SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentGeneral Education Courses in Foreign Languages
Course NameCollege English I
InstructorLAI YU-TUNG
Credit3.0
Course TypeSelectively
Prerequisite
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule








 


































































































































































週次



Week



課程主題



Topic



課程內容與指定閱讀



Content and Reading Assignment



教學活動與作業



Teaching Activities and Homework



學習投入時間



Student workload expectation



課堂講授



In-class Hours



課程前後



Outside-of-class Hours



1



Course overview



Self-Introduction



Make a timeline of something you have achieved in your life.



3



4.5



2



Unit 1-Hopes and Dreams



Dreams and ambitions



Listening & Discussion



3



4.5



3



Unit 1-Hopes and Dreams



Living the dream



Vocabulary & Reading



1st Writing assignment:



Summary writing (p.11)



3



4.5



4



Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions



MOOCS Unit 1 & Ted Talk Unit 1



1st speaking activity (MOOCS)



3



4.5



5



Unit 2-Reading the World



Description of two books



Listening & Discussion



3



4.5



6



Unit 2-Reading the World



An African in Greenland; House of Day, House of Night



Vocabulary & Reading



3



4.5



7



Stereotype



MOOCS Unit 2 & Ted Talk Unit 2



2nd speaking activity (MOOCS)



3



4.5



8



Unit 3-Pristine Places



An interview with National Geographic explorer and marine ecologist



Listening & Discussion



3



4.5



9



Unit 3-Pristine Places



Exploring the Okavango Delta



Vocabulary & Reading



2nd Writing assignment:



Article Writing (p.19)



3



4.5



10



Mid-term exam



Exam



 



3



4.5



11



Unit 6 -Education



A podcast about school rules around the world



Listening & Discussion



3



4.5



12



Unit 6-Education



Are our kids tough enough? Chinese school



Vocabulary & Reading 3rd Writing assignment: Email Writing (p.43)



3



4.5



13



Education



MOOCS Unit 3 & Ted Talk Unit 3



3rd speaking activity (MOOCS)



3



4.5



14



Unit 8-The Real Me



A radio show about teenagers



Listening & Discussion



3



4.5



15



Unit 8-The Real Me



Ms. Marvel: Teenage comic superhero



Vocabulary & Reading



3



4.5



16



Review of the previous units



Rehearsal of Final Presentation



Memorize the presentation



3



4.5



17



Final exam



Oral presentation



Vocabulary & Grammar review



3



4.5



18



Final exam



Written exam



 



3



4.5




 




Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

TBA


Requirement/Grading

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. Your final grades are determined by the following course components:




  • Participation & attendance (Each speaking activity counts 5%*3): 15%

  • Group presentation (Topic: The cultural differences in attitudes to authority): 15%

  • Writing Assignments: 30%

  •    A) Summary Writing (p.11): 10%

  •    B) Article Writing (p.19): 10%

  •    C) Email Writing (p.43): 10%

  • Midterm: 20%

  • Final: 20%



Participation



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.



In-class exercises/quizzes



Periodically throughout the semester, writing/listening exercises and pop quizzes will be given in class. These exercises and quizzes can NOT be made up.



Oral presentations



You will give an individual oral report and a group presentation during the semester. For the individual report, you will tell a 3-minute personal anecdote. For the group presentation, you and three other students will report on a current event. The presentation should be approximately 15 minutes, followed by a 5-minute discussion. Each group should meet with the instructor two weeks prior to their presentation to discuss their topic and present their outline. Following the presentation, they will submit a group written report. More details will be provided in class.



 



Written assignments



In addition to the periodic in-class and take-home writing exercises, there will be three written assignments based on the online learning materials for the course. In each assignment, you will respond to the writing prompts regarding a cross-cultural issue. Your papers should show you have completed and thought seriously and critically about the readings and videos provided for you. You are also encouraged to research the topic and cite your sources. The grading rubric for the written assignments is available on the class website.



 



Examinations



All materials, including the readings, handouts, and information provided in class will potentially be included on mid-term and final exams. The mid-term exam is a written test, and the final exam contains a written test and a speaking test. The written tests include vocabulary/grammar questions, a listening/reading section, and short writing tasks. The speaking test requires you to answer two or more questions, each question for two minutes. The instructor will evaluate your ability to respond to the questions appropriately and to speak for an extended period of time without hesitation, deviation or repetition. The grading 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.



NOTE: Poor attendance may lead to poor grade or even fail the course!


Textbook & Reference

The textbook and course materials:





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    1. Stereotypes and Prejudices

      http://remember.org/guide/history-root-stereotypes

    2. Formal and informal classroom culture in the U.S. [2 videos]


    3. A Conversation with Chinese and American Students [Video]

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX_7NuOWYMk

    4. How Do American, Chinese and French Students Characterize their Teachers’ Communication? [Reading]

      http://www.immi.se/intercultural/nr38/brassier.html





 




  • Resources:



VoiceTube: https://tw.voicetube.com



BBC Learning English: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish



TED talks: https://www.ted.com/talks


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