This integrated English is a required course for graduate students of non-English majors at SCUT. It aims to provide them with balanced training in all four skills area with a focus on further improving their speaking and writing skills.
Main components of this course will include:
* Study of listening materials in the set textbooks
* Task-based activities to enhance oral communication skills
* Supplementary readings to build critical reading skills
* Composition/essay/paper writing and their critique in class
At the end of this course, students are expected to be able to
* express ideas, exchange thoughts and state positions orally and in a clear way
* develop formal oral presentation skills and present in an effective and audience-appropriate way
* develop written arguments in depth -- full explanation, adequate specific details and adquate evidence
* write research papers in their specialized field via English medium ( abstract/summary, citation, reference list, etc.)
Course Books and Teaching materials
Burt Gabler & Nadia E. Scholnick (2004) Take on Listening -- Listening and Speaking Strategies Book 1&2 Beijing: Higher Education Press
Burt Gabler & Nadia E. Scholnick (2004) Take on Listening -- Listening and Speaking Strategies --Instructor's Mannual Book 1&2 Beijing: Higher Education Press
Michael Berman & Janet Battiste (2008) Instruction Manual 1&2. Beijing: Beijing University Press
Pamela McPartland-Fairman, et al. (2008) Video Comprehension Book 1&2 Beijing: Beijing University Press
Pam Tiberia, et al. (2008) Conversation Book 1&2 Beijing: Beijing University Press
A student's final assessment score consists of an instructor's assessment score (40%) plus Computer-based English test score (CBET) (60%)
A student can take CBET more than once over the first year (two semesters) and the best score will be recorded and registered.
As for the instructor's assessment, you may refer to the following assessment sheet.
It is suggested that the whole class be put into several groups of three or four. Some of the tasks are assessed a group as a whole, some are on an individual basis.
| Group N.|| Name/number|| Task 1 (15%)|| Task 2 (15%)||Task 3 (10%) || Task 4 (15%)||Task 5 (15%) ||Task 6 15%)||Task 7 (15%) ||Total Score |
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Task 1 is presentation. It is suggested that each week over the four class hours, a group of students be required to give a -10 minutes- presentation to share with classmates anything they feel like interesting or important.
Task 2 is role play. Each group is required to do a role play performance in class. This task is related to page 116 of the Take on Listening Book One.
Task 3 is supplementary readings. Ss may first be allowed 20 minutes to read a passage independently. Then each group together should work out the answers to the question sheet within 10 minutes and submit it for teacher's assessment.
Task 4 or Task 5 is composition writing. For instance, students may be required to write a personal statement or a biography, or they may be given a certain topic to write about. Ss write the first draft and read each other’s writings in a group to choose the best one to submit for group assessment. In this way the teacher’s work load to read and mark the compositions can be reduced.
Task 6 is a computer program of Experiencing English. Ss are allowed to use no more than 12 class hours to finish all the units at level 4.
Task 7 is oral proficiency test. This is done at the end of this unit of study. It can be a teacher-student talk or a group discussion. Each student should have at least 5 minutes to demonstrate his/her oral proficiency. The actual format or procedures of the test is up to the individual teacher to decide.
By completing all the tasks, a student can be assessed both formatively and summatively on an either group or individual basis over the whole semester. Of course, you may add some more tasks to the assessment sheet if you wish, but you need to reconsider the percentage of the score weight for each task.
Ss regular class attendance is required. If a student is absent from the class once, certain points will be deducted from the total scores on the assessment sheet. If someone needs to ask for a leave, he/she should get permission from the teacher at least 24 hours ahead of time.