Beginning Integrated Skills I for International Students
Jan. 10 – May 6, 2005
TR 10:10 – 11:25
3 credit hours
The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.
Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course provides students the opportunity to practice and apply all of the skills, concepts, and content being acquired in the other beginning level courses. Themes introduced in the other courses are developed holistically by means of various types of projects and presentations. The focus in integrated skills courses is on using and producing the appropriate language to express, discuss and demonstrate content.
EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: The instructor’s philosophy is that one learns language best by using it, in natural contexts. Since reading is the skill emphasized in this class, we will be reading extensively, discussing the material read, and writing about it.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: On completion of this course, students should be able to:
? Practice and experience in context the use of previously-learned or currently being learned English grammar, speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
? apply English skills and concepts previously or currently being learned on tasks such as the above to focus on communicating meaning
? Demonstrate a grasp of the specific task being performed and the content area being covered, for example, critiquing art or music
? Demonstrate and present knowledge of a specific topic
TEXT: Handouts and materials will be provided by instructor
Alternatively, the following texts are available:
Soars, Liz and Soars, John. American Headway 1. Oxford University Press, 2001.
Richards, Jack C, Hull Jonathan and Proctor, Susan. New Interchange 1. Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Supporting Materials: Videos/DVDs, taped TV broadcasts, music CDs, CD-Roms, invited guests, realia provided by instructor, depending on theme.,
ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Park University will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park. Plagiarism - the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work- sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: In order to master a language, it is important to practice, practice, practice. Your attendance is therefore required. If for some GOOD reason (illness, appointments, family matters) you cannot make class, please phone or e-mail. Unexcused absences will be marked, and your participation grade will suffer accordingly.
LATE SUBMISSION OF ASSIGNED WORK: Written work, such as worksheets or compositions, are due on the date specified. Oral assignments such as presentations must be ready on the date agreed upon by the instructor and the student. All late work will be penalized.
COURSE ASSESSMENT: Grades will be calculated as follows:
? Classroom activities and participation: 10%
? Presentations: 35%
? Quizzes: 15%
? Compositions: 25%
? Evaluation of peers: 15%
CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: A classroom is a forum for ideas of all kinds. Listen to others with respect, so that you may expect the same. Turn cell phones OFF in class. Arrive on time. Come ready to learn.
DISABILITY GUIDELINES: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities, and to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: www.park.edu/disability
Tentative Outline – EI 130
Date Topic Activities/Assignments
“To be” practice Partner practice
Guess the place
A good place for a vacation
Jan. 17 – 21
(no class Monday Jan. 17) Jobs
Movie: “Monsters, Inc.” Composition: Write a description of Mike OR Sulley (due Jan. 25)
Jan. 24 - 28
Research an interesting job
Presentation: An interesting job (due Jan. 25)
Jan 31 – Feb. 4 City vs. Country
Presentation: An interesting place to enjoy nature (due Feb. 1)
Feb. 7 - 11 City vs. Country continued
Read and discuss “Alaska”
Feb. 14 - 18
Movie: “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”
Composition: Compare and contrast weddings in your country with the wedding in this movie (due Feb 22)
Feb. 21 – 25
(no class Feb. 21) Animals
Read and discuss “The Turkey”
Feb. 28 – Mar. 4
Semester project: An American city Begin research on an American city you would like to visit. Turn in a paper with the name of the city, the kind of weather there, population, types of industries (due Mar. 3)
Mar. 10 - 18
Movie: “Daddy Day Care” Composition: Describe a job that is traditionally done by women; describe one that is traditionally done by men (due Mar 22)
Mar. 21 – 25
(no class Mar. 25)
Restaurants Presentation: role play ordering in a restaurant (due Mar 24)
Semester project: turn in 4-day itinerary (due Mar 24)
Mar. 28 – Apr. 1
Food Preferences continued
Restaurant continued Go to a restaurant as a class
Composition: write a review of the restaurant (due Mar 31)
Apr. 4 - 8 Travel
Presentations: semester project
Apr. 11 - 15 Radio Ads Presentations: Radio ads (due April 14)
Apr. 18 - 22 “Oregon Trail” Play “Oregon Trail” with a partner
Apr. 25 - 29
Endangered Cultures Read and discuss “The Plain People”