Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600006817

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 225
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory CourseWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours4
Total Hours52
Class ID
1. aKalliopi Efstathiadi
2. bChrysovalantis Bartzokas
3. cKalliopi Efstathiadi
4. dPaschalina Groutka
5. eMaria Dimitrakopoulou
6. fPaschalina Groutka
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Very good command of the English language.
Learning Outcomes
The aim of this course is to help students: • further exercise the skills and strategies required for effective study and learning (with more demanding texts) • understand text organisation and subtext • work autonomously on areas of weaknesses • further develop analytic and synthetic skills, by means of analysis and production of spoken and written discourse (mainly argumentative speech) • further improve speaking skills (support opinions on controversial issues) • enhance writing skills (writing argumentative essays by providing supportive evidence) • summarise newspaper articles • analyse advertisements • become fully-independent learners of the English language
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
COURSE OUTLINE This course aims at greater language mastery through further development of study and learning skills in the following areas: 1. READING SKILLS Further exercise reading comprehension techniques (with more cognitively and linguistically demanding texts) Understand text organisation and subtext Recognise text type – style, lexis, register (e.g. online talks and debates, newspaper articles, opinion articles on topical social issues), 2. VOCABULARY ACQUISITION Make wise and effective choice of vocabulary Choose from among alternatives Understand word associations Use collocations and lexical chunks (standardised/fixed expressions) 3. WRITING SKILLS Write with clarity, control and sophistication (cohesion, coherence, smooth flow) Summarise Use different kinds of arguments by providing supportive evidence Develop ideas (compare and contrast; support and refute point of view) Write essays – introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion (analytical, critical and argumentative speech) Edit for gender bias, opinion bias, repetition, spelling, syntactic errors, etc. 4. GRAMMAR AND SYNTAX Focus on areas which cause difficulty even among the most advanced learners, such as:  tense and aspect, modality, word order, adverb placement, articles and prepositions  linking devices for persuasive and argumentative writing  infinitives, gerunds and participles  phrases, clauses and sentence structure and synthesis 5. REFERENCE SKILLS Introduce ways to cite, quote, paraphrase Evaluate and use primary sources – books, articles, statistics, graphics, encyclopedias, the Internet, etc. 6. SPEAKING SKILLS Improve pronunciation and fluency Support opinions and ideas on controversial issues Challenge other people’s opinions; persuade others Negotiate, agree/disagree or compromise
strategies in written/oral discourse, argumentation, critical thinking ability
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Use of the electronic platform e-learning
Course Organization
Reading Assigment200.8
Written assigments351.4
Student Assessment
Written final exams: 60% Written home or in-class assignments: 20% Oral presentation(s) - In-class participation: 20%
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Brannan, B. (2009). A writer's workshop: Crafting paragraphs, building essays (3rd ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. Brown, H.D., Cohen, D.S. & O'Day, J. (1991). Challenges: A process approach to academic English. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall Regents. Cooper, S. & Patton, R. (1997). Writing logically, thinking critically. New York: Longman, 2nd ed. Frank, Marcella (1990). Writing as thinking: a guided process approach. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall. Graver, B.D. (1990). Advanced English Practice. Oxford: OUP. Greenall, S., & Swan, Μ. (1986). Effective Reading. Reading Skills for Advanced Students. Cambridge: CUP. Hedge, T. (2005). Writing (2nd ed.). Oxford: NY: OUP. Imhoof, M., & Hudson, Η. (1975). From Paragraph to Essay. London: Longman. Leech, G.N., & Svartvik, J. (1994). A Communicative grammar of English. London: Longman. Quirk, R., & Stein, G. (1990). English in use. Harlow: Longman. Swan, M., & Walter, C. (1997). How English Works: A grammar practice book with answers. Oxford: OUP. Trimmer, J.F. (1998). Writing with a purpose. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 12th ed. White, R.V., & Arndt, V. (1991). Process writing. London; New York: Longman. The Longman Grammar of Contemporary English (with CD-Rom) Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (with CD-Rom) Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (with CD-Rom) Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners (with CD-Rom) Cobuild Dictionary for Advanced Learners (with CD-Rom) A Student’s Grammar of the English language (formerly a University Grammar)
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