Inter American University of Puerto Rico Languages Department English Program Bayamon Campus GEEN 1102 Course Syllabus I. Course Title: Course Code: Credits: Modality: Prerequisite: English as a Second Language II GEEN 1102 (EGIN 1102) 3 credits Required Course GEEN 1101 English as a Second Language I II. Course Description Development of English as a second language. Practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with emphasis on reading skills. Introduction to paragraph writing. Requirement: English language laboratory activities. III. Enabling Objectives A. By the end of the semester, students should: 1. Develop an awareness of the benefits that English will bring to their personal, academic and personal growth 2. React to reading in oral and written form 3. Explore background knowledge as a prereading activity 4. Distinguish between main ideas and supporting details 5. Identify the sequence of events 6. Identify cause and effect relationships 7. Distinguish between facts and opinions 8. Discriminate between stated and implied ideas 9. Infer meaning of new words through context and word analysis 10. Extract meaning from context, relating it to personal experiences 11. Write simple, coherent paragraphs 12. Retell selections in their own words IV. Course Schedule: First Week Second Week Third Week Introduction and pretesting Dictionary Skills Test 1 Question Word Review Unit 1 Travel Talks – Points to Ponder Prereading discussion; previewing; vocabulary in context “The Company of the Sea” Identifying sequence of events Application: Locating countries/islands on world map Language Laboratory: Main Idea I Fourth Week Fifth Week Summarizing: The Cloze Exercise Structure Cues: word order, the noun phrase, coordinate conjunctions; punctuation cues Writing Activity: “My trip to _____” Focus on: Introductory sentence; What Who Where When Why How, etc. Language Laboratory : Main Idea II Practice using an English/English dictionary Using contextual cues for meaning Identifying basic parts of speech to select meanings; learning common abbreviations Language Laboratory: Main Idea III Sixth Week “Madrid Memories” Prereading discussion; predicting; vocabulary in context Identifying cause and effect relationships; identifying sequence of events; modal: would Keeping a Journal: “A Bad Trip” or “The Day I Lost My ____” Focus on: Introductory sentence; verbs in the past tense Language Laboratory: Reading Comprehension I Seventh Week “Flying High, But Feeling Low” Prereading discussion; vocabulary in context Synonyms and Antonyms; word analysis: prefixes; recognizing cognates; identifying supporting details Assessment Activity: Choose the selection you enjoyed the most and write a short summary. Tell what you learned from it. Be specific. Language Laboratory: Reading Comprehension III Eighth Week Unit 2 – Attitudes About Animals – Points to Ponder “All For the Love of Fritz” Prereading discussion; vocabulary in context Answering information questions; identifying cause and effect Relationships; review of she/he and her/his Writing Activity: Write about a pet you have had or an unusual pet. Give examples of unusual behavior. Focus on: Introductory sentence; supporting details Language Laboratory: Reading Comprehension IV Ninth Week “Can Animals Think?” Prereading discussion; vocabulary in context Dictionary kills: facts and opinions; identifying cause and effect relationships; identifying supporting details Can/Could; is/was able to _____ Focus on: Providing supporting details Language Laboratory: Midterm Quiz Tenth Week “Anti-Fur Groups Renew Fur Debate” Prereading discussion; vocabulary in context Identifying main idea and supporting details; Locating contrasting arguments by identifying key conjunctions and through analysis of writing patterns Internet Assignment: Find information about PETA and write a short paragraph about this organization “Cats” Scanning practice; improving reading speed Identifying topic sentences; key words Language Laboratory: Reading Comprehension V Eleventh Week Assessment Activity: Choose one of the selections in Unit 2 Write a short summary and tell what you learned from it Unit 3 – Facing Challenges- Points to Ponder “86-Year-Old Man in Marathon for 63rd Time” Prereading discussion; vocabulary in context Oral practice in reading numbers “Disabled People Find Challenges on the Slopes” Prereading discussion; vocabulary in context Synonyms and Antonyms “Dreams” Prereading discussion; vocabulary in context; Introduction to basic terms used in analyzing poetry; Identifying cause and effect relationships