EI245 Advanced American Culture

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EI 245 Advanced American Culture


SP 2012 HO


Guler, Nilufer


Adjunct Faculty


M.A. TESOL/Linguistics

Office Hours

M- 9:10:30



Semester Dates


Class Days


Class Time

11:00 - 11:50 AM

Credit Hours


Broukal, Milada and Milhomme, Janet. All About the USA 4.

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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 believes that students perform better in secure and friendly learning environments. The  class will be a  safe, respectful environment where all students are encouraged to participate. The students will work in groups, pairs and individually to complete the assignments. The instructor will use variety of activities to address the different learning styles of the students. The instructor aims to help students develop their academic , critical thinking and problem solving skills so that they can 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


Grades for EI245 American Culture

Core Assessment: Presentations    35%                               
Compositions     20%
Culture Hour       10%
Homework          20%
Participation      15%

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.



Late Submission of Course Materials:

All assignments are due to following class, with the exception of oral presentations which are due  according  the schedule posted. The instructor WILL NOT accept assignments submitted late, except by pre-arrangement, or under extenuating circumstances. If there is a problem with meeting any of the due dates, let your instructor know as early as possible. If there is a problem with a date that involves others, work out the arrangements with your group members before informing your instructor. 

You must notify your instructor at least 3 days in advance if your assignment will be late (due to extenuating circumstances). A 20% penalty will be deducted for late assignments without prior approval.

Attendance is mandatory and has a big influence on your grade. Advance notification of an absence qualify you for an excused absence. Students providing a legitimate excuse for their absence (doctor’s note or medical certificate) may submit work when they return to class without penalty. All athletes are expected to submit game schedules prior to any absences,  as well as permission slips from coaches stating when and for how long they will be absent from class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

NO electronic devices of any kind will be allowed in the classroom. No cell phones, no iPods, no computers visible or audible during class. Earphones must be removed and put away prior to the start of class. I will confiscate any electronic devices that I see and hear.

An open learning environment is critical to language learning success. Students will respect each other as well as the instructor. Unkind or derogatory comments about other students will not be tolerated. Class and group discussions are expected to be conducted in English. You are in this class to improve your English; I assume you do not need improvement in your own languages.

Students are expected to actively contribute to their education and the education of others in the class by sharing their ideas and expertise. Passive attendance in class and in group work will result in a 0 for the 5% final participation grade.

  • 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

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


    Week #



    1 – Jan 16-20


    Wed: Introductions-Unit 1

    Fri: Discussing “Going West”


    Start reading “Going west”

    Start working on “Missouri Project”

    2 – Jan  23-27


     Mon: Unit 2

    Wed: Discuss “Slavery”
    Begin “Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad”

    Fri: Literature Circles #1
    Discuss “Harriet Tubman”

    Continue working on MO project

    Finish the chapter assignments

    Finish reading “Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad”

    Prepare a reflection of the book

    3 – Jan 30-Feb 3

    Mon: Unit 3



    Wed:  Read “The American Cowboy”

    Fri: Finish Unit 3 

    Continue working on MO project

    Answer the chapter questions


    Prepare a reflection on the book

    4 – Feb 6-10


    Wed: Watch “Into the West”

    Fri: Literature Circles #1
    Discuss “Into the West”






    5 – Feb 13-17

    Mon: Begin Unit 4

    Wed: Unit 4, continued

    Fri: Literature Circles #3

    Unit 4, continued

    Assigned readings and exercises


    6 – Feb 20-24

    Mon:  NO CLASS President’s day

    Wed:  Unit 5,

    Fri: Literature Circles #4

    Unit 5, continued

    Assigned readings and exercises

    7 – Feb 26-Mar 2

    Mon: Unit 6

    Wed: Unit 6, continued

    Fri: Watch “The Help”


    Assigned readings and exercises

     Reflections on the movie

    8 – Mar 5-9

    Mon: Presentations on American Civil War

    Begin Unit 7


    Wed:   Unit 7, continued

    Fri: Unit 7, continued

    Assigned readings and exercises

    9 – Mar 12-16

    Spring Break: no classes


    10 – Mar  19-23

    Mon: Unit 8, continued

    Wed: Unit 8, continued

    Fri: Unit 8, continued

    Assigned readings and exercises


    11 – Mar 26-30

    Mon: Unit 9

    Wed: Unit 9

    Fri: Presentation on states

    Assigned readings and exercises


    12 – April 2-6

    Mon: Unit 10,

    Wed: Unit 10, continued

    Fri: No Class- Good Friday

    Assigned readings and exercises


    13 – Apr 9-13

    Mon: Unit 10, continued. Begin Unit 11

    Wed: Unit 11, continued

    Fri: Unit 11, continued.

    Assigned readings and exercises


    14 – Apr 16-20

    Mon: Unit 12

    Wed: Presentation on American music
    Unit 12

    Fri: Unit 12

    Assigned readings and exercises

    15 – Apr 23-27

    Mon: Unit 13

    Wed: Unit 13, continued

    Fri: Unit 13, continued

    Assigned readings and exercises

    16 – Apr 30-May 4

    Mon: the American government system

    Wed: the American government, cont.

    Fri:: the American government, cont.



    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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

    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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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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