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The College English Program is in Science and Engineering down into three separate sections: Study Skills for Freshmen, Presentation and Discussion, and Introduction to Academic Writing. The courses are staggered by level to provide the optimal progression for students. Students with more basic English proficiency will begin at the Study Skills level, whilst more advanced students will be eligible to take the Presentation course. Upon completion of either of these courses, students will then be eligible to enroll on the Introduction to Academic Writing course, which will allow them to develop academic and scientific writing skills that will be highly useful in their academic and professional careers.

The three courses are designed to complement one another by providing a diverse range of applicable English competencies that will aid students throughout their studies at GIST College and beyond. The details for each course is as follows:
 
GS1601 - English I. Study Skills for Freshmen
 
 
The Study Skills course offers students a comprehensive, yet manageable, introduction to the various uses of English they will encounter at their studies at GIST College. In the course they will learn basic writing skills and grammar, whilst also benefiting from specific English language study skills, such as note-taking, summarizing, editing and paraphrasing.
 
Course Objectives:
By the end of this course students will be able to:
· Write paragraphs and lab reports in English
· Listen and take adequate notes based on a variety of English media
· Apply the diverse skills learned in class in their other classes at GIST College
 
 
GS1603 - English I. Presentation and Discussion
 
 
Presentation and Discussion forms an important part of students’ academic careers at GIST College. Therefore, it is important for the English program to support students in their achievement of English proficiency that will be of use to them in future presentations all of their classes at GIST College. In this course, students are given the opportunity to develop their English proficiency through monitored class discussions and feedback, structured presentations and individual and group coaching and mentoring.
 
Course Objectives:
By the end of this course students will be able to:
· Complete group and individual presentations in English
· To write and structure speeches on various themes
· To use body language, intonation and language to create interest and draw attention
 
 
GS1605 - Practical Discourse
 

This course provides the foundation for verbal communication in order to effectively maneuver within an English academic and professional environment. Key components of discourse such as asking questions, expressing opinions, compromising, contradicting, and generally navigating through English conversation will be introduced and furthur developed. 
 
Course Objectives:
By the end of this course students will be able to:
· Lead communication in an effective way
· Use more natural English vocabulary and expressions
· Clearly understand connotation of common words
· Recognize and improve upon pronunciation difficulties
· Improve flow in English communication
· Become more comfortable and confident when using English
 
 
GS2651 - Debate and Argumentation for Scientists
 
 
From the birth of democracy in Western civilization to the attainment of enlightenment in Tibetan Buddhism, debate has played an important role in shaping the world and in providing people with a better understanding of themselves. Debate combines critical thinking skills with effective communication skills (either spoken or written), and the focus of this course is for students to improve these skills by engaging in Tibetan debates, public forum debates, and congressional debates.
 
Course Objectives:
By the end of this course students will be able to:
· Understand the basic structure of arguments
· Utilize more effective internet research strategies
· Recognize, avoid, and defend against logical fallacies
· Implement rhetorical strategies to create more persuasive arguments
· Understand and assume the role of "devil's advocate" during debates
· Develop a broader perspective of governmental policy considerations
· Gain more experience with public speaking
 
 
GS2652 - English II. Introduction to Academic Writing in Science and Engineeri
 
 
As a college that seeks to cultivate future scholars in the field of science, we are well aware of the importance of English research writing skills in the field. As such, developing keen and able academic writers is an important role of the College English Program. Through the use of group and individual work, students will be guided through the more basic steps of creating academic essays and writings before developing more advanced but necessary skills. Students will learn about quoting, referring to and citing sources in their writing; paraphrasing and summarizing and quotes and short passages; describing, reporting and evaluating visual and written data and completing research articles.
 
Course Objectives:
By the end of this course students will be able to:
· Write five-paragraph academic essays in English on a variety of topics
· Use various academic writing techniques, such as paraphrasing, summarizing and citing
· Apply the skills and techniques learned in class in their future research writing
 
 
GS2653 - Research Ethics:R&D(Reading & Discussion)
 
This course will provide a foundation to help students understand the various ethical issues affecting scientific research by: 1). surveying the historical origins of modern research ethics, 2). examining current issues and trends related to research ethics, and 3). reviewing case-studies of research misconduct. The purpose of the course is to provide a framework for students to make informed ethical decisions regarding their own research.
 
Course Objectives:
By the end of this course students will be able to:
· Understand the modern origins of research ethics
· Understand the basic structure and weakness of the scientific method
· Understand the societal and legislative trends affecting research ethics
· Appreciate the enormous difficulties and nuances of enforcing research ethics
· Understand the professional dangers of failing to adhere to ethical standards
· Understand various new trends in the enforcement of research ethics
· Develop their own personal code for research ethics
 
 
GS2654 - Creative Expression in English
 
This course is meant for students who wish to have additional English writing practice. In this class, students will express themselves through writing, learn about and practice a variety of creative writing techniques, as well as review fundamental grammar skills. This is an opportunity to build up your writing and learn the nuances of grammar in a much more informal and fun setting
 
Course Objectives:
By the end of this course students will be able to:
· Have a better understanding of the nuances of grammar usage;
· Be able to produce short and long-form pieces of writing in a variety of styles, including; short story, poem, and scripts.
· Identify common mistakes in writing and improve their own writing through peer-editing and self-reflection.
 
 
GS2655 - Journalism and News Reporting in the Digital Age
 
Journalism and News Reporting in the Digital Age is designed to help students share their scientific expertise and opinions by developing their journalistic skills in writing various news stories, including science-related news stories, for online digital media. Please note that students will be required to create a social media presence on the internet for this course.     
 
Course Objectives:
By the end of this course students will be able to:
· Understand the role and importance of news in democratic societies
· Understand how the internet has changed the way information is shared
· Recognize the structure and elements of various news articles
· Identify, interpret, and critique newsworthy information
· Create various news articles for online consumption
 
 
 
GS3651 - English III. Undergraduate Research Writing in Science and Engineering
 
 
Over the duration of the course, students will practice and hone the skills used to write a basic academic research paper. This course will cover methods ranging from choosing research questions to self and peer editing. Students entering this course should be prepared for the amount of work necessary to complete their own short paper by the end of the course.   
 
Course Objectives:
By the end of this course students will be able to:
· Build a knowledge of proper academic writing vocabulary
· Identify and recreate components of quality research writing
· Gain insight on self-grammatical and coherence error correction strategies
· Practice and implement self and peer editing and proofreading methods
 

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