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English for Academic Purpose IV

English for Academic Purpose IV Faculdade de Letras Course Syllabus IFA IV General Information FACULDADE DE

Faculdade de Letras

Course Syllabus


General Information

de Letras Course Syllabus IFA IV General Information FACULDADE DE LETRAS 2 4 CREDITS Course code:




Course code:



1 st 2013


Dr. Flávia Azeredo

Prof’s e-mail address:

Days and Time:

Tuesday & Thursday

- 12:00 – 1.40 PM



- Room: B505



Course homepage:

Course email:

Office hours:

FALE – room: 4041 Monday: 2:30 – 3:30pm / Thursday: 10:00 – 11:00am or by appointment

Required and additional material

11:00am or by appointment Required and additional material Cambridge Academic English Upper Intermediate Student's

Cambridge Academic English Upper Intermediate Student's Book An Integrated Skills Course for EAP - Craig Thaine


ISBN-13: 978-0521165204

Additional Material:

- Oxford English-English Dictionary, - MacMillan English-English Dictionary or any other good dictionary Online option:

Course Description English for Academic Purpose IV (IFA IV) is a course offered for students who have taken IFA III or have taken the program placement test. IFA IV is an advanced level course correspondent to the level C1+ of the Common European Framework of reference. It is an integrated course and students will develop their skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in an academic context. IFA IV is also designed to help students expand vocabulary, grammatical accuracy, and the development of effective strategies for oral communication and comprehension of academic lectures, seminars, reading and writing academic papers. This course also aims at providing students with strategies that will help them get prepared for the TOEFL English test in the future. Students will acquire the language through a range of activities including essay writing exercises, oral practices, role-play in small groups and through listening comprehension activities with audio and audio/video.

Course Objectives The course aims at providing students with the skills needed to perform in an academic environment. Upon successful completion of course, students will be able to use skimming and scanning strategies effectively, notice differences in the language of lectures and academic writing, read critically and retell what was read, notice prominent words, and use academic style in writing with more accuracy.

Learning outcomes

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1. Read critically: find information and take notes;

2. Take a stance: expressing agreement and disagreement in discussions;

3. Summarize and retell main ideas and supporting information;

4. Ask for and give more information in a lecture or seminar;

5. Write academic essays using appropriate register.

Course outline This syllabus is subject to changes and adjustments to accommodate the class needs.

Student’s responsibilities Students should be fully prepared before coming to class. Specific written and oral assignments will be given to be prepared for the dates specified by the instructor. Each student’s homework grade will be based on the quality of his/her homework throughout the course. It is YOUR responsibility to find out if there was assigned homework and to be prepared for the next class you attend NO late work will be accepted. Please, access our classroom e-mail list daily for announcements.

Course Requirements and Grading This section gives a breakdown of how the students’ grades will be calculated. It includes both the areas of assessment and the percentage values of each area, followed by the grading scale. Check course syllabus for exact due dates. No make-up tests will be given.

- Attendance & In Class Participation



- Writings 1 & 2 (5 pts each)



- Essay 1 ( 10 pts)



- Quiz 1 – Units 6 & 7 (15 pts)



- Quiz 2 – Units 8 & 9 (15 pts)



- Oral presentation (10 pts)



- Online Activities (10 pts)



- Final Written Exam (check syllabus for exact date)





Grading Scale










59 and below

Attendance and Participation The student’s performance in class is an important part of his/her work. Students should be fully prepared before coming to class. Each student’s attendance and participation grade will be based on the quality of his/her active involvement in class work throughout the course. Students are expected to attend all sessions and to participate actively during each class meeting. Attendance will affect the final grade. An absence does not excuse missed work. The student is responsible for contacting the instructor or a classmate and then submitting any missed work in a timely fashion soon thereafter. 70% of attendance is the minimum required on this course. Each absence over 3 will result in a reduction in your attendance and participation grade, e.g., if your attendance and participation grade is an A, a 4 th absence will drop it to a B; a 5 th to a C; a 6 th to a D, and 7 absences or more will result in a 0 for attendance and participation. Also, please note that your lowest test grade will be dropped in the final average.

Writings & Essays:

Students will write (type) a one page double space two piece of writing and one longer essay (two pages) or otherwise recommended by the instructor – check syllabus for due dates. Topics will be related to each chapter or Student’s choice. Before turning in your work, proofread it and check for spelling mistakes.

