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EI 245 Advanced American Culture
Garza, Deborah D.


Mission Statement: 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.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

EI 245 Advanced American Culture

Semester

SP 2011 HO

Faculty

Garza, Deborah

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MA Teaching English as a Second Language
MA French
BS Education of Language Arts and French

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

816 880-0887

Other Phone

816 419-5860

E-Mail

deborah.garza@park.edu

Semester Dates

January 10 - May 6, 2011

Class Days

-M-W-F-

Class Time

11:00 - 11:50 AM

Credit Hours

3


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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Course Description:
EI 245 Advance American Culture: This course broadens and deepens students exposure to American culture through examination and analysis of American music, movies, TV, literature, art, and other media. Students in this course put their English into practice and demonstrate knowledge of American culture by producing a project elucidating an aspect which interests them. It is designed to build upon the skills of cultural analysis taught in EI145, American Culture, but may be taken on its own. 3:0:3

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.

Class Assessment:

90-100%      A
80-89%        B
65-79%         C
55-64%         D
below 55%      F

Grading:

 

Grades for EI245 American Culture

Presentations    35%
Compositions     20%
Culture Hour       10%
Homework          20%
Participation      15%

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:

Unless there is an approved excuse, any work turned in late will automatically have 10% deducted from the grade. 
 
If a student misses class with an unexcused absence, any in-class writing assignments or quizzes will NOT be made up and the student will receive a 0.
 
Attendance is extremely important.  If a student is late to class (without an accepted excuse) 20% will be deducted from that day's participation grade.
 
ON THE DAY OF A PRESENTATION, YOU MUST BE PRESENT.  IF YOU ARE NOT PRESENT, YOU MUST HAVE A DOCTOR'S EXCUSE.  ANYONE WHO IS NOT PREPARED TO PRESENT ON THE SCHEDULED DAY WILL RECEIVE A 0 FOR THE PRESENTATION.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  • Please come to class prepared to learn and ready to participate.
  • Turn off all cell phones while class is in session.
  • English should be spoken while class is in session.
  • Respect for others is essential in the classroom.
  • 3 tardies = 1 day of unexcused absence.
  • 5 unexcused absences = final grade will be dropped by 1 letter (i.e.  A will go to B, B will go to C, etc.)
  • Students are expected to check their Park University e-mail account regularly
  • Students are expected to check eCompanion daily for updates to due dates and assignments

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

 SEMESTER SCHEDULE

Week #

Lesson

Assignment

1 – Jan 10-14

Mon: Introductions/interviews

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”

Begin “Slavery”

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”

Continue working on MO project

Write a paragraph answering the following question: “Why do you think the cowboy is a hero in the movies?”

4 – Jan 31-Feb 4

MonPRESENTATIONS 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

Unit 2, continued

Assigned readings and exercises

7 – Feb 21-25

Mon: holiday; no classes

 

Wed: Unit 2, continued

Fri: Literature Circles #6

Unit 2, continued

 

Assigned readings and exercises

 

8 – Feb 28-Mar 4

Mon: UNIT 2 PRESENTATIONS

Begin Unit 3

 

Wed:   Unit 3, continued

Fri: Unit 3, continued

Assigned readings and exercises

9 – Mar 7-11

Spring Break: no classes

 

10 – Mar 14-18

Mon: Unit 3, continued

Wed: Unit 3, continued

Fri: Unit 3, continued

Assigned readings and exercises

 

11 – Mar 21-25

Mon: Unit 3, continued

Wed: Unit 3, continued

Fri: UNIT 3 PRESENTATIONS

Begin Unit 4

Assigned readings and exercises

 

12 – Mar 28-Apr 1

Mon: Unit 4, continued

Wed: Unit 4, continued

Fri: Unit 4, continued

Assigned readings and exercises

 

13 – Apr 4-8

Mon: Unit 4, continued

Wed: Unit 4, continued

Fri: Unit 4, continued

Assigned readings and exercises

 

14 – Apr 11-15

Mon: Unit 4, continued

Wed: UNIT 4 PRESENTATIONS
Begin Unit 5

Fri: holiday; no classes

Assigned readings and exercises

15 – Apr 18-22

Mon: Unit 5, continued

Wed: Unit 5, continued

Fri: Unit 5, continued

Assigned readings and exercises

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)

 

Assigned readings and exercises

 

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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. In the case 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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