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MELD 1C03 Acad.Reading&Listening Skills

Academic Year: Fall 2016

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. N/A N/A


Office: Chester New Hall 228/231

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23718

Office Hours: NA

Course Objectives:

Course Description:

In this course, students summarize and critically evaluate (both orally and in writing) a variety of texts in advanced English. The texts to be evaluated are both written and spoken.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • take notes from lectures and reading texts
  • use your notes for oral and/or written summaries
  • identify the purpose of a lecture or text
  • identify the author’s stance in a lecture or text
  • infer a speaker’s/writer’s intended meaning
  • use strategies to improving listening and note-taking skills
  • improve your reading speed
  • use different skills to expand your academic vocabulary

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

  1. Aish, F. & Tomlinson, J. (2013). Lectures: Learn listening and note-taking skills. Harper Collins Publishers: London, UK.
  2. McEntire. J. & Williams, J. (2013). Making Connections 2: Skills & Strategies for Academic Reading. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Method of Assessment:



MELD Term 1 Grading

Scheme (IELTS/CEFR):

  • (<60 %) = 5/ B1.2
  • (60 %-69 %) = 5.5/ B2.1 [PASS]
  • (70%- 79 %) = 6/ B2.2
  • (80 %- 100 %) = 6.5/ C1.1


  • Attend 80 % of the classes on time (late arrivals will be counted as absences)
  • Actively contribute and participate in 80 % of classes (complete assigned homework prior to class; speak English in class; refrain from using electronic devices for purposes not related to the class)
  • Score a minimum of 60 % on oral summary
  • Complete 4 written summaries and score an average grade of 60 % 
  • Complete and submit Reading Speed Journal at the following intervals
  • Week 9
  • Week 13
  • Complete and submit Vocabulary Journal at the following intervals
  • Week 8
  • Week 13
  • Score an average of 60 % on the Skills & Strategies exercises from textbook  
  •  Complete all required activities/events and a minimum 3 English contact hours for MELD Passport
  • Score a minimum of 5.5 (IELTS)/B2.1 (CEFR) on the mid-year listening & reading exam                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


MELD Passport:

For this course, you will be required to participate in some related workshops, as well as additional events/activities in order to complete a minimum of 3 English contact hours.


Required MELD Passport activities for MELD 1C03:

  • MELD book club
  • Note-taking for listening


*Claudia and your instructors will tell you about other events/activities throughout the semester


Learning Portfolio:

In term 2, you will be creating a learning portfolio to demonstrate your learning during the MELD program.  You will begin collecting items from all of your MELD courses in Term 1.  Some will be required, and some will be completely your choice.  The goal is not to collect only perfect work, but to show a picture of your growth during the MELD program. For this course, these are your portfolio items.  Please note that some are required while others can be chosen by you.  Pay careful attention to the number of items required.

Required Portfolio Items:

  • Reading Speed Journal
  • Vocabulary Journal

Items of Your Choice (minimum 2 items):

  • Any of the summaries (1 oral, 4 written summaries) completed this term.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Regular attendance is required to successfully achieve course outcomes.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to complete any work done in class. 

All work must be submitted in class on the due date.  Do not submit assignments by email or slide them under the instructor’s door. Late assignments will only be accepted with prior consent from the instructor and appropriate documentation to support your inability to submit the work by the due date. 

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:








Sept. 6-9/16

Listening: identifying type and purpose; listening challenges

Aish & Tomlinson, pp. 8-19; Lebauer, pp. 2-6 (pdf)

Oral Summary


Sept. 12-16/16

Reading:  identifying genre, purpose, audience, and stance

Godfrey, pp. 7-8; pp. 9-16; pp. 17-23 (pdf)



Sept. 19-23/16

Listening: pre-reading preparation, delivery style, speed, accents

Aish & Tomlinson, pp. 20-29; Hewings, pp. 38-41 (pdf)



Sept. 26-30/16

Reading: speed, fluency, timed reading

McEntire & Williams, pp. 2-20; pp. 271-272

Skills & Strategies 1


Oct. 3-7/16

Listening: recognizing structure, sign-posting language, chunking

Aish & Tomlinson, pp. 34-45, pp. 46-57; Hewings, pp. 66-69 (pdf)

Written Summary


Oct. 10-14/16

Mid-term Recess (NO CLASSES)


Oct. 17-21/16

Reading: recognizing structure, cohesive devices

McEntire & Williams, pp. 21-42

Written Summary


Oct. 24-28/16

Listening: understanding connected speech and unknown words

Aish & Tomlinson, pp. 62-73

Vocabulary Journal; Skills & Strategies 2


Oct 31-Nov. 4/16

Reading: vocabulary building, AWL, prefixes, suffixes, collocations

McEntire & Williams, pp. 44-63

Reading Speed Journal; Skills & Strategies 3


Nov. 7-11/16

Listening: identifying main ideas, details; recognizing facts versus opinions

Aish & Tomlinson, pp. 74-87; Lebauer, pp. 86-96 (pdf)

Written Summary


Nov. 14-18/16

Reading: identifying main ideas and details, skimming and scanning

McEntire & Williams, pp. 64-86

Skills & Strategies 4


Nov. 21-25/16

Listening/Reading: evaluating, understanding, applying information

Aish & Tomlinson, pp. 92-103, pp. 104-115; Authentic Lecture 3, pp. 88-91

Written Summary; Deadline for all MELD Passport requirements


Nov. 28- Dec. 2/16

Reading: noting ideas and citations for future use

Aish & Tomlinson, pp. 120-129; Hewings, pp. 150-153 (pdf)

Vocabulary Journal; Reading Speed Journal


Dec. 5-7/16

Wrap-up & Exam Preparation