TU105 Course Outline 1-2015 Special Program

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Language Institute, Thammasat University
TU 105 Communication Skills in English
(Mathematics & Statistics)
Course Outline Semester 1/2015
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Course Description
Development of English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, focusing on the ability
to hold a conversation in exchanging opinions, as well as reading comprehension of academic
texts from various disciplines related to students’ field of study.
Course Objectives
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have a broad understanding of general academic English usage
be familiar with a broad range of academic disciplines
develop skills which enable them to deal with unknown vocabulary
discuss and give opinions on academic and controversial topics
improve their understanding of key standard English Language functions
understand how learning English is empowering and become more autonomous
use a number of English academic skills beneficial to subsequent TU classes
be a little more wiser about the world in general through the English Language
foster positive relationships towards English Language Learning
Teaching Methods
Student-Centered Learning, Autonomous/Self-Directed Learning, Discussions, Pair Work,
Group Work, Oral Presentations, Media Application
Materials
 Viewpoint Student’s Book 1
(by Michael McCarthy, Jeanne McCarten, & Helen Sandiford, CUP)
 Supplementary exercises (provided in class)
*** Note: Contents covered in the book
Midterm Part
Unit 7 Lessons A, B, D
Unit 8 Lessons A, B, D
Unit 9 Lessons A, D
Final Part
Unit 10 Lessons A, B, D
Unit 11 Lessons A, D
Unit 12 Lessons A, B, D
Schedule
 Class Dates:
 Add/Drop period
 Drop “W” period
17 August – 4 December 2015
26-31 August 2015
19 - 26 October 2015
Lecturers:
Sec/Gr650101: Asst. Prof. Chorthip Viriya
Sec/Gr650201: A. Wipakorn Chayopong Kawasaki
Course Evaluation
Parts
Points
Class attendance 20 points
& participation
Creative writing
20 points
Creative
presentation
2 Listening tests
20 points
Midterm
examination
Final
Examination
TOTAL
50 points
30 points
60 points
Detailed Assignment
- 80% mandatory class attendance
- Absences with/without any reasons for more than four
class meetings subjected to an automatic “F” grade in the
course.
- Two points deducted for each absence / one point
deducted for each late occurrence
Assignment 1: Does your happiness depend on others?
Give specific reasons and examples. (10 points)
Assignment 2: (Writing Task: 1 of 2 choices) (10 points)
Choice 1: How can my Hometown/Thailand Attract More
Tourists?
Choice 2: Interesting Culture
- A creative presentation based on self-selected topics and
tasks
- One before the midterm and the other before the final
exam
- Units 7 - 9 (multiple-choice questions and creative writing)
- Units 10-12 (multiple-choice questions and creative
writing)
200 points
Tentative Schedule
Weeks
Dates
Units
1
17-22 August 2015
- Course introduction
- Unit 7 (Lessons A & B)
2
24-29 August 2015
- Unit 7 (Lessons C & D)
3
31 August5 September 2015
- Unit 8 (Lessons A & B)
4
7-12 September 2015
- Unit 8 (Lessons C & D)
5
14-19 September 2015
- Unit 9 (Lessons A & B)
Activities/ Tests/ Assignments
- Course introduction
- Ice breaking activity
- Unit 7: Getting Along (Lesson A)
- Unit 7 (Lessons B:& D)
[Lesson C:Optional]
- Unit 8: Food Science (Lessons A & B)
- Unit 8 (Lesson D)
[Lesson C:Optional]
- Unit 9: Success and Happiness
(Lessons A & B)
[Lesson C:Optional]
6
21-26 September 2015
- Unit 9 (Lessons C & D)
- Unit 9: Success and Happiness
(Lessons D) + Discuss Assignment 1
7
28 September3 October 2015
Review Units 7-9
-Submit Assignment 1
-Listening test 1 (15 points)
-Revision (Units 7- 9)
8
MIDTERM WEEK
4-10, 13 October 2015
Thursday
8 October 2015
12-17 October 2015
- Unit 10
(Lessons A & B)
10
19-24 October 2015
- Unit 10
(Lessons C & D)
11
26-31 October 2015
- Unit 11
(Lessons A & B)
2-7 November 2015
- Unit 11
(Lessons C & D)
9-14 November 2015
- Unit 12
(Lessons A & B)
9
12
13
Midterm Examination
09:00 – 11:00
- Unit 10: Going Places
(Lessons A & B)
- Unit 10: Going Places
(Lessons D) + Discuss Assignment 2
- Unit 11:Culture (Lessons A & D) +
Discuss Assignment 2
- Unit 11 (Lesson B )
- Unit 12:Ability (Lessons A & B)
- Unit 12 (Lesson D)
16-21 November 2015
14
15
23-28 November 2015
- Unit 12
(Lessons C & D)
-Submit Assignment 2 (10 points)
Creative Presentation
-Creative presentation (20 points)
Review Units 10-12
16
30 November4 December 2015
**5 Dec: Father’s Day**
17
Wednesday
9 December 2015
Review Units 10-12
FINAL EXAMINATION
-Listening test 2 (15 points)
- Revision (Units 10-12)
- Revision (Units 10-12)
Final Examination
09:00 – 12:00
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