English I Syllabus

Course Title: English I (3 Cr.)

Course Code: CACS103

Year/Semester: I/I

Class Load: 4 Hrs./Week (Theory: 3 Hrs., Tutorial: 1 Hr.)

Course Description

This course aims at helping students combine the knowledge of the English language with their technical knowledge with special emphasis on vocabulary acquisition and grammatical accuracy. It offers up-to-date technical content, authentic reading and listening passages covering a wide range of topics like the use of virtual reality in industry, personal computing, viruses and security, information systems, and multimedia, Letter-writing section offers a complete guide to writing work-related letters and comprehensive glossary of technical terms forms a useful mini-dictionary of computing terminology.

Course Objectives

The main objectives of the course are to:

  • impart effective language skills to students and enable them to use language accurately, clearly and concisely,
  • acquaint students with language used in computer study through extensive reading activity,
  • help them to enhance their ability to use language in a proper way with specific focus on grammatical accuracy and writing competence,
  • enable students to improve work-related letter writing skills with special attention to presentation and structure, and
  • familiarize them with innovation in computer science while introducing them with the language used in this field.

Course Contents

A. LEARNING THE LANGUAGE

Unit One (9 Hrs.)

I. Personal Computing

The Processor

Language Focus A: Contextual Reference

II. Portable Computers

Operating Systems

Language Focus B: Word formation, prefixes

III. Online Services

Data Transmission

Language Focus C: Word formation, suffixes

Unit Two (12 Hrs.)

I. Computer Software

Comparing Software Packages

Language Focus D: Making Comparisons

II. Computer Networks

Network Configurations

Language Focus E: Time Sequence

III. Computer in Education

CALI

Language Focus F: Giving Examples

IV. Virtual Reality

VR Input Devices

Language Focus G: Classifyin

B. ORGANIZING AND WRITING TEXTS

Unit Three (9 Hrs.)

I. Programming and Languages

C Languages

Language Focus H: Organizing Information

II. Computer Viruses

Computer Security

Language Focus 1: Listing

III. Computers in the Office

Computer System

Language Focus J: The Passive

Unit Four (6 Hrs.)

I. Computers in Medicine

Data Storage and Management

Language Focus K: Explanations and Definitions

II. Robotics

Robot Characteristics

Language Focus L: Compound Noun

Unit Five (9 Hrs.)

I. Machine Translation

AI and Expert System

Language Focus M: Cause and Effect

II. Multi Media

Computer-to-video-conversion

Language Focus N: Making Predictions

III. Computer Graphics

24 bit Color

 Language Focus O: Letter Writing

Teaching Methods

The course expects communicative language teaching (CLT). Facilitating the learning process, the instructors are expected to stimulate the students to work as per the spirit of the course and make learning a joyful experience.

Evaluation

Internal Evaluation: 40%

Attendance – 5

Presentation/classroom participation-5

Writing sample-15

Mid-term test- 15

Final Evaluation-60%

Comprehension

Vocabulary formation

Grammar testing

Writing of multiple forms

Prescribed Textbook

  1. Boeckner, Keith and P. Charles Brown. Oxford English for Computing. London: Rutledge, 1993.