Department of Sociology


Course Code: 6390101
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 4(4-1)
ECTS Credit: 6.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Lecturer Dr. NİHAL AKDERE
Offered Semester: Fall Semesters.

Course Objective

By the end of the course students will -comprehend ideas, opinions and facts in academic texts -reflect on ideas and facts in oral and written expressions -apply rules of academic writing -comprehend academic presentations, interviews, lectures, talks -demonstrate academic speaking skills

Course Content

The course reinforces academic reading skills (finding the main idea, skimming, scanning, inferring information, guessing vocabulary from context, etc.) through reading selections on a variety of topics. It also aims at developing critical thinking, which enables students to respond to the ideas in a well organized written format. Other reading related writing skills such as paraphrasing and summarizing are also dealt with.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to - use relevant reading strategies (i.e. skimming, scanning, previewing) according to different text and task types - infer the underlying meaning of a given sentence or parts of an academic text - identify key ideas, points of reference, types of figurative speech and writers technique in an academic text - distinguish between facts and opinions in an academic text - guess the meaning of unknown words in an academic text - use different types of dictionaries (i.e. bilingual, monolingual, collocation and thesaurus) - recognize the relationship between ideas in a text and between multiple texts -break down complex sentences into meaningful chunks - understand syntactical relations among the parts of long complex sentences - initiate and maintain discussions - express opinions clearly - respond to questions - listen for specific information - use correct, appropriate language structures, vocabulary and discourse markers in written and oral production - write unified and coherent academic paragraphs (expository and reaction) and essay (expository) - carry out the stages in a process writing approach during writing paragraphs and/or essays - produce compound and complex sentences in writing