SemesterSpring Semester, 2020
DepartmentProgram(undergraduate level)
Course NameEnglish Elective:Reading & Oral Training(ETP)
Instructor
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 orientation




  • Introduction to the course

  • Moodle classroom




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



3



4.5



2



News highlight




  • Say Goodbye to 2017! Top 10 highlights of 2018




  • Supplementary reading (To be distributed in class)

  • Prepare a short summary of Top 3 news of Jan. – Jun. 2018



3



4.5



3



Public health




  • What is in the 2017-2018 Flu Shot?

  • Immunity




  • Supplementary reading

  • 1st written assignment

  • Prepare a 3-minute talk on a news item of your interest



3



4.5



4



Life satisfaction




  • Most Taiwanese Children Satisfied with Their Lives: Survey




  • Supplementary reading

  • The Report Card (pp.1-50)



3



4.5



5



Child psychology




  • Textbook Unit 2: The Genius Within (pp.12-21)



The Report Card (pp.51-94)



3



4.5



6



Child psychology




  • What Makes an Exceptional Child?



The Report Card (pp.95-173)



3



4.5



7



Child psychology




  • The Report Card: Discussion & Sharing



2nd written assignment



3



4.5



8



Film




  • Gifted (Film on prodigy celebrity)



Prepare for Midterm Exam



3



4.5



9



Mid-term Exam




  • Written Exam



Record pair discussion



3



4.5



10



Sociology




  • Textbook Unit 3 Online communities (pp.22-31)

  • Social Network vs. Online Community: What is the difference?



Watch assigned videos on online communities



3



4.5



11



Cognitive psychology




  • Textbook Unit 5 Memory (pp.42-51)

  • How Pixar Explains The Science of Memory



3rd written assignment



3



4.5



12



Anthropology




  • Textbook Unit 6 The Science of Love (pp.52-61)

  • Smelling Out the Perfect Soul-Mate



Exercises on Textbook p.61



3



4.5



13



Technology




  • Textbook Unit 7 Artificial Intelligence: The Turning Point (pp.62-71)



4th written assignment



3



4.5



14



Political science




  • Textbook Unit 8 Big Brother and the Surveillance Society (pp.72-81)

  • Spy On the Run



Exercises on Textbook p.71



3



4.5



15



Economics




  • Textbook Unit 10 The Evolution of Money (pp.92-101)

  • BITCOIN 101; Can We Go Cashless



5th written assignment



3



4.5



16



Biology




  • Textbook Unit 11 The Fountain of Youth (pp.101-111)



Prepare for presentation



3



4.5



17



Presentation




  • Individual oral presentations



Prepare for presentation



3



4.5



18



Presentation




  • Individual oral presentations



Portfolio



3



4.5



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: 15%




  • Oral presentations: 25%




  • Written assignments: 25%




  • Examination: 20%



    ASSIGNMENTS AND REQUIREMENTS



    Attendance & participation



    Your attendance and 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 quizzes



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



    Written assignments



    Five 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 will combine all the writings you have done and submit them in a portfolio by the end of the semester. See the attachment for the grading rubric for these assignments.



    Oral presentations



    You will give three 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.




  • Audio recorded pair discussion on an assigned topic




  • Individual oral presentation during final exam week: You will give a formal presentation recommending your favorite book to the class.



    See the attachment for the grading rubric for these presentations.



    Mid-term exam





The exam is based on lecture content and assigned readings. It includes vocabulary/grammar questions, a reading section and short writing tasks. No make-up exam will be given unless you have received the instructor’s permission in advance.


Textbook & Reference


  • Textbook: David Beglar and Neil Murray. 2017. Contemporary Topics 3 – 21st Century Skills for Academic Success. 4th Edition. Pearson Longman.




  • Supplementary readings: To be distributed in class. Several articles from two English magazines published recently (Know it All by EZ TALK and CNN 互動英語200期特刊總編輯精選必讀) will be used.




  • Novel: Andrew Clements. 2004. The Report Card. Atheneum.




  • 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
WM5 Moodle: http://moodle.nccu.edu.tw/
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