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English for Urban Planners

2019/2020
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
4
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
2-й курс, 2 семестр

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Course Syllabus

Abstract

Goals of the course: The course is designed to assist students in writing their Final Project and preparing them for their project defense. Students will study the conventions of academic writing and submit the final drafts of their research papers by the end of the course. The course will also focus on a set of core speaking skills necessary for describing the key aspects of students’ research work in the form of a formal presentation and defending it in front of a panel of experts. Objectives of the course: After successfully completing this course, students will be able to: – Identify the main stylistic features pertaining to academic papers; – Structure their Final Projects according to the conventions of the academia; – Use a wide range of academic vocabulary and grammar structures for writing scholarly texts; – Articulate the main aspects of their research in the form of an academic presentation; – Use a set of effective rhetorical strategies for maintaining the audience’s attention and answering questions from the defense panel. Brief description of the course: Seminars At seminars, the course instructor makes presentations of new content. After that, students consolidate their knowledge and develop their academic writing and speaking skills with the help of a set of individual, pair or group tasks. In academic writing classes, students are expected to produce short preliminary texts related to their final projects. Evaluation occurs in the classroom or using interactive feedback tools. Writing Tutorials To engage more deeply with their work, its rhetorical goals and strategies, appointment-based writing tutorials are held on a one-on-one basis and involve reading and discussing students’ draft papers and final texts. The tutor provides feedback for improving the content, structure, language means and mechanical accuracy of students’ papers by commenting on their work and using scoring instruments (Final Project Assessment Rubric) and feedback forms (Writing Tutorial Feedback Form). Students are expected to participate actively in tutoring sessions by asking and answering questions, discussing different perspectives, reflecting on their texts, making connections between the tutorial and the course, and taking thorough notes of the tutor’s recommendations. Tutorials add value to the course and their attendance should not be considered as an alternative to attending classes. Students’ participation in writing tutorials is part of the cumulative grade and is assessed according to 3 criteria: preparation, active participation, feedback integration.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course is designed to assist students in writing their Final Project and preparing them for their project defense. Students will study the conventions of academic writing and submit the final drafts of their research papers by the end of the course.
  • The course will also focus on a set of core speaking skills necessary for describing the key aspects of students’ research work in the form of a formal presentation and defending it in front of a panel of experts.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Structure their Final Projects according to the conventions of the academia
  • Identify the main stylistic features pertaining to academic papers
  • Use a wide range of academic vocabulary and grammar structures for writing scholarly texts
  • Articulate the main aspects of their research in the form of an academic presentation
  • Use a set of effective rhetorical strategies for maintaining the audience’s attention and answering questions from the defence panel
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Constructing a Final Project: Project Brief
    Showing the importance of the problem/project. Providing background information on the problem/project. Clarifying definitions. Giving a brief review of previous studies/projects. Identifying gaps and limitations in previous projects/studies; indicating a problem in the real world; identifying opportunities for implementing the project. Explaining how the project/study will fill a gap, overcome limitations, or solve the problem.
  • Constructing a Final Project: Project Brief
    Stating the purposes of the research study and the project. Providing a list of specific research questions or hypotheses. Presenting methodology (research design, parties involved, site description). Stating expected results/project deliverables.
  • Constructing a Final Project: Introduction
    Showing the importance of the research study. Providing background information on the research study. Clarifying definitions. Reviewing previous research. Indicating a research gap. Presenting justification for the research study. Stating the purposes of the research study. Stating specific research questions or hypotheses. Presenting research design and methods. Stating expected results.
  • Constructing a Final Project: Literature Review
    Identifying the research area and topic of investigation. Providing background information on the topic. Clarifying definitions. Indicate gaps in previous research. Providing a justification for the present study. Restating the study’s purpose and research questions. Stating the status hypothesis.
  • Constructing a Final Project: Literature Review
