|Semester||Fall Semester, 2019|
|Department||General Education Courses in Foreign Languages|
|Course Name||College English I|
|Instructor||DAVID ARNOLD GERICH|
The following schedule may vary from class to class due to different holidays and days off.
Class time will be devoted to activities that allow students to practice and interact in English. To successfully complete the course, students must prepare the assigned homework prior to class and, while in class actively participate in class discussions and pair/group work. Students’ final grades are determined by the following course components:
? Participation (attendance, homework, class work): 20%
? Online course: 15%
? Individual presentation: 20%
? Final group presentation: 20%
? Reading/writing exam: 25%
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. Students will be expected to take notes in class and turn in those notes at the end of the class to be counted for participation credit.
Attendance: Students must attend class. Those who miss three classes or more will fail the course. If a student is late three times for a class, it will count as an absence.
Homework: Students are expected to complete the assigned readings for homework, including the teacher-assigned articles. The rest of the homework will be assigned topics for research. Students must find an English article online related to the assigned topic, print the article, and bring it to class to share with classmates. In addition, students must prove their effort by learning new vocabulary from the article that they choose to read for homework. In class, students will summarize the article and express their opinion based on what they have read.
Class work: Students will take notes in class as exercises in listening and speaking. Students mostly play the role of a reporter, interviewing each other in groups or pairs and writing information from what they gather. They will then use that information to write a summary paragraph of what they have learned based on the topic under discussion.
Students must register online to be included in this portion of the course. They will be assigned the first three units of the course (Unit 1 Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions; Unit 2 Stereotypes; Unit 3 Education), including watching the videos, completing the online quizzes, and writing answers to discussion questions for homework. Students will be graded on their performance on the online quizzes and effort on written homework based on the discussion questions.
For the first presentation, students will share an opinion based on one of the topics that we have discussed in previous lessons. In support of their opinion, students must use their own personal experience as well as cite factual information from an English article that they have read and studied. Students may decide whether or not they would like to use PPT for their presentation. All PPT presentations must be prepared in advance so as not to waste time in class setting up.
Final group presentation
For the final presentation, students in groups will be assigned a different region of the world and present a popular city from that region to the class. Students will share information related to that city to an audience that is interested in visiting or living in this city in the future. Each student presents a different aspect of the city, such as culture and customs; what to see and do; what to eat and drink there; popular sports in this city; experience visiting; etc. Students will be graded on the content they present; clarity (including pronunciation); speaking confidence; and their opinion based on the information they learned from their research about the city.
The content of this test is from the teacher-assigned articles that students have read and interacted with in the course. There will be questions based on the content of the reading, in which students need to write answers in complete sentences. There will also be a longer writing component, in which students must write a one-paragraph composition based on the topic of the article.
|Textbook & Reference|
BBC Learning English: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish
TED talks: https://www.ted.com/talks
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