This is a four-skills course designed to help you organize and express complex scientific and technical information in clear and simple English.
One of the most useful tools for communicating technical and scientific information in English is “information mapping.” We will be using information mapping techniques developed by Professor Lawrence Hunter.
The information structures that Hunter identified cover more than 90% of the content of research papers and presentations. The structures are as follows:
- and Cause and Effect.
- Course Introduction / Student & Teacher Introductions
- Information Structure: Description (& Comparison)
- Information Structure: Sequence / Presentation 1 Assignment
- Presentation 1 Workshop and Rehearsals
- Graded Presentation 1 (pairs) 25pts
- Information Structure: Cause & Effect
- Information Structure: Inference / Presentation 2 Assignment
- Presentation 2 Workshop and Rehearsals
- Graded Presentation 2 (pairs) 25pts
- Graphs and Data Essentials / Presentation 3 Assignment
- Classroom Survey & Data Analysis / Presentation 3 Workshop
- Graded Presentation 3 (group) 10pts
- Information Structure: Situation, Problem, Solution, Evaluation / Presentation 4 Assignment
- Presentation 4 Workshop
- Graded Presentation 4 (individual) 40pts
- Make-ups and Reflection
- Week 5: Sequence Presentation (pairs) 25pts
- Week 9: Inference Presentation (pairs) 25pts
- Week 12: Graphs and Data Presentation (groups) 10pts
- Week 15: SPSE Final Presentation (individual) 40pts