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Reading and Writing Skills

esl-bannerReading and Writing Skills

Level 1 – 40 hours plus 20 hours independent study

Unit 1 – Communicating

  • Preparing to Read
  • Preparing to Write – The Sentence
  • Preparing to Write – Punctuation
  • Using an English-English Dictionary

Unit 2 – Countries and Cultures

  • Reading for Factual Information from Tables and Written Passages
  • Introduction to Writing a Paragraph
  • Organising Ideas – Chronological Development
  • Linking Sentences Using Relative Clauses

Unit 3 – Sports and Leisure

  • Reading – Skimming and Scanning
  • Writing a Paragraph – Giving Examples
  • Introduction to Essay Writing
  • Introducing Basic Research Skills

Unit 4 – Journeys and Travel

  • Reading for Main Ideas and Supporting Details
  • Paraphrasing and Summarising
  • Organising Ideas – Comparing and Contrasting
  • Writing a Short Research Essay

Unit 5 – Living Things

  • Reading – Understanding Vocabulary
  • Writing a Description
  • Organising Ideas – Describing and Classifying
  • Writing – Avoiding Plagiarism in Essays

Unit 6 – Technology

  • Organising Ideas – Cause and Effect
  • Analysing an Essay

Level 2 – 40 hours plus 20 hours independent study

Unit 1 – People and Society

  • Predicting and Identifying Text Types, Audience, Purpose and Style
  • Improving Writing Skills – Writing Simple and Complex Sentences
  • Review of Academic Essay Writing
  • Writing – Introduction to Academic Essays
  • Review of Research Skill

Unit 2 – Living Environments

  • Reading – Skimming, Scanning, Inferring
  • Writing – Improving Paragraph Writing
  • Research – Choosing Reference Material
  • Research – Using The Internet

Unit 3 – Work and Business

  • Listing Main Ideas and Supporting Details
  • Writing a Summary
  • Writing a Description of a Process
  • Writing – Acknowledging Sources and Writing a Reference List

Unit 4 – Health Science

  • Making Notes From a Reading Passage and Writing Summaries
  • Writing a Description of a Graph
  • Writing – Further Practice in Describing Processes

Unit 5 – Processes and Production

  • Writing a Description
  • Note-making from a Reading Passage
  • Developing Notes from a Reading Passage into a Summary
  • Writing a Research Essay – Editing, Final Drafting and Presentation

Unit 6 – The Environment

  • Guessing the Meaning of Unknown Vocabulary and Idiom
  • Reading Skills Test
  • Academic Research Essay

Level 3 – 40 hours plus 20 hours independent study

Unit 1 – Education

  • Facts and Opinions in Reading Passages
  • Selecting and Evaluating Research Materials
  • Writing an Academic Research Essay
  • Avoiding Plagiarism

Unit 2 – Medicine

  • Writing a Literature Review
  • Critical Thinking Skills Part I
  • Making Notes and Summarising Data from Reading Texts
  • Writing a Description Comparing Data
  • Comparison of Data

Unit 3 – Legal Studies

  • Critical Thinking Skills Part II
  • Following an Argument from a Reading Passage
  • Annotated Bibliography

Unit 4 – Political Studies

  • Points of View in Reading Passages
  • Summarising Different Points of View
  • Summary of Points of View

Unit 5 – Communications

  • Persuasive Language in Reading Passages
  • Writing a Second Draft of an Academic Research Paper

Unit 6 – The Future

  • Editing an Academic Research Essay
  • Critical Reading Skills
  • Academic Research Essay
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