Topics: University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Essay Pages: 3 (401 words) Published: June 9, 2014
Subject Code:FDENG001  
Subject Name:Intermediate English
Credit Hours:4 (3 hrs lecture + 1.5 hrs tutorial x 13 weeks)   Level:Foundation/Matriculation  
Lecturers: Ms Fazidah Abdul Jamil., Mdm Goh Wan Chen,
Ms Saratha Thevi Ramasamy, Ms Norzaireen Shamsul Kamar


This course is designed for students who require the necessary skills for tertiary studies. Some basic grammatical concepts are taught and students are to apply them in their writing. Writing will focus on the development of coherent paragraphs. Reading skills will cover such strategies as scanning, skimming, main ideas, contextual clues and inferences.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, student will be able to:

1. write summaries as well as process, comparison-contrast and cause-effect essays 2. apply basic grammatical concepts in writing
3. answer questions based on academic texts
4. give oral presentations


1. Daise, D., Norloff, C., and Carne, P., (2011). Q: Skills for Success 4 : Reading and Writing Oxford University Press, UK 2. Paterson, K, and Wedge, R., (2013). Oxford Grammar for EAP. Oxford University Press, UK

Recommended References:

Cambridge International Dictionary of English (1997), Cambridge University Press, UK

Mode of Assessment:

[1]Class participation5%
[2]Quiz 115%
[3]Quiz 210%
[4]Oral Presentation 10%
[5]Mid-Term Examination20%
[6]Final Examination40%
Syllabus – FDENG001

Week 1
Introduction to course and diagnostic writing

skimming and scanning

contextual clues, making inferences

Week 2

Cohesive devices – repetition of key words, synonyms & pronoun reference


Cohesive devices – discourse markers (Oxford Grammar C 7 & 20)

Identifying stated main & implied main ideas

Week 3

Writing: Structure of a paragraph...
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