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|The purpose of English I is to help students improve their English speaking skills.|
|By taking English I, students are expected to improve their speaking abilities in English.|
In this one-semester English-as-an-additional-language (EAL) course, you can develop language and cultural knowledge and skills. You can learn to learn, and learn to communicate, by listening, speaking, reading, and writing English with your peers. However, you need to work hard to do so, and to do so better. Reading this syllabus carefully and completely is an early assignment.
English I is an independent EAL course. You need credit for this course in order to graduate.
English is the language of the classroom. Your instructor will use English, and will expect you to study and use English vocabulary, English structures (grammar), language functions (jobs that languages can do), and communication strategies (ways to use English) with one another. You will listen to, speak, read, and write English together. Time in class is mainly for listening to and speaking English with each other.
There will be many opportunities for you to use English in and outside of classes. Make the most of them; challenge yourselves and your partners! Please try to use English with your classmates at all times, to help yourselves and each other to learn English.
Reading in these courses is mainly reading and following this syllabus and the instructions in your textbook, on quizzes or exams, or in other text resources such as the course wiki. You may need to do some extra reading outside of class. Some writing in these courses may be done in a workbook, a notebook or a learning log (outside of class), but you certainly will need to do some writing in class.
You should write ideas in your textbook (in pencil) during class activities, and you should take notes in a notebook during every class (see: Dictionaries & Notebooks, below). Taking notes in English will help you remember and begin to (re-)use what you learn. Some of your writing may be publicized; it may be posted to the whiteboard, put on video display, circulated in class, or made accessible on the World Wide Web (with your permission).
To pass these courses, you will need to work regularly both in class and outside of class. Working in class means asking questions, sharing your feelings and thoughts, making brief oral reports, and taking part in class activities such as pair work, group work, and class discussions - all on a voluntary basis. In-class work also means taking quizzes or exams, and doing evaluations. In order to get good grades in this course, you need to work hard throughout the semester, so start out and stick with good study habits.
Grades for work in class are important. You need to come to class regularly and on time. If you are late for class meetings, your instructor may count you absent, and you will not be able to take unannounced quizzes, because quizzes will be at the beginning of the class period. If you fail to bring a textbook, workbook, notebook, or other required materials to class, then your instructor may award you no credit for class participation that day. Class participation is quite important, and should be voluntary.
1. If you don't know what certain expressions or any other parts of this syllabus mean, consult a good dictionary (see: Dictionaries, below), then ask your peers and instructor ("What does this mean?").
2. To make sure that you pass these courses, you need to understand this syllabus completely, and to act accordingly - in and outside of class.
3. Grades for work done outside of class are quite important. You should do all homework assignments soon after each class meeting - before you forget, and then check them again (with a classmate is usually a good idea) well before the next class meeting. You should start working on evaluations, projects, or other assignments as soon as the instructor gives them. Getting your assignments done before anything like illnesses or extra-curricular activities prevents you from doing them is a very good idea, because your instructor may not accept and will not give credit for late work.
4. Good test scores alone are not enough to pass these courses, because exams will count for no more than 25% of your grade. Most of your grade will come from other in-class work (class participation, evaluations, and quizzes), and outside work (activities, projects, or other homework). As a rule of thumb, you should plan to spend one to two hours studying outside of class for every hour that you spend in class. Both in-class and outside work are essential.
5. This syllabus is subject to change. Your instructor will announce any major changes in class, so please listen carefully for announcements. For more information about this course, please browse all of the URLs (below).
6. If you have concerns or questions about course work or grades, please voice them in class as soon as possible.
・ Weekly class meetings - except academic recesses and holidays;
・ Timely submission of routine individual and occasional group homework assignments; and
・ Unannounced quizzes, announced unit progress checks, and exams.
For schedule details, please see URL 2.
|PREPARATION AND REVIEW|
Outside of class you will need to review earlier class work, prepare for up-coming classes, do projects, or complete other homework assignments. Your instructor recommends that after each class meeting - and well before the next - you spend about twice (2x) as much time outside of class preparing, doing homework, reviewing, and using English, as you spend practicing and using it in class. In-class work and outside work are equally important in terms of grades (see: EVALUATION CRITERIA).
Course wiki - Please see URL 1 (below);
EnglishCentral - Please see URL 3 (below); and
Gershon, S., & Mares, C. (2008). <i>New English Upgrade: Student Book Two</i>. Tokyo: Macmillan LanguageHouse [ISBN 978-4-7773-6211-0].
*Note: Textbooks are subject to change depending upon availability.
|Dictionaries and notebooks (recommended)|
Sooner or later you may find you need a good English-only dictionary, in addition to any Japanese/English or English/Japanese bilingual dictionaries that you may have already, for both your English studies and other academic work. Your instructor recommends dictionaries with simple English definitions, clear examples, and usage information. Though your instructor may discourage or even prohibit dictionary use at certain times in class, in order to encourage open questioning or other interactive strategies instead, it is a good idea to have a dictionary handy.
You also should have at least one notebook specifically for these courses. Your instructor recommends notebooks without spiral bindings. He highly recommends A4-sized ring binders and loose-leaf paper for their flexibility. He suggests that you bring them to every class meeting to use for collecting class notes and materials, as well as for storing completed assignments for review. Homework assignments must be turned in separately.
|CREDIT FOR COURSEWORK|
You can earn credit for these courses for a combination of:
・ Active, voluntary class participation in the target language - English;
・ Timely completion and submission of homework and other assignments; and
・ Progress checks, quizzes, and tests.
Your grades for these courses will come from a combination of scores for:
・ In-class work: class participation, progress checks, quizzes, and exams (50%); and
・ Outside work: homework, projects, or other assignments (50%).
Sixty percent, total, is a passing grade.
1) Activities, assignments, grading categories, and percentages per category are subject to change.
2) Your instructor will announce assignments and any major changes in evaluation criteria in class.
3) To avoid negative evaluation of your class participation, you should turn off all cell phones and similar devices before classes begin.