Writing Activity: Write your own poem by completing these sentences: Love is a _______________________ that __________________________ Love is a ______________________ that __________________________ Language Laboratory: Using Inference Twelvth Week Unit 4 – Brain Power – Points to Ponder “ Albert Einstein: The Man and the Legends…” Prereading discussion; vocabulary in context Identifying main ideas and supporting details; answering information questions; Internet Assignment: Find information about Albert Einstein and bring to class for discussion Or see the movie “A Beautiful Mind” about the life of John Nash and talk about it in class “Do you Know Your Right Brain From Your Left?” Prereading discussion; vocabulary in context Identifying main ideas and supporting details “How Good Is Your Memory?” Prereading discussion; vocabulary in context Topic sentences and supporting details; Conditionals Writing activity: Write about how you remember things Give specific examples. Language Laboratory: Word Meanings from Context I Thirteenth Week Unit 5 – Climate Control – Points to Ponder “Climate: A Powerful Force” Prereading discussion; vocabulary in context Dictionary practice; Identifying main ideas and supporting Details Writing Activity: Write about your experiences during a hurricane. Focus on: What When Where, etc. Language Laboratory: Homonyms II, III, and IV Fourteenth Week Unit 6- Food For Thought – Points to Ponder “Finding the Recipe for Success” “Genetically Altered Tomato Approved” “Red, Hot, or Not?” Prereading discussion; vocabulary in context; facts and Opinions Writing Activity: Write about how to make your favorite dish Write the recipe and explain how to make it. Fifteenth Week Chapter 7- “Companies With a Conscience”- Points to Ponder “Profits with Principles” “The Scoop on Ben and Jerry’s” Prereading discussion; vocabulary in context Writing Activity: Find information about Recycling on the Internet Catching Up Assessment Activity: Write a short summary of one of the selections from Chapter 6 or 7 and tell what you learned from it. V. Evaluation and Assessment Evaluation: A. Written tests (3-4) 100 pts. each B. Quizzes 20 pts. each C. Daily Grade 100 pts. Includes: 1. Attendance 2. Class Participation 3. Bringing textbooks and required materials to class 4. Writing activities and assignments D. Lab grade 100 pts.: 12 lab activities: 60 pts + 40 pts. midterm quiz = 100 E. Final Test 100 pts. Notes: 1. Class attendance is mandatory. There will be no make-ups of tests. 2. Late assignments will not be accepted. Curve 100-90 = A 89-80 = B 79-70 = C 69-60= D 59-0= F Assessment: Pre and posttest Assessment Activities: Students will write short summaries of their favorite selections and what they have learned from reading them. Cloze Exercises: Students will complete sentences by supplying an appropriate word in a series of predetermined blanks. Writing portfolio Lab portfolio VI. Materials and Resources For Your Information by Karen Blanchard and Christine Root Addison-Wesley, 1996 Longman Dictionary of American English Addison-Wesley Longman Limited Websites: About.com http://esl.about.com/ English Grammar Links http://www.gl.umbc.edu/~ kpokoy1/grammar1.htm ESL Café – ESL Web Guide http://www.eslcafe.com/search/ ESL Grammar Web http://www.sirius.com/~dub/CALL/grammar2b.html Grammar Bytes http://www.chompchomp.com Kathy Chareonsup’s ESL Center http://members.aol.com/eslkathy/esl.htm Self-Study Quizzes for ESL Students http://www.aitech.ac.jp/ìtestlj/quizzes VII. Suggested Classroom Activities Oral Presentations Writing Journal Class Discussions Internet Assignments Working with Maps VIII. Online Lab Assignments A. These are the online lab assignments for the semester: Activity Date Due Score Main Idea I, II, and III; Reading Comprehension I, III, and IV week of March 3-7 30 pts. Midterm Quiz (classroom) week of March 17-21 40 pts. Reading Comprehension V; Using Inference; Word Meanings from Context I; Homonyms II, III, and IV week of May 5-9 Lab Grade Total: 30 pts. 100 pts. B. Directions: 1. Access the Lab URL address: http://idiomas.bc.inter.edu/eotero/lab/English%20Lab%20GEEN1102/Menu_1102. htm 2. Find the assigned exercise. 3. Print the exercises in WORD 4. Do the exercises. (Photocopied answers will not be accepted.) Do not overwrite the answers. 5. Copy the Cover Page. Assignments without cover page will not be accepted. Make sure that you write the hour of the class. 6. Put the exercises in a folder and hand it in on or before the due date. 7. There will be a 5 pt. penalty for each day after the due date.