|Semester||Spring Semester, 2020|
|Department||General Education Courses in Foreign Languages|
|Course Name||College English II|
|Instructor||DAVID ARNOLD GERICH|
|Prerequisite||College English I|
The following schedule will be adjusted to accommodate the progress of the class.
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:
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 are 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. Students who are absent must write a paper to make up for participation, but only two papers will be accepted per student. Beyond that, students will lose all participation points for absences.
Homework: Students are expected to complete the assigned readings in the textbook or online excerpts for homework. Most of the homework is completion of the textbook readings and exercises in order to prepare for the context of the class. One of the major homework assignments is writing a Statement of Purpose that counts as an effort grade in participation.
Class work: Students will take notes in class as exercises in listening and speaking. For speaking exercises, just as in College English I, students mostly play the role of a reporter, interviewing each other in groups or pairs and writing information from what they gather. Students also write more this semester in reflection, using more advanced patterns of paragraph writing.
New students must register online to be included in this portion of the course. All students will be assigned the last three units of the course (Unit 4: PC Language; Unit 5: Non-Verbal Communication; and Unit 6: Globalization), 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.
Based on the theme in Unit 4, students will plan and design their own social entrepreneurship, answering how their company plans to solve a local or global issue. Each student presents a different aspect of the project: the product or service and how it works; financial issues; and how the product or service will solve the local or global problem. In addition to content, students must concentrate on speaking confidently, clearly, and fluently in a formal presentation style.
Student pair interviews
At the end of the semester, students will interview each other in front of the class in a question and answer format. The content will be based on the students’ experience in a cross-cultural environment or in an international friendship. In addition to content, students must concentrate on grammar and pronunciation in asking questions and giving answers.
In addition to a considerable amount of reflection writing in every class, students will complete three major written assignments in the course. The first is the Statement of Purpose assignment completed for homework. The second is the assignment answering discussion questions in the online course completed for homework. The last assignment is the final writing test, in which students must use academic paragraph writing style to complete a composition based on the themes of the textbook.
The content of this test is from the textbook readings 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 composition based on a specific topic from the textbook. Students will also be separately tested on the vocabulary of the films that we watched in the semester.
|Textbook & Reference|
Textbook: Dummett, Hughes, and Stephenson. Life: National Geographic Learning 6. Second Edition. National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning, Boston, 2019.
BBC Learning English: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish
TED talks: https://www.ted.com/talks
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