English for Academic Purposes (EAP)


Course Description:

The course will provide framework for reading, writing and discussing contemporary scientific issues based on selections from texts related to the field of science.

Course Goals:

To consolidate the students' knowledge of the type of English that could be used for scientific purposes.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. read texts, identify main ideas and details and make inferences,
  2. explain graphs, tables and diagrams,
  3. discuss information, make suggestions and express opinions,
  4. make notes, outlines and summaries,
  5. write a cohesive report.

Skills and Language Functions:

Skimming and Scanning Making Suggestions

Reading Graphs and Tables Extracting Information from Reading Texts

Relative Pronouns Expressing Opinions

Writing Definitions Identifying Expressed Opinions:

Classification Pro and Con/ Agreeing and

Making Inferences Disagreeing

Making Outline Making Summaries

Course Content:

Unit I: Science News

Unit II: Hi-Tech Innovations

Part 1: Computers of the Future

Part 2: Robotics--One of the most advanced AI technologies (A)

Part 3: Robotics--One of the most advanced AI technologies (B)

Unit III: Problems with the Environment

Part 1: Recognizing a Problem

Part 2: Looking at Possible Solutions

Part 3: Analyzing Sources of the Problem

Part 4: Possible Solutions to the Problem

Unit IV: Outer Space

Part 1: From Dream to Reality

Part 2: Mars: Our Planetary Twin

Part 3: Towards the 21st Century: Destination Mars

Course Evaluation:

Midterm Examination 35%

Final Examination 35%

Class work 10%

Term Paper 10%

Participation 5%

Oral Presentation 5%


Criteria for Class work, Term Paper and Oral Presentation:

Class work:

"In class" assignments will be assessed from exercises which utilize the language skills in each unit.

Term Paper:

The paper will be written in groups of 3-5 students.

Topics: Approved topics may or may not be related to one of the unit topics.

The topics are to be chosen in the third week of the semester.

Outline of the Paper: To be submitted by mid-term time

Final Copy minimum of 5 pages: To be submitted two weeks before the final

A term paper is worth 10 points which are divided into three parts:

3 points- content

2 points- organization

5 points- language

Oral Presentation:

The Oral Assignment, worth 5% of the total grade, will be presented in groups of 3-5 students at a specified time during the semester. The topic presented may be related to that chosen for the term paper.

(The Division of English for Science and Technology,

Chulalongkorn University Language Institute)



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