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Course Name
Turkish Akademik Yazının Temelleri
English Basics of Academic Writing
Course Code
ING 112A Credit Lecture
Semester 1
2 2 - -
Course Language English
Course Coordinator Fatma Betül Akpınar
Course Objectives This course aims to enhance students’ reading and writing skills simultaneously;
reinforces students’ perception of the reading-writing link, enabling them to decipher
academic texts more efficiently; teaches them to write academic paragraphs and
argumentative essays by implementing APA in-text citation rules to avoid plagiarism.
Reading skills: 1. Identifying the main points and details, 2. Analyzing the view and the
tone of the text, 3. Finding and interrelating relevant information, 4. Distinguishing
between general and specific information, 5. Identifying pros and cons and eliciting
arguments, 6. Eliciting topic related/key words, 7. Enhancing academic vocabulary, 8.
Taking notes while reading, 9. Interpreting charts and graphs, 10. Improving critical
thinking, analysing and synthesising skills
Writing skills: 1. Organizing and grouping ideas, 2. Outlining, 3. Paragraph writing with
topic, supporting and concluding sentences, 4. Direct quoting, paraphrasing ainformation
by using correct in-text citation method, 5. Writing argumentative essays following a
certain format, 6. Supporting the main points in the essay with findings from outside
sources, 7. Using academic tone, genre language and appropriate transition signals to achieve coherence and unity
Speaking Skills: 1. Carrying out in-class group work 2. Convening for brainstorming about a certain topic 3. Participating in a debate on a certain topic
Course Description Reading and analyzing outside sources and elicitting proper information by
differentiating general from specific data, and developing academic writing skills by including proper in-text citation (direct quotation and paraphrase) based on APA citation rules, critical thinking, planning, drafting and editing, writing a formal sentence
definition, interpreting charts and graphs, participating in in-class discussions of the
reading materials
Course Outcomes Students who pass the course satisfactorily can:
1. Identify the main points, analyze the view and the tone of the text, and
distinguish the general information from the specific one
2. Elicit relevant information from an outside source to support their ideas
3. Follow the academic writing rules and support their ideas in their writing by
referring to an outside source using direct quoting, paraphrasing, and
summarising methods and applying APA in-text citation rules
4. Organize a text of academic writing (thesis statement, body paragraphs, etc.)
and prepare an outline
5. Organize and participate in debates on controversial topics
6. Use the relevant vocabulary and structures related to argumentative genre
7. Write an argumentative essay of minimum 400 words on a certain topic, avoiding
plagiarism and meeing the requirements of academic integrity.
8. Evaluate an academic text
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