SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentForeign Language Center
Course NameAcademic English:Writing & Speaking I
InstructorHUANG SHU-CHEN
Credit0.0
Course TypeElective
Prerequisite
Course Objective
Course Description
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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 Orientation




  • Introduction to the course

  • Getting to know one another through in-class writing and discussion: Five keywords in my field




  • Read assigned texts

  • Revise in-class writing and submit

  • Research and select 2-3 papers from own field



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4.5




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The Real Life of English for Academic Purposes




  • Presentation and discussion of personal field of research

  • Discussion on more immediate academic requirements

  • Lecture on forms of academic writing




  • Language exercises

  • Online self-introduction and peer feedback



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Back to the Basics of English Proficiency




  • A mock standardized EFL proficiency test on reading and listening

  • Discussion of test results and implications

  • Introduction to integrated speaking and writing tests

  • Review and exercises on sentence structures




  • Complete grammar and vocabulary assignments

  • Perform a self-assessment and submit

  • Study Academic Word List



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4.5




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Self-help Resources and Library Skills




  • Quiz on Academic Word List

  • Introduction to free online dictionaries, corpora, and learning resources

  • A library tour on academic databases and research tools, including reference list generators




  • Language exercises

  • Online writing and peer feedback



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4.5




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Comparison/



contrast Essays




  • Presentation and analysis of comparison/contrast examples from corpus

  • Lecture on comparison/ contrast essays

  • Exercises and discussions on grammar and vocabulary

  • Brainstorming essay ideas




  • Study assigned readings

  • Write an outline, a thesis statement and topic sentences



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Comparison/ contrast Essays




  • Peer review workshops

  • Whole-class discussion on comparison/contrast essays

  • Trouble-shooting with resources




  • Complete grammar and vocabulary exercises

  • Complete the draft by incorporating peer comments



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4.5




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Comparison/ contrast Essays




  • Analysis of more comparison/contrast examples from learner-developed corpus

  • Discussion of student essay examples

  • Demonstration and discussion of essay revisions

  • Peer review workshops




  • Further revise the draft, proofread, use online resources for trouble-shooting, and submit with a revision report



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4.5




  1.  



Cohesion and Cohesive devices




  • Discussion and assessment of the completed essays

  • Lecture on the importance and basics of cohesive writing

  • Exercises on improving cohesion/cohesiveness




  • Complete grammar and vocabulary exercises

  • Draft ideas for end-of-term poster presentations



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Cause-Effect Essays




  • Presentation and analysis of cause-effect examples

  • Lecture and sample on cause-effect essays

  • Exercises on cause-effect reasoning

  • Presentation and discussion on poster presentations




  • Write an outline, then develop a draft with thesis statement and topic sentences highlighted



 



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Cause-Effect Essays




  • Peer review on cause-effect essay drafts

  • Individual teacher-student conferences




  • Complete grammar and vocabulary exercises

  • Revise the draft by incorporating peer comments



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4.5




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Cause-Effect Essays




  • Discussion of student essay examples

  • Demonstration and discussion of essay revisions




  • Further revise the draft, proofread, use online resources for trouble-shooting, and submit with a revision report



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4.5




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Logical Fallacies and Hedging




  • Lecture on solid argumentation

  • Discussion of logical fallacy problems

  • Lecture and exercises on facts vs. opinions and academic hedging




  • Complete grammar and vocabulary exercises

  • Prepare an outline and visual plan for the end-of-term poster



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Argument Essays




  • More discussion on poster presentations

  • Lecture on argument essays

  • Exercises on critical reasoning




  • Write an outline, then develop a draft with thesis statement and topic sentences highlighted



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Argument Essays




  • Peer review on argument essays

  • Individual teacher-student conferences




  • Complete grammar and vocabulary exercises

  • Revise the draft



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4.5




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Argument Essays




  • Analysis of argumentation examples from learner-developed corpus

  • Discussion of student essay examples

  • Demonstration and discussion of essay revisions




  • Further revise the draft, proofread, use online resources for trouble-shooting, and submit with a revision report



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4.5




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Counter-Argument, Refutation, and Limitation




  • Lecture on sound reasoning based on evidence from research

  • Analysis and discussion of examples




  • Complete grammar and vocabulary exercises

  • Prepare for the poster presentation



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Poster Presentation




  • Simulation of poster sessions with peer Q&A

  • Individual conferences



Responding to peer/teacher feedback and revise



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Poster Presentations




  • Final showcase of written work arranged on posters

  • Guest commentators invited for discussions

  • Author Q&A sessions



Record and document poster presentations



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Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

n.a.


Requirement/Grading

  • Attendance and participation (discussions, language exercises, self-assessment, peer review, meeting deadlines, presentations, etc.): 20%

  • Writing assignments (drafts, peer review, revision report, final version): 20x3=60%

  • Poster presentation (the printed poster and the Q&A session performance): 20%



 



ATTENDANCE, PUNCTUALITY & ASSIGNMENT POLICIES




  • Attendance, punctuality and participation are required for all class sessions.

  • Homework assignments will be discounted on a daily basis when it is overdue.



 



WRITING EXERCISES & ASSIGNMENTS



In addition to language exercises, there are three essays to be completed. Each essay assignment is completed by finishing 1) a draft with a thesis statement and topic sentences highlighted, 2) peer review and feedback, 3) the revised version incorporating peer feedback comments with a revision report explaining the revision.



Comparison/contrast Essay



Students will write a comparison/contrast essay on a topic related to their fields of study, such as on two similar terms or contrasting concepts.



Cause-Effect Essay



Students will write a cause-effect essay on a topic related to their fields of study, focusing either on causes or on effects.



Argument Essay



Students will write an argument essay on a topic related to their fields of study or social issues that can be linked to their specialties. They will make a claim and then support it.



 



Citations and Referencing



Along with the learning and development of the above three rhetorical forms, students will also learn to cite academic texts to support their comparison/contrast, cause-effect reasoning, and arguments. They will incorporate academic sources to support their theses and create a reference list following appropriate formats in their respective fields.



Poster



The end-of-semester poster presentation simulates the poster presentation sessions seen in many academic conferences. It is also a culminating project for students to choose completed writing products and display them in a poster format. On the day of presentation, students are expected to explain their posters to and answer questions from both peers, the teacher, and invited guests.


Textbook & Reference


http://www.dictionary.com/



http://www.freecollocation.com/



http://www.ozdic.com/



https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/



https://www.merriam-webster.com/



http://www.macmillandictionary.com



http://www.thefreedictionary.com



http://www.learnersdictionary.com



http://www.americancorpus.org



http://www.visuwords.com



http://www.visualthesaurus.com



            http://www.thesaurus.com/


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