Education Faculty
English Language Education Program
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Critical Reading and Writing

Course CodeSemester Course Name LE/RC/LA Course Type Language of Instruction ECTS
ELT3004 3 Critical Reading and Writing 2/0/0 CC English 3
Course Goals
 This course addresses fundamental features in academic writing and reporting. It is designed to analyze and evaluate field related texts to enhance students’ ability to develop an argument and write an academic text supported by valid, reliable evidences through citations from different academic articles.   The course is based on critical reading of different articles related to the field of Second Language Education (SLE), synthesizing and incorporating information from those sources by using paraphrasing and summarizing skills. While this course aims at improving students’ academic writing skills by critical reading, critical thinking and guided writing activities, it also sheds light on academic language to produce a coherent academic text. The course is also designed to develop students’ academic presentation skills through written and spoken discourse analysis of SLE related academic articles.


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Special Requisite(s) The minimum qualifications that are expected from the students who want to attend the course.(Examples: Foreign language level, attendance, known theoretical pre-qualifications, etc.)
Instructor(s) Lecturer Bilge Kalkavan
Course Assistant(s)
Schedule Thursday 9.00-10.50 Basın Ekspres Campus Thursday 13.00-14.45 Basın Ekspres Campus
Office Hour(s) Thursday 14.50 Basın Ekspres Campus
Teaching Methods and Techniques  Lecture, critical reading, critical thinking, analysis of academic texts, note taking, interactive discussion, guided writing 

Principle Sources  

Beebe, S. A. and Beebe, S. J.(1997). Public Speaking (5th Ed.) USA: Pearson.

Grussendorf, M. (2007). English for Presentations. UK: Oxford University Press.

De Chazal E. & McCarter, S. (2012). Oxford EAP: A Course in English for Academic Purposes. Upper Intermediate/B2. Oxford: Oxford University Press


Other Sources  


Course Schedules
Week Contents Learning Methods
1. Week Introduction to Critical Reading and Writing
2. Week Reading strategies Analysis and evaluation of an academic text
3. Week Analysis and evaluation of an academic article Fundamental stages for reviewing an article Analysis and evaluation of a conference presentation
4. Week Guidelines for preparing an effective oral presentation and public speech Incorporating citations by using paraphrasing skills
5. Week Incorporating citations by using summarizing skills Working with academic language (cohesive devices, linkers, complex sentence patterns) Presentations of academic articles from the field of SLE
6. Week Presentations of academic articles from the field of SLE
7. Week Writing an introduction for an academic essay/article Thesis statement/research question Presentations of academic articles from the field of SLE
8. Week Midterm
9. Week Analyzing features of a body paragraph and writing a topic sentence Paraphrasing and summarizing supporting evidences Presentations of academic articles from the field of SLE
10. Week Paraphrasing and summarizing supporting evidences Presentations of academic articles from the field of SLE
11. Week Synthesizing information and writing evaluative comment/comments and concluding statement for a body paragraph Presentations of academic articles from the field of SLE
12. Week Analyzing concluding paragraphs Discussion of features of a concluding paragraph Presentations of academic articles from the field of SLE
13. Week Writing a concluding paragraph
14. Week Revision and reflections on the course
15. Week
16. Week
17. Week
Evaluation tools Quantity Weight(%)
Midterm(s) 1 35
Final Exam 1 50

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-1Learn basic translation theories and concepts,
LO-2Gain awareness between interlingual differences (Turkish-English),
LO-3Grasp metalinguistic differences (meaning, act, form)
LO-4Gain sensitivity to translation,
LO-5Conduct translations with texts of social sciences requiring moderate specialty,
LO-6Learn which method and technique to use throughout translation and apply grammatical structures suitable in a text related with English language teaching.
Course Assessment Matrix:
Program Outcomes - Learning Outcomes Matrix
 PO 1PO 2PO 3PO 4PO 5PO 6PO 7PO 8PO 9PO 10
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LO 3
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LO 6