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  1. 1. University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus College of General Studies English Department Dr. Eva de Lourdes Edwards 787-764-0000, Ext. 2685, 2182 Office: 129, ERA Building Office Hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 6:30-7:00; 10:00-11:00 a.m.Course Title: Intensive Basic English ICourse Code: INGL 3161Credits/hours: 3 credits per semester /3 class hours weeklyRequirements: 469 or less on the CEEB-ESLAT Exam (ACTFL proficiency guidelines)Co-requisite: INGL 3161 Lab (Intensive Basic English Laboratory I)Course Description:This course fulfills the English requirement for the general education component. This course isdesigned for students to develop the Basic English language skills for understanding academictexts and communicating ideas orally and in writing at an intelligible level. The course providesstudents with conversational and writing competencies. Using nonfictional selections with aninterdisciplinary thematic content as the focus of discussion, oral and critical thinking skills arefostered. Writing reinforces listening, speaking, and reading skills so that students can expressideas through the thoughtful articulation of vocabulary and grammar. This course requireslaboratory sessions.General Course Objectives:Consistent with the English Department’s general objectives, by the end of the INGL 3161course, the students will be able to: A. communicate orally and intelligibly in a variety of academic situations B. read and comprehend a variety of texts with the aid of a dictionary C. interpret and analyze written texts utilizing elements of the essay D. evaluate a text’s relevance and validity by connecting it to personal experience E. critically examine aesthetic, ethical, humanistic and cultural values underlying texts F. demonstrate progress towards the INGL 3161 goal of writing unified and coherent four (4) paragraph essays that are intelligible to a non-Spanish speaker G. demonstrate the ability to use the library and computer technology for preliminary research and writing H. ability to foster the inclusion of classmates with disabilities I. collaborate in the inclusion of students with disabilities into all class activities
  2. 2. Outline and Time DistributionWeek of … Lecture/Outline SourceAug 20-24 - The course syllabus Syllabus (bring to all - The study of English classes) - Keeping a journal - Elements of the essay Unit 1 - “My Early Memories” (p. 3) o narrative writingAug 27-31 - Diagnostic Unit 1 - “Peer Influences on Achievement” (p. 10) o understanding research Library Systems - Introduction to Blackboard and online communication Journal - Library systems/research skills o EcocriticismSep 3-7 - September 3-Labor Day Unit 1 - “It’s OK to Be Different” (p. 15) o cause and effect Movie - Movie: “Miracle Worker” o compare and contrastSep 10-14 - “People on the Move: Moving Young” (p. 30) Unit 2 o ecocritical perspectiveSep 17-21 - “Bibi and Rajini” (p. 37) Unit 2 o interviews o argumentative writing reactions JournalSep 24-28 - Movie: “The Visitor” Movie o ecocritical perspective - Exam 1Oct 1-5 - “Multitasking Madness” (p. 60) Unit 3 o organizing information from sources o interpretation JournalOct 8-12 - “In the Blink of an Eye” (p. 66) Unit 3 o acronyms o writing reflectionOct 15-19 - “Advertisers Try New Ways to Get Into Your Unit 3 Head” (p. 71) o extended metaphor JournalOct 22-26 - “Students Think Love Conquers All” (p. 85) Unit 4 o interpreting, writing about researchOct 29 - - “Googling Your Date” (p. 95) Unit 4Nov 2 o reviewing main idea and paragraph topics Journal - Exam 2 2
  3. 3. Week of … Lecture/Outline SourceNov 5-9 - November 7-8: Voting Recess Unit 5 - “Entrepreneurs Recognize Opportunities” (p. 114) o strategies for reading academic textbooksNov 12-16 - “How to Be Fair” (p. 128) Unit 5 o scanning articlesNov 19-23 - November 19 – Discovery of Puerto Rico Unit 6 - November 22-23 – Thanksgiving Recess - “The Foundations of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences” (p. 144) o using examples o responding to an inventoryNov 26-30 - Presentations Unit 6 JournalDec 3-7 - “No Job is Beneath You” (p. 161) Unit 6 o arguments in favor or against o reviewing idioms, informal/formal Journal language, paraphrasing - PresentationsDec 10-12 - Review - Final ExamTOTAL = 45 HOURSInstructional strategiesThis course is based upon collaborative discussion among students and teacher, therefore oralparticipation is required. A variety of learning and assessment experiences are used to create aninteractive environment to promote reflection, critical thinking and collaboration. Language andcross-disciplinary literature are integrated to underscore the power of multiple perspectives inilluminating an object of study.Required resourcesRegular classroomLanguage laboratory/Computer lab/Library systemEducational resources (Blackboard, movies, Internet sources, audio-visual equipment) 3
  4. 4. Evaluation StrategiesEvaluation Strategy Grading SystemOral collaboration 15% A 100 – 90Exams 25% B 89 – 80Lab 40% C 79 – 70Written assignments 20% D 69 – 60 (including portfolio) F 59 – 0 TOTAL 100%English Department Attendance PolicySix contact hours of absence may lower average one whole letter grade. Failure to take the finalexam on the scheduled date and time may result in a zero or an incomplete grade.Law 51In accordance with the recommendation of the Dean of Students’ Office (Division for Personswith Disabilities), students who are clients of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation mustcontact the professor at the beginning of the semester in order to make arrangements forreasonable accommodations and for any necessary auxiliary equipment. Other students withspecial needs who require any kind of assistance or reasonable accommodations should alsocontact the professor.TextbooksBaker-González, J., & Blau, E. K. (2009). World of reading 2: A thematic approach to readingcomprehension. White Plains, NY: Pearson LongmanEnglish/English Dictionary: The Merriam Webster Dictionary, Collegiate, 11th EditionBibliographyDixon, R. J. (2004). Grammar Essentials. NY: Longman.Longman Dictionary of American English Now with Thesaurus and CD ROM. (2004). NY:Pearson.Pearson Casanave, C. (2011). Journal writing in second language education. University ofMichigan Press.Robinson, F. L. (2006). College Reading 2. NY: Houghton Mifflin.The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (11th ed.). (2004). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 4
  5. 5. Internet ResourcesDictionary online with pronunciation. writing. skills. with Disabilities Education Act. (2004). for Inclusion. Loevinger, N. (1994). Teaching a diverse student body. University ofVirginia. language and other related references: (Andrei Codrescu’s online journal) (Wikis and Podcasts and Blogs! Oh, My!)Other Information:Work is due on the date announced. Please, hand in all assignments – even late ones – duringyour assigned class period.If you are absent to any class, please contact a classmate to discuss the assigned material andcome prepared to the next class meeting. You are responsible for all material covered in classand for all assigned work, even if you are absent or late.Quizzes may or may not be announced. There are no make-ups for missed quizzes. There will beno make-ups for missed exams. One exam, and only one exam, may be eliminated. If absent toone exam, that zero may be eliminated.You must bring your own dictionary to class. Sharing dictionaries is not allowed during exams.You are encouraged to attend workshops and tutoring sessions offered by the Centro para eldesarrollo de destrezas lingüísticas. The last day to withdraw from this course is October 19,2012.Please turn off and put away cell phones during class unless you have made arrangements withthe professor prior to the class period.As our course develops, other reading selections may be integrated or omitted to satisfy theneeds of the students. 5