SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentGeneral Education Courses in Foreign Languages
Course NameCollege English I
InstructorKUO HSIAO JUNG
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 & email writing



Writing exercise: Writing an email to your professor



Class rules; Self-introduction; Moodle instruction



3



4.5



2



Unit 4: Discovery



4A: Voyages of Discovery



4D: The Boiling River of the Amazon



Reading and listening strategies; Critical thinking activities; Group discussion



3



4.5



3



Unit 4: Discovery;



Cultural topic 1



Extension;



Hofstede’s cultural dimensions



Group presentation; Critical thinking activities



3



4.5



4



Unit 1: Hopes and Dreams



1A: A Dream Come True



1B: Dream Jobs



Vocabulary and grammar enhancing; Group discussion; Reading strategies; Critical thinking activities



3



4.5



5



Unit 1: Hopes and Dreams



1C: Bridging the Gap



1D: Five Ways to Kill Your Dream



Listening strategies; Group discussion; Synthesizing activities;



3



4.5



6



Unit 1: Hopes and Dreams



1E: The Secrets of Success



Speaking and writing activities; Extension activities



3



4.5



7



Unit 1: Hopes and Dreams;



Cultural topic 2



Unit 1 Extension; Stereotypes; Summary writing



Group presentation; Critical thinking activities



3



4.5



8



Unit 5: Global Citizens



5A: Role Models



5B: Making a Difference



Vocabulary and grammar enhancing; Group discussion; Reading strategies; Critical thinking activities



3



4.5



9



Unit 5: Global Citizens



5C: Ice Buckets and Rice Buckets



5D: What does it mean to be a citizen of the world?



Listening strategies; Group discussion; Synthesizing activities;



3



4.5



10



Unit 5: Global Citizens



5E: Changes



Speaking and writing activities; Extension activities



3



4.5



11



Unit 5: Global Citizens;



Cultural topic 3



Extension;



Education; Statistical writing



Group presentation; Critical thinking activities



3



4.5



12



Unit 3: Pristine Places



3A: Deep Blue Sea



3B: Into the Okavango



Vocabulary and grammar enhancing; Group discussion; Reading strategies; Critical thinking activities



3



4.5



13



Mid-term exam



Exam



Materials provided in class



3



4.5



14



Unit 3: Pristine Places



3C: World Heritage Sites



3D: An Underwater Museum, Teeming with Life



Listening strategies; Group discussion; Synthesizing activities;



3



4.5



15



Unit 3: Pristine Places



3E: World Ocean Day



Speaking and writing activities; Extension activities



3



4.5



16



Unit 3: Pristine Places



Unit 3 Extension;



Group presentation; Critical thinking activities



3



4.5



17



Final project



Group project



Synthesizing activities; application, reflection



3



4.5



18



Final project



Group project



Synthesizing activities; application, reflection



3



4.5



Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

N/A


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: 20%

  • Oral presentation: 20%

  • Written assignments: 20%

  • Midterm exam & quizzes: 20%

  • Final project: 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 5-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 the midterm exam. The midterm exam tests all four skills in English. The listening/reading part contains multiple choice questions. The written test includes 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.



 



Final project



Throughout the semester, you will work on a group project related to topics covered in class. The group project requires you to apply what you have learned. You will need to conduct thorough survey, in-depth research, data analysis, and critical thinking skills to analyze social phenomena that concern you. More details will be provided in class.


Textbook & Reference

 The textbook and materials listed below are for example only.




  • Perspectives 4 Amanda Jeffries; Lewis Lansford; Daniel Barber. 2018. Cengage.

  • Supplementary readings: To be distributed in class.

  • Study materials:

    1. Dimensions of national culture [Reading]





http://geert-hofstede.com/national-culture.html






    1. Country comparison [Reading]





http://geert-hofstede.com/countries.html






    1. Applications of national culture [Reading]





http://geert-hofstede.com/applications.html






    1. Hofstede's six cultural dimensions [6 videos]



    2. Host Chris Rock rapped over Asian-American 'joke' [Video]

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9tgjD1B2EA

    3. Chris Rock criticized after Asian joke at Oscars [Video]

      https://youtu.be/0yW1cYWvTMQ

    4. People Aren’t Happy With Chris Rock’s Asian Joke At The Academy Awards [Reading]

      http://www.buzzfeed.com/krishrach/people-are-unhappy-with-all-the-asian-





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    1. Donald Trump vs Barack Obama: Talking About Women [Video]

      https://youtu.be/V9hhOWGxxmw

    2. The Origins of Stereotypes [Reading]

      http://aps.psychologicalscience.org/convention/program_2014/search/viewProgram.cfm?





Abstract_ID=29772&AbType=1&AbAuthor=&Subject_ID=&Day_ID=71&keyword






    1. Stereotypes and Prejudices

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

    2. College Classroom Culture [5 Videos]









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










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

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

    2. 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


Urls about Course
Moodle: http://moodle.nccu.edu.tw/ MOOC: http://moocs.nccu.edu.tw/course/52/ National Geographic Learning: NGL.Cengage.com/perspectives
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