SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentGeneral Education Courses in Foreign Languages
Course NameCollege English I
InstructorSHERIDAN CHERYL LYNN
Credit3.0
Course TypeSelectively
Prerequisite
Course Objective
Course Description
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Week



Week



Topic



Content and Reading Assignment



Homework



Classroom lecture



Around the course



1



 



Welcome



About this class;



Syllabus and Moodle



Tips for College



Purchase textbook



Get in Moodle



HW: Complete Unit 1 Lesson A



3



4.5



2



 



Formal Email



Unit 1 Lesson A



How to write an email to my professor.



Intro: Why Explore?



HW:



Complete Lesson A: Read & Complete Exercises (Pp 10-17



3



4.5



3



 



Unit 1 Lesson A



The Urge to Explore ;



HW: Watch TED Talk



3



4.5



4



 



Unit 1 Lesson A



The Urge to Explore; About the poster presentation assignment



HW: Proposal and sketch for Poster presentation



3



4.5



5



 



Unit 1 Lesson B



Why We Need the Explorers ( Brian Cox );



Poster session oral skills



Poster on a product developed from space travel technology



3



4.5



6



 



Unit 1



Oral Presentation



Poster Presentation Event 1: Space exploration product



HW: Prepare U2 Lesson A (Pp. 26-33)



3



4.5



7



 



Unit 2 Lesson A



Success and Failure Education



HW: Prepare U2 Lesson A



3



4.5



8



 



Unit 2 Lesson A



Success and Failure Education



HW: Prepare U3 Lesson A



3



4.5



9



Writing



Summary writing



HW: Write a summary paragraph (formal writing: typed & printed)



3



4.5



10



Unit 3 Lesson A



Power Shifts Business / Gender



HW: Prepare U3 Lesson A



3



4.5



11



Unit 3 Lesson A



Power Shifts Business / Gender



Watch TED Talk, prepare for quiz



3



4.5



12



Unit 3 Lesson B



Quiz on TED Talk



Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders



(Sheryl Sandberg)



HW: Study for Exam



3



4.5



13



 



Exam on 21 st CR Units 1, 2, 3



 



Intro to Culture Module



Choose country for assignment



Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions




  1. Watch video lecture

  2. Complete Checkpoint quiz

  3. Moodle forum: Individually post a description of HCDs for the country you chose.



3



4.5



14



 



Culture 1



Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions (HCDs)



Discussion of Taiwan using HCDs with partner/s.



-Structure of English paragraph when presenting outside support.



-Compose paragraph in pairs responding to question from teacher posted on Moodle



Homework:




  1. Moodle forum: Post response from class discussion

  2. Complete stereotype online questionnaire

  3. Watch Stereotypes video lecture

  4. Complete Checkpoint quiz



3



4.5



15



 



Culture 2



Stereotypes



-Analyze questionnaire results in groups



-Complete report based on worksheet posted in Moodle




  1. Watch Culture 3 (Education) video lecture

  2. Complete Checkpoint quiz



3



4.5



16



 



Culture 3 Education



Activities



Group discussion



Prepare final written report on CCC U1-3



Post on Moodle



3



4.5



17



 



Culture 3



Group presentations on defining culture and discussion on stereotypes and education



3



4.5



18



 



Final Oral



Oral exam on CCC & relevant 21 st Century Reading



3



4.5



Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

Sena 105702025@nccu.edu.tw



 


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. Grades are determined by the following course components:




  • Participation (including attendance, effort on speaking in class, and homework): 15%

  • In-class exercises/quizzes: 15%

  • Oral presentations: 10%

  • Writing assignments: 10%

  • Midterm exam: 30%

  • Final oral exam: 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. You may not participate in the final exam if you are absent for 50% of class meetings. 



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



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.



Written assignments



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).



 



Examinations



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:




  • Come to class prepared every week on time.

  • Check your email and the Moodle platform regularly.

  • ASK QUESTIONS!

  • Participate actively in pair/group discussions

  • Take responsibility for your own learning: Preview the semester schedule and plan your time

  • Be a good classmate during group work

  • Communicate professionally with your instructor and course assistant



Tips:




  • Complete homework assignments and reading BEFORE arriving for class.


    • Late homework may not be given feedback and comments.



  • You are responsible for handing in assignments on time  (even if you are absent the week before)  and finding out about homework assignments on any day you are absent.

    • Ask a responsible classmate you trust or email me for information.

    • If someone gives you the wrong information, it cannot be redone.





Attendance and tardiness:  I will usually take attendance!:



The most important thing is that you SHOW UP ON TIME FOR CLASS!




  • Attendance points


    • 2 points: Present when role is taken.

    • 1 point: Late— you must tell me you have arrived at the break or you will be counted absent.

    • 0 points: Absent for one period (first or second) or two periods.



  • Excused absence (0 points, but no penalty):

    • Certain activities—representing NCCU in sports, music, or other event.

    • Illness: Bring receipt or documentation from doctor or hospital.

    • Family situation—please inform me in advance or as soon as possible.



  • Unexcused absence: No show, no communication, and no points: No make up 



During class




  • Please respect your classmates and teacher during and after class.

  • Do not eat or sleep in class.

  • Do not spend time with social texting in class. Whatever it is can wait until break-time.

  • Do not interrupt class by answering your cell phone.

    • Note: I only answer my phone in class if my son is calling me.





Language policy:



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.



Special needs



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

Textbook:



Title: 21 st Century Reading: Creative Thinking and Reading with TED Talks Book 4 (2015)

Authors: Laurie Blass and Jessica Williams

Publisher: National Geographic Learning / CENGAGE Learning



Resources:




  • VoiceTube: https://tw.voicetube.com

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

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


Urls about Course
Moodle: http://moodle.nccu.edu.tw MOOC: http://moocs.nccu.edu.tw/course/52/
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