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






Content and Reading Assignment


Teaching Activities and Homework






Course overview

§ Curriculum design

§ Introducing NCCU

§ Topic discussion: “College: New Demands and Expectations”

§ Poster Presentations

§ Writing exercise: an opinion essay

§ Homework (HW) :

Responses to Topic Discussion




Lessons for Life


§ Textbook (TB) Unit 1 (1A & B)

§ Making an oral summary (1)


§ Exercises in TB Unit 1

§ Writing exercise:

a summary of reading



Lessons for Life


§ TB Unit 1 (1C & D)

§ Making an oral summary (2)

§ Exercises in TB Unit 1




Lessons for Life


§ TB Unit 1 (1E)


§ Exercises in TB Unit 1




More than a Job

§ TB Unit 2 (2A & B)

§ Describing statistical data and diagrams

§ Exercises in TB Unit 2

§ Writing exercise:

Describing graphs



More than a Job


§ TB Unit 2 (2C & D)


§ Exercises in TB Unit 2




More than a Job


§ TB Unit 2 (2E)

§ Email Writing (A letter of application)

§ Exercises in TB Unit 2

§ Writing exercise:

  a cover letter or email

§ HW: 1st written assignment (A cover letter or  email)



The Magic of Travel


§ TB Unit 5 (5A - C)


§ Exercises in TB Unit 5




The Magic of Travel


§ TB Unit 5 (5D-E)

§ A book or movie review


§ Exercises in TB Unit 5

§ Writing exercise:

  a review

§ HW: 2nd written assignment (A book or movie review)








Body Matters


§ Discussion about  Midterm

§ TB Unit 6 (6A & B)


§ Exercises in TB Unit 6





Body Matters


§ TB Unit 6 (6C & D)


§ Exercises in TB Unit 6




Body Matters


§ TB Unit 6 (6E & F)

§ A controversial plan (1)


§ Exercises in TB Unit 6

§ Writing exercise: a formal report (1)





§ A controversial plan (2)

§ Review

§ Writing exercise: a formal report (2)

§ HW: Prepare and practice for Group Presentations



Group Presentations (1)

§ Group Presentations


§ HW: Prepare and practice for Group Presentations



Group Presentations (2)


Final Exam

§ Group Presentations

§ Final Exam


§ HW: 3rd written assignment (A group written report)



Cross-cultural Communication Units 1-3

§ Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions

§ Stereotypes (1)

§ Watch Cross-cultural      Communication Units 1-2 Video & Complete quizzes



Cross-cultural Communication Units 1-3

§ Stereotypes (2)

§ Education

§ Watch Cross-cultural Communication Units 2-3 Video & Complete quizzes


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): 10-20%

  • Oral presentations and written assignments: 30-40%

  • Midterm and final exams: 30-40%

  • Others (e.g., in-class exercises/quizzes): 10%


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 thought-provoking 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: Life 6 by Paul Dummett, John Hughes & Helen Stephenson (2018)

  • 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