SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentGeneral Education Courses in Foreign Languages
Course NameCollege English I
InstructorHUANG SHU-CHEN
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




  • MOOC Unit 1

  • Complete quizzes



3



4.5



2



Reading and scanning for information



Wikipedia: Geert Hofstede




  • Preview paragraph writing handout



3



4.5



3



Comprehending an article and writing a summary




  • British Library article on Hofstede and his theories

  • Introducing writing rubrics and standards




  • Submit revised summary

  • MOOC Unit 2



3



4.5



4



Listening for information and concepts




  • TED video: ‘Cross-cultural communication’




  • Review materials

  • Prepare for group discussions on assigned questions



3



4.5



5



Listening for information and concepts




  • TED video: ‘Culture difference in business’

  • Introducing speaking rubrics and standards




  • Prepare for individual 1-2 minute talks

  • MOOC Unit 3



3



4.5



6



Reporting information orally




  • Article: ‘National stereotypes’

  • Speaking practice




  • Submit recorded speaking samples



3



4.5



7



Speaking with brief notes




  • The Economist article

  • Speaking practice




  • Practice speaking with a question bank



3



4.5



8



Writing summary and reflections




  • Psychology Today interview article

  • Peer review




  • Submit summary and reflection on self-chosen articles or videos



3



4.5



9



Exam preparation




  • Practice test

  • Introducing question types and grading criteria




  • Review for midterm exam



3



4.5



10



Mid-term exam



Exam




  • Preview table/ graph writing handout



3



4.5



11



Reading for information in tables and graphs




  • Discussion of exam results

  • Survey result article




  • Exercises on table/graph reading and information extraction



3



4.5



12



Describing tables and data




  • The elements of tables/graphs and relevant vocabulary




  • Exercises on vocabulary and phrases related to graphs/tables



3



4.5



13



Describing graphs and data




  • Official reports with data, tables, and graphs




  • Submit graph/ table description writing



3



4.5



14



Improving writing with online resources




  • Discussion of good writing samples




  • Exercises on problem solving using online resources



3



4.5



15



Review




  • Practice spoken answers to the question bank

  • Practice answering essay questions




  • Write a reflection on English learning in the semester



3



4.5



16



New Year’s Day



Review



Review



3



4.5



17



Final exam



Speaking exam



Review



3



4.5



18



Final exam



Written exam



 



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 (including attendance, effort on speaking in class, and homework): 10%

  • Oral presentations and written assignments: 40%

  • Midterm and final exams: 40%

  • Others (e.g., in-class exercises/quizzes): 10%



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.


Textbook & Reference

No textbooks. Required materials will be available on the course Moodle.


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