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 & attendance (including oral tests on MOOC, attendance, effort in class): 15%
- Group presentation: 15%
- Topic: Students are expected to find out the impact of foreign brands / western music, etc…on global culture. How does globalization affect their daily life? Students need to justify the answers by using examples from their own choice to support their points on how it impacts Taiwanese culture?
- Writing Assignments: 30%
- A) Writing a letter to a leader urging him/her to take action on a national or global issue (e.g., education, climate change, disease, the environment, or poverty): 10%
- B) Writing a report: 10%
- C) Writing a Statement of Purpose: 10%
- Midterm: 20%
- Final: 20%
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.
Periodically throughout the semester, writing/listening exercises and pop quizzes will be given in class. These exercises and quizzes can NOT be made up.
You will give an individual oral report and a group presentation during the semester. For the individual report, you will summarize and comment on a local or global issue in three minutes. For the group presentation, you and three other students will research and present your view on a controversial topic. The presentation should be approximately 15 minutes, followed by a 5-minute discussion. Each group should meet with the instructor two weeks prior to their presentation to discuss their topic and present their outline. Following the presentation, they will submit a group written report. More details will be provided in class.
In addition to the periodic in-class and take-home writing exercises, there will be three written assignments based on the online learning materials for the course. In each assignment, you will respond to the writing prompts regarding a cross-cultural issue. Your papers should show you have completed and thought seriously and critically about the readings and videos provided for you. You are also encouraged to research the topic and cite your sources. The grading rubric for the written assignments is available on the class website.
All materials, including the readings, handouts, and information provided in class will potentially be included on mid-term and final exams. The mid-term exam is a written test, and the final exam contains a written test and a speaking test. The written tests include vocabulary/grammar questions, a listening/reading section, and short writing tasks. The speaking test requires you to answer two or more questions, each question for two minutes. The instructor will evaluate your ability to respond to the questions appropriately and to speak for an extended period of time without hesitation, deviation or repetition. The grading rubric for the speaking test is available on the class website. No make-up exams will be given unless you have received the instructor’s permission in advance.