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


(Assignment Details on Moodle)





  • Listening

  • Speaking


  1. About class syllabus

  2. Moodle: for schedule, class content, upload for some assignments

  3. G-Suite: for sign-up sheets, group work, in-class activities


  1. Getting acquainted

  1. Sign into Moodle

  2. Get G Suite account

  3. Read articles watch video about email writing posted in Week 2






Formal Email


  1. Writing email video & articles quiz


  1. How to write a formal email


  1. In-class writing: “Email” to Cheryl (introduce yourself, ask a question about the course)

  2. Punctuation

  1. Read article (College Life) and answer questions

  2. Watch video

  3. Print At a Glance




College Life  

  1. Article and Video Quiz

  2. Reading skills (At a Glance)

  3. Paragraph structure (At a Glance)

  4. Paragraph writing: Your ideas about manifesting a successful freshman year.



Oct. 2-6


Speaking: Presentation skills workshop


  1. Basic presentation skills: Posture, eye communication (Speaking of Speech)

  2. Basic presentation structure and using an outline

  3. Presentation practice: Ideas about manifesting a successful freshman year

Prepare “Show and Tell”:

Something you did/saw/read last summer OR at NCCU

  • Tell: Who, what, where, when, why

  • Show: Object and/or photo on screen (PPT)

  • 1-2 minutes

Turn in outline and photo or drawing





Speaking: Show and Tell

  1. “Show and Tell” presentations

  2. Taking notes (Worksheet)

  1. Download and print “Cross Cultural Communication (HCDs) Handouts”

  2. Complete: Countries, adjectives, and languages worksheet






Culture 1: Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions (HCDs)

Bring handouts to class!

  1. Turn in: Countries, adjectives, and languages worksheet

  2. Intro to Culture Module

  3. HCDs for your country

  4. Describing a graph using IEE (oral presentation) Taiwan together and then choose another with a partner

Study for midterm






Midterm Exam


  • Email etiquette

  • Punctuation

  • Paragraph structure

  • Countries: Names and adjectives

  • Presentation skills: Physical message

  • Outlines

  • Describing a graph or other visual

  • HCD

  • Checkpoint Quiz (CPQ) on CCC Unit 1 (Moodle)


Oct. 30 –

Nov. 3


Culture 1 (HCDs)

CPQ before class!


  1. Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions

  2. Language for comparison

  3. HCDs for your country compared to another

  4. Comparing aspects of HCDs (“T”-chart)

  5. Proper document format for college writing assignments

Moodle Assignment: Use IEE to write a paragraph describing the HCD vertical bar graph comparing your country to another. (Details in Moodle)

  • Type using proper document format.

  • Upload PDF to Moodle

  • Print document and rubric

Bring to class.




Graph Description Due

Culture 1

  1. Self-evaluation of IEE paragraph.

  2. Individual oral presentation in small groups: HCD graphs comparing two countries using IEE

  1. Watch: Stereotypes video lecture

  2. Checkpoint quiz on CCC Unit 2

  3. Print out worksheets posted on Moodle




Culture 2:


CPQ before class!

  1. Exploring stereotypes exercise

  2. Lecture and discussion

  3. Your “cultural lens”

Stereotypes worksheets




Culture 2:


Stereotypes worksheets and discussion activities



Nov. 27-Dec. 1


Summarize an article


Paraphrasing and Summary writing (“At a Glance: Paragraphs”)

  • Type using proper document format.

  • Print document and rubric

Bring to class.




Summary Due

Final Presentation Project

  1. About final written exam

  2. Position, Action, Benefit

  3. Begin final group presentation project

  • Presentation Worksheet: Position, Action, Benefit; and Outline




Final Presentation Project

Presentation Worksheet due

Practice presentations





Final written exam

  1. Final written exam

  2. Work on final group presentations





Final presentations

  1. Final group presentations


+ 1

Jan 1-5

Culture 3: Education

Watch video and complete checkpoint quiz



Jan 8-12

Culture 3: Education

Online post


Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

There is no assigned teaching assistant for this course. There is a course assistant (CA), who is responsible for maintaining Moodle content and assignment deadlines based on the syllabus and the professor's instructions. They also assist with grading exams and some homework, as well as recording scores. 

