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ENG101 : English Comprehension

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

The course comprises of six modules further divided into 45 lectures each of 50 minutes duration. The course integrates the skills of reading, writing, vocabulary building and grammar usage and also includes discrete lessons on these topics. The reading and writing lessons incorporate vocabulary building along with description, narration, exposition and argument. Each lesson contains reading passages followed by several exercises to comprehend the passage while utilizing all the above mentioned techniques. The initial passages are based on factual texts on computers and their characteristics with the focus on organization of information and description. The imaginative texts show how writers utilize various descriptions to convey different meanings. Thus the course aims at improving students’ skills required for learning English as a second language.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the students would be able to:

  • Define and identify grammatical terms and their usage.
  • Identify and predict unknown words using a variety of strategies including reading, context clues, knowledge of word structures, letter-sound relationships and inferences.
  • Use /apply the skills and strategies of the reading process to comprehend, interpret, and evaluate what they have read.
  • Recognize the usage of reading to develop fluency and understanding of appropriate material.
  • Produce an analytical approach to recognize grammatical errors in sentences.
  • Evaluate and assess different texts and make inferences.
  • Write and speak correctly using conventions of standard written and spoken English. The knowledge of language structure and conventions (e.g., spelling, punctuation, level of formality) is used to critique, discuss, and present print and nonprint texts.
  • Express their feelings, thought and ideas by writing essays including personal essays: the personal essay is often a free-wheeling device of self-expression.
  • Precis writing and summarizing of unfamiliar comprehension passages.

Course Calendar

Reading and Dictionary1Handouts4-11
Reading: Topic, Main Idea3,4Handouts16-24
Reading: References5Handouts25-29
Reading Skills6Handouts30-35
Reading and Vocabulary7Handouts36-42
Word Formation- Prefixes8Handouts43-50
Reading: Description, Locating Information9Handouts51-58
Quiz No. 1
Reading: Word Forms10Handouts59-65
Reading: Understanding Reading11Handouts66-72
Reading: Making Inferences12Handouts73-79
Reading: Assessing the Text13Handouts80-85
Reading: Assessing the Text14Handouts86-90
Evaluating Texts: Interpreting Visual Data15Handouts91-101
Reading: Evaluating Texts16Handouts102-108
Reading: Cloze for Comprehension17Handouts109-115
Reading: Skimming and Scanning18Handouts116-122
Reading: Scanning and Language Functions19Handouts123-129
Reading: Classifying, Cause and Effect Relationship20Handouts130-137
Reading: Presenting Information Graphically21Handouts138-146
Writing: Sentence Types22Handouts147-154
Grand Quiz
Writing: Effective Sentences: Unity, Coherence, Emphasis23Handouts155-159
Writing: Identifying Sentence Errors24Handouts160-164
Writing: Revising Sentence Errors25Handouts165-170
Subject-Verb Agreement26Handouts171-176
Word Choice28Handouts184-191
Writing: Paragraphs: Structural Parts30,31,32Handouts201-217
Writing: Essay Writing33,Handouts218-222
Writing: Essay Writing34,35,36Handouts223-240
Writing: Essay Outlines
Writing: Ways of Organizing Texts: Linear37,Handouts241-244
Writing: Ways of Organizing Texts: Linear38,39,40Handouts245-257
Quiz No.2
Writing: Summary Writing41Handouts258-261
Grammar and Usage: Tenses and Passive Sentences42Handouts262-268
Grammar and Usage: Word Order: Adverbs, Articles43Handouts269-276
Grammar and Usage: Word Order: Adverbs, Articles44Handouts277-285
Language Functions: Language Forms and Functions45Handouts286-293
Final Term Examination
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