English for Materials Science I

Welcome to this class. Here you can find a weekly outline and assessment requirements:

English for Materials Science 1 Programme

University of Crete Syllabus


Week 1

Student Induction 🙂

Introduction to Formality and Academic style

Students notice formality, citations and reference conventions and following a model text, produce their own. 

Reference and citation guides are provided for guidance.

Students are asked to send an email to their instructor taking into account issues of politeness and formality.

Week 2

Students will read a text about Types of Materials and  learn how to transfer information from text to slides.

Listening practice: Students will practice different note-taking styles.

Students will practice giving presentations using opening phrases and signposting language.

Week 3

Students will be using google docs to complete tasks collaboratively about different types of Metals and their properties.

Students will be reading an article on the FUTURE of metals in order to identify topic sentences , support sentences and concluding sentences in paragraphs. Then, they will produce their own paragraph following prompts.

Week 4

Students will read an article and listen to a video about the scientific method and answer a quiz.

They will look at statistical data, graphs and charts and learn how to write a report using appropriate linking words and terminology to express upward or downward trends, ratios, averages and numbers.

Students will using information to produce a variety of visuals: mind-maps, diagrams, word tables or schemes.

Week 5

Students will watch a video about bio printing and then will compare different types of writing  on the same topic  “Bio-printing (2019)”. They will be asked to notice the structure, the language and come conventions of a scientific article about Graphene, a relevant blog post on Graphene and a school textbook entry.

Week 6

Students will have a workshop on “How to give effective presentations” and a model presentation on “bio-printing” given by senior students whose presentations were deemed to be one of the best ones the year before. Students will be provided with criteria for peer-evaluation to complete during the student presentation and then discuss the student presentation strengths and weaknesses with the teacher and the presenters. Kindly note that attendance is compulsory for all.

Week 7 

Students will classify and identify properties of solids, liquids and gases (using the English for Chemistry EAP textbook, Unit 1) Reading and Listening tasks.

Students will be asked to notice and use legitimate paraphrasing strategies in order to produce a paragraph with citations and references.

Week 8

Students will be listening and reading a variety of listening and reading sources about Ceramics and advanced Ceramics in order to include all information elements, reminder phrases and references required for Summary writing.

Language focus Passive voice

Week 9

Students will be introduced to essay writing (argumentative essay, counterarguments) making a distinction between descriptive, evaluative, cautious and biased language.

Reading and Listening Practice on the topic of Composites.

Students will be practicing answering mock exam reading comprehension questions and tasks.

Week 10

Following a listening and a reading on Polymers (from the book English for Chemistry EAP Unit 11) students will be asked to make a mind map connecting properties of of Polymers such as  thermosetting, thermoplastic, linear, branched, cross-linked, fibers, plastics and elastomers, solubility and rigidity.

Language focus: Gerund and infinitive

Students will be re-writing sentences avoiding wordiness

Weeks 11 and 12

Student Presentations (Slides need to be in pptx or pdf format and student need to bring their file in a usb stick)

This semester we will be focusing on English for Science and we will be following the syllabus that is described here. Proficiency holders are not exempted from English classes at the School of Science and Engineering, University of Crete.

The assessment modes will be the following:

Written exam 50%

Student prortfolio 35%

Oral presentation 15%*

*An average pass mark is necessary for you to pass (if you score, for example, 6/10 at the exam and 6.5 at the student portfolio and 01/10 at the presentation, you can still proceed.)

The student portfolio includes samples of work with presentation slides, diagrams, mind maps, two Summaries, a graph, a short glossary and a report with appropriate references and citations.

Mid December after a short presentation on “How to give effective presentations”, some senior  students will present their work in order to provide a good model before this year’s students deliver their own. Attending this presentation is compulsory. ‌

Class participation is very important as most of the samples of work that students will need to add in their portfolio will be completed in class with the teacher’s help. The platform Edmodo will help so that students can keep up with class announcements and tasks. Students will be notified of the class codes they need to use in order to register online in class.  

Kindly note that if you do not join Edmodo you run the risk of failing the class as you will not always be able to find information about the course. 

‌If there are any students who struggle with English,  extra support will be provided  so please feel free to let your instructor know if that’s the case with you.  For this purpose, you can call  2810-545152.

Nobody’s first language is “Academic English”! The main objective of the English for Materials science 1 is to learn not only scientific terminology but also academic skills pertaining to formality, caution, legitimate paraphrasing, writing citations and synthesising sources, critical writing, essay writing, peer-feedback and academic presentations. ‌

So looking forward to seeing you in my class. ‌

kind regards,


Kallia Katsampoxaki-Hodgetts ‌

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Instructor


tel. 2810-545102

Administration Building 2, Office 202.



You can find older (2016)  programmes here.

EMat 1 Programme 2018


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