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Syllabus: English I (mixed class)
Spring 2013

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I. Course Description

English I is an integrated, two-credit course designed to improve students’ listening, speaking, writing and reading skills at the basic level. Students will develop the aural and oral competencies that are essential to successfully communicating in an academic environment. It also serves as preparation for English II.

II. Course Goals

Students will
• gain confidence functioning in an academic English-speaking environment. In reference to CEFR, students will be able to reach level A2 speaking skills through the completion of this course. • interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help them formulate what they’re trying to say. • ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics. • use simple phrases and sentences to describe where they live and people they know. • improve confidence and ability of English speaking, narrate a coherent story of a personal experience and finally organize and deliver effective speech in the target language in everyday life.

III. Required Textbook

Oxenden, Clive. & Christina Latham-Koenig. (2008) American English File 1. Oxford Press + Audio CD ※ Student Website with interactive exercises and games www.oup.com/elt/americanenglishfile

IV. Class Requirements

• Use only English in class!
• Preview the material for next class! (You are required to spend at least 6 hrs a week on homework and previewing the material) • You are required to hand in homework before class begins. • Participate in pair- and group-work activities with other students. • Negotiations for your course grade are NOT allowed.

• Extra assignments to increase grade are NOT allowed.

V. Speaking Tests

Midterm Speaking Test
• Topic: TBA (3 questions: text reading, picture description & giving opinions) • Test Place: in the classroom
• 20% of final grade
• Week 8, Days 1 & 2

Final Speaking Test
• Topic: TBA (3 questions: Text reading, picture description, giving opinions) • Test Place: in the classroom
• 20% of final grade
• Week 16 day 1 & Day 2

VI. Written Final Exam
• Test covers: speaking, reading, vocabulary, grammar, and listening sections (etc.) from textbook (all chapters from syllabus), and all assignments including video materials • Test place: In the classroom

• 20% of final grade
• Test date: Week 15 day 2

VII. Writing Assignments

Writing Assignment – Independent Paragraph: Description
• Topic: See below.
• 5% of final grade
• Due: Week 5, Day 1. Returned with feedback: Week 12, Day 2. Must be turned in on time. Late work will not be accepted. • Half-page, typed, 12 pt. font, double spaced (MS Word) or 180% spaced (HWP)

Choose one of 8 topics.
1. Thinking about writing : Write a short email to your teacher. Complete a questionnaire. 2. Giving directions : Send a map and cover sheet by fax. Write directions for a visitor. 3. Description : Write a description of starting a summer course in a foreign country. 4. Writing about an interest : Write about a personal interest for a personal home page. 5. Applying for a job : Write a job application letter. Write a resume. 6. Giving an opinion and recommendation : Write a review about a movie, book, or café. 7. Dealing with problems : Respond to a letter of complaint. 8. Making and changing arrangements : Cancel a hotel reservation.

VIII. Self Study – Students are expected to study at home from American English File 1 CEP website(http://cepvhw.yolasite.com) & www.oup.com/elt/americanenglishfile (The CEP committee expects 6 hrs of self study per week including textbook homework)

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