XEN0022: Academic English Skills for Study Abroad Purposes

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English Academic Skills
XEN0022
 

Instructor: Mr. Marlen Elliot Harrison, PhD (ABD), MA

Office: Oppio 107

Contact: marlen.harrison at jyu.fi,  046 588 0325 (text and phone) 

Classrooms: (see Korppi for schedule)


 

OVERVIEW

This course supports and prepares students who will study abroad at three levels. First, they are given opportunities to practice tasks and situations they will encounter in the host academic institutions, such as participating in lectures and seminars, and writing various types of academic assignments. Second, it raises awareness about cross-cultural issues, including different institutional norms and politeness conventions. Finally it offers opportunities for students to network with and share information with other students studying abroad.

ASSESSMENT
Assessment will be based on attendance, active participation, and successful completion of assignments. Assessment is on a scale 1-5.

  • ATTENDANCE is required at all scheduled meetings. Should you be absent, it is YOUR responsibility to contact classmates and check the syllabus to learn what you missed. I will expect all missed work to be completed upon your return.
  • Less than 80% attendance for any reason may result in the lowering of your grade (0-5) by one full number.
  • LATE WORK IS NOT ACCEPTED FOR ANY REASON. 

Required Coursework: You will be assessed based on the following main projects…

  1. Digital Identity (20%) – You will be required to create a digital identity via a WordPress.com blog where you post the above information (note: this blog may be public or private, it will be your choice). Because our lives are increasingly digital, and it is useful to share our research and ideas, this digital identity will also introduce you to communicating to the world in English via the internet. You will also complete a number of brief activities that will scaffold your learning in this course and post them to your blog.
  2. Participation (20%) – Your instructor will assess your in-class participation and award points accordingly.
  3. Small Group Presentation (20%) –  Each Wednesday, a different group of students (4-6 in a group) will lead discussions of that week’s topic. As a group, you will introduce your discussion topic to your classmates using a presentation aid (poster, handouts, powerpoint, etc; 30-45 minutes 5 minutes q&a,). You will then lead a discussion about that topic. Each student is expected to contribute to the presentation in some way and all are expected to speak. You can assign reading to your classmates to help them prepare for your presentation. Please incorporate at least one of the Course Assistants’ blogs for additional support.
  4. Final Essay Exam (20%) – To offer you practice with English essay exams, you will complete a timed, 30 minute, final written exam that reflects the culmination of your learning in this course. The material addressed on this essay exam will be Course Assistants’ blogs and all other course readings.
  5. Crtical Analysis Essay and Presentation (20%) – You will review at least 3 (three) professional publications on a specific topic related to your personal discipline/major and compare and contrast them in a 3-5 page essay posted to your blog (all sources must be cited according to formal conventions). This assignment also requires you to offer peer review to one of your classmates on his/her paper. On the last day of class, you will be expected to present your work to a small group of your classmates in a 5-7 minute presentation using some kind of presentation aid.

    Rationale for Coursework:  As this course is meant to prepare you for the realities of studying in English speaking environments, your course book will offer you practice in English reading (and real stories from American students) while your blog will offer you opportunities for English writing. Additionally, the group project offers you the opportunity to exercise your English presentation skills and the final exam gives you practice in essay writing.

    More important is the opportunity for interaction with real students in the USA, students of various ethnicities, ages and origins who you can get firsthand information from about undergraduate (Bachelors) and graduate (Masters and Doctoral) studies in the US.

    General Assessment Criteria for Academic Writing Assignments in Int’l Master’s Programmes

     

    REQUIRED MATERIALS

    • By 16.11.2010 you will need: Harlan Cohen, The Naked Roommate, Sourcebooks, 3rd edition. Find discounted copies at Amazon.com, Ebay.com, