SemesterFall Semester, 2023
DepartmentGeneral Education Courses in Foreign Languages
Course NameCollege English I
Course TypeSelectively
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule






Content and Reading Assignment


Teaching Activities and Homework


Orientation & Introduction

  1. Class Orientation

  2. Self-Introduction

News Podcasts Listening


Media English

  1. English in the Media

  2. E-mail Composition

Writing Task 1: Letter Writing


Cross-Cultural Communication

Hofstede’s Dimensions

Team up (of 5) for presentation


Cross-Cultural Comparison

IELTS Introduction:

Diagrams Analysis

Writing Task 2: IELTS Writing


Movie English I

  1. English to Chinese

  2. Chinese to English

Interpretation & Translation


Science and Progress

Book Unit 3 (A)

The Age of Disbelief

Book Exercises in Unit 3 (A)


Science and Progress

Book Unit 3 (B)

Goalkeepers for the Planet

Book Exercises in Unit 3 (B)


Presentation 1 (See Rubrics)

Cultural Comparisons

Drama Showcase & Reports


Midterm Exam

(Written Test)

Assigned self-study material


Movie English II

  1. Words & Phrases

  2. Idioms & Slang

Writing Task 3: Review & Summary


Midterm Review

Class & Test Review

1-on-1 Consultation & Interview


Presentation 2 (See Rubrics)

Top 5 Movies Analysis

Reviewing & Summarizing Training


Energy Choices

Book Unit 5 (A)

Our Energy Diet

Book Exercises in Unit 5 (A)


Energy Choices

Book Unit 5 (B)

Plugging into the Sun

Book Exercises in Unit 5 (B)


Presentation 3 (See Rubrics)

  1. World News Discussion

  2. Solution & Cooperation

Data Analysis in Charts/Statistics


Final Exam

(Written Test)

Assigned self-study material


Intercultural Communication (Online module)

Moodle lessons, Unit 1-3



Intercultural Communication (Online module)

Moodle lessons, Unit 1-3


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 discussions and pair/group work.

Your final grades are determined by the following course components:

  • Participation (including attendance, class discussion, and homework): 10%

  • Oral presentations and written assignments: 30%

  • Midterm and final exams: 45%

  • Others (e.g., in-class exercises/quizzes): 15%


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.

In-class exercises/quizzes

Periodically throughout the semester, writing/listening exercises and pop quizzes will be given in class. These exercises and quizzes can NOT be made up. 

Oral presentations

You will give an individual oral report and a group presentation during the semester. For the individual report, you will tell a 3-minute personal anecdote. For the group presentation, you and three other students will report on a current event.

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.


Written assignments

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.

Textbook & Reference

  • Textbook: Reading Explorer 5, 3rd Edition, published by National Geographic Learning

  • Supplementary readings: To be distributed in class.

  • Resources:


BBC Learning English:

TED talks:


Urls about Course
Online Module on Intercultural Communication:

College English Rubrics_Rev..pdf