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POLYTECHNICS
MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL STUDIES

COURSE : AK103 ENGLISH FOR COMMUNICATION 1

INSTRUCTIONAL DURATION : 15 WEEKS

CREDIT(S) : 1

PREREQUISITE(S) : NONE

SYNOPSIS

ENGLISH FOR COMMUNICATION 1 recapitulates the basic skills needed in using a


dictionary. It also enables the students to gather information from various sources and
write short messages / notes.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. utilize the English-and-Malay dictionary in determining correct defintions and


parts of speech for the selected or highlighted words or phrases based on the
context given or presented.

2. use the given words or phrases appropriately according to their parts of speech
or meanings in which the intended messages are conveyed clearly.

3. summarize a technical or non-technical text in the form of powerpoint slides,


text organizer or lecture note effectively.

4. prepare a short review of a movie or documentary clip with English subtitle


accurately.

5. deliver short messages / notes in written form appropriately and concisely.

6. interpret and respond to messages / short notes appropriately and effectively in


written form.

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SUMMARY (15 LECTURE : 15 TUTORIAL)

RTA
1.0 DICTIONARY SKILLS ( 03 : 05 )
This topic aims to provide students with the skills of using a
bilingual dictionary in defining meanings of words and recognizing
their grammatical structures .

2.0 GIVING AND RESPONDING TO SHORT MESSAGES / NOTES ( 06 : 06 )


The topic enables students to gather information and respond to
short messages / notes received appropriately. The emphasis is
on the construction of comprehensible phrases and sentences.

3.0 INFORMATION PROCESSING SKILLS ( 06 : 04 )


This topic aims to develop students’ general reading skills such as
skimming, scanning and deducing meaning in technical and non-
technical texts as well as movies or documentaries with English
subtitles.

RTA : Recommended Time Allocation

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SYLLABUS

1.0 DICTIONARY SKILLS


1.1 Find meanings of words in the dictionary
1.1.1 Locate words using running heads.
1.1.2 Identify common registers in the dictionary.
1.1.3 Identify appropriate meaning of words as used in the context.
1.1.4 Translate the words or phrases into Bahasa Malaysia.

1.2 Distinguish word formation and parts of speech


1.2.1 Identify the part of speech that a word belongs to.
1.2.2 Use a word in its correct part of speech.

2.0 GIVING AND RESPONDING TO SHORT MESSAGES / NOTES


2.1 Understand short messages / notes
2.1.1 Identify the purpose of message.
2.1.2 Locate the main ideas of the message.

2.2 Write short messages / notes


2.2.1 Introduce oneself or a friend / guest.
2.2.2 Make social enquiries and suggestions.
2.2.3 Extend invitations for various occasions.
.
2.3 Respond to short messages / notes
2.3.1 Respond to enquiries, suggestions and invitations
2.3.2 Determine the tones applied in the messages.
2.3.3 Write messages using the appropriate tone.
2.3.4 Use appropriate words in response to messages.

3.0 INFORMATION PROCESSING SKILLS

3.1 Gather information from technical and non-technical texts.


3.1.1 Deduce the meanings of difficult words using contextual clues.
3.1.2 Skim texts for overall meaning.
3.1.3 Scan texts to locate specific information.
3.1.4 Prepare notes containing only the important information in the
form of PowerPoint slides, text organizers or lecture notes.

3.2 Watch and understand movie or/and documentary clips with English
subtitles.
3.2.1 List down slangs, jargons and/or terminologies used.
3.2.2 Find the meanings of selected slangs, jargons and/or
terminologies as used in the movie or documentary clips.
3.2.3 Write a short review of a movie or documentary clip.

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ASSESSMENT

TYPES OF ASSESSMENT

The course is assessed through 100% Continuous Assessment

CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT (CA):

Continuous assessment is carried out throughout the semester and


comprises of the following:

a. Quiz (minimum 2) 20%


b. Test (minimum 1) 20%
Other Assessment Task
c. Essay Question (minimum 3) 60%

[ Assessment Task above (a-c) to be executed during


Lecture / Practical / Tutorial hour]

Note: Refer to Assessment Specifications Table for the details.

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ASSESSMENT SPECIFICATIONS TABLE (AST)

COURSE : AK 103 English for Communication 1

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME (CLO)


1. Utilize the English-and-Malay dictionary in determining correct defintions and parts of speech for the selected or highlighted words or phrases based on
the context given or presented.
2. Use the given words or phrases appropriately according to their parts of speech or meanings in which the intended messages are conveyed clearly.
3. Summarize a technical or non-technical text in the form of powerpoint slides, text organizer or lecture note effectively.
4. Prepare a short review of a movie or documentary clip with English subtitle accurately.
5. Deliver short messages / notes in written form appropriately and concisely.
6. Interpret and respond to short messages / notes appropriately and effectively in written form.

