Education Faculty
English Language Education Program
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Writing Skills 1

Course CodeSemester Course Name LE/RC/LA Course Type Language of Instruction ECTS
ELT1002 1 Writing Skills 1 2/0/0 CC English 2
Course Goals


        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.


Prerequisite(s) None
Corequisite(s) None
Special Requisite(s) None
Instructor(s) Assist. Prof. Dr. Derya Biderci Dinç
Course Assistant(s) None
Schedule Session A, Friday, 12:00-15:00 Session B, Friday, 09:00-12:00
Office Hour(s) Dr. Sinan Bataklar, Office: Şirinevler Campus, YDB-708 mail: s.bataklar@iku.edu.tr, Phone: 0212 498 41 54, Office Hours: Monday, 12:00-13:00
Teaching Methods and Techniques  Lecture
Principle Sources Razı, Salim. Advanced Reading and Writing Skills In ELT: APA Style Handbook
Other Sources Other supplementary materials
Course Schedules
Week Contents Learning Methods
1. Week Explaining course objectives and contents and expectations from students; giving information about how students will be evaluated, lessons will be taught, what material will be used; how students will study and get prepared for lessons
2. Week To make students aware of different types of texts, examining different paragraph types included in the texts such as illustration, description, definition and narration; moreover, to have students acquire the habit of extensive reading, explaining them how they will study extra reading texts and including some of them in lessons every week; examining different types of sentences and working out punctuation marks; studying such reading skills as previewing, predicting and scanning, Introduction to critical thinking skills, critical reading & critical writing
3. Week Identifying main ideas and supporting ideas in the given texts and paraphrasing them; predicting the meaning of words from the context. Selected reading
4. Week Examining expository paragraphs and writing a sample expository paragraph together with the class
5. Week Examining illustration paragraphs and writing a sample illustration paragraph together with the class. Selected reading
6. Week Examining persuasive paragraphs (how to and explanation) and writing sample persuasive paragraphs (how to and explanation) together with the class
7. Week Selected reading
8. Week Summarizing, preparing outlines and paraphrasing. Midterm
9. Week Examining Analytical paragraphs and writing a sample analytical paragraph together with the class
10. Week Examining Analytical paragraphs and writing a sample analytical paragraph together with the class
11. Week Selected reading
12. Week Selected reading
13. Week Examining argumentative paragraphs and writing a sample argumentative paragraph together with the class
14. Week To consolidate what has been learnt, examining extra reading material; to consolidate the learned paragraph writing methods, choosing from among given topics randomly, deciding the best method and writing paragraphs
15. Week
16. Week
17. Week
Evaluation tools Quantity Weight(%)
Midterm(s) 1 30
Final Exam 1 40

Program Outcomes
PO-1Understand English phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics at advanced level.
PO-2Define the contemporary language learning theories.
PO-3Identify different language learning purposes for various levels.
PO-4Recognize appropriate teaching methods, techniques and strategies for specific purposes.
PO-5Develop skills in listening, speaking and writing for helping learners of English to use language appropriately and comprehensibly.
PO-6Design professional applications for teaching the English language.
PO-7Apply professional assesment tools and methods.
PO-8Determine the problems and solutions at the ELT classroom settings.
PO-9Comprehend the importance of lifelong learning strategies.
PO-10Practice classroom management skills.
Learning Outcomes
LO-1Being able to define basic concepts in the field of academic reading and writing.
LO-2Being able to analyze different types of paragraphs to evaluate texts in terms of organization, integrity and content.
LO-3Being able to write paragraphs employing given topics and methods in accordance with the academic writing rules and standards.
LO-4Being able to use different types of reading strategies.
LO-5Being able to think critically about given topics.
LO-6Being able to comprehend relationships between words, structures and meaning, and use different writing skills and strategies.
Course Assessment Matrix:
Program Outcomes - Learning Outcomes Matrix
 PO 1PO 2PO 3PO 4PO 5PO 6PO 7PO 8PO 9PO 10
LO 1
LO 2
LO 3
LO 4
LO 5
LO 6