The course will run from September 15, 2014 - December 19, 2014. Classes will be held in the Annex Building, 471 Portage Ave, room to be determined. Class times will be 9:00 am – 12:00 am, Mondays through Fridays.
The Academic English stream prepares students for academic studies in English-medium institutions, either in High School, University or College. This program focuses on developing the skills that students require to be successful in an academic environment.
Students will develop all four language areas (listening / reading / writing / speaking) in order to apply them in an academic setting. Students will improve their ability to take notes, read academic material, write essays and give presentations. Students also learn vocabulary they will use in University or College courses.
Students will practice the advanced-level skills that they will need to be successful in an undergraduate academic setting. In reading, students will read high-level texts, many of them taken from a variety of disciplines. Students will gain strategies for understanding and retaining information in textbook material. They will also practice critical thinking, including identifying bias, generalizations, and misuse of statistics. Plagiarism will be addressed extensively and students will complete exercises that will help them distinguish between the legitimate versus plagiarized use of source material. Students will take and support an opinion using material from source texts in writing critiques, essays, and a research paper.
- Course Preparation and Outline in accordance with Program requirements
- Lesson / Lecture preparation, using a modeling method and a task-based approach to deliver program material rather than a lecture-based approach.
- Attendance Management
- Student Contact
- Participation in placement testing,
- Staff meetings and graduation ceremonies
- Preparation and invigilation of examinations
- Marking and grading
- Other duties as assigned
Education and Qualifications:
- Undergraduate degree required
- TESL Certificate or equivalent required
- Masters Degree in Education or Communications considered an asset
- Experience teaching an undergraduate writing course or courses considered an asset
- Minimum of 1 year of experience in the following:
- teaching APA and university-level reference work
- teaching the methodology of writing a research paper, which students write finding their own sources
- teaching advanced critical thinking skills
- teaching the Academic Word List
- Minimum of 2 years’ experience in the following:
- teaching advanced summaries, paraphrasing, citations skills, academic research techniques and applying those to essays
- teaching advanced reading strategies
- Experience providing meaningful feedback and error correction on a variety of assignments, including five-paragraph essays, research papers, annotated bibliographies, academic summaries and critiques
- Experience preparing students for further post-secondary studies
- Extensive experience in requirements of first- and second-year university course requirements
- Extensive knowledge of supplemental sources to recommend to students struggling with grammar and vocabulary competencies
- Experience teaching English as an additional or foreign language to adults
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal, negotiating, and conflict-resolution skills to deal effectively with a wide variety of situations
- Demonstrated sensitivity to the needs and issues of a diverse student body
- Strong computer skills, including use of Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity with online tools and resources for teaching
- Varied teaching experience is considered an asset (in terms of skill, level, demographic, and location)
- Knowledge of a language additional to English considered an asset
An equivalent combination of education, experience, skills, knowledge and abilities may be considered.