Welcome to EAP

The purpose of the Introduction to Academic English (IAE) courses is to introduce academic language use through developing academic reading, writing, and oral communication skills. The six general rules below, typically apply to all academic writing contexts. They are, to be able to:

  1. communicate appropriately within academia »
  2. search effectively for online supporting material – ‘source texts’ »
  3. use dictionaries effectively and efficiently »
  4. identify relevant facts and figures and annotate source texts »
  5. cite/reference source texts appropriately and correctly »
  6. paraphrase, evaluate, juxtapose and synthesise source texts »

As part of both of the following courses, academic reading and writing strategies will be emphasised with a focus on extracting information from source texts, note taking, paraphrasing and writing analytical reports/essays using the APA citation and formatting style.

Course Outline: IAE

    Weeks 1 – 5
    Summary Writing, Reading Strategies, Note-taking, Paraphrasing, APA Citations & References, Outlines, Descriptive Paragraph Writing
    Weeks 6 – 11
    Academic Writing Process, Writing an Essay Outline, Writing a Cause & Effect Essay, Oral Communication and Academic Presentations
    Weeks 12 – 15
    Academic Language and Style, Coherence and Cohesion, Writing a Problem, Solution and Evaluation Essay

Course Outline: IAE for Business

    Weeks 1 – 5
    Summary Writing, Reading Strategies, Note-taking, Paraphrasing, E-mails, APA Citations & References, Cohesive Devices, Report Outlines, Analytical Paragraph Writing
    Weeks 6 – 11
    Market Research & Proposal Report Process: Questionnaire Design, Survey Administration, Data Analysis, Report Outline, Proposal Report, Business Presentation Design and Delivery, Reflective Writing
    Weeks 12 – 15
    Analytical Report Writing: Text Synthesis, Analytical Outline, Opinion Formulation, Executive Summary

EAP Resources

Accademic vocabulary
Accademic grammar
APA format & style guide
CMS format & style guide
Dictionary skills
Presentation skills
Glossary of academic writing terms

Useful Applications

Dropbox   Adobe Reader

Letter Grade Distribution

GPA, percentages & letter grades

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EAP | Week 01 | 20/08/2017

IAE

    Part 1
    Introduce the course (‘descriptive’ texts – reading into writing; note
    making, summary, writing skills).
    – Explain assessments, attendance & grading
    – Bookmark pages & Download apps
    – Start with professional email writing
    Part 2
    – Professional email writing (continue/complete)
    – Introduce APA citation & reference format

IAE for Business

    Part 1
    Introduce the course (‘descriptive’ texts – reading into writing; note
    making, summary, writing skills).
    – Explain assessments, attendance & grading
    – Explain ‘professional conduct grade
    – Bookmark pages & Download apps
    – Start with professional email writing
    Part 2
    – Professional email writing (continue/complete)
    – Introduce APA citation & reference format

Endnotes…

Remember: كل مشكلة ولها حل

For example, (e.g., || such as, || for instance,)

The Arabic root system

In other words, (i.e., || put differently,) reading is one solution!

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EAP | Week 02

IAE

    Part 1
    Extended reading
    Analysing an essay question
    Reading, annotating and note making
    Selecting and organising notes
    Part 2
    Writing an outline for a descriptive paragraph
    Sentence structure
    Paraphrasing – vocabulary + grammar

IAE for Business

    Part 1
    Reading Strategies, Note-taking
    Summary Writing – Paraphrasing, Cohesive Devices
    Part 2
    APA Citations & References
    Report Outlines, Analytical Paragraph Writing

Endnotes…

In Emirati Arabic, how do you say “…”?
bil-Emirati shoe yagooloown “…”?
…بالإماراتي شو يقولون

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EAP | Week 03

IAE

    Part 1
    Features of an academic paragraph
    Writing a draft descriptive paragraph
    Editing a draft
    Part 2
    Topic sentences
    APA-style Citations (form + use)
    Writing a final draft of an academic paragrph

IAE for Business

    Part 1
    Reading Strategies, Note-taking
    Summary Writing – Paraphrasing, Cohesive Devices
    Part 2
    Report Outlines
    Analytical Paragraph Writing

Endnotes…

moleskine
A PICTURE SAYS A THOUSAND WORDS

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EAP | Week 04

IAE

    Part 1
    Introduction paragraphs
    Sentence structure
    Paraphrasing – ideas/notes/rewriting
    Selecting and organising notes
    Further practice: Reading, annotating and note making
    Part 2
    Conclusion paragraphs
    Sentence structure
    Writing an essay outline
    Further practice: citation useage

IAE for Business

    Part 1
    Reading Strategies, Note-taking
    Summary Writing – Paraphrasing, Cohesive Devices
    Part 2
    Report Outlines
    Analytical Paragraph Writing

Endnotes…

links-to-books
THE QUINTESSENTIAL READING LIST?

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EAP | Week 05

IAE

    Part 1
    Further practice: Writing a draft paragraph
    Editing a draft & Writing a final draft
    Writing Patterns – topic and comment
    Part 2
    WA1 Write an Essay Outline (10 per cent)

IAE for Business

    Part 1
    Reading Strategies, Note-taking
    Summary Writing – Paraphrasing, Cohesive Devices
    Report Outline practice
    Part 2
    WA1 Write an Essay Outline (10 per cent)

Endnotes…

Why not take a look at a short series of animations (with transcripts) that fit 1,600 years of history relating to the English language into 10 one-minute sections? It uncovers the sources of English words and phrases from Shakespeare to the Internet. It also looks at how English grew from a small tongue into a major global language. Finally, it considers the future of the English language in the 21st century.

THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (60-seconds-thought)
THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (audio & animation)

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EAP | Week 06

IAE

    Part 1
    Introduction to ’cause and effect’ 5-paragraph essay
    The academic writing process
    Part 2
    Model Outline and Essay
    Begin focus on Introductions and Conclusions

IAE for Business

    Part 1
    Introduce the following activity: Market Research & Proposal Report Process: Questionnaire Design, Survey Administration, Data Analysis, Report Outline, Proposal Report, Business Presentation Design and Delivery, Reflective Writing
    Part 2
    Questionnaire Design
    Survey Administration

Endnotes…

Why not take a closer look at the European Union? When was the European Union created? And what is its purpose? This short series of animations (with transcripts) explains how and why The European Union (EU) was conceived as well as the major events and key players that helped form the idea from its inception through to obstacles it faces today.

EUROPEAN UNION (60-seconds-thought)
THE EUROPEAN UNION (audio & animation)

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EAP | Week 07

IAE

    Part 1
    Writing an outline for a five-paragraph ’cause and effect’ essay
    Part 2
    Analysing and writing introductions
    Analysing and writing conclusions
    Writing a ’cause effect’ essay

IAE for Business

    Part 1
    Content to be added
    Part 2
    Content to be added

Endnotes…

Why not take a closer look at what exactly “economics” is? The animated videos (with transcripts) explain some of the great dilemmas faced by governments trying to run an economy – whether to save or spend, control inflation, regulate trade, fix exchange rates, or just leave everyone to get on with it and not intervene.

ECONOMICS (60-seconds-thought)
ECONOMICS (audio & animation)

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EAP | Week 08

IAE

    Part 1
    Review Academic Writing Process
    Part 2
    Review and practice Writing 5 paragraph ’cause and effect’ essay

IAE for Business

    Part 1
    Content to be added
    Part 2
    Content to be added

Endnotes…

Why not take a closer look at the concept of “money”? These 10 short animations (with transcripts) chart the evolution of money from stones and whale teeth to modern monetary policy and banking, and takes a hard look at money’s role in economic crises.

MONEY (60-seconds-thought)
MONEY (audio & animation)

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EAP | Week 13

IAE

    Part 1
    Introduction to ‘Problem, Solution, Evaluation’ (PSE) 5 paragraph essay
    Analysing an example essay: organisation, language for PSE, topic sentences, hedging citations – use
    Part 2
    Review of academic writing process
    Writing an outline for a PSE essay

IAE for Business

    Part 1
    Content to be added
    Part 2
    Content to be added

Endnotes…

Designed by pencil

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EAP | Week 14

IAE

    Part 1
    Organisation of a main body paragraph
    Improving outlines
    Use of language in PSE
    Cohesion in academic writing
    Practice writing of a PSE essay: Reading, annotating and note-making, writing an outline, writing a PSE essay
    Part 2
    Writing and editing a PSE essay
    Final exam – Pre-reading. Reading, content, organisation, language

IAE for Business

    Part 1
    Content to be added
    Part 2
    Content to be added

Endnotes…

Designed by pencil

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EAP | Week 15

IAE

    Final Exam: Write a Problem-Solution-Evaluation outline and essay (40 per cent)

IAE for Business

    Final Exams Week

Endnotes…

contemplate

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Comparing & Contrasting

(الخلافات و التشابه (مماثل / بالضبط نفس / مختلف

We will now focus on how to describe “information” presented in a table. We do this by comparing and contrasting the “facts and figures” (“data”) shown.

For example, you would compare and contrast (the similarities and differences) between horses and camels when describing the facts and figures in this table:
Compare-and-Contrast--post-picture-01

Describe each of the pictures below
When you write these descriptions consider the following: (1) What is being depicted? (2) The number of things (3), their size, (4) position and (5) colour.

 Review:  Adjectives  |  Comparative and superlative adjectives

Describe the skyscrapers in the picture below
In your description please try and “round” some of the numbers (e.g. “828m”“just under 830 metres”); compare the years in which they were built (“…the newest”; “…older than…” etc.) and also, mention the location of each of the buildings.


Describing facts and figures in tables

A good descriptive report will have a minimum of three paragraphs: an introduction, one paragraph that describes the differences and one paragraph that describes the similarities and the ways in which the two things are exactly the same.

Worksheets &c.

How to write “Compare & Contrast” reports

Structure of “Compare & Contrast” reports

Comparing data in tables (gap-fill tasks)

Compare and contrast two airlines: Emirates and Etihad
 Compare the Nissan Patrol and the Toyota Landcruiser
Compare and contrast two companies: Du and Etisalat
 Compare and contrast two cities: London and Oslo
 Compare and contrast two cities: Doha and Kuwait city

Model reports

Emirates and Etihad compared

Nissan Patrols compared to Toyota Landcruisers

Agree or Disagree (making choices)

Life is full of choices. Today we are spoilt for choice! Think about all the types (kinds/brands) of toothpaste there are for sale at your local supermarket.

Which do you prefer?

On your birthday, where would you choose to eat?
A surfeit of fast food

A “stayshon” or a “vetik”

How would you prefer to travel to Dubai? … [reasons include: style, comfort and safety]
Cars

Tea or Coffee?

Which is best? … [reasons include: taste and health benefits/costs] … the answer is here!
tea or coffee?

 

Error Correction Codes

When you are given feedback on your written work, teachers normally use symbols (رموز) and abbreviations (الاختصارات) such as the red ones below:
error-codes

By understanding these “error correction codes”, you will become more aware of the common errors/mistakes you make when writing in English. This knowledge can improve your overall English writing abilities.

 

Worksheets &c.

Error Correction Codes

Worksheet 01 [Choosing, brainstorming & vocabulary]

Worksheet 02 [How to write opinion-based essays]

 

Model agree/disagree essays

Agree/Disagree: Should all careers be open to women?

Agree/Disagree: Should university students have their own bedrooms?