Course Title Course Code Program Level
ACADEMIC READING &SPEAKING SKILLS II MYC112 Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures - Applied English and Translation Studies Programme Associate Degree

Course Term
(Course Semester)
Teaching and Learning Methods
Theory Practice Lab Projects/Field Work Seminars/Workshops Other Total Credits ECTS Credits
2 1 * 3 3 4

Teaching Staff Asst. Prof. Tuğçe Çankaya
Language of Instruction İngilizce (English)
Type Of Course Compulsory
Prerequisites None
Recommended Optional Programme Component
Course Objectives This course aims at providing students with basic reading strategies that will help them improve their reading skills in their further studies for academic purposes. They will be able to reflect on what they have read and express themselves in English since the course also includes certain strategies for speaking. Students will be provided with sufficient information about different speaking styles like "informative speech" and “persuasive speech” and be able to deliver speeches in front of a group of people. The students are expected to be familiar with a variety of vocabulary items and syntactic features as the chosen materials serve as a spectrum of a wide range of them. Since the chosen materials are contemporary and universal with respect to their themes, the students are tbelieved to find them interesting, which will encourage and motivate them for extensive reading in order to create the basis for a lifelong-learning. As a result, the students are expected to get used to reading for different purposes like reading for detailed information or specific information, which will help them shift from "learn to read" to “read to learn” for their future academic purposes.
Course Content This course consists of modules each of which aims at dealing with a specific reading strategy (one at a time) and contains a wide variety of sources (from newspaper articles to literary works). It is important that the contents of the readings occupy a large spectrum each of which has a universal topic on which students are thought to easily discuss and be involved. The course is designed to improve students’ speaking skills as it is required to prove them with the ability to make discussions based on what they have read. As another main focus is on the vocabulary which is thought to be inseparable from reading and speaking skills, this course is believed to be a step towards encouraging students for critical thinking and lifelong reading for academic purposes for their future studies.
Learning Outcomes (LO) At the end of the academic year, the students can read faster and read for academic purposes which will be helpful in their academic studies in their future life, since these are to be encouraged by the university level educational institutions. They are expected to make analysis and synthesis of what they have read to express their ideas properly, using their critical thinking abilities. They are also be provided with a wide variety of reading strategies through which they are to overcome challenges while reading in a foreign language. As a result, they will become motivated to read. Moreover, as the materials are believed to provide them with sufficient background knowledge (schema), they will be able to express their ideas about contemporary issues more fluently and properly, and they will gain some certain presentation skills, which is important not only in their professional lives but in every walk of their lives.
Mode of Delivery Face to face
Course Outline
Week Topics
1. Week Introduction to the course
2. Week Context: International Concerns "Immigration Debate Stirring on Both Sides of Atlantic" Discussion "World Population Growth" Discussion
3. Week Context: International Concerns "Safe Water" Discussion "Automakers Going Green" Discussion
4. Week Context: World Affairs “'New Europe' Goes Global" Discussion "Africa: Poverty, Politics and Disease" Discussion
5. Week Context: World Affairs "Kosova: Waiting for Independence" Discussion "Egypt: Youth and Democracy" Discussion
6. Week Context: Life and Trends "Cape Town Carnival" Discussion "America’s Changing Family" Discussion
7. Week Context: Life and Trends "Safety for Kids on the Net" Discussion "Populations Aging Worldwide" Discussion
9. Week Context: Environment and Health "Bio-Fuels: An Alternative to Gasoline" Discussion "New Targets to Disrupt HIV" Discussion
10. Week Context: Environment and Health "Hero of the Planet" Discussion "Prescription Sleep Aids" Discussion
11. Week Context: Culture and Entertainment "Writers Demand Human Rights" Discussion "Women: Their Unique Beauty" Discussion
12. Week Context: Culture and Entertainment "Korean Pop Culture" Discussion "Martin Scorsese: America’s 'Real' Director" Discussion
13. Week Students’ oral presentations on chosen topics
14. Week Students’ oral presentations on chosen topics
Mid-term (%) 25
Quizes (%)
Homeworks/Term papers (%) 10
Practice (%)
Labs (%)
Projects/Field Work (%)
Seminars/Workshops (%)
Final (%) 60
Other (%) 5 (Participation ,attendance, library works, etc.)
Total(%) 100
Course Book (s) and/or References Recommended Dictionaries: Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners Sources: Malarcher, C., Janzen, A. (2004) Reading for the Real World, Compass Publishing. Mikulecky, S.B., Jeffries, L. (2005) Reading Power, Pearson Longman. Mikulecky, S.B., Jeffries, L. (2004) More Reading Power, Pearson Longman. Mikulecky, S.B., Jeffries, L. (2007) Advanced Reading Power, Pearson Longman. Worcester, A. (2008) Issues Now in the News, Compass Publishing.
Work Placement(s)
The Relationship between Program Qualifications (PQ) and Course Learning Outcomes (LO)