Course Information

CAES9423 Academic English for Education Students

Coordinator: Dr. Clarence WANG

Aim:

This one-semester, 6-credit course will provide the opportunity for Education students to develop their critical reading skills, report writing skills and oral presentation skills for disciplinary studies and academic purposes.  Students are required to identify an issue relevant to the discipline of Education and undertake a small scale research project to investigate the problem issue and communicate an argument to an academic audience in writing with appropriate organizational and rhetorical skills.  During the process, students need to gather data by means of an interview, perform analysis on any information they obtain, and present their findings orally and in formal report writing.  This course will also teach a portfolio of language functions and skills, progressing from descriptive explanatory language to more argumentative language strategies and functions.  The course will allow students to practice and apply relevant English skills in the discipline of Education. 

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Communicate an argument to an academic audience in report writing with appropriate organizational and rhetorical skills
  • Identify, evaluate, critique and synthesize appropriate academic sources in an academic report
  • Organize and articulate coherent ideas with appropriate linguistic devices in an academic oral setting
  • Evaluate and reflect on their own performances in learning in terms of personal strengths and weaknesses

Strategies:

  • To build upon the writing skills which students already possess and help them to use the skills more effectively for written academic communication.)
  • To introduce students to the demands of academic report writing and the skills involved in editing and revising their own and others’ work.)
  • To encourage the development of independent English learning skills through self-access work.)
  • To maintain close links with academic staff in the Faculty of Education, through on-going discussion of the relevant curricula.)

Assessment Methods:

(with breakdown of percentage weighting of the various methods)

  • Project reports (40%)
  • Oral Presentations (40%)
  • Independent learning work (20%)