English for Science I

Fall 2017 (3 credits)


LANG2010
Co-ordinator: Liza Yew
Liza Yew

Co-ordinator: Carmel YIP
Carmel YIP

Course Description

LANG 2010, English for Science 1, is a three-credit course offered to second-year undergraduates of the School of Science. Over one semester, students will attend three hours of class, and will be expected to complete up to six hours of out-of-class work, per week. It is an integrated skills course utilizing the problem-based case study concept to assist and enhance the development of students’ confidence and competence in language, communication and general life wide skills.

The course aims to develop students’ ability to deliver presentations and take part in discussions on topics relevant to their field of study. It also aims to enhance their ability to read and write about science-related topics, combining the use of sources with their own ideas. Language work focuses on developing the vocabulary, language structures, writing and speaking skills which will allow students to fulfil these aims.

LANG 1002 and LANG 1003 are pre-requisites for this course.

 

Intended Learning Outcomes

This course encourages each of these qualities while, at the same time, helping students to develop important language skills. The learning outcomes that students can expect to achieve are outlined below:

 

Graduate attributes
Intended Learning Outcomes

Competency- building
Students can communicate effectively in academic contexts relevant to science. They can:

***identify and address the needs and concerns of both technical and non-technical audiences in speaking and writing;

***critically analyse science-related texts;

***select, summarize and synthesize information from general-interest and science-related written and spoken materials;

***use accurate and fluent language (vocabulary, structures and style) relevant to science-related communication tasks;

***support claims with appropriate evidence, and properly acknowledge sources;

***write a coherent case study report to present problems/disasters and solutions to prevent, mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from the identified problems/disasters;

***deliver a well-structured group presentation to introduce the problems/disasters and to share findings and solutions;

***use appropriate body language, stress and pause in the presentation to enhance communication effectiveness.

Leadership & Teamwork
***work effectively in a team;

***communicate productively with others in face-to-face discussions.

Vision & Orientation to the Future
***locate and use appropriate language materials, tools and resources in developing and maintaining the life-long communication skills.