These courses will be focused on both practicing and enhancing the use of English language in academic life and research. The teaching practices will be focused more on improving academic skills such as writing a research paper, citation, giving presentations and organizing a speech.

Course Outcomes:

  • Practicing and enhancing the use of English language for effective academic communication
  • Developing critical and analytical skills
  • Acquiring presentation and communication skills for academic ideas
  • Acquiring pre-reading skills, critical reading skills and note-taking skills for research projects
  • Oral presentation and persuasion technique skills

Aydın Behnam Instructor
About Aydın Behnam
Aydın Behnam is an instructor of English for Academic Purposes at the Koç University English Language Center. He received his PhD in English Literature from the Science University of Malaysia. He has over two decades of experience in teaching English language skills to students and professionals at schools, organizations and universities in multiple countries. His interests include interpersonal and presentation skills, translations, poetry and fiction. He is currently working on his second novel, as well as developing new presentation and public speaking courses.
Detailed Course Information

These courses will focus on a common core of skills in order to practice and enhance the use of English Language for a more effective academic communication. The teaching practices will be focused more on improving academic skills such as processing information, building critical and analytical skills through the research and evaluation of existing academic work as well as presenting and communicating academic ideas.

The study method will primarily be seminars and tutorials. Activities will include teacher input as well as individual and group work involving evaluating texts, analysis of published literature, mini presentations of research and discussions.

The main focus of Reading sessions will be on choosing the right texts for research project at hand, pre-reading skills, critical reading skills and taking notes from a reading texts or annotating texts.

The Listening sessions will mostly highlight the note-taking skills. It will also focus on decoding and fostering understanding of lecture content, planning, monitoring and evaluating the listening process.

The Speaking component of the ELC Programme aims to give participants an opportunity to develop and strengthen skills required for recognizing cultural conventions and speech, verbal and nonverbal messages, and techniques of oral presentation and persuasion.

Grammar Listening Reading
• Sentence length, conciseness
• Word order
• Nouns
• Tenses
• Sentence agreement
• Hedging
• Punctuation
• Articles
• Word order, inversion and emphasis
• Common “confusables” in grammar
• Ways to become a better listener
• Pre-listening strategies / Predicting
• Note-taking
• Cues
• Listening for gist
• Listening for details.
• Comprehending Vocabulary in texts
• Pre-reading Strategies:
• Reading Strategies:
• Style
• Evaluative language
• Fact, opinion, bias
• Guessing meaning
• Cohesion/ Cohesion
• Referencing
• Quoting/Paraphrasing/Summarizing
Speaking Vocabulary Presentation, Speech, Discussions
• Formal/informal/neutral registers in English
• Stress and intonation
• Pronunciation (vowels, consonants, stress patterns and meaning etc.)
•  “Englishes” and English Accents
• Language as a tool (e.g. persuasion, impression, humor etc.)
• Describing and Expressing
• Catenation, speed and oral intelligibility
• Euphemism and political correctness
• Gap/Silence fillers
• Context clues
• Explaining trends/ Describing charts and graphs
• Phrasal verbs
• Academic Collocations
• Idioms
• Compound nouns and adjectives
• Remembering/memorizing words and meanings
• Dictionary/Thesaurus
• Guessing/deducing meaning from context
• Guessing/deducing meaning from word itself:
o Greco-Latin Roots, Suffixes, Prefixes
• Common/useful academic vocabulary
• Common “confusables” in vocabulary
• Openings
• signposting language
• Skills/ Q & A Strategies
• Common mistakes in presentations
• Presentation with/without notes
• Asking for clarification.
• Types of Speech/presentations:
• Using visuals/PowerPoint/slides
• Presentation/defense session hacks
• Voice
• Body language/gestures/misunderstandings
• Emphasizing points
• Audience
• Interrupting others and Preventing interruptions (signaling)
• Expressing a point of view
• Making suggestions

* Participant will be able to request up to 30-minute one-on-one office hour from the instructor for each course enrolled.