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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Second Semester Syllabus

Freshmen syllabus
Week 1: introduction, information cards
Week 2: group assignments, greetings
Hw: greet a foreign teacher once during the week and record their response

Week 3: International Women’s Day lesson
Hw: write a paragraph about women or about a woman that you know and admire
Week 4: introducing yourself and others
Hw: practice introducing yourself and your roommates to other students
Week 5: small talk
Week 6: small talk
Hw: make a list of appropriate an inappropriate small talk topics
Week 7: inviting others out
Hw: invite a classmate out to do something and prepare for midterm
Week 8: midterm: Group role plays (greet, introduce yourself and others, make small talk and invite others out)
Week 9: midterm: Group role plays (greet, introduce yourself and others, make small talk and invite others out)
Week 10: transitions within conversations, conversation practice
Hw: prepare 1 topic to discuss within your small group that you find interesting to introduce to your group, include 5 questions and 5 new words that you can teach your group that are related to this topic
Week 11: transitions within conversations, conversation practice
Week 12: expressing opinions/ point-of-view
Hw: write a paragraph using the opinion/point-of-view statements
Week 13: expressing opinions/ point-of-view
Week 14: stereotypes
Group Hw: each group researches the stereotypes for a different country and present it to the class the next week
Week 15: stereotypes
Hw: study for final
Week 16: final: conversation between two students about a topic/article
Week 17: final: conversation between two students about a topic/article
Week 18: final: conversation between two students about a topic/article
Grades:
Attendance/Journal- 25% (journal is written in at the beginning of every class and checked every 4-6 weeks)
Homework-25% (is explained at the end of every class and is due the next week unless I say otherwise)
Midterm: 20%
Final-30%
And my English majors:
English majors Syllabus:
* This syllabus can change at any time during the semester. If it does I will inform you of changes in class
Week 1: introduction, information cards, greetings
Hw: greet a foreign teacher once during the week and record their response
Week 2: group assignment/explanation; introducing yourself, small talk, inviting others out
Group Hw: make two dialogues with your group one with appropriate small talk and one with inappropriate small talk and be prepared to present in the class
Week 3: International Women’s Day lessons
Hw: write a paragraph about women or about one woman you know and admire
Week 4: transitions within a conversation, conversation practice/ English Children’s songs
Week 5: expressing opinions/ point-of-view
Hw: study for midterm
Week 6: midterm exam: conversation between two students about a topic/article.
Week 7: midterm exam: conversation between two students about a topic/article
Week 8: explaining (expository), introduce speeches
Hw: work on speech
Week 9: explaining (expository), introduce speeches
Hw: work on speech
Week 10: individual speeches (3 minutes, expository)
Week 11: stereotypes
Week 12: advertisements/ English children’s games (indoor)
Group hw: create a product and advertisement for it
Week 13: campaigning/ English children’s games (indoor)
Hw: group campaign/ persuasive speech
Week 14: persuasion
Hw: group campaign/ persuasive speech

Week 15: persuasion
Hw: group campaign/ persuasive speech

Week 16: final: group persuasive speeches/campaigns presentations

Week 17: superlatives

Week 18: toasting and impromptu speeches/end-of-term party (superlatives awards)

Grades:
Attendance/Journal- 25% (journal is written in at the beginning of every class and checked every 4-6 weeks)
Homework-25% (is explained at the end of every class and is due the next week unless I say otherwise)
Midterm: 20%
Final-30%

I think I have a better flow and structure this time around and I hope it goes well this term. I am a bit more confident and a bit more prepared for teaching and what I can expect this term. I have organized my student information for every class, with Chinese and English name, student number, email, phone number and hobbies (hobbies because one goal I have this semester is to have more interaction with my students). I have put my students into set mixed level groups for the entire term and they must choose a group leader. Other group roles are secretary, encourager and English police to make sure everyone is speaking English. I am looking forward to this semester and I am hoping the weather warms up soon.

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