Attention: Special computer and internet software will be used to determine originality of your piece of writing. Plagiarized writing will receive a “0” (zero) and the student/s referred for Academic Discipline.

Oral presentation:

referred for Academic Discipline. Oral presentation: 4 In pairs or groups of three, students will look



pairs or groups of three, students will look for an article (online or printed magazine, newspaper), read and get prepared


report it in class. Each group will give a formal 10 (ten) minute Oral Presentation in English on the topic of the article.

Oral presentations will not be read, without exceptions, and will be graded based on content, clarity, fluency, pronunciation, grammatical accuracy, vocabulary richness, and the student’s overall preparation. Students’ presentations are going to be graded by classmates and instructor.

The presentation is going to be followed by a debate with classmates. Pay close attention to your date of presentation. No make-up for the Oral Presentation will be given, without exceptions.

Online Activities:

Online activities will be assigned by the instructor and must be turned in by email until mid-night of the due date. No late activities will be accepted. Organize yourself accordingly.

Unit Quiz:

A Lesson quiz will be given after every two units. No make-up tests will be given.

Final Exams:

The final exams are comprehensive. It will cover all the content seen in class. No make-up for the final exam will be given, without exception. The final exam must be taken on the date specified.

How to prepare for class:

We recommend that students prepare for class by: a) going over the content learned in class and the handouts given; b) studying and forming sentences with new vocabulary words; c) doing Flash Cards to reinforce key grammatical concepts, vocabulary, and verb endings; d) reading extra material e) by checking his/her doubts with the tutor and, most importantly, g) by asking questions. Additionally, as a part of the course is going to be online students must access their email accounts and class forums AT LEAST twice a week to make sure he/she is not missing any class content.

The course textbook:

The Cambridge Academic English is an integrated skills course and provides the appropriate material to develop your language abilities in the academic setting. However, your instructor will select, delete, and rearrange this material as necessary. The instructor may also add different reading, writing, speaking, and listening material to the course and advise you of these changes. Students need to: a) become familiar with these changes; b) understand their scope in the context of each Lesson; and c) know what his /her homework assignment is on any given day. Please consider also that to learn a foreign language one must always review topics learned in previous classes to put them in written and communicative contexts that make sense.

Communication and Oral Assessment:

Communication is a key component of this course. A good foundation for speaking will develop as students attend class, do their homework, and speak in English whenever is possible, especially in class. Portuguese will not be allowed in class. Grammatical correctness and richness of vocabulary will evolve naturally from speaking and communication in class. To facilitate/promote oral proficiency, the instructor will: a) engage students in active conversation about the themes of the lessons; b) ask them to do role plays; c) recreate situational dialogues from the book; d) talk about a movie seen, a song heard at home, a newspaper or magazine advert read, etc. These activities will help students to better prepare for their Oral Presentation and their Final Oral Exam.

Web Resources:

The following are web pages that can be visited to access TV and Radio shows in English. Visiting these internet sites will expose students to different English accents, increase their vocabulary, facilitate oral proficiency, and help survey current English speaking community affairs and cultural realities:





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Please do not hesitate to speak to me should you have any problems, comments or questions about the course. Be proactive; do not wait for a test to ask questions!

Civility Students are expected to conduct themselves appropriately at all times, treat other students with respect, and not interrupt, distract, or disrupt the class. Electronic devices like cellular phones, laptop computers – (chat), electronic organizers (PDA), mp-3 players (I pods), CD and DVD players, head phones, etc… must be turned off and kept out of sight at all times. Violations of behavior policies will result in being asked to leave the class and an absence will be entered for that class period. This will affect your participation grade.

Academic Integrity All violations of the Academic Integrity and Student Conduct Codes will be treated in accordance with the university’s Academic Regulations.

Academic Dishonesty: In writing papers, you must properly cite all sources (1) directly quoted, (2) paraphrased, or (3) consulted in any fashion. Sources include all printed material as well as the Internet. Proper citation means using a standard citation format: ABNT (Brazil) or MLA, APA, or Chicago. It is also considered plagiarism if you merely rework source material, placing an author's thoughts in other words without contributing your own ideas. For that reason, you must include some kind of source note whenever drawing on someone else's interpretation. A source note can be a sentence or more in your paper, or it can be a footnote. A source note should clarify the extent to which your interpretation is indebted to your source, explaining both (1) what you use and (2) where you depart or differ from the source. It is also considered plagiarism to submit drafts, response papers, and other informal assignments without properly citing sources and acknowledging intellectual debts. Failure for the course is the typical sanction in such cases. You must receive prior permission from me if you want to submit a paper or part of a paper that you have written for a previous class.

