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"The purpose of English VI is to help students improve their English reading skills. By taking English VI, students are expected to improve their reading abilities in English" (PUK General Education Committee resolution; December 10, 2008).
In particular, students should expect and plan to develop attitudes, knowledge, and skills with respect to English-as-an-Additional-Language (EAL), especially:
・ Autonomous learning,
・ Communicative competence,
・ Reading purposes and processes, &
・ Vocabulary development.
English VI is an independent, one-semester, EAL course that is required for graduation. Reading, vocabulary study, and other language learning activities for this course will take place both in class and online. Online activities in and outside of class will require use of basic Internet communication technology and available resources.
To pass these courses, you will need to work diligently and regularly both in 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 includes taking quizzes or exams and doing evaluations. To get good grades in this course, you need to work hard throughout the year, so start out and stick with good study habits.
For example, taking notes in English will help you remember and begin to (re-)use what you learn. Some of your notes or other products of coursework may be publicized. That is, they may be posted to the whiteboard, put on video display, circulated in class, or made accessible on the World Wide Web (with your permission).
1. Exam scores will count for no more than one quarter (25%) of grades for this course. Class participation is just as important as exams, if not more so. So please come to class regularly and on time, and participate to the greatest extent possible.
2. If you are absent, if you fail to bring necessary course materials (textbooks, notebooks, or ring binders) to class, or if you are otherwise unprepared for active participation, then you may receive no credit for class participation on a particular day.
3. Languages of class participation will include English, Japanese, and possibly other languages known to one or more of the participants. However, since English VI is a required EAL course, students must submit required coursework in English.
4. These courses evolve through student - teacher collaboration as the courses progress. So this English VI syllabus is subject to change. It incorporates important notes from Beaufait's English I syllabus by reference. Your instructor will announce any major changes in class.
5. It is important to check your campus email and the instructor's web site regularly for assignments and updates (see: URL 1, below).
6. If you have concerns or questions about course work or grades, you should 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
・ Announced or unannounced quizzes, occasional reports, and exams.
For schedule details, please see URL 2.
|PREPARATION AND REVIEW|
Outside of class you will need to review earlier assignments and class work, prepare for upcoming classes, do projects, and complete other homework assignments. Your instructor recommends that after each class meeting - and well before the next - you spend twice (2x) as much time outside of class doing homework, reviewing, preparing for classes and using English, as you spend practicing, studying 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
Supplementary online course materials - to be announced in class.
・ Anderson, Neil J. (2013). <i>ACTIVE Skills for Reading, 3rd Edition, Student Book 1</i>. Boston: Cengage Learning [ISDN 978-1-133-0799-0]; and
*Note: Textbooks are subject to change depending upon availability.
|REFERENCES AND RESOURCES|
Dictionaries and notebooks
Your instructor recommends English 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 whenever you are studying English.
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 in use for class notes and materials collection. Homework assignments must be turned in separately.
The instructor and students will select available English resources that are relatively economical, environmentally friendly and timely. The selection and use of supplemental resources will relate to the aims of these courses, as well as to the reading, language learning, and communication goals of the students (see: AIMS & OVERVIEW, above).
For examples, please preview the Assignments and Resources sections of the course wiki (URL 1).
|CREDIT FOR COURSEWORK|
You can earn credit for these courses for a combination of:
・ Active, voluntary class participation mainly in the target language - English;
・ Timely completion and submission of homework and other assignments;
・ Self-assessments, quizzes, and tests.
Your grades for these courses will come from a combination of scores for:
・ In-class work including class participation, online activities, quizzes, and exams (50%); and
・ Outside work including homework, online activities, 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.