By the completion of the course, students will be able to: 1. Read and comprehend texts written in English and critically evaluate them. 2. Write a well-organized and logically-developed paragraph in English. 3. Voice opinions on both familiar topics and various social issues in English. 4. Listen and comprehend English delivered in natural speed.
This is a required course for all first-year students designed to help them improve the four basic skills in English: speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Along with the language skills, the course also aims to help students develop critical thinking skills that are necessary for them to pursue academic studies. Students are divided into approximately thirty per class according to the levels. Class is conducted in English. Self-study at the Multimedia Center for Active Learning (MCAL) is also obligatory.
Issues for Today 3 (2011. 4th ed. Cengage Learning) An English-English Dictionary (paperback or hard cover) Supplementary textbook depending on the class
Magazine and newspaper articles, CDs, DVDs, Graded Readers, etc.
In class, students will do all their activities in English. They are expected to actively participate in class discussions and communicate with their classmates in English.
Assignments are regularly given. Evaluation is based on attendance, classwork, quizzes, mid-term and final examinations, MCAL attendance, and the General Test, which is given in the second semester to check students' progress.
１．Introduction to the First-year English Program ２．Orientation of Self-Study Program at the Multimedia Center for Active Learning (MCAL) ３．Using the English-English dictionary to build vocabulary and grammar skills ４．BASIC READING SKILLS: Skimming ５．Understanding vocabulary from context ６．Identifying the main idea of the passage ７．Identifying the topic and the main idea of each paragraph ８．Scanning for facts and details ９．Paraphrasing 10．Outlining 11．Summarizing 12．PARAGRAPH WRITING SKILLS: Understanding the paragraph format 13．Using correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling 14．Writing a paragraph with a good topic sentence 15．Providing specific examples to support the topic sentence 16．Organizing ideas logically 17．Using transition words effectively 18．Self-editing one's paragraph and peer editing 19．SPEAKING SKILLS: Expressing feelings, thoughts, and ideas 20．Describing events and experiences 21．Asking questions 22．Asking for information 23．Giving a short speech and/or a presentation 24．Correct pronunciation and intonation 25．Improving fluency 26．LISTENING SKILLS: Understanding lectures given in English 27．Note-taking 28．Getting used to a variety of listening materials 29．Listening and getting the main idea 30．Listening for specific information
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