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






Content and Reading Assignment


Teaching Activities and Homework


Course overview & email writing


Writing exercise: Writing an email to your professor

  • Complete quizzes: self-introduction

  • Homework: Assigned self-study materials (note-taking skills)


Embrace stress

Textbook Unit 1 (pp.13-20)

  • Exercises in Unit 1

  • Summarize U.1 reading (audio) with note-taking skills

  • Homework: Watch U.1D How to make stress your friend Tedtalks and finish exercises on pp.21-22 


Embrace stress &  Describing statistical data and diagrams

  • Textbook Unit 1 (pp.21-24)

  • Writing exercise: Describing graphs

  • 1st written assignment: Describing graphs

  • Exercises in Unit 1


Media influences

Exercises in Unit 2 (pp.25-32)

  • 2nd written assignment: Summary of U.2 reading

  • Exercises in Unit 2


Media influences

  • Textbook Unit 2  (pp.33-35)

  • Readings on current event

  • Group presentation preparation

  • Exercises in Unit 2


Group presentation

Group presentation

  • Group presentation 

  • Peer evaluation and feedback



Textbook Unit 3  (pp.37-41)

Exercises in Unit 3



Textbook Unit 3  (pp.42-47)

Exercises in Unit 3


Mid-term exam




Secrets and lies

Textbook Unit 4    (pp.51-58)

  • Homework: Assigned self-study materials (Stereotypes and prejudices)

  • 3rd written assignment: Summarize and reflect on the reading:  Stereotypes and prejudices

  • Exercises in Unit 4



Secrets and lies

Textbook Unit 4    (pp.59-62)

Exercises in Unit 4


To the edge

Textbook Unit 5  (pp.63-70)

  • Exercises in Unit 5

  • Homework: Watch Presentation 2 and finish exercises on pp.87-88


To the edge

Textbook Unit 5  (pp.71-74)

  • Individual presentation preparation

  • Exercises in Unit 5


Individual presentation &  Money Matters

  • Individual presentation

  • Textbook Unit 6  (pp.75-79)

  • Exercises in Unit 6

  • Homework: Assigned self-study materials (U.6 reading pp. 80-82)


Money Matters

  • Textbook Unit 6  (pp.83-86)

  • Readings on current event

  • Exercises in Unit 6

  • Discuss readings on current event


Final Exam




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): 20%

  • Oral presentations and written assignments: 40%

  • Midterm and final exams: 30%

  • 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 (with peers and instructor). 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 and the textbook. 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:  Keynote 4 by Helen Stephenson, Lewis Lansford & Paul Demmette & (2017)

  • 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