Semester 2/52 - 1552499 Chemistry 3/9 Print

English for Academic Purposes (Chemistry)


Group photograph of Chemistry 3/9 taken November 2009.


I have always found science students to be really hard workers and prepared to ask questions when they are not sure of what to do. Chemistry students were my first science class and I enjoy developing the class materials for the course as the students play an active part in trialling the course material. As you can see from the picture, they are the usual bashful group of students. Let's hope that they are as enthusiastic at the end of the semester.   


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Language Center
Udon Thani Rajabhat University
Course Syllabus
1552499: English for Academic Purposes (Chemistry)


Course Description

This course develops the writing skills of the students. The aim of this course is to equip the students with the relevant skills, so that by the end of the semester, they will effectively be able to write paragraphs describing their chemistry experiments. In addition, students will trial new integrated skills materials to convert the existing writing course into an integrated skills course for science students.



At the end of the course, students will have effectively demonstrated the following:

1. To understand and build sentences to paragraph level.
2. To write paragraphs describing process, cause and effect.
3. To write about a simple experiment.
4. To comprehend reading texts in English by skimming and scanning.
5. Thinking in English.
6. Listening to English texts for comprehension.
7. Giving a presentation about a simple experiment.


Course Schedule




 1Introduction, Placement Test and Presentations 
 2Building Sentences 
 4Writing Instructions 
 7Cause and Effect 
 8Simple Experiment 

Mid Term Test

 10Skimming and Scanning 
 11Thinking in English 



 Classroom Activities20% 
 Midterm Examination30%
 Final Examination50%



Grading system

90 100 
B+ 85 89 
80 84 
C+ 75 79 
70 74 
D+ 60 69 
50 59 


Resources & Readings

Ackert, P. Cause & Effect. Heinle & Heinle. 1999.

Ackert, P. Facts & Figures. Heinle & Heinle. 1999.

Blanchard, K. and Root, C. Ready to Write – A First Composition Text. Longman. 2003.

Brodie, A. Mental Maths Tests. A. & C. Black Publishers. 2006.

Dean, M. Composition 1. Longman. 2000.

Dean, M. Composition 2. Longman. 2000.

Donovan, P. Basic English for Science. Oxford University Press. 2002.

Lee, L. and Bushby, B. Thoughts & Notions. Heinle & Heinle. 2000.

Littlejohn, A. Writing 2. Cambridge Skills for Fluency. Cambridge University Press. 1996.

Mikulecky, B.S. and Jeffries, L. Basic Reading Power. Longman. 2003.

West, C. Recycling Elementary English. Georgian Press. 2002.

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