Course Information

CAES9203 Academic English: Philosophy and the History of Ideas

Coordinator: Colin TAIT

Aim:

Strategies:

  • Students follow a “process-writing” approach to complete a bibliographic essay in stages, including submission of: a research topic and references, a single-source summary and response text, a partial draft of their essay, a full draft of their essay for peer feedback, and a final essay.)
  • Students also complete 4 “product-focused” collaborative writing (CW) tasks that require use of important disciplinary rhetorical conventions. From these 4 CW drafts, students choose 3 to individually revise and submit in a mini-portfolio at the end of the course.)
  • Numerous small-group and individual writing feedback tutorials encourage revision of writing to improve argumentation and language accuracy.)
  • Students engage in pre-writing discussions on input texts in CW sessions.)
  • In a seminar-style speaking test, students share the most interesting elements of their essay research.)