High-Intermediate Academic Communication >> Content Detail



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Course Description

This class is designed to improve your academic language skills in written and spoken English. Through writing short essays and memos, you will learn how to organize your arguments and review points of English grammar that still challenge you. In addition, you will work on developing oral skills needed in a variety of academic contexts, i.e., group discussions, debates, and presentations.

Attendance and Participation

Attendance is required at all classes. Roll will be taken at the beginning of class; you are expected to be on time. If you must be absent, be sure to check with another student to see what you missed so that you can make up the work. Excessive absences will result in a failing grade. In order for class discussions to be productive, it is imperative that every student come to class prepared to participate actively.


Grades will be assigned according to the following percentages:

Attendance and Participation (Class and LLARC)20%
Writing Assignments20%
Oral Projects20%
Final Paper10%

Required Text

Amazon logo Azar, Betty Schrampfer. Understanding and Using English Grammar: Chartbook-A Reference Grammar. 3rd ed. Pearson ESL, 1998. ISBN:013958661X.

Language Learning and Resource Center (LLARC)

You are expected to spend at least 2 hours a week on focused listening / speaking / pronunciation practice, some of which must be completed in the LLARC.

Writing Center

Take advantage of the Writing Center for free, individual consultations about your writing.


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