If you are having technical difficulties with Moodle, you should email the CA. You can find their name and email on the Moodle. 


****If you joined this class late (during drop and add) or missed the first classes, YOU are responsible for material you missed and for completing and submitting any homework due.****

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, contribution, etc.): 15%

  • Writing assignments: 20%

  • Other assignments, quizzes, etc.: 15%

  • Midterm: 20%

  • Final presentation project: 15%

  • Final written exam: 15%


Your participation grade will be based on your attendance, preparation, and contribution to the learning experience of others.

  • Attendance will be taken at most class meetings (2 points). If you are not yet present when role is called, let me know so you can be marked “late” (1 Point). If you are ill or will be absent for a good reason, let me know in advance (1 point). You may receive points for attendance if you are representing your department or NCCU in an activity or participating in another worthwhile event. Let me know if you are ill. You will not be allowed to participate in the final exam (presentation and written) if you are absent without good reason for 6 class meetings.  

  • Contribution includes your attention to what is happening in class, in-class questions, creative insights and comments regarding class content, answers to the instructor’s questions, and reactions to other students’ contributions.

    • Reading materials for other classes, texting, doing non-class related work on a computer or other devise will count against your participation grade.

Homework must be done and printed, when hard copies are required, prior to the beginning of class. Moodle uploading:

    • Due Date/Time is the hour that class starts on the due date.

    • Cut-off is one hour after class on the due date. Nothing can be uploaded after this time.

    • Do not wait until the last minute to upload your work to Moodle because you may have technical problems.

    • Points may be deducted for inappropriate file names and late submission.

    • Bonus points may be added for excellent uploading and file name practices

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. Quizzes are delivered online through Moodle, Kahoot! or Google Forms.

Oral presentations

Aside from informal in-class presentations, you will practice and perform public speaking in different formats.

Written assignments

In addition to the periodic in-class writing exercises, there will be three written assignments, based on the learning materials for the course. These will include a formal email, a comparison description of data and statistics, and an article summary. In each assignment, you will respond to the writing prompts provided by the teacher. Your papers should show you have completed and thought seriously and critically about the topic. Your writing must be original and written by yourself—not copied from any source. Plagiarized work will receive “0”. A writing template and an assessment rubric for each assignment are available on Moodle.


All materials, including the readings, handouts, and information provided in class will potentially be included exams. 

The midterm consists of a written test to be completed on paper in classroom.

The final exam consists of a written test and a formal group presentation.

  • The written test includes vocabulary/grammar, and course content in multiple choice and short answer questions on cross-cultural communication content and themes covered in the semester.

  • You will perform a final presentation with two or three classmates on cross-cultural communication units 1-3; evaluation will be on group and individual basis. More details will be provided in class and in Moodle. The oral presentation will evaluate your ability to respond to the prompt appropriately and present logically organized information orally using visual aids and exhibiting strong platform skills. An assessment rubric for the writing and speaking test is available on Moodle.

No make-up exams will be given unless you have received the instructor’s permission in advance.

Textbook & Reference

Required Textbook:

No required textbook to purchase. However, you will be asked to download articles and handouts from Moodle to use in class. You may use hard copies or a tablet to complete them.

Books for reference:

  • At a Glance: Writing Paragraphs and Beyond wiht Integrated Readings (6th Edition), 2015, ISBN-13: 978-1-285-44468-0

  • Speaking of Speech New Edition, 2013, ISBN: 978-0-2307-15332-0

Useful English media outlets:


  • VoiceTube:

  • BBC Learning English:

  • TED talks:



Urls about Course
Online Module on Intercultural Communication:

College English Rubrics_Rev..pdf