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Academic Year: 1 201409

Course Code and Title: MELD 1C03 ACAD.READING&LISTENING SKILLS

Term: 1

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Lisa Dent-Couturier

Email: dentcol@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 723

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Website:

Office Hours: TBA



Course Objectives:

In this course, students summarize and critically evaluate (both orally and in writing) a variety of texts in advanced English. The texts to be evaluated are both written and spoken.

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

•             take notes from lectures and reading texts

•             use your notes for oral and/or written summaries

•             identify the purpose of a lecture or text

•             identify the author’s stance in a text

•             infer a speaker’s/writer’s intended meaning

•             use strategies to improving listening and note-taking skills

•             improve your reading speed

•             use different skills to expand your academic vocabulary


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

1. Hewings, M. (2012). Cambridge Academic English: An integrated skills course for EAP. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. (*this book is also used in MELD 1A03)

2. Aish, F. & Tomlinson, J. (2013). Lectures: Learn listening and note-taking skills. Harper Collins Publishers: London, UK.


Method of Assessment:

Final grades in the MELD Program will be assigned on a pass/fail basis.  Students are required to complete each of the following assignments and having a passing overall average to receive credit for the course.

Assessments:

  •  5% - Attendance and class participation                                          
  •  5% - Discussion/Oral Summary                                                          
  • 40% - Written Summary (x4)                                                                  
  • 50% - Multi-modal Reading Project (MMRP), Steps 1 -5             

 

 


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Regular attendance is required to successfully achieve course outcomes.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to complete any work done in class. 

All work must be submitted in class on the due date.  Do not submit assignments by email or slide them under the instructor’s door. Late assignments will only be accepted with prior consent from the instructor and/or appropriate documentation to support your inability to submit the work by the due date. 

 

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

 

Wk

Dates

Topic

Read

Assessment

1

Sept. 8-12/14

Listening: identifying type and purpose; listening challenges

Aish & Tomlinson, Chapter 1; Authentic Lecture 2, #6

Discussion/Oral Summary (5 %)

2

Sept. 15-19/14

Reading:  identifying genre, purpose, audience, and stance

Hewings, Introduction, pg. 10-13; Unit 1, pg. 14-19, pg. 24-25

 

3

Sept. 22-26/14

Listening: pre-reading preparation, delivery style, speed, accents

Aish & Tomlinson, Chapter 2; Hewings, Lecture Skills A, pg. 38-41

Written Summary

(10 %)

4

Sept. 29- Oct. 3/14

Reading: speed, fluency, timed reading

Hewings, Chapter 2 &3; pg. 26-29; pg. 36-37, pg. 42-47, pg. 52-53

 

5

Oct. 6-10/14

Listening: recognizing structure, sign-posting language, chunking

Aish & Tomlinson, Chapter 3 & 4; Hewings, Lecture Skills B, pg. 66-69

Written Summary

(10 %)

6

Oct. 13-17/14

Reading: recognizing structure, cohesive devices

Hewings, Unit 4, pg. 54-58, pg. 64-65; Unit 5, pg. 70-75, pg. 80-81

 

7

Oct. 20-24/14

Listening: understanding connected speech and unknown words

Aish & Tomlinson, Chapter 5; Hewings, Lecture Skills D, pg. 122-125

Written Summary

(10 %)

8

Oct. 27-31/14

Reading: vocabulary building, AWL, prefixes, suffixes, collocations

Hewings, Unit 8, pg. 110-114, pg. 120-121; Unit 9, pg. 126-131, pg. 136-137

MMRP, Step 1 (10 %)

9

Nov. 3-7/14

Listening: identifying main ideas, details; recognizing facts versus opinions

Aish & Tomlinson, Chapter 6; Authentic Lecture 1, #4

MMRP, Step 2 (10 %)

10

Nov. 10-14/14

Reading: identifying main ideas and details, skimming and scanning

Hewings, Unit 7, pg. 98-103, pg. 108-109

MMRP, Step 3 (10 %)

11

Nov. 17-21/14

Listening/Reading: evaluating, understanding, applying information

Aish & Tomlinson, Chapter 7 & 8; Authentic Lecture 3, #5

MMRP, Step 4 (10 %)

12

Nov. 24-28/14

Listening: improving speed and quality of note-taking; using notes for future assignments

Hewings, Unit 6, pg. 82-87, pg. 92-93

MMRP, Step 5 (10 %)

13

Dec. 1-3/14

Reading: noting ideas and citations for future use

Aish & Tomlinson, Chapter 9; Hewings, Unit 10, pg. 138-143, pg. 148-149; Lecture Skills E, pg. 150-153

Written Summary

(10 %)


Other Course Information:

McMaster University Academic Integrity Policy:

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process.  Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage.  This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty.  For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at http://www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  • Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  • Improper collaboration in group work.
  • Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

 

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities:

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator.  Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study.  Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140, ext. 2865 or email sas@mcmaster.ca.  For further information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.  

At certain points in the course it may make good sense to modify the schedule outlined below. The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly in class of any changes.