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Basic Written Skills: Personal Correspondence & Reading Scientific Literature

Chapter 4. Correspondence (1:1 Communication)

Objectives

  •     ● To learn the Fundamentals of 1:1 informal Written Communication
  •     ● To learn the Fundamentals of 1:1 formal Written Communication
  •     ● To learn the Fundamental Skills of Pre-Writing for Technical Writing
  •     ● To learn Basic Editing and Revising Methods for Technical Writing

Contents

  •     ● Cluster Diagrams
  •     ● Skills necessary for Informal letters
  •     ● Skills necessary for Formal Cover letters and Resumes or CVs
  •     ● Editing and Revising Writte1n work.

Evaluation (total 25 pnts)

Chapter 5. Reading Scientific Literature

Objectives

  •     ● To learn how to quickly gain a general understanding of a scientific article
  •     ● To learn and apply the methods of skimming, scanning to reading technical literature and scientific papers
  •     ● To identify the key differences between scientific, regular writing and oral communication.

Contents

  •     ● Skimming
  •     ● Scanning
  •     ● Reading

Evaluation (total 25 pnts)

Time Line

§Topic 主題Week 週
9wkx2hr18wkx2hr9wkx3hr
1Introduction to course, classmates and teacher (selective) 11
Chapter 4 Correspondence (1:1 Communication)
4.1Chapter 4 Overview 12
4.2Purpose and Types 12
4.3The Writing Process: Prewriting & Cluster Diagrams
with Application to Personal Letters
23,4
4.4Editing Your First Draft 35
4.5Business Letters: Cover Letters & Resumes 46
4.1Evaluation: Informal Letter of Introduction 56
4.6Final Editing & Revising 57,8
Chapter 5. Reading Scientific Literature
5.1Overview 58
4.1Evaluation: Cover Letter and Resume610
5.2Evaluation: Reading Speed Trial Pre-Test610
5.3Verbs & Formality610*
5.4Skimming and Scanning (Pt 1)611*
5.4Skimming and Scanning (Pt 2)712*, 13*
5.5Chinglish, English and Englese714*
5.6Reading Journals and Textbooks815
5.7Review + Learning from Mistakes916*8
5.2Evaluation: Reading Speed Trial Post-Test-17*
* Additional reading from supplementary textbook or Handouts. One long article per class. Prepare before. Read aloud. Discuss synonyms. Questions.