Agreement Continued enrollment in this course means that you have read, understood, and agreed to the terms of the syllabus, course expectations and policies, and the university’s Academic Integrity and Student Conduct Code.

Language learning is an ongoing process which requires your active involvement and participation. In order to understand English you must be in class to hear English; in order to learn to speak, you have to participate and speak in class; in order to learn to read and write English, you have to actually read and write in that language.

We look forward to you studying English with us this semester. We are confident that it will be an excellent learning experience.

confident that it will be an excellent learning experience. ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSE IV- Course Syllabus
confident that it will be an excellent learning experience. ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSE IV- Course Syllabus


Course Syllabus

1 st SEMESTER 2013



1 st week

Academic Orientation / Unit 6: Behaving the way we do

02/04 Tuesday

- warm-up / - Introductions (10’)

- Academic orientation: pages – brush up 10 & 11

- Discuss the syllabus

04/04 - Thursday

writing samples & discussion topics *pages 82, 83 & 84


2 nd week

Unit 6: Behaving the way we do (cont.)

09/04 Tuesday 11/04 - Thursday

*pages 85, 86 & 87 *pages 88, 89 & 90

3 rd week

Unit 6: Behaving the way we do (cont.)/ Lecture Skills C

16/04 Tuesday 18/04 Thursday

*pages 91, 92 & 93/ *pages 94, 95, 96 & 97 *pages 98, 99 & 100 Due: Presentation group 1 & 2-

Due: Writing 1


4 th week

/ Unit 7: Bringing about change

23/04 Tuesday 25/04 Thursday

*pages 101, 102 & 103 pages 104, 105 & 106 Due: Presentation group 3 & 4

5 th week

Unit 7: Bringing about change (cont.)/ Unit 8: Work and equality

30/04 Tuesday

*pages 107, 108 & 109

* Due: TED 1
Due: TED 1

MAY 02/05 - Thursday

*pages 110, 111 & 112 Due: Presentation group 5 -

6 th week

Unit 8: Work and equality (Cont.)

07/05 Tuesday 09/05 - Thursday

*pages 113, 114 & 115 Quiz I - Units 6 & 7

7 th week

Unit 8: Work and equality (cont.)/ Lecture Skills D

14/05 Tuesday 16/05 - Thursday

*pages 116, 117 & 118 *pages 119, 120 & 121 / * pages 122, 123, 124 & 125 Due: Presentation group 6-

8 th week

Unit 9: Controversies

21/05 Tuesday 23/05 - Thursday

*pages 126, 127 & 128 *pages 129, 130 & 131 Due: Presentation group 7

Due: writing 2


9 th week

Unit 9: Controversies (cont.)

28/05 Tuesday

*pages 132, 133 & 134

Due: TED 2
Due: TED 2

30/05 – Thursday


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10th week

Unit 10: Health

04/06 Tuesday 06/06 - Thursday

*pages 135, 136 & 137 *pages 138, 139 & 140 Due: Presentation group 8 & 9

11 th week

Unit 10: Health (cont.)

11/06 Tuesday 13/06 - Thursday

*pages 141, 142 & 143 *pages 144, 145 & 146 Quiz Units 8 & 9

Due: Essay


12 th week

Unit 10: Health (cont.) / Lecture Skills: E / Book club Dicussion

18/06 Tuesday 20/06 - Thursday

*pages 147, 148 & 149/* pages 150, 151, 152 & 153 Due: Presentation group 10, 11 & 12 Book club discussion

13 th week


25/06 – Tuesday 27/06 - Thursday

Wrap-up the course FINAL WRITTEN EXAM

14 th week

– Tuesday

TED 1 - will be done along the course, see syllabus for due date

- Thursday

TED 2 - will be done along the course, see syllabus for due date

15 th week

– Tuesday

- Thursday

BOOK -teacher will give 3 titles and students will select one book to be

read along the course and discussed on the last week of class.


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