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ENGLISH FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY TENTATIVE COURSE OUTLINE

The course is based on Cambridge English for Scientists course book, which aims to develop the communication skills and specialist English language knowledge of science students and professionals, enabling them to communicate more confidently and effectively in their work or study environment. Uniquely, this course focuses on both spoken and written communication, with each of the ten units relating to a case study based on real, published research. This makes the course ideal for scientists from a wide range of scientific backgrounds. Cambridge English for Scientists also develops the learners' language skills with practical reading and writing skills - such as applying for research funding or writing for publications - as well as with speaking and listening skills including 'Describing and Reporting Problems With Experiments' and 'Presenting at a Conference'.

CLASS-BY-CLASS PLAN
Weeks Classes /Units Topic/ Focus Skill Lesson Plan

Introduction and ice-breaking activities

Week 1 22-26 Sept.

Course orientation

1st class: Week 2 29th Sept. -3rd of October Unit 1: Getting started in research page 6 2nd class: Unit 1: Getting started in research page 6 3rd class: Unit 1: Getting started in research page 6 4th class Unit 2: The scientific community page 14

Talking about your career path Organizing and adding detail to a rsum or CV

Summarizing a research proposal Preparing and practicing the presentation of a proposal

Week 3 8th- 10th of October

Answering interview questions (role play)

Recognizing different styles of writing Asking for help using an online forum

Week 4 20th- 24th of October

5th class: Unit 2: The scientific community page 14 6th class: Unit 2: The scientific community page 14

Reading and note-taking for a critical review

Completing an MTA (Material Transfer Agreement)

Week 5 27th- 31st of October

7th class: Unit 3: Finding a direction for your research page 22 8th class: Unit 3: Finding a direction for your research page 22

Linking sentences in writing (1)

Arguing for and against an idea appropriately

Week 6 3rd- 7th of November

9th class: Unit 3: Finding a direction for your research page 22 10th class: Unit 4: Designing an experiment page 30

Supporting ideas with evidence Following a discussion in a team meeting

Prefixes and suffixes (1) Making suggestions and plans for an experiment

Week 7 10th- 14th of November

11th class: Unit 4: Designing an experiment page 30

Giving advice to a colleague

12 class: Unit 4: Designing an experiment page 30 Week 8 17th- 21st of November 13th class: Unit 5: Describing an experiment page 38 14th class: Unit 5: Describing an experiment page 38 Week 9 24th- 28th |of November 15th class: Unit 5: Describing an experiment page 38 16th class: Unit 6: Writing up research 1: materials and methods page 46

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Predicting the results of an experiment

Revising a paper (1)

Describing expectations and outcomes of an experiment Describing and reporting problems in an experiment

Linking sentences in writing (2) Using symbols and abbreviations in lab notebooks. Describing lab protocols

Revising a paper (2)

Week 10 1st- 5th of December

17th class Unit 6: Writing up research 1: materials and methods page 46 18th class: Unit 6: Writing up research 1: materials and methods page 46

Describing procedure in the materials and method section Expressing numbers and describing data

Prefixes and suffixes (2) Rewriting lab notes for a paper

Week 11 8th-12th of December

19th class: Unit 7: Writing up research 2: presenting data page 54 20th class: Unit 7: Writing up research 2: presenting data page 54 21st class: Unit 7: Writing up research 2: presenting data page 54

Describing data for statistical analysis Comparing and contrasting experimental results (1)

Prefixes and suffixes (3) Writing a caption for a figure or graph

Week 12 15th- 19th of December

Describing a figure or graph in a paper

22nd class: Unit 8: Writing up research 3: results and discussion page 62 Week 13 22nd- 26th of December 23rd class: Unit 8: Writing up research 3: results and discussion page 62 24th class: Unit 8: Writing up research 3: results and discussion page 62 Week 14 29th of December- 2nd of January 25th class: Unit 9: Writing up research 4: introduction and abstract page 70 26th class: Unit 9: Writing up research 4: introduction and abstract page 70 Week 15 5th- 9th of January 27th class: Unit 9: Writing up research 4: introduction and abstract

Summarizing information efficiently (1)

Organizing writing in paragraphs

Referring to visual data in a paper Comparing and contrasting experimental results (2) Describing the limitations of research Making suggestions for future research Reporting the work of other researchers in a paper

Organizing an abstract Summarizing information efficiently (2)

Writing a cover letter to a scientific journal

page 70 Helping an audience understand the organization of a presentation Socializing at a conference

28th class: Unit 10: Presenting research at a conference page 78 Week 16 12th- 16th of January 29th class: Unit 10: Presenting research at a conference page 78

Organizing a poster Summarizing the content of a poster

30th class: Unit 10: Presenting research at a conference page 78

Revision