SemesterSpring Semester, 2021
DepartmentGeneral Education Courses in Foreign Languages
Course NameCollege English II
Course TypeSelectively
PrerequisiteCollege English I
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

The following schedule will be adjusted to accommodate the progress of the class.






Content and Reading Assignment


Teaching Activities and Homework


Student workload expectation


In-class Hours


Outside-of-class Hours


Course overview & time management

Time management skills and language; figure out your prime productivity time

Work in groups to plan schedules; Unit 1 readings (Page 10 Ex. 3; Page 14 Ex. 3)




Unit 1: Life Lessons

Unit 1 Readings, Grammar, Listening

Unit 2 readings (Page 22 Ex. 2; Page 26 Ex. 3-4)




Unit 2: Finding your ideal career

Reading, Speaking, Listening activities; Statement of purpose writing

Type your Statement of Purpose writing




Film 1: The Little Prince – Part 1

Watch film, learn vocabulary, speaking interaction, writing reflection

Read the excerpt of The Little Prince online





Film 1: The Little Prince – Part 2

Watch film, learn vocabulary, speaking interaction, writing reflection

Unit 3 readings (Page 36 Ex. 4-5; Page 38 Ex. 3)




Unit 3: Tapping into your potential to design something


Reading, Speaking, Listening activities; Group design project (urban planning)

Unit 4 readings (Page 48 Ex. 2-3; Page 50 Ex. 3)




Unit 4: Innovation – intentional creativity for a purpose


Readings, speaking, listening activities;

Prepare for presentations

Prepare for group presentations




Group presentations

Groups present a social entrepreneurship

Read The Queen of Katwe excerpt online





Film 2: The Queen of Katwe – Part 1


Watch film, learn vocabulary, speaking interaction, writing reflection

Read The Long Road Home by Andrew McCarthy – excerpt online





Film 2: The Queen of Katwe – Part 2

Watch film, learn vocabulary, speaking interaction, writing reflection

Unit 5 readings (Page 60 Ex. 2-3; Page 62 Ex. 3); Unit 6 readings (Page 70 Ex. 2; Page 74 Ex. 3)





Unit 5: Travel – where we’ve been and where we’re going; Unit 6: Exercise – building a healthy lifestyle


Reading, speaking, listening activities; travel writing skills; designing a personal exercise program

Unit 7 readings (Page 82 Ex. 2-3; Page 86 Ex. 3); Unit 11 readings (Page 132 Ex. 3; Page 134 Ex. 4)





Unit 7: History – learning from the past; Unit 11: Technology – pioneering the future


Reading, speaking, listening activities; historical writing; technological research and discussion

Read The Hundred-Foot Journey excerpt online




Film 3: The Hundred Foot Journey – Part 1


Watch film, learn vocabulary, speaking interaction, writing reflection






Film 3: The Hundred Foot Journey – Part 2

Watch film, learn vocabulary, speaking interaction, writing reflection


Prepare for reading test – review articles in textbook; study film vocabulary





Reading Writing Test


Test on textbook readings and film vocabulary


Begin online cultural course




Online Course

Complete the online cultural course – Units 4~6

Complete written homework for online course





Discussion day of culture and globalization

Discuss elements of the online course: PC Language, Non-Verbal Communication, and Globalization; Prepare for final presentations


Prepare for final presentations




Final Presentations (Student interviews)


Student pairs interview each other on stage




Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

Class time will be devoted to activities that allow you to practice and interact in English. To successfully complete the course, you must prepare the assigned homework prior to class and, while in class actively participate in class discussions and pair/group work. Your final grades are determined by the following course components:

  • Participation (including attendance, effort on speaking in class, class notes, and homework): 20%

  • Online course (including online and offline homework): 15%

  • Group presentation (midterm): 20%

  • Student pair interviews (final): 20%

  • Reading/writing exam: 25%



Your participation grade will be based on your attendance, homework preparation, and the contribution you make to the learning experience of others. Contribution includes your in-class questions to the instructor, insights and comments regarding class content, answers to the instructor’s questions, and reactions to other students’ contributions. Students are expected to take notes in class and turn in those notes at the end of the class to be counted for participation credit.


