English 6 is the seventh and final 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. In fact, the students who pass this level will also be meeting the University Reading requirement. Moreover, critical thinking skills are taught and practiced, requiring students’ reflection and analysis rather than simple recall.
- In terms of reading, working with complex academic texts, students can identify the main line of argument as well as different types of supporting details. They can also identify different types of relationships within a text: cause-effect and contrast. They can also understand the writer’s purpose and tone.
- In relation to writing, students can paraphrase information as well as write formal academic paragraphs expressing cause-effect, logical division of ideas and opinion.
- Regarding listening, students can recognize cause and effect relationships, distinguish fact from opinion and the use of persuasive language in a simple presentation or lecture.
- Concerning speaking, students can do a series of academic tasks ranging from using transition words to signal their purpose when speaking, to giving reasons and contributing to a group discussion.
- With respect to grammar, students can use the passive voice in the simple past, basic phrasal verbs, the infinitive of purpose, and the present perfect tense appropriatel