Duration: 1 year
Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan and Elta Global
Tentative date of Commencement: October 2021
This unique course had been designed jointly by the Department of English, RKSMVV and Elta Global, combining the long-term departmental expertise in teaching literature and helping students with academic writing and Elta Global’s wide experience in language training and innovative, interactive teaching.
Academic writing can be very different from other writing skills. For a student, researcher, content developer or an author, writing is the reader’s only window to their thoughts. Therefore it is important to learn how best to write in a way in order to convince the reader about the author’s standpoint or simply to convey an idea effectively.
The EAP course is designed to develop writing skills, strengthen vocabulary and grammar and build structuring and organization skills – key elements for any academic or professional writing. Along with these foundational building blocks, the course also includes modules on drafting original essays/papers, making smart presentations, referencing, proofreading and avoiding plagiarism.
This interactive course is designed to develop academic writing skills in English for students, academics and professionals. Key areas of the course are:
Module I. Language
Tenets of academic writing, Grammar, Vocabulary, Tone, Punctuation, Reader- friendly sentences
Module II. Structure
Planning a structure, Logical development and systematic arrangement of content, Sections and subsections, Introduction, Body, Conclusion, Paragraphing, Maintaining consistency
Module III. Essentials of Writing
Essay, Report, Review, Interview, Blogging and Social Media, Copyediting and Proofreading
Module IV. Smart Presentation Skills
Choice of topic, Organizing ideas, Target audience, Statement of purpose, Transitions, Recap and summarizing, Presentation notes, Presentation styles, Q&A, Effective use of tools and props
Module V. Research Methodology and Tools
Research question, Types of research essays, Critical reading and literature review, Writing an abstract
Developing the paper, Referencing and citation guidelines, Editing the paper, Avoiding plagiarism
Module VI. Elements of Design, Recap and Final Assessment
Basics of design – Font, Layout, Images and Design Elements, Unity;
Recap of past Modules, Submission of written assignments, Review, Assessment, and Counselling.
The course follows flipped learning methodology, which is learner-centred. The focus of the lesson is always the learners and the lessons are designed keeping the best interest of the learners in mind. The lessons are task-based including extensive interactions through pair-work and group-work. Learners are constantly encouraged to think critically, listen to and exchange ideas and experiences in a non-threatening learning environment.
The lessons factor in the different learning styles of the candidates and implement them in different stages of every lesson. In a learner-centred classroom, students reflect, analyse and critique what they are learning and how they are learning it. Students also get to choose the topics they want to explore and the learning skills they want to develop. This increases students’ accountability towards their learning process.
It is motivating as the learners are in control of their learning curve and not dictated or controlled by someone else. The teaching methodology of the course promotes a collaborative environment.
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
This certificate course is offered after a thorough evaluation of the English proficiency of the learners. Students with English language proficiency of intermediate level and above are eligible to sign up for this advanced course.