EI 245 Advanced American Culture
SP 2013 HO
Van Tress, Heather
Instructor of English - Adjunct Faculty
B.A. Classical Languages, University of Missouri - ColumbiaM.A. Classical Languages, Washington University, St. LouisPh.D. Classical Languages, Radboud University Nijmegen
1:30 - 2:45 PM
Textbook: Broukal, Milada and Milhomme, Janet. All About the USA 4.
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Additional Resources: Will be provided by the instructor.
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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
below 55% F
Grading: Core Assessment:
Attendance at Culture Hour 10%
Presentations: You will have 3-4 presentations to do this semester.
will have 4 compositions this semester. These include writing about
topics assigned, about texts read, and about films watched in class. You will be
given ONE chance to revise your compositions in order to get a higher
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.
will be homework exercises assigned in the book that are due the next
day of class.
and participation is extremely important as we cover a lot of material in class.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
assignments are due to following class, with the exception of oral
presentations which are due according to 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
You must notify your instructor at least 3 days in advance
if your assignment will be late (due to extenuating circumstances).
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: 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.
The following in-class activities and assignments are
subject to change. All assignments are due in the following class, unless
Monday, Jan. 14
Re-read text in Unit 1 and do exercises for Unit 1
Wednesday, Jan. 16
Read text about Missouri and Kansas City; begin preparing for
Monday, Jan. 21
No Class - Holiday –
Martin Luther King’s Day
Wednesday, Jan. 23
Re-read text in Unit 3 and do exercises for Unit 3
Continue working on presentation on Missouri and Kansas City.
Monday, Jan. 28
Wednesday, Jan. 30
Presentations on Missouri
Read text for Unit 4 and do exercises
Monday, Feb. 4
Read text about the American War of Independence
Wednesday, Feb. 6
Write composition #1 on the
American War of Independence – Due Monday, Feb. 11.
Monday, Feb. 11
Re-read text for Unit 5 and do exercises.
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Excerpt from Ken Burns’ The Civil War.
Watch excerpt from Ken Burns’ The Civil War again.
Read outline and text of The American Civil War.
Prepare for presentation on the American Civil War.
Monday, Feb. 18
No Class – Holiday –
Wednesday, Feb. 20
Re-read text from Unit 6 and do exercises.
Prepare for presentation on The American Civil War.
Monday, Feb. 25
Presentations on The American Civil War
Read text for Unit 7
Wednesday, Feb. 27
Do exercises for Unit 7
Monday, March 4
Read text on Holidays in the United States.
Wednesday, March 6
Re-read text for Unit 8 and do exercises.
Monday, March 11
NO CLASS - SPRING RECESS
Wednesday, March 13
NO CLASS - SPRING RECESS
Monday, March 18
Re-read text for unit 9 and do exercises.
Write composition #2 on The
American Civil War – Due Wednesday, March 20.
Prepare for presentation on Holidays.
Wednesday, March 20
Re-read text for Unit 10 and do exercises.
Prepare presentation on Holidays.
Monday, March 25
Presentations on Holidays and American Culture
Read text for Unit 11 and do exercises.
Wednesday, March 27
Watch “The Help” in class.
Monday, April 1
Finish “The Help” (if necessary) Unit 11
Read text for Unit 12 and do exercises.
Write composition #3 on “The Help”
– due Wednesday, April 3.
Wednesday, April 3
Read text on American Music.
Monday, April 8
Prepare for presentation on American Music.
Read text for Unit 13 and do exercises
Wednesday, April 10
Monday, April 15
Wednesday, April 17
Presentations on American Music
Read text for Unit 18 and do exercises
Monday, April 22
Read text for Unit 19 and do exercises.
Wednesday, April 24
Re-read text for Unit 19 and do exercises.
Write composition #4 on Bill
Gates, the Google Guys, or Steve Jobs – due Monday, April 29.
Monday, April 29
Wednesday, May 1
Friday, May 3
LAST DAY OF CLASSES
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