The following courses are offered in the English program. Some course names and numbers are irregular in order to conform to the general Keimyung calendar (e.g. I is followed by III. KAC does not offer 'II' series English courses). All courses are three credits except for Managing University Life.
Integrated English Skills
IES is meant to provide lower ability freshmen with a groundwork for university-level English usage, with an emphasis on reading and writing. The course has its roots in improving reading ability by building and reinforcing basic skills in comprehension, summarizing, and evaluation of texts. The course additionally involves discussion and writing activities based on readings. In this way the course integrates the key skills of reading, speaking, and writing to improve speed, confidence, and depth in students' lexical and compositional abilities in English. Focus: Writing at sentence level to paragraph level; Reading acquisition; Discussion.
Listening is intended to prepares students for future academic work by developing skills in university-level listening and speaking. Conversational activities, pronunciation exercises, and vocal projects in the course are designed to build confidence and rapidity in spoken English. The course also includes listening to and comprehending a variety of spoken and recorded English sources employing a wide range of accents and topics, in order to prepare students to more readily understand English lectures and function in academic or professional situations. Focus: Pronunciation; Note taking & listening skills; Conversation fluency; Audio projects.
Managing University Life
Online Course, 1 Credit
Managing University Life is meant to equip Keimyung Adams students with basic college survival skills required to be successful and productive students. The course will cover a variety of topics including active reading and learning, researching and note taking, efficient time management, multiple intelligences, examination and study skills, interpersonal relations, and employment preparation. The course is completed online with in-class exams.
Academic Writing I
Comprising: Academic Writing 1, Academic English III
The academic writing courses introduce students to the conventions and goals of academic writing, research, planning, and APA citation standards. Through regular written assignments students learn the skills necessary to articulate ideas carefully and clearly through text, as they develop grammatical, structural, and rhetorical competency at the sentence, paragraph, and paper level. In addition to discussing writing issues related to organization, argumentation, and academic honesty, students may also participate in group, free-writing, or peer-editing activities.
Focus in Academic Writing I: Writing at paragraph level to essay level; Basic argumentation and structure; Other expository genres (e.g. business, resumes, creative, web); IR/IB disciplinary readings. Focus in Academic English III: Writing at essay level to research paper level; Argumentation and thesis statements; Evidence and APA citation; Rhetoric and modes of persuasion.
Comprising: Communication Skills 1, Communication English III
This course set fosters skills that enable students to present themselves orally and in conjunction with new media in a variety of academic, business, and informal contexts. Activities, group and individual presentations, web and video projects, and lectures will assist students in developing confidence, autonomy and a willingness to communicate in English. Students learn to communicate clearly, to plan and organize materials, to engage in genuine communication with their audience, to be effective team members, and to be active senders and receivers of information.
Focus in Communication Skills I: Group presentations and planning; Communicative presence; Pragmatics (small talk, formal talk, respect/ familiarity, sarcasm); New media (web, video, podcasts); E-mail communication. Focus in Communication English III: Group and solo presentations and planning; Communicative presence; Panel discussions; Visual rhetoric and graphics; New media (web, video, podcasts).
Thesis Writing (Optional)
Technical Writing (Optional)
This course is designed to familiarize students with the genre of applied English writing that includes technical reports, proposals (for grants or research projects), commercial or other industry-related, specialized documents (such as progress reports, feasibility reports, and the like), with a strong focus also on business writing, memos, resumes, and cover letters. These types of document are used not only in more traditional technical fields such as engineering or science, but also in the fields of law, economics, international commerce, and more. Students will be encouraged to undertake course tasks with an eye to applying the skills and genre to their particular major.
This capstone course in the English program, for seniors or juniors with an accepted thesis proposal, is designed to improve the research, analysis, citation, editing, and academic honesty skills necessary to complete the KAC thesis project as well as future or graduate-level writing projects. Students will be expected to refine their topic, conduct appropriate research, and make significant progress in the writing of their final thesis. Seminars will involve discussion of research and argumentation strategies appropriate to the student's discipline as well as directed individual and group work. Focus: The KAC thesis; IB/IR-specific argumentation and evidence; Directed tutoring; Peer editing.