Course Title


Course Code




Program Level

Instruction Language

Applicable for TESOL Program

Requirement in TESOL Program

Semester in TESOL Program


Applicable for Translation & Interpretation Program

Requirement in Translation & Interpretation Program

Semester in Translation & Interpretation Program


Requirement in Business English Program

Applicable for Business English Program

Semester in Business English Program



This course is designed for English majored students to achieve intermediate level (equivalent to B1 – CEFR) in reading. The meaning of new English vocabulary provided before main readings is inferred from examples or paragraphs; the students, thus, can develop their guessing the meaning of new words through various contexts. Distinct tasks of the vocabulary skills also help them acquire much more vocabulary after the reading process. In addition, with a variety of reading tasks, the students are taught skills of reading for gist and details and the skill of speed reading by using the “keyword’’ technique. Moreover, they learn to use charts and graphs for reading texts faster and more efficiently. Last but not least, the students can enhance their critical thinking, creativity, and inferences.


  • Basic knowledge of natural sciences, social sciences and humanities through the content of each reading passage
  • Knowledge of meaning inferences of the new vocabulary from reading contexts or by a word‘s morphology
  • Knowledge of the reading skills and strategies to obtain intermediate level (equivalent to B1)
  • Knowledge of the IELTS test
  • Practical skills in data collection, data analysis, data presentation, and critical literature review. Ability to apply various reading skills to explore reading texts
  • Ability to apply vocabulary skills to infer the meaning of the new vocabulary in the reading texts
  • Ability to apply various reading skills to tackle the IELTS test
  • Self-study ability
  • Presentation skills
  • Teamwork skills












Learning Outcomes


  • Generalize their knowledge of natural sciences, social sciences and humanities learned from the content of each reading passage in the course
  • Explain the meaning of the vocabulary learned from the course
  • Distinguish various reading skills at the basic level (previewing, scanning, skimming, and identifying main ideas and details) and at the intermediate level (note – taking : mapping, creating text plan, summarizing, using collocations, and identifying tone)
  • Distinguish different task types and various reading skills applied to do the IELTS test at the intermediate level
  • Reproduce their knowledge of natural sciences, social sciences and humanities formerly learned to read other reading passages faster
  • Employ learned vocabulary skills to infer the meaning of the vocabulary in other contexts as well as utilize the learned vocabulary in the new contexts
  • Apply reading skills at the intermediate level to comprehend various reading texts
  • Give personal opinions or make evaluations about issues raised in the reading texts
  • Be keen on the learning autonomy for reading to broaden vocabulary resources and to enhance reading skills and strategies to cope with readings in general and the IELTS test in particular.
  • Develop teamwork skills
  • Use presentation skills, opinion- giving skills and discussion skills.




Required Textbooks and Materials

Roger, L., & Wilkin, J. (2013).  Skillful Reading & Writing 2. London: Macmillan.

Suggested Coursebooks and Materials

McEntire, J., & Williams, J. (2013). Making Connections 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  

Brook-Hart, G., & Jakeman, V. (2012). Complete IELTS. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Suggested online resources



This class is based on on-going assessment. Students are assessed for their  performance in the following components


Assignment Weighting
Reading assign-ments following the format of an IELTS test 10%
Vocabulary Quizzes 5%
Home assignments in Skillful 2 5%
Mini- tests 20%
Mini Project (group of 4 or optional) 10%
Final examination 50%