    Providing a detailed review of studies. Using the author-date and endnote referencing systems. Using integral and non integral references. As-clauses for referring to the work of others. Three patterns for using reporting verbs. Cite Them Right! (Academic referencing game)
  • Constructing a Final Project: Research Design and Methods
    Presenting research design Describing the setting Introducing the sample and selection criteria Describing materials and specific equipment Discussing and justifying data collection methods Discussing and justifying data collection procedures Introducing key variables.
  • Constructing a Final Project: Research Design and Methods
    Discussing and justifying data analysis methods Discussing and justifying data analysis procedures Discussing the scope of the study Discussing limitations.
  • Constructing a Final Project: Results, Conclusion, Abstract
    Writing Abstracts: Giving background information, identifying a research gap, Listing the purposes of your study, Describing research methods, data collection and analysis procedures, Reporting results, Suggesting theoretical and practical implications. Academic Writing Game: Writing Abstracts.
  • Constructing a Final Project: Project Proposal
    Providing an executive summary of the project (background, objectives, stakeholders, deliverables), Highlighting the problem and place it within the context of the project, Providing a detailed description of a series of activities aimed at solving the problem, Illustrating the solutions with visuals (maps, models, tables, figures), Give policy recommendations. Pointing out the limitations of the project, Indicating paths for future research and projects, Concluding with a logical summary.
  • Individual Writing Tutorials: First Draft Review
    The tutor provides useful feedback for improving the content, structure, language means and mechanical accuracy of students’ draft papers by commenting on their work and using scoring instruments (Final Project Assessment Rubric) and feedback forms (Writing Tutorial Feedback Form). Students are expected to participate actively by asking and answering questions, reflecting on their texts, making connections between the tutorial and the course, and taking thorough notes of the tutor’s comments.
  • Individual Writing Tutorials: Final Draft Review
    The tutor provides useful feedback for improving the content, structure, language means and mechanical accuracy of students’ final papers by commenting on their work and using scoring instruments (Final Project Assessment Rubric) and feedback forms (Writing Tutorial Feedback Form).
  • Preparing a Final Draft Presentation: Introduction, Main Body, Transitions, Describing Visuals
    Features of Research Presentations. The move structure of research presentations (Orientation, Rationale, Framework, Methods, Results, Implication, Termination). Signposting Language. Useful language for emphasizing a point, giving examples, referring backwards/forwards, etc.)
  • Preparing a Final Project Presentation: Discussing Results, Conclusion, Handling Questions
    Defending arguments using justifying and evaluation language. Anticipating questions from the audience. Effective strategies for dealing with different types of questions (checking understanding of the question, commenting on the question, avoiding answering the question, answering the question, checking you have given a satisfactory answer, inviting next questions). D8 system for handling questions.
  • Preparing a Final Project Presentation: Effective Rhetorical Strategies
    Effective impact techniques for capturing and maintaining the audience’s attention (rhetorical questions, contrasts and opposites, repetitions, the rule of three, similes, metaphors, storytelling, rapport building techniques, use of personal pronouns)
  • Preparing a Final Project Presentation: Three Minute Thesis Presentations
    Students deliver their three minute thesis presentations and practise using effective strategies for answering different types of questions.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Problem Statement Assignment
  • non-blocking Introduction Assignment
  • non-blocking Literature Review Assignment
  • non-blocking Research Design and Methods Assignment
  • non-blocking Results and Conclusion Assignment
  • non-blocking Writing Tutorials
  • non-blocking Final Project Paper and Three Minute Thesis Presentation)
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 semester)
    0.4 * Final Project Paper and Three Minute Thesis Presentation) + 0.1 * Introduction Assignment + 0.1 * Literature Review Assignment + 0.1 * Problem Statement Assignment + 0.1 * Research Design and Methods Assignment + 0.1 * Results and Conclusion Assignment + 0.1 * Writing Tutorials
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Academic writing for graduate students : essential tasks and skills, Swales J. M., Feak C. B., 2012
  • Cambridge academic English: advanced: student's book : an integrated skills course for EAP, Hewings M., Thaine C., 2012
  • Cambridge academic English: upper intermediate: student's book : an integrated skills course for EAP, Hewings M., 2012
  • Wallwork, A. (2010). English for Presentations at International Conferences. New York: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=338325
  • Wallwork, A. (2016). English for Writing Research Papers (Vol. Second edition). Cham: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1175370

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Roberts, C. M. (2010). The Dissertation Journey : A Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Writing, and Defending Your Dissertation (Vol. 2nd ed). Thousand Oaks, Calif: Corwin. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=527838