Undergraduate > LANG1002A
English for University Studies I (Accelerated Stream)
Fall 2014 (3 credits)
LANG1002A
Co-ordinators: Jan Pople
Irene Ng
Mark Hopkins
Ivy Sek

Course Description

LANG1002A is a task-based, integrated-skills, English language course developed for first year students. It is the first of two one-semester courses which students take in order to fulfill the Common Core English requirement. The course is designed to raise your language proficiency and equip you with the underlying competence – e.g. thinking critically, discussing and presenting ideas logically – necessary for you to succeed in English-medium study in tertiary education.

In this course you will develop your ability to use English to communicate appropriately and effectively. The thematic focus of the course provides context for tasks, most of which require small group collaboration and discussion. They are central to the course methodology. The course materials have been designed to present you with in-class challenges to your present language proficiency and communication skills, and the course project will help you to develop these further.

Both research and experience have indicated that the major academic language needs of students are in the areas of writing, speaking, vocabulary and extensive reading. The specific emphasis of LANG1002A is, therefore, on increasing your ability to:

  • write in a coherent, well-organised way;
  • speak fluently, clearly, and effectively in a variety of contexts;
  • use a range of complex language, where appropriate to the task;
  • extract key information quickly from written texts;
  • take charge of your own language learning, particularly with respect to increasing your vocabulary.

The course is graded and carries three credits.

Important note:

Students will be pre-registered into LANG1002A / LANG1002S / LANG1002I based on their English proficiency upon admission to HKUST. This is the course which students must take in order to complete their graduation requirements.To fulfill the Common Core English requirement, students must meet at least the minimum level of 4 for English proficiency and academic literacy at the end of their Year One studies. Students who think that they have been incorrectly placed should contact Dr. Li Po Lung (E-mail: lcstdadvice@ust.hk).

Intended learning outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes
Graduate attributes: By the end of this semester you will be able to
Vocabulary

  • Understand and use a range of vocabulary and expressions that are commonly used in general English and in academic discussions.

 

Critical thinking and reading skills 

  • Select, read and evaluate a variety of texts, including scholarly writing, to develop understanding of a complex topic.
  • Select appropriate information for a specific audience and purpose.
  • Distinguish key points from details in order to summarise information for a specific audience and purpose.

 

Writing skills

  • Plan, research and structure a piece of writing according to the needs of a specific reader and purpose.
  • Write a series of coherent and cohesive paragraphs, in which topic sentences containing controlling ideas are expanded with details, examples and explanations.
  • Write a short, expository essay, using explanation, justification, description, and analysis.
  • Paraphrase sentences from sources to support ideas and claims; and appropriately acknowledge the sources.

 

Speaking skills

  • Speak about a topic for at least two minutes.
  • Make an oral summary.
  • Deliver a speech-with-a-story, sharing thoughts and giving advice.
  • Deliver a speech using speculation, explanation, and analysis
  • Pronounce sounds clearly and use rhythm appropriately and persuasively.
Competency- building
  • Collaborate with others in discussions to achieve specific outcomes.
Leadership and teamwork
  • Demonstrate understanding of the impact of an idea on lives.
International outlook
  • Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate strategies, tools and resources to develop language proficiency and academic literacy.
Vision and orientation to the future