external standardized examination.

Pre-requisite: None

 

EELC120  INTERACTIVE ENGLISH II

This course, at 6 hours per week, builds on the skills and vocabulary taught in Interactive English I. Students will further enhance their proficiency and competence in English by participating in a more advanced series of language activities designed to improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, as well as enlarging their vocabulary. The focus in this course is again on general language improvement,  although,  where  possible,  the  themes  and  content  covered  will  be  of relevance to other courses taught in the General Education programme. An emphasis of this course is on developing students’ spoken and written accuracy in English. At the end of the course, the assessment will be partly based on an external standardized examination.

Pre-requisite: Interactive English I or a required score in a placement test

 

EELC130  ACADEMIC ENGLISH

This course, at 3 hours per week, builds upon students’ established competence in general English, and extends it by focusing on English for academic purposes. Students are introduced to study skills in English and the generic expectations of courses across the University curriculum. There will be an emphasis on the development of key academic vocabulary, and skills such as the proper citation of sources. The purpose of the Academic English course is further to support the students’ ability to undertake instruction in the medium of English and to use spoken and written English effectively in their major and other GE courses.

Pre-requisite: Interactive English II, or a required score in a placement test

 

EELC123/124  LISTENING AND SPEAKING IMPROVEMENT 1 & 2

These courses will develop oral proficiency of spoken English and listening comprehension at an intermediate level. Listening will focus on note-taking and aural comprehension using thought-provoking material from texts, television, film and music. Speaking will focus on fluency, accuracy, and skills and strategies for effective communication and personal interaction.   These courses will also place a large focus on vocabulary building and collocation for the purpose of improving spoken communication. A smaller focus on reading and writing will also be included in preparation for group presentations, role play and story telling. Group work involving discussion is an integral part of the course. In addition, the course will involve some contact assignments that will take place outside the classroom.

Prerequisite: None

Note:

1) Only for the students admitted in AY 2015/2016 or before who are placed in to EELC001/002 or EELC011/012

2) Only for the student admitted in AY 2016/2017 onwards who are placed in to EELC110 or EELC120

 

EELC125/126  READING SKILLS & STRATEGIES 1 & 2

These one-semester 3-credit elective courses provide a foundation in reading comprehension, critical reading, and vocabulary development. Students will learn to locate main ideas and supporting details; make inferences, and understand common idioms and expressions. In addition, students will learn strategies which will help them to read faster and more effectively.  Course activities include reading and vocabulary assignments, discussions, and presentations.

Pre-requisite: None

Note:

1) Only for the students admitted in AY 2015/2016 or before who are placed in to EELC001/002 or EELC011/012

2) Only for the student admitted in AY 2016/2017 onwards who are placed in to EELC110 or EELC120

 

EELC127/128  GRAMMAR & WRITING IMPROVEMENT 1 & 2

These one-semester three-credit courses will focus on basic sentence structure for simple and compound sentences, expanding to complex sentence structures as students become more proficient. Editing to recognize sentence- and paragraph-level errors such as subject-verb agreement, pronouns and plural forms, use of referents and transitions, and problems with sentence fragments will also be covered.

Pre-requisite: None

Note:

1) Only for the students admitted in AY 2015/2016 or before who are placed in to EELC001/002 or EELC011/012

2) Only for the student admitted in AY 2016/2017 onwards who are placed in to EELC110 or EELC120

 

EELC215/216 English for Business and Professional Contexts 1/2

Students will acquire skills and improve their ability in using English as an international language for business and professional communication. Using authentic texts as well as digital resources, the content of the course focuses on knowledge and skills required in various business management contexts including finance, human resources, marketing, production and services management. Emphasis is on listening and speaking skills for meetings, negotiations, presentations, and social situations. Up-to-date texts are used to develop reading and writing skills needed in business correspondence such as emails, minutes of meeting, business letters, and reports through the medium of English.

Pre-requisite: EELC012/EELC132/EELC110/EELC120/EELC130 or permission of instructor

Note:

1) Students who are placed into English Electives or approved for test-out of all English language courses based on the placement/admission assessments may enroll in this course.

2) EELC215/216 is equivalent to the L2 (EELC121/122). Student who have completed L2 English language courses will not be allowed to take EELC215/216 for credits.

 

EELC227/228  INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC WRITING 1 & 2

These two courses cover the basic skills students need for academic writing. Students will be taught writing techniques such as planning, drafting, and revising. In the second semester the main focus will be on the revision of papers using self- and peer-evaluation. Students will also be taught the basic skills of how to locate, evaluate, and document sources. Students are expected to learn these skills through analyzing sample papers, engaging in process writing, and responding to papers written by their peers. Upon completion of these courses, students are expected to have acquired the technical knowledge of how to write and organize a basic academic paper.

Prerequisite: EELC012/EELC122/EELC110/EELC120/EELC130 or permission of instructor

Note:  Students who are placed into English Electives or approved for test-out of all English language courses based on the placement/admission assessments may enroll in this course.

 

EELC290/291  SPEAKING AND FLUENCY/PUBLIC SPEAKING

These courses aim to help students improve their English language skills, especially in regard to fluency and accuracy in spoken English. Speaking and Fluency course topics include, but are not limited to, pronunciation, intonation, and word stress with students asked to practice English in a host of different language settings.  Students will explore current theory and practice of how to be a more effective user of English when speaking for various purposes.  In the Public Speaking course, a review of current theories and practices regarding effective presentation skills will lead to an application of those skills when speaking for various audiences and purposes. Students will be asked to engage in critical review of themselves and others with an aim toward setting and meeting individual goals as they work to improve their expressive and persuasive skills.