ASSESSMENT TASK

CONTEXT CONSTRUCT
(CLO) Test Quiz Essay
Question
1 2 3 4 5 6 L M H L M H
Meanings of words in the 1 (i)
dictionary     
DICTIONARY SKILLS  2 3 2 1
Distinguishing word formation
 1
and parts of speech    
Understanding short messages
1
/ notes    
GIVING AND
RESPONDING TO
Writing short messages / notes   1 1 (iii)
SHORT MESSAGES /    
NOTES
Responding to short messages
1
/ notes    
Gathering information from
technical and non-technical
 

  
2 1 1 1 (i)
INFORMATION texts.
PROCESSING SKILLS Watching and understanding
movie or/and documentary
  

  2 1 1 1 (ii)
clips with English subtitles.
TOTAL 5 3 2 5 3 2 4
RATIO 5 3 2 5 3 2 RUBRIC

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Difficulty Level
50% of the questions can be answered correctly by more than 60% of the
L: Low 5
candidates
30% of the questions can be answered correctly by more than 40% but less
M: Medium 3
than 60% of the candidates
20% of the questions can be answered correctly by less than 40% of the
H: High 2
candidates

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REFERENCES

Goodale, M. (1995) English Dictionary Workbook. HarperCollins

Langan, J. (1197) College Writing Skills with Readings: Instructor’s Ed. (4th Ed.)
McGraw Hill

Langan, J. (1998) Reading and Study Skills (6th Ed). McGraw Hill

MacAlpin, J. (1988). Dictionary Skills Handbook Longman: Prentice Hall MacMillan.

http://www.eslnotes.com

http://www.antimoon.com/how/movies/htm

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DISTRIBUTION OF STUDENT LEARNING TIME

COURSE : AK103 English for Communication 1


CREDIT : 1

Activities
No CODE SLT
1 Lecture [ 1 hour(s) x 15 week(s) ]
- Lecture hours [ ] L 15
- Lecture test/quiz [√ ]

2 Self Learning: Lecture [ 0.5 hour(s) x 15 week(s) ] I 8


- Preparation before lecture class viz. review/download lesson notes. [√]
- Preparation after lecture class viz. additional references, discussion group,
discussion with lecturers. [√]
- Preparation for lecture test. [√]

3 Practical [ 1 hour(s) x 15 week(s) ] P 15


- Lab work [ ] Studio work [ ] Presentation [ ] Quiz [ √ ]
- Listening Test [ ] Workshop [ ] Project [ ]
- Field work [ ] Simulation [ ] Practical Task [ ]
- Survey/research [ ] Outdoors [ ] Oral Presentation [ ]

4 Self Learning: Practical [ √ ] I 8


- Preparation before practical class/field work/survey viz. review notes,
checklist/labsheets and/or tools and equipment. [√]
- Preparation after practical class/field work/survey viz. additional references,
discussion session and report writing. [√]
- Preparation before studio work presentation/critique. [ ]
- Preparation for practical test. [√]

5 Tutorial T 0

6 Other Assessment Task O 8


Capstone Project [ ] Portfolio [ ] Essay Question [ √ ]
(Final Project) Peer Assessment [ ] Observation [ ]
Presentation [ ] Self Assessment [ ] Discussion [ ]
Reflective Journal [ ] End-of-Chapter [ ] Project [ ]
Case Study [ ] Industrial Visit [ ]

Total 54

L Lecture 15
I Self Learning 16
P Practical 15
T Tutorial 0
O Other Assessment Task 8
SLT (Student Learning Time) 54
Credit = SLT/40 1

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TABLE OF LEARNING DOMAINS

COURSE NAME : AK103 ENGLISH FOR COMMUNICATION 1

Cognitive Domain Psychomotor Domain Affective Domain


No. Specific Outcome
C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 A1 A2 A3 A4 A5
1.0 DICTIONARY SKILLS
1.1 Find meanings of words in the dictionary
1.1.1 Locate words using running heads √ √ √ √ √
1.1.2 Identify common registers in the dictionary √ √ √ √
1.1.3 Identify appropriate meaning of words as used in the context √ √ √ √
1.1.4 Translate the words or phrases into Bahasa Malaysia √
1.2 Distinguish word formation and parts of speech
1.2.1 Identify the part of speech that a word belongs to √ √ √ √
1.2.2 Use a word in its correct part of speech √ √ √
2.0 GIVING AND RESPONDING TO SHORT MESSAGES / NOTES
2.1 Understand short messages / notes
2.1.1 Identify the purposes of the message √ √ √ √
2.1.2 Locate the main ideas of the message √ √ √ √ √
2.2 Write short messages / notes
2.2.1 Introduce oneself or a friend / guest √
2.2.2 Make social enquiries and suggestions √
2.2.3 Extend invitations for various occasions √
2.3 Respond to short messages / notes
2.3.1 Respond to enquiries, suggestions and invitations √
2.3.2 Determine the tones applied in the messages √
2.3.3 Write messages using the appropriate tone √ √
2.3.4 Use appropriate words in response to messages √ √ √
3.0 INFORMATION PROCESSING SKILLS
3.1 Gather information from technical and non-technical texts
3.1.1 Deduce the meanings of difficult words using contextual clues √ √
3.1.2 Skim texts for overall meaning √
3.1.3 Scan texts to locate specific information √

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Cognitive Domain Psychomotor Domain Affective Domain


No. Specific Outcome
C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 A1 A2 A3 A4 A5
Gather information from movie or/and documentary clips through
3.2
English subtitles
3.2.1 List down idioms, phrasal verbs, clichés and slang used √ √
Find the meanings of selected idioms, phrasal verbs, clichés and
3.2.2 √
slangs as used in the movies or documentaries
3.2.3 Write a short description of the movies or documentary clip √ √
TOTAL 10 3 3 8 0 2 0 0 7 1 2 4 3 0 4 2

Legend
Cognitive Domain Psychomotor Domain Affective Domain
C1 Knowledge P1 Imitate A1 Receiving Phenomena
C2 Comprehensive P2 Manipulate A2 Responding to Phenomena
C3 Application P3 Precision A3 Valuing
C4 Analysis P4 Articulation A4 Organizing Values
C5 Synthesis P5 Naturalization A5 Internalizing Values
C6 Evaluation

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