EI 245 Advanced American Culture
SP 2011 HO
MA Teaching English as a Second LanguageMA FrenchBS Education of Language Arts and French
January 10 - May 6, 2011
11:00 - 11:50 AM
Textbook: Broukal, Milada and Milhomme, Janet. All About the USA 4. These will be rented to students at a cost of $5 for the semester.
Additional Resources: Will be provided by instructor.
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Educational Philosophy: The instructor berlieves that students are best able to achieve their learning goals in a secure environment. Mutual respect and cooperation are therefore essential at all times in the classroom. By working closely with both the instructor and classmates, students will become more aware and independent language learners. The instructor's ultimate goal is to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge so that they may take control of and direct their own learning.
Grades for EI245 American Culture
Culture Hour 10%
EVERYONE BEGINS WITH AN “A”
Presentations: You will have 3-4 presentations to do this semester. Some will be solo and some with a partner.
Compositions: You will have 3-4 compositions this semester. These include writing about movies we watch or writing about the topic we are studying. You will be given a chance to revise your compositions in order to get a higher grade.
Culture Hour: Culture Hour meets every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Thompson. It is MANDATORY that you attend 10 of these sessions and report on them the next day. If it is absolutely impossible for you to attend 10 Culture Hour sessions, please speak to me as soon as possible to discuss other options. I will not discuss any other options after March 18.
Homework: There will be homework exercises assigned in the book that are due the next day of class. Some homework assignments may be on eCompanion. All homework due dates will be posted in eCompanion.
Participation: Attendance is extremely important as we cover a lot of material in class. You receive 10 points for each day you are in class. If you come late to class (without an approved excuse), you will have 3 points deducted. If you come to class without your book or handouts, you will have 2 points deducted. If you come to class without having your homework done, you will have 5 points deducted.
Extra credit: You will have opportunities to get extra credit points for the first 14 weeks of the semester. Examples:
1. Sports events
2. Club meetings
3. Other extracurricular activities (this includes parties and other activities involving Americans)
You need to write a composition containing the following:
· What, when, and where the activity was
· Describe what happened
· Describe how you felt about what happened or describe what you learned about Americans and American culture
This essay should be 1-2 handwritten pages (or 1 typewritten page). If you receive an A on the composition, you will have ½ point added to your final grade. If you receive a B on the composition, you will have ¼ point added to your final grade. Anything below a B needs to be rewritten so that you can receive a higher grade.
ABSOLUTELY NO EXTRA CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN AFTER APRIL 15TH!!
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1 – Jan 10-14
Literature Circles books passed out
Read “Going West”
Wed: Discuss “Going West”
Begin “The Forty-Niners”
Discuss Missouri project: presentations due Mon Jan 31
Fri: Literature Circles (how to do; schedule assigned)
Discuss “The Forty-Niners”
Read Literature Circles assigned pages (due Friday); Finish reading “Going West”; do exercises pp 58-60
Exercises pp 67-68
Exercises pp 71-73
2 – Jan 17-21
Mon: holiday; no classes
Wed: Discuss “Slavery”
Begin “Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad”
Fri: Literature Circles #1
Discuss “Harriet Tubman”
Exercises pp 76-77
Continue working on MO project
3 – Jan 24-28
Mon: computer lab to work on MO project
Wed: Read and discuss “The American Cowboy”
Fri: Literature Circles #2
Read and discuss “The Pony Express”
Write a paragraph answering the following question: “Why do you think the cowboy is a hero in the movies?”
4 – Jan 31-Feb 4
Mon: PRESENTATIONS ON MISSOURI
Wed: Watch “Into the West”
Fri: Literature Circles #3
Discuss “Into the West”
Test on Missouri (take-home – due Monday)
5 – Feb 7-11
Mon: Begin Unit 2
Wed: Unit 2, continued
Fri: Literature Circles #4
Unit 2, continued
Assigned readings and exercises
6 – Feb 14-18
Mon: Unit 2, continued
Wed: Unit 2, continued
Fri: Literature Circles #5
7 – Feb 21-25
Fri: Literature Circles #6
8 – Feb 28-Mar 4
Mon: UNIT 2 PRESENTATIONS
Begin Unit 3
Wed: Unit 3, continued
Fri: Unit 3, continued
9 – Mar 7-11
Spring Break: no classes
10 – Mar 14-18
Mon: Unit 3, continued
Wed: Unit 3, continued
11 – Mar 21-25
Fri: UNIT 3 PRESENTATIONS
Begin Unit 4
12 – Mar 28-Apr 1
Mon: Unit 4, continued
Wed: Unit 4, continued
Fri: Unit 4, continued
13 – Apr 4-8
14 – Apr 11-15
Wed: UNIT 4 PRESENTATIONS
Begin Unit 5
Fri: holiday; no classes
15 – Apr 18-22
Mon: Unit 5, continued
Wed: Unit 5, continued
Fri: Unit 5, continued
16 – Apr 25-29
Mon: the American government
Wed: the American government, cont.
Fri:: the American government, cont.
COMPOSITION: DESCRIBE HOW YOUR COUNTRY’S GOVERNMENT IS SET UP. HOW IS IT SIMILAR TO THE U.S. OR HOW IS IT DIFFERENT? (due Friday)
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