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Kainan University

Skills for English Language Proficiency Testing
(TOEFL BTT10000297 (02))

Fall, 2010

Day: Thursday
Time: 4:10 – 6:00 P.M.
Room: B218

Assistant Professor:John R. Jenkins

Office Telephone:03-341-2500 (6114) Office Room Number:AT 38
Home Telephone:03-531-8555
Fax:03-531-1668
Email:john06@mail.knu.edu.tw

Office Hours:
Tuesday10:00 -- 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday:11:00 -- 12:00 noon
Thursday:11:00 -- 4:00 p.m.

By Appointment!

Course Description

This course is an English language proficiency test course designed for students of English to familiarize themselves with the TOEFL and develop their test taking skills. The TOEFL test is a required admission test for international students enrolling in most American universities, but also is a proficiency test utilized by universities around the world to test the proficiency of English majors. The format of the three forms of the TOEFL including the Paper & Pencil test, the Computer-Based test (CBT), and the Internet-Based test (iBT) formats will be compared and contrasted. The course includes practice exercises from two sections of the iBT including the Listening and Reading sections. Sample tests will be administered periodically during the class. A format and test strategies and English proficiency test will also be administered. Class discussions will include topics such as strategies for preparing for the TOEFL, strategies for test day, and general test taking strategies for answering all types of questions on the TOEFL. The nature and types of test questions will be reviewed and discussed during the course. Student Evaluation

There will be several methods of evaluation utilized to assess student performance in the course. Students are expected to participate in class discussions, ask and respond to questions, read the text and complete activities in the text as outlined in the class schedule. A final examination will test the comprehensive progress of the students. Students will also participate in a course evaluation.

The relative weights for these evaluative components are listed below.

• Pop Quizzes (3)15%

• Class Participation15%

• Practice Exercises30%

• Format & Strategies Final10%

• Final Examination30%

GRADING RUBRIC

I.Participation: (15%)

A.Asks and answers questions:

B.Participates actively in group discussions/activities:

C.Completes homework accurately & completely following
correct formatting.

D.Promptness to class:

II.Pop Quizzes: (15%)

A. Tests will be based on the TOEFL reading for the week.

B.Each test is 5% of the total grade.

C.Quizzes include true & false, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, & multiple choice questions.

D.Grades will be determined by the number of questions assigned based on a score of 100%

III. Practice Exercises: (30%)

A.Students will complete 6 practice exercises during the course each representing 5% of the total grade for the practice exercises.

B. Grades will be determined by the number of questions assigned based on a score of 100%

IV. Tests (Final Test) (40%) (Includes TOEFL & Format Test.)

A. Each of the four parts of the final are worth 10% of the total grade using TOEFL grading standards.

B.Grades will be determined using a TOEFL grading key, but curved based on the range of scores on the test.

C.The Format & Strategies Test will be graded on the basis of 100%.

EXTRA-CREDIT WORK

1.Students can raise their grade one letter...
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