The general objective of this course is to make students learn to examine argumentation as a tool for both inquiry and advocacy. Students will develop an experiential focus upon critical examination of issues and ideas (inquiry) and the use of argumentation to support and defend a position (advocacy). This course is designed to expose students to the fundamentals of academic and professional communication in order to develop professionals who can effectively apply communication theories and best practices to meet their academic and professional communication needs.
The course aims to;
To strengthen students’ reading skills
To encourage students to respond critically to ideas
To prepare students for writing in courses across the curriculum
To help students develop basic information literacy skills
To help students develop awareness of their progress as readers and writers
guide students in an intensive exploration of the structure and function of human communication and in the process develop into effective communicators.
develop and hone the skills of critical thinking.
develop student’s theory base and critical thinking.
provide students with the opportunity to develop and explore their own styles of communication. At end of the course, students will be able to;
deal with unknown words by guessing their meaning.
use correct, appropriate language structures, vocabulary & discourse markers
identify main idea(s) in spoken discourse
initiate and maintain discussions
analyse academic materials about their subject matter and work on academic vocabulary.