Prerequisite: EELC012/EELC122/EELC132/EELC110/EELC120/EELC130 or permission of instructor

Note: Students who are placed into English Electives or approved for test-out of all English language courses based on the placement/admission assessments may enroll in this course.

 

EELC327/328  ADVANCED ACADEMIC WRITING 1 & 2

These one-semester three-credit writing courses will enable students to express themselves coherently when engaged in written academic discourse. The courses offer intensive work and instruction in writing skills through the discussion and analysis of assigned readings. Students spend time responding to multiple drafts of peer academic papers to improve precision and clarity in the writing process. Other necessary skills addressed in these courses are identifying and making logical arguments as well as avoiding faulty reasoning. Upon completion of these courses, students are expected to have acquired the confidence and techniques to write academic papers in a professional writing style.

Pre-requisite: EELC122/EELC132/EELC142/EELC120/EELC130 or permission of instructor

Note: Students who are placed into English Electives or approved for test-out of all English language courses based on the placement/admission assessments may enroll in this course.

 

EELC331/332  SPEAKING 1 & 2 (ADVANCED)

These courses emphasize elements of both verbal and non-verbal communication in public settings. Students will engage in a variety of public speaking activities, will critically evaluate their own and others’ performances, and will learn how to utilize presentation tools such as handouts and PowerPoint. Students should enhance their confidence in speaking and demonstrate effective oral presentation skills.

Pre-requisite: EELC122/EELC132/EELC142/EELC120/EELC130 or permission of instructor

Note:  Students who are placed into English Electives or approved for test-out of all English language courses based on the placement/admission assessments may enroll in this course.

 

EELC341/342  ADVANCED INTEGRATED SKILLS

These one-semester three-credit courses may use a content- or theme-based approach to engage students in critical thinking, logical analysis, persuasion/argumentation, and other high level language skills required in academic English. Needs analysis will help determine which skills to emphasize each semester. Students will be expected to work independently and in groups. Topics may address current events as well as participants’ major fields of study. Class materials will reflect the language level expected of high-intermediate to advanced level students whether they plan to enter the workforce or pursue graduate studies in English.

Pre-requisite: EELC122/EELC132/EELC142/EELC120/EELC130 or permission of instructor

Note: Students who are placed into English Electives or approved for test-out of all English language courses based on the placement/admission assessments may enroll in this course.

 

EELC350/351  INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING INTERNSHIP 1 & 2

This 3-credit elective course offers students an opportunity to experience an English language classroom as an observer, participant, assistant, and novice teacher in the English Language Centre. With the course instructor, students with demonstrated prior knowledge of English teaching methodology 1) learn about and practice classroom and activity management, 2) do micro-teaching, and 3) critique each other’s lesson plans and teaching demonstrations. Students spend class time with a cooperating language instructor observing and assisting in a

low-intermediate English language classroom. Individual contracts that meet minimum course requirements will be drawn up to allow for a personalized, optimal teaching and learning experience.

Students who are interested to continue accruing their teaching practice experience may elect to take Introduction to English Language Teaching Practice II as an extension of Introduction to English Language Teaching Practice I.Introduction to English Language Teaching Practice I is not a prerequisite of Introduction to English Language Teaching Practice II, and students may enrol in one or both semesters of this course depending on the number of credits they wish to earn. Students are not required to take these two courses in sequence.

Pre-requisite: EDEB211/EDEB221 or permission of instructor

 

EELC450  THESIS WRITING WORKSHOP

This is a 3-credit elective writing course for students who need writing help when completing an undergraduate or graduate thesis. The course emphasizes the recursive nature of the writing process and takes students through the different stages of planning, drafting, and revising. The course will introduce students to methods of supporting arguments, positions, and points of view within a thesis, including various forms of citation and documentation of references. Students

receive instructor feedback that focuses on readability, including cohesion and coherence. They also critique each other’s writing, with an emphasis on the development of self-revision. Students will examine the various genres within thesis writing and evaluate the effectiveness of these writing styles. In particular, students will need to demonstrate an understanding of academic writing as a series of expert practices that are situated within specific disciplines, and to develop the necessary skills for reading and writing within those disciplines.

Pre-requisite:  None

 

Special Topic Electives (Meet 80 minutes/week for one semester)

EELC221/222 SPECIAL TOPIC ENGLISH LEVEL II A & B

Pre-requisite: None

EELC321-324 SPECIAL TOPIC ENGLISH LEVEL III A, B, C, D

Pre-requisite: None

EELC421-424 SPECIAL TOPIC ENGLISH LEVEL IV A, B, C, D

Pre-requisite: None

Notes:  Special Topic courses meet once a week (1.5 hours) and carry 1 credit.  They are meant to encourage students to take an English class for enjoyment or self-improvement and to be intrinsically motivated to sign up for and attend the class.  At level II, one special topics class will be announced at each level each semester and at levels III and IV, two special topics classes will be announced at each level each semester.  However, a minimum number of students will be required by the end of drop-and-add for the class to actually be offered.