Courses

Last updated:15 Jul 2020


  1. EELC1001 INTERACTIVE ENGLISH I
  2. EELC1002 INTERACTIVE ENGLISH II
  3. EELC1003 ACADEMIC ENGLISH
  4. EELC1004/1005  LISTENING AND SPEAKING IMPROVEMENT 1 & 2
  5. EELC1006/1007  READING SKILLS & STRATEGIES 1 & 2
  6. EELC1008/1009  GRAMMAR & WRITING IMPROVEMENT 1 & 2
  7. EELC2000/2001  ENGLISH FOR BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL CONTEXTS 1 & 2
  8. EELC2004/2005  INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC WRITING 1 & 2
  9. EELC2006/2004  SPEAKING AND FLUENCY/PUBLIC SPEAKING
  10. EELC3004/3005  ADVANCED ACADEMIC WRITING 1 & 2
  11. EELC3006/3007  SPEAKING 1 & 2 (ADVANCED)
  12. EELC3008/3009  ADVANCED INTEGRATED SKILLS
  13. EELC3010/3011  INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING INTERNSHIP 1 & 2
  14. EELC4004  ACADEMIC RESEARCH WRITING WORKSHOP
  15. Special Topic Electives (Meet 80 minutes/week for one semester)

 

EELC1001  INTERACTIVE ENGLISH I

This is a one-semester Academic English course for students with an elementary English language level. Students have six class hours every week, plus a 1-hour Talk-Time tutorial. This course improves and consolidates students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through participation in diverse and intensive academic and discipline-related activities and assessments. Academic texts and discipline-related materials are utilized to enhance students’ accurate use of grammar, enlarge their vocabulary and facilitate their development of language skills for a variety of academic contexts. The course provides a foundation for students to further develop the academic English skills and abilities necessary for studying academic subjects at university level in English.

Pre-requisite: None

 

EELC1002  INTERACTIVE ENGLISH II

This 6-hour integrated-skills course serves as a transition from general English to academic English, with a focus on expanding students’ vocabulary base with academic terms and synonyms. Students are introduced to academic writing conventions, practice reading and listening for a purpose, and work on improving their oral communication skills. The course emphasizes on continuous assessment that helps students monitor their learning progress. Thus, there is no final exam for this course.

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

 

EELC1003  ACADEMIC ENGLISH

This is a one-semester English for General Academic Purposes (EGAP) course. It will enable learners to develop the language and associated practices that they need in order to undertake study or work in English-medium instruction (EMI) higher education.

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

 

EELC1004/1005  LISTENING AND SPEAKING IMPROVEMENT I / II

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 EELC1001 or EELC1002

 

EELC1006/1007  READING SKILLS & STRATEGIES I / II

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 EELC1001 or EELC1002

 

EELC1008/1009  GRAMMAR & WRITING IMPROVEMENT I / II

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 EELC1001 or EELC1002

 

EELC2000/2001 English for Business and Professional Contexts I / II

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/EELC1001/EELC1002/EELC1003 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.

 

EELC2004/2005  INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC WRITING I / II

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/EELC1001/EELC1002/EELC1003 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.

 

EELC2006  SPEAKING AND FLUENCY

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/EELC1001/EELC1002/EELC1003 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.

 

EELC2007 PUBLIC SPEAKING IN ENGLISH: ORAL PRESENTATION SKILLS

This course will help students improve their English language skills, especially their fluency and accuracy in spoken English. The course topics include, but are not limited to, practicing pronunciation, intonation, and word stress in 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. Students will be asked to engage in critical review of themselves and others, with a view to setting and meeting individual goals as they work to improve their expressive and persuasive skills.

Prerequisite: EELC1001/EELC1002/EELC1003 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.

 

EELC3004/3005  ADVANCED ACADEMIC WRITING I / II

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/EELC1002/EELC1003 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.

 

EELC3006/3007  ADVANCED SPEAKING I / II

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/EELC1002/EELC1003 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.

 

EELC3008/3009  ADVANCED INTEGRATED SKILLS I / II

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/EELC1002/EELC1003 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.

 

EELC3010/3011  INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH LANGUAGE TUTORING I / II

This 3-credit elective course offers students an opportunity to experience English language tutorials related to writing, speaking, and other language development and improvement skills. In a seminar format with the course instructor, students 1) learn about tutoring theories and one-on-one and/or small group tutoring strategies, 2) practice tutoring, and 3) critique each other’s tutorials.

Students who are interested to continue accruing their tutoring experience may elect to take Introduction to English Language Tutoring II as an extension of Introduction to English Language Tutoring I. Introduction to English Language Tutoring I is not a prerequisite of Introduction to English Language Tutoring 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: EELC1003 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.

 

EELC4004  ACADEMIC RESEARCH 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)

EELC2002 SPECIAL TOPIC ENGLISH LEVEL II A

Pre-requisite: None

EELC3000 SPECIAL TOPIC ENGLISH LEVEL III A

Pre-requisite: None

EELC4000 SPECIAL TOPIC ENGLISH LEVEL IV A

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.