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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 : Basic English ICourse Number : English 3101Credits / hours : 3 credits per semester (3 class hours)Pre-requisites : CEEB-ESLAT score: 470-580Course Description :This is an interdisciplinary course that fulfills the English requirement for the general educationcomponent of the bachelor’s degree. This course covers the study of essays as well as other non-fictional readings. It emphasizes an integrated literature approach focused on the study of interand multidisciplinary content. The course seeks to help students develop their ability to thinklogically, read actively, and write clearly. Students develop the skills to move from a simpleliteral understanding of ideas and events toward the more complex intellectual levels of analysisand critical thinking. In addition, the course aims to help students use linguistic and researchtools effectively.Meaningful communication (expression, interpretation and negotiation of meaning) is developedaround three major themes: education, language, and current social and scientific issues. Theseare enhanced through computer-mediated communication for language learning – Blackboard,Internet, Social Software, and movies. A communicative instruction, student-centered approachis used to assist students in learning grammar through content, providing a forum in whichstudents acquire knowledge constructively.General Course Objectives:Consistent with the English Department’s general objectives, by the end of their first semester ofEnglish, the students will demonstrate, through a variety of forms of evaluation and on the basisof the standards for the different levels established by the English Department that they aremaking progress in their ability to: 1. communicate orally and intelligibly in a variety of academic situations 2. apply comprehension skills in reading of non-fictional selections 3. apply interpretive-analytical skills in reading of non-fictional selections 4. evaluate the relevance and validity of information in non-fictional selections. 5. critically examine aesthetic, ethical, humanistic and cultural values in representative texts (essays, films)
  2. 2. 6. express ideas in written form with clarity, precision, coherence, unity, and logic 7. collaborate in the inclusion of students with disabilities into all class activities 8. demonstrate the ability to use the library and computer technology for preliminary research and communicationOutline and Time DistributionWeek of … Lecture/Outline SourceAug 20-24 - The course syllabus Syllabus (bring to all - Reading actively / Annotations classes) - Keeping a journal - Bob Greene: Handle with Care (p. 6) Chapter 1Aug 27-31 - Writing in response to reading Chapter 1 & 2 - Building an essay Movie - Blackboard and online communication - Library systems/research skills - Iain Softley, Dir: K-Pax (2001)Sep 3-7 - September 3-Labor Day Chapter 2 - Reading-writing connection - Russell Baker: Learning to Write (p. 26) - Exam 1Sep 10-14 - Aristotle’s Rhetoric Chapter 10 - Argument and persuasion External researchSep 17-21 - Debate 1: Same-sex parents Chapter 10 - Presentation 1 Student presentations o James Dobson: Two Mommies Is One Debate Too Many (p. 301) o Jeff Pearlman: Mom’s the Word (p. 304)Sep 24-28 - Lisa Cholodenko, Dir: The Kids Are Alright Chapter 10 (2010) MovieOct 1-5 - Narration and description Chapter 3 - Evan Thomas: Rain of Fire (p. 36)Oct 8-12 - Definition and explanation Chapter 5 - Isaac Asimov: What Is Intelligence, Anyway? (p. 122) - Exam 2Oct 15-19 - Debate 2: Reality TV Chapter 10 o Michael Hirschorn: The Case for Reality Debate TV (p. 317) o Oliver James: Danger: Reality TV Can Rot Your Brain (p. 319)Oct 22-26 - Presentation 2 (group work) Chapter 10 Student PresentationsOct 29- - Ron Howard, Dir: EDtv (1999) Movie, PresentationsNov 2 2
  3. 3. Week of … Lecture/Outline SourceNov 5-9 - November 7-8: Voting Recess Chapter 7 - Compare and contrast Movie - Nancy Masterson Sakamoto: Conversational Ballgames (p. 188) - Sofia Coppola, Dir: Lost in Translation (2003)Nov 12-16 - Stephen King: Why We Crave Horror Movies Chapter 9 (p. 255) Documentary - Adam Simon, Dir: The American Nightmare: A Celebration of Films from Hollywood’s Golden Age of Fright (2000)Nov 19-23 - November 19 – Discovery of Puerto Rico Chapter 10 - November 22-23 – Thanksgiving Recess Debate - Debate 3: Can money buy happiness? - Cynthia Crossen: Whether People Define Themselves as Happy Depends on the Era (p. 330) - Pam Lambert and Alex Treniowski: The High Cost of Winning (p. 335)Nov 26-30 - Presentation 3 Chapter 10 Student PresentationsDec 3-7 - Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan, Dirs: Slumdog Chapter 10 Millionaire (2008) MovieDec 10-12 - Journal reviews (movies and essays) Chapter 10 - The essay exam review Student Journals - Final examTOTAL: 45 hoursInstructional StrategiesThis course promotes communicative instruction and collaborative learning. Therefore there isgreat emphasis on activities that encourage communication and collaboration, such as; the use ofguide questions, group work, oral presentations, the use of dictionaries, providing exercises forpractice on the elements of the essay, outlining, summarizing, visiting the library, movies, audio-recordings, conferences and guest speakers. There is an additional emphasis in promoting onlinecommunication through the use of Blackboard.Evaluation Strategies Grading SystemsA. Class participation 20% A 100 - 90B. Exams 30% B 89 - 80C. Presentations, assignments, C 79 - 70 quizzes and lab work 30% D 69 - 60D. Written work F 59 - 0 (including journal) 20% TOTAL: 100% 3
  4. 4. Required resourcesRegular classroomLanguage laboratory/Computer lab/Library SystemsEducational resources (Internet sources, movies, audio-visual equipment)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 51 – Law 238In accordance with the recommendation of the Dean of Students Office (Division for Personswith Disabilities) students who are clients of the Office of Vocational rehabilitation must contactthe professor at the beginning of the semester in order to make arrangements for reasonableaccommodations and for any necessary auxiliary equipment. Other students with special needswho require any kind of assistance or reasonable accommodations should also contact theprofessor.TextbooksFunk, R., Day, S., Coleman, L., & McMahan, E. (2009). The Simon & Schuster Short Prose Reader (6th ed.). New York: Pearson - Prentice Hall.English/English Dictionary: The Merriam Webster Dictionary, Collegiate, 11th EditionBibliographyDixon, R. (2004). Grammar Essentials. NY: Longman.Funk, R., Day, S., Coleman, L., & McMahan, E. (2009). The Simon & Schuster Short Prose Reader (6th ed.). New York: Pearson - Prentice Hall.Longman Dictionary of American English Now with Thesaurus and CD ROM. (2004). New York: Pearson.More Grammar Practice 2. (2004). Boston, MA: Heinle and Heinle.Pearson Casanave, C. (2011). Journal writing in second language education. University of Michigan Press.Ruetten, M. K. (2004). Developing Composition Skills. (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Heinle & Heinle.The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (11th ed.). (2004). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 4
  5. 5. Internet Resources:Debate rubric. online with pronunciation. writing. skills. with Disabilities Education Act. (2004). for Inclusion. Loevinger, N. (1994). Teaching a diverse student body. University ofVirginia. 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 competencias 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