SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentForeign Language Center
Course NameEnglish Elective: Reading & Oral Training
InstructorSU JING-FEN
Credit3.0
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 overview




  • Introduction to the course

  • Introduction to Moodle, Zuvio and Quizlet




  • Watch video clips on Moodle (Review of summary writing and oral presentation skills)

  • Homework: finish reading Part 1 of For One More Day (pp. 1-34); prepare for Quiz 1



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2



Culture and People




  • For One More Day, Part 1 (pp. 1-34)

  • Magazine article: “In Search of the Afghan Girl”




  • Quiz 1

  • Homework: finish reading Part 2 of For One More Day (pp. 35-69); complete 1st written assignment (Reading circles role sheet 1)



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3



Family




  • For One More Day, Part 2 (pp. 35-69)




  • Reading circles discussion 1

  • Homework: finish reading Part 3 of For One More Day (pp. 70-100); prepare for Quiz 2



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4



Stories of Survival




  • For One More Day, Part 3 (pp. 70-100)

  • News articles on “Survival in the Andes”




  • Quiz 2

  • Homework: finish reading Part 4 of For One More Day (pp. 101-133); complete the 2nd written assignment (Reading circles role sheet 2)



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5



Family




  • For One More Day, Part 4 (pp. 101-133)




  • Reading circles discussion 2

  • Homework: finish reading Part 5 of For One More Day (pp. 134-163); prepare for Quiz 3



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6



Success




  • For One More Day, Part 5 (pp. 134-163)

  • Oprah Winfrey’s speech, “Oprah talks to graduates about feelings, failure and finding happiness”




  • Quiz 3

  • Homework: finish reading Part 6 of For One More Day (pp. 164-197); complete the 3rd written assignment (Reading circles role sheet 3); brainstorm and post topic of individual oral presentation on Moodle



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7



Family




  • For One More Day, Part 6 (pp. 164-197)




  • Reading circles discussion 3

  • Homework: write and submit draft of individual oral presentation on Moodle



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5



8



Film




  • Film watching & discussion: The Five People You Meet in Heaven (I)




  • Write reflections on the film

  • Homework: submit PPT of individual oral presentation to Moodle; rehearse presentation



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5



9



Presentations




  • Individual Oral Presentations on recommending your favorite book



Peer evaluation and feedback



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4.5



10



Presentations




  • Individual Oral Presentations on recommending your favorite book




  • Peer evaluation and feedback

  • Homework: finish reading Part 1 of Five People You Meet in Heaven, Part 1 (Hyperion 1-31/Sphere 1-33); prepare for Quiz 4



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11



Autobiography




  • Five People You Meet in Heaven, Part 1 (Hyperion 1-31/Sphere 1-33)

  • Excerpts from Yeonmi Park’s In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom




  • Quiz 4

  • Homework: finish reading FPYM, Part 2: “The First Person” (H 32-55/S 34-57); complete the 4th written assignment (Reading circles role sheet 4)



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12



Life and Death




  • FPYM, Part 2: “The First Person” (H 32-55/S 34-57)




  • Reading circles discussion 4

  • Homework: finish reading FPYM, Part 3: “The Second Person” (H 56-97/S 58-102); prepare for Quiz 5



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13



Near-death Experience




  • FPYM, Part 3: “The Second Person” (H 56-97/S 58-102)

  • Excerpts from Anita Moorjani’s Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing




  • Quiz 5

  • Homework: finish reading FPYM, Part 4: “The Third Person” (H 98-144/S 103-152); complete the 5th written assignment (Reading circles role sheet 5)



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14



Life and Death




  • FPYM, Part 4: “The Third Person” (H 98-144/S 103-152); Reading circles 5




  • Reading circles discussion 5

  • Homework: finish reading FPYM, Part 5: “The Fourth Person” (H 145-178/S 153-190); prepare for Quiz 6



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15



Pursuing Dreams




  • FPYM, Part 5: “The Fourth Person” (H 145-178/S 153-190)

  • Bel Pesce’s TED talk, “Five Ways to Kill Your Dreams”




  • Quiz 6

  • Homework: finish reading FPYM, Part 6: “The Fifth Person” (H 179-196/S 191-208); complete the 6th written assignment (Reading circles role sheet 5)



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16



Life and Death




  • FPYM, Part 6: “The Fifth Person” (H 179-196/S 191-208)




  • Reading circles discussion 6

  • Homework: Prepare for Final Exam



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17



Film




  • Film watching & discussion: The Five People You Meet in Heaven (II)




  • Vocabulary Test

  • Write reflections on the film

  • Homework: Prepare for Final Exam



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18



Final Exam



Written Exam



Submit portfolio of writings



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Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant
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 actively participate in class discussions and pair/group work. Your final grades are determined by the following course components:





  • Attendance & participation: 15%




  • Quizzes: 10%




  • Oral presentations: 20%




  • Written assignments: 30%




  • Vocabulary Test: 5%




  • Final exam: 20%





ASSIGNMENTS AND REQUIREMENTS



Attendance & participation



You are required to attend classes regularly and on time. Absences (including sick leave and personal leave), tardiness, or early departure will damage your attendance grade. Contact me about your absence before class if you must miss class.*If you have FIVE (or more) unexcused absences, you will not be allowed to take the Vocabulary Test and Final Exam.



Your participation grade will be based on your 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. Speaking up in class, either being called or voluntarily, will add points to your participation grade. Try to catch any opportunity to speak up in class to earn bonus points! Writing down your responses to questions on Moodle Discussion Boards will also add points to your participation grade.



In-class quizzes



Six pop quizzes based on assigned readings will be given in class. Missed quizzes CANNOT be made up.



Written assignments



Six written assignments based on the course readings will be assigned. The assignments may ask you to respond to key issues in the readings, write summaries, analyze passages or write short compositions comparing/contrasting cultural issues. You are required to complete the assignments at home by due dates so that you can join discussions in class. Late submission will lead to lower grades of your assignment. You need to upload the images of all the writings you have done for the course to Moodle regularly. I will use these files as reference when I evaluate your writing performance at the end of the semester.



Oral presentations



You will give two types of oral presentations during the semester:





  • In-class discussions: In these discussions, you will share opinions, discuss questions brought up by the instructor or your classmates, and/or present your written assignment work.




  • Individual oral presentation during midterm exam week: You will give a 5-7 minute formal presentation recommending your favorite book to the class. More detailed guidelines for this assignment can be seen on our Moodle course page.





See the attachment for the grading rubric for the individual oral presentation.



Final exam



The final exam is based on lecture content and assigned readings. It includes vocabulary questions, short answer questions and essay questions. A separate Vocabulary Test will be given during the week before the Final Exam. Lists of selected vocabulary for each part of the novels will be posted regularly on Moodle and Quizlet for your reference. No make-up exam will be given unless you have received the instructor’s permission in advance.


Textbook & Reference


  • 2 Novels: Mitch Albom, For One More Day (Hyperion edition); Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Hyperion or Sphere edition).




  • Supplementary readings: Several articles from news and magazines will be posted on Moodle.




  • Resources:





VoiceTube: https://tw.voicetube.com



YouTube: www.youtube.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/ Zuvio: https://www.zuvio.com.tw/student Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/latest
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