|Semester||Fall Semester, 2019|
|Department||General Education Courses in Foreign Languages|
|Course Name||College English I|
|Instructor||SHERIDAN CHERYL LYNN|
Class time will be devoted to activities that allow you to practice and interact in English. To successfully complete the course, you must prepare the assigned homework prior to class and, while in class actively participate in class discussions and pair/group work. Grades are determined by the following course components:
Your participation grade will be based on your attendance, homework preparation, and the contribution you make to the learning experience of others. Contribution includes your in-class questions to the instructor, insights and comments regarding class content, answers to the instructor’s questions, and reactions to other students’ contributions. You may not participate in the final exam if you are absent for 50% of class meetings.
Periodically throughout the semester, writing/listening exercises and pop quizzes will be given in class. These exercises and quizzes can NOT be made up.
During the semester, you will have two prepared oral presentations. First, is the poster presentation: you and two other students will create and present a poster related to course content. The presentation should be approximately 10 minutes, followed by a 5-minute discussion. Second, is the final presentation on cross-cultural communication units 1-3: You and three classmates will prepare and present a formal presentation to the class, but evaluation will be on an individual basis. More details will be provided in class.
In addition to the periodic in-class and take-home writing exercises, there will be three written assignments based on the textbook and online learning materials for the course. These will include a formal email, a description of data and statistics, and summary writing. In each assignment, you will respond to the writing prompts provided by the teacher. Your papers should show you have completed and thought seriously and critically about the readings and videos provided for you. Your writing must be original and written by yourself—not copied from any source. Plagiarized work will receive “0”. A writing template and an assessment rubric for each assignment are available on the class website (Moodle).
All materials, including the readings, handouts, and information provided in class will potentially be included on mid-term and final exam. The mid-term exam is a written test, and the final exam contains short written test and a formal presentation. The written tests include vocabulary/grammar questions, a listening/reading section. The speaking test requires you to present your ideas and be able to answer questions on your topic. The instructor will evaluate your ability to present logically organized information, respond to the questions appropriately and to speak without reading a script for an extended period of time without hesitation, deviation or repetition. An assessment rubric for the speaking test is available on the class website. No make-up exams will be given unless you have received the instructor’s permission in advance.
To do well in this class:
Attendance and tardiness: I will usually take attendance!:
The most important thing is that you SHOW UP ON TIME FOR CLASS!
I have hope that all students participate and work in English during class. However, there are times when you will need to use your first language to help you start assignments and to confirm your understanding. That is fine. Please just try your best to work In English in the class. The sooner you start working on your topics in English, the sooner you will gain confidence In your ability.
If you have a problem or concern you need to discuss with me, please do not hesitate to speak with me in Chinese. I can also read Chinese, so you may write email to me in Chinese, but including English will be helpful.
Plagiarism and cheating
If any student is found to have copied any part of an assignment from any other source, the student will get a "0" for that assignment and be asked to do it again. If a student is caught plagiarizing a second time, he/she Will fail the course. If any student is found to have cheated on a quiz or test, the same policy will stand.
If any student has any special needs due to a physical or mental handicap, please let me know so that any arrangements can be made to facilitate your success in this class.
|Textbook & Reference|
Title: 21 st Century Reading: Creative Thinking and Reading with TED Talks Book 4 (2015)
|Urls about Course|
|Moodle: http://moodle.nccu.edu.tw MOOC: http://moocs.nccu.edu.tw/course/52/|