International University – HCMC

Department of English

IE2 READING & WRITING

1. Course Statistics Number of periods : 120 periods (8 credits)
Number of instruction weeks : 10
Number of sessions : 30
Number of sessions per week : 3
Number of periods per session : 4

2. Pre-requisite Students who achieved IE1 course score > 50 or scored from 35-60 on
the Placement Test are required to take this course.

3. Learning outcome Students who have successfully completed the course are expected to
have English proficiency at high intermediate level or higher.

4. Course books Reading Activator (Intermediate)
Reading Activator (Advanced)
Writing Activator (Intermediate)
Writing Activator (Advanced)

5. Additional material ESP Handouts
NorthStar 3 – Reading and Writing (3rd edition)

6. Lab Practice 2 sessions

7. Weekly Guide:

Week
Session 1
ESP
Session 2
READING
Session 3
WRITING
1
Unit 01: Information
Technology
Vocabulary and Reference Introduction & Review
- Handout 1
HW: NorthStar 3
Unit 1: The World of
Advertising (pp 01- 10)

- Introduction to Reading Skills
- R.A.I: pp 14-15; 18-31
- R.A.A: pp19-27
- Introduction to
Writing Skills
- Review: Paragraph writing
(designed by the instructor)
2
Unit 02: Construction Fact and Negative Fact Independent writing
- Handout 2
HW: NorthStar 3
Unit 03: Going to Extremes
Sports and Obsession (pp 39-
48)
- R.A.I: pp 34-47
- R.A.A: pp 35-43
Handout 1
- Overview of independent
writing
- Getting started
- Introductions
3
Unit 03: Engineering Sentence Simplification
Independent writing
(cont’d)
- Handout 3
HW: NorthStar 3
Unit 04: Speaking of Gender
(pp 59-70)


- R.A.I: pp 50-63
- R.A.A: pp 28-31*; 44-47*

Handout 2
- Body paragraphs
4
Unit 04: Food and
Agriculture
Sentence Simplification
(cont’d)
Independent writing
(cont’d)
- Handout 4
HW: NorthStar 3
Unit 05: Ecotourism (pp 79-
89)

- R.A.A: pp 54-63; 64-67*
- R.A.I: pp 66-69
(Progress test 1)
Handout 3
- Conclusions
Handout 4
- Putting it all together
- Progressive test
ASSIGNMENT
WRITING 1

5
Unit 05: Business Insertion
Independent writing
(cont’d)
- Handout 5
HW: NorthStar 3
Unit 09: Is Our Climate
Changing? (pp 163-174)


- R.A.I: pp 126-137
- R.A.A: pp 70-79
Handout 5
- Overview of integrated
writing
- Note-taking
- Summarizing
6
Unit 06: Medicine
Rhetorical Purpose and
Opinion
Integrated writing
- Handout 6
HW: NorthStar 3
Unit 10: Crime and
Punishment (pp 185-196)

- R.A.I: pp 76-91
- R.A.A: pp 124-133

ASSIGNMENT
READING 1
- W.A.I: Challenge
- pp 28-39
MIDTERM BREAK (2 WEEKS)
Week
Session 1
READING
Session 2
READING
Session 3
WRITING
7
Inference Inference (cont’d) Integrated writing (cont’d)
- R.A.I: pp 94-109
- R.A.I: pp 112-119
(Progress test 2)
- R.A.A: pp 104-113
- R.A.A: pp 114-121*

- W.A.A: Challenge
pp 22-33




8
Review - Summary Summary (cont’d) Integrated writing (cont’d)
- R.A.I: pp 138-141
(Challenge TOEFL iBT)
- R.A.A: pp 80-82*; pp134-
141*
(Challenge TOEFL iBT)
- R.A.I: pp 144-159
- R.A.A: pp 148-157
- R.A.A: pp 158-165
- R.A.A: pp 86-96
(Progress test 1)
- W.A.I: Problem - Solution
pp 61-71
9
Category Chart Review LAB PRACTICE
- R.A.I: pp 162-177
- R.A.A: pp 168-177
- R.A.I: pp 180-187
(Progress Test 3)
- R.A.I: pp 190-197
(Actual test)
- R.A.A: pp 178-185
- R.A.A: pp 188-199
(Progress test 2)
- W.A.A: Problem - Solution
pp 54-65

ASSIGNMENT
WRITING 2
10
Review LAB PRACTICE LAB PRACTICE
ASSIGNMENT
READING 2
Actual test 1 Actual test 2
FINAL EXAMINATION
R.A.I: Reading Activator Intermediate W.A.I: Writing Activator Intermediate
R.A.A: Reading Activator Advanced W.A.A: Writing Activator Advanced

Notes:
 It may not be possible to cover all of the items in the indicated session in the course
books but lecturers are expected to cover the core items for skills development and
assign the remaining ones as homework.
 In the syllabus, students will have the LAB PRACTICE in week 10. However, due to the
capacity of the lab, lecturers are expected to register for lab use earlier. The lessons
will then be re-scheduled accordingly.
 Lecturers shall resume the responsibility for designing and offering in-class
assignments as stated in the weekly guide. The assignment format should be as
followed:
o In-class assignment Reading 1: 2 passages (20 questions – 100 points)
(Vocabulary, Reference, Fact & Negative Fact, Sentence Simplification, Insertion,
and Rhetorical Purpose questions)
o In-class assignment Reading 2: 3 passages (38-42 questions – 100 points) (All
question types)
o In-class assignment Writing 1: writing an independent essay (100 points)
o In-class assignment Writing 2: writing an integrated essay (100 points)
(challenge or problem-solution)
8. Policies
Attendance
Regular on-time attendance in this course is expected. A student will be allowed NO MORE
THAN SIX ABSENCES. It is compulsory that students attend at least 80% of the course to be
eligible for the final examination.
Class behavior
Students are supposed to:
- prepare thoroughly for each class in accordance with the syllabus and complete all
assignments upon the instructor’s request
- participate fully and constructively in all class activities (and discussions if any)
- display appropriate courtesy to all involved in the class
- provide constructive feedback to faculty members regarding their performance
9. Assessment:
1. Assignments (4 assignments) : 30%
2. Midterm exam (paper-based) : 30%
3. Final exam (computer-based) : 40%
Students need to achieve the course score for each set of skills* > 50 to pass the level.
* Sets of skills: Listening & Speaking; Reading & Writing