|Integrated Skills is a semester-long course which students are required to take until the end of the second year. This course aims at the development of four language skills |
(ie. listening, speaking, reading, and writing), focusing upon the real-life usage of the English language, as opposed to focusing only on one or two skills. An integrated approach includes task-based, content-based, and theme-based instructions. Students take the course with the primary purpose of improving their English proficiency, conducted through topics. As you can see from the evaluation method below, actual class performance is more important than the formal test. Students are expected to actively participate in class and engage in all activities.
Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. Express their own thoughts without relying exclusively on memorized responses to get their meaning across.
2. Respond appropriately in a conversational situation on a variety of topics with longer phrases or full sentences
3. Comprehend information on a wide range of topics and take notes on oral lectures and narratives.
4. Narrate and describe in major time or aspect frames, such as describing places, people, things and reporting on past, present and future events or activities.
5. Listen to and respond appropriately in group discussions and/or problem solving exercises, using communicative strategies, such as circumlocution, illustration or
6. Understand and react appreciatively to the views of others, even if those views conflict with their own.
7. Compose exercises in the form of paragraph, usually to reinforce in writing some grammatical or language function from group discussions.
|This course emphasises presentation and discussion in English with a focus on logical expression and cooperation.|
|Important information about this course will be given in the first class of the semester. Therefore, all enrolled students are expected to be in attendance from day one.|
A high degree of self-motivation and an interest to communicate orally in English on a wide variety of topics will be an asset to the successful completion of this course.
|Integrated Skills IV will take a close look at discussion in the form of group role-play discussions with the aim of putting techniques learned from Integrated Skills III to practical use.|
|Students will be expected to complete all work in a timely way. All blog reports must be fully posted up to one day prior to the next panel discussion.|
| It is recommended that students view or read English news on a regular basis as portions of this class will be devoted to conversations, presentations and writing on current issues.|
A good English learner’s dictionary will be of use. Supplementary materials will also be
occasionally used in class. At those times, materials will be supplied by the teacher unless otherwise indicated.
|Classroom performance will weigh in on all of the above points. A strong attempt to |
communicate in English will be a big influence on this consideration.
Students’ performance will be evaluated primarily on the course objectives listed earlier.
|Final grades will roughly be based on:|
Presentations (approx. 25%)
Reports and Comments (approx. 25%)
Final Self-assessment (approx. 50%)