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Department of English
 
Courses and Curriculum

OVERVIEW

The Communication Skills Program consists of ENGL 100A & B (Intensive English); three core courses: ENGL 102 (Enrichment Course in English), ENGL 203 (Academic English), ENGL 204 (Advanced Academic English); and two specialized courses: ENGL 206 (Technical English) and ENGL 208 (English for International Business).

Entry into the program (except for ENGL 208) is determined by the Admissions Office and is based on TOEFL, SAT Writing, or EEE scores. Students wishing to take ENGL 206 must already be accepted into FEA. All courses provide training in communication, both oral and written, at different levels and with different purposes. All courses give students abundant practice in a wide variety of the klinds of reading, writing, and research skills expected in university contexts.

COURSE LIST

English 100: Intensive English

English 102: Enrichment Course in English

English 203: Academic English

English 204: Advanced Academic English

English 206: Technical English

English 208: English for International Business

* Kindly note that The Wadsworth Handbook (2014) is required for students enrolled in all Communication Skills courses. Students are expected to purchase the handbook during their first semester in Communication Skills, and to use that book through the duration of their study. The handbook can and should be used to supplement courses that require writing across the university.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND CURRICULUM

English 100: Intensive English 
English 100 is an integrated skills course that develops students’ linguistic and communicative competence in preparation for a full-time university program. A broad range of activities and readings in various disciplines exposes students to campus culture and university-level discourse. Through regular practice in oral and written activities, students develop appropriate and effective expression in English.

Required Books (all available at the AUB bookstore):

  1. Kirszner, Laurie G. and Stephen R. Mandell. (2014). The Wadsworth Handbook. International Edition. (10th ed.). Australia: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning
  2. Mather, Peter, and McCarthy, Rita.  Reading and All that Jazz. (4th ed.) New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010.
  3. Langan, John. College Writing Skills with Readings. (9th ed.) New York: McGraw-Hill International Edition, 2008.

ENGL 102 Enrichment Course in English
English 102 is designed to upgrade students’ overall proficiency level in English and enrich their exposure to a range of discourse. It develops fluency and accuracy of communication through reading and writing for critical thinking. Freshmen students should expect their final grade in the course to count toward their GPA. Sophomore students’ final grade will only be counted toward their GPA in the semester they take the course and will later be dropped from their record.
Prerequisite: 500-530 on the EEE or 573-587 on the TOEFL (230-240 on the CBT or 88-95 on the IBT) or English 100. Each semester.

Required Book (available at the AUB bookstore):

  1. Kirszner, Laurie G. and Stephen R. Mandell. (2014). The Wadsworth Handbook. International Edition. (10th ed.). Australia: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning

Optional Book (may be required by instructor; available at the AUB bookstore):

  1. Muller, G. H., & Wiener, H. S. (Eds.). (2013). The Short Prose Reader (13th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

ENGL 203 Academic English
English 203 is a sophomore level academic writing course designed specifically for the AUB student who will think, read, and write critically about contemporary themes and texts provided in its custom reader, After Words, edited by AUB Instructors for the Anglophone Middle Eastern student. Throughout the semester, students explore the various stages of the writing process, learn how to invent and develop ideas, write multiple drafts, review peers' essays, and evaluate and reflect on their own writing, which should demonstrate the use of key rhetorical devices and rich content that are inherent in effective writing. This course seeks to develop students’ intellectual viewpoints and a writing "voice” through open class discussions; self-reflection developed through regular journaling; and reflective pieces on their writing. Combining a stronger self-knowledge with the understanding of the conventions of academic writing, students will produce 30-40 pages of both formal and informal writing that ask questions and investigate possible answers through reflection, argument, analysis, and synthesis. Prerequisite: 531–569 on the EEE or 590–653 on the TOEFL (243–280 on the CBT or 96-99 on the IBT) or ENGL 102 or English 100. Each semester.

Required Books (Wadsworth is available at the AUB bookstore; After Words is distributed through the Department of English):

  1. Kirszner, Laurie G. and Stephen R. Mandell. (2014). The Wadsworth Handbook. International Edition. (10th ed.). Australia: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning
  2. Rantisi, R., Arnold, L., George, N., Hanna, R., Jarkas, N, Najjar, J. Sinno, Z. (Eds.). After Words: A Reader for Academic Writing. Educart (Middle East) Publishing: Beirut, 2012.

ENGL 204 Advanced Academic English
English 204 is designed to provide rigorous training in academic critique, argumentation, and research. In this course, students apply advanced reading strategies, in-depth discussion of sources, and synthesis of ideas. English 204 is process-oriented. Students write 30-40 pages, including formal and informal writing and rough drafts. Students participate in discussions, collaborate in various ways, write to develop their ideas, and learn about the conventions of academic writing. Students compose various assignments and report on their research in an oral presentation. The course includes an extended research project, in which students identify a research question, identify and evaluate sources, and draft and revise a formal, well-documented essay.
Prerequisite: 570+ on the EEE or 657+ on the TOEFL (283+ on the CBT or 99+ on the IBT) or ENGL 203. This course does not count toward graduation for students in FEA. Each semester.

Required Book (available at the AUB bookstore):

  1. Kirszner, Laurie G. and Stephen R. Mandell. (2014). The Wadsworth Handbook. International Edition. (10th ed.). Australia: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning

Optional E-Book (may be required by instructor; code can be purchased at the AUB bookstore):

  1. Roen, D., Glau, G., & Maid, B. (2014). The McGraw-Hill-Guide. (Custom edition for AUB Communication Skills Program). Available from www.mcgraw-hill.co.uk

ENGL 206 Technical English
English 206 introduces engineering and architecture students to English used in their professions, revealing how to communicate complex information in plain English. The course emphasizes both written and oral communication while encouraging critical thinking, information literacy, and attention to the audience and context. This extends to advancing effective communication with native and non-native English audiences and instilling the use of correct terminology and technical writing conventions. It exposes students to authentic, up-to-date content, focusing on writing genres practiced in their fields. Consequently, students will have the opportunity to design and produce different authentic documents, such as reports, letters, and instructions; and to employ effective communication skills in oral presentations. In doing this, the course sensitizes students to the ethical dimension of technical communication in an attempt to foster a sense of professional ethics and social responsibility. It also allows for individual as well as collaborative work, both needed for success in the workplace. Prerequisite: 570+ on the EEE or 657+ on the TOEFL (283+ on the CBT or 99+ on the IBT) or ENGL 203. For students in FEA only. Each semester.

Required Books (all available at the AUB bookstore):

  1. Kirszner, Laurie G. and Stephen R. Mandell. (2014). The Wadsworth Handbook. International Edition. (10th ed.). Australia: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning
  2. Markel, M. (2012). Technical Communication. (10th ed.). Boston: Bedford St. Martin's.

ENGL 208 English for International Business
English 208 is designed to increase the proficiency of students in English within the context of business situations. Students are trained in effective business communication, both verbal and nonverbal, of various types (including letters, memorandums, emails, and reports). The use of appropriate business style, tone and ethics is emphasized. Students also engage collaboratively in research and business report writing and produce a well-prepared oral presentation based on the outcome of their research report. Prerequisite: ENGL 204. For Business majors only. Each semester.

Required Textbooks:

  1. Kirszner, Laurie G. and Stephen R. Mandell. (2014). The Wadsworth Handbook. International Edition. (10th ed.). Australia: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning
  2. Locker, K. and Kyo Kaczmarek, S. (2014). Business Communication: Building Critical Skills. (6th ed). New York:  McGraw-Hill Irwin.
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