Attendance: Students must attend class. Those who miss three classes or more will fail the course. If a student is late three times for a class, it will count as an absence. Students who are absent must write a paper to make up for participation, but only two papers will be accepted per student. Beyond that, students will lose all participation points for absences.


Homework: Students are expected to complete the assigned readings in the textbook or online excerpts for homework. Most of the homework is completion of the textbook readings and exercises in order to prepare for the context of the class. One of the major homework assignments is writing a Statement of Purpose that counts as an effort grade in participation.


Class work: Students will take notes in class as exercises in listening and speaking. For speaking exercises, just as in College English I, students mostly play the role of a reporter, interviewing each other in groups or pairs and writing information from what they gather. Students also write more this semester in reflection, using more advanced patterns of paragraph writing.


Online course

New students must register online to be included in this portion of the course. All students will be assigned the last three units of the course (Unit 4: PC Language; Unit 5: Non-Verbal Communication; and Unit 6: Globalization), including watching the videos, completing the online quizzes, and writing answers to discussion questions for homework. Students will be graded on their performance on the online quizzes and effort on written homework based on the discussion questions.


Group presentation

Based on the theme in Unit 4, students will plan and design their own social entrepreneurship, answering how their company plans to solve a local or global issue. Each student presents a different aspect of the project: the product or service and how it works; financial issues; and how the product or service will solve the local or global problem. In addition to content, students must concentrate on speaking confidently, clearly, and fluently in a formal presentation style.


Student pair interviews

At the end of the semester, students will interview each other in front of the class in a question and answer format. The content will be based on the students’ experience in a cross-cultural environment or in an international friendship. In addition to content, students must concentrate on grammar and pronunciation in asking questions and giving answers.


Written assignments

In addition to a considerable amount of reflection writing in every class, students will complete three major written assignments in the course. The first is the Statement of Purpose assignment completed for homework. The second is the assignment answering discussion questions in the online course completed for homework. The last assignment is the final writing test, in which students must use academic paragraph writing style to complete a composition based on the themes of the textbook.


Reading/writing exam

The content of this test is from the textbook readings that students have read and interacted with in the course. There will be questions based on the content of the reading, in which students need to write answers in complete sentences. There will also be a longer writing component, in which students must write a composition based on a specific topic from the textbook. Students will also be separately tested on the vocabulary of the films that we watched in the semester.

Textbook & Reference

Textbook: Dummett, Hughes, and Stephenson. Life: National Geographic Learning 6. Second Edition. National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning, Boston, 2019.

  • Supplementary readings: Reading excerpts of novels online, mostly at

  • Study materials:

    1. Politically Correct Dictionary [Reading]

    1. Racist Warning on the Tom and Jerry Cartoons

  • Why Tom And Jerry Now Comes With A Racism Warning [Reading]

  • Tom and Jerry - Introduction by Whoopi Goldberg [Video]

    1. How to be Politically Correct [Reading]

    1. American Hand Gestures in Different Cultures - 7 Ways to Get Yourself in Trouble Abroad [Video]

    1. Cultural Proxemics: Personal Space [Video]

    2. How Different Cultures Tell Time - Sana Reynolds [Video]

    3. Top 10 Nonverbal Communication Tips [Reading]

    4. Globalization

      • Globalization easily explained [Video]

      • Globalization of Starbucks [Video]

      • 5 life lessons from Disney movies [Reading]

      • Can Disney cartoons make your child nicer? [Reading]

      • How dangerous is Disney? Impact of Disney movies on global culture [Video]


    5. Glocalization

      • What is Glocalization? [Video]

      • McDonald’s Global and Local Strategy: Examples of Food in McDonald’s and KFC that goes local [Video]

      • Defining a localization strategy: How do logos fit into your global plans? [Reading]

    1. The issue of outsourcing according to the Simpsons cartoon [2 videos]


  • Resources:


BBC Learning English:

TED talks:

Urls about Course