Course Title Course Code Program Level
ACADEMIC READING &SPEAKING SKILLS I MYC111 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 -
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 Chapter 1 What is Creative Thinking? Content: Suggestions for learning to think creatively Reading Skill: Identifying main ideas Building Vocabulary: Figures of speech Language Focus: Noun clauses
3. Week Chapter 2 Why I Ouit the Company Content: Explanation of an employee's decision to resign Reading Skill: Distinguishing Fact From Opinion Building Vocabulary: Phrasal verbs Language Focus: Past conditional sentences
4. Week Chapter 3 The Body Shop Content: Using tissue engineering to repair the humanbody Reading Skill: Inferencing Building Vocabulary: Using context to guess meaning Language Focus: Modals of possibility
5. Week Chapter 4 And the Big Winners Were... Content: Impact of World Cup soccer on players, fans, and host countries Reading Skill: Supporting main ideas Building Vocabulary: Using prefixes to determine meaning Language Focus: Direct quotations
6. Week Chapter 5 Listen Up Content: Becoming an effective listener Reading Skill: Recognising sentence transitions Building Vocabulary: Using adverbs and intensifiers Language Focus: Using punctuation: dashes, colons, and semicolons
7. Week Chapter 6 Don't Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgment Content: Harmful effects of stereotyping Reading Skill: Recognising Sources Building Vocabulary: Using verbs as adjectives Language Focus: Relative Clauses with who, which and that
8. Week Midterm
9. Week Chapter 7 East Meets West on Love’s Risky Cyber highway Content: Finding a partner via the Internet Reading Skill: Recognising Diverse Points of View Building Vocabulary: Using modifiers Language Focus: It’s (not)+verb+ing
10. Week Chapter 8 Students Won't Give Up Their French Fries Content: American students' obsession with food Reading Skill: Scanning for specific information Building Vocabulary: Idiomatic expressions Language Focus: Reported Speech
11. Week Chapter 9 Getting Into the Game Content: Appreciating the social and educational value of electronic games Reading Skill: Following a storyline Building Vocabulary: Compound words Language Focus: Gerunds as complements
12. Week Chapter 10 Call of the Riled Content: Cell phone etiquette Reading Skill: Recognizing paragraph transitions Building Vocabulary: Slmonyns and antonyrns; using suffixes –ful and -less Language Focus: Reduced Relative Clauses
13. Week Chapter 11 The Art of Reading Content: Suggestions for becoming a skillful reader Reading Skills: Recognising analogies Building Vocabulary: Word forms Language Focus: Expressing similarity and difference
14. Week Chapter 12 When E.T. Calls Content: Exploring the possibility of extraterrestrial life Reading Skill: Recognising scenanos Building Vocabulary: Nouns derived from adjectives Language Focus: Future perfect
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.
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