English 5 is the sixth integrated-skills course of the Basic Cycle in the Academic Purposes Support Program (AESP). At this level, students work on their development of the four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), and acquire essential grammar structures and vocabulary that will allow them to succeed in academic and social settings. In an attempt to empower students to cope with their most immediate academic need, and similar to the previous and subsequent courses in the Basic Cycle, this course aims to develop a stronger set of reading skills in comparison to the other skills of the language. Moreover, critical thinking skills are taught and practiced, requiring students’ reflection and analysis rather than simple recall.
- In terms of reading, students can distinguish between main ideas and supporting details and, in this way, identify the text structure. Additionally, students will be able to distinguish between main ideas and supporting details and recognize text structure. They will also be able to recognize purpose and audience of the text as well as several patterns of organization.
- In relation to writing, students can write short connected texts to show sequence or order of importance.
- Regarding listening, students can identify main and supporting ideas as well as the function of different discourse markers in a short lecture or simple presentation.
- Concerning speaking, students can do a series of academic tasks ranging from giving descriptions to asking questions and giving opinions.
- With respect to grammar, students can use infinitives after verbs, and the real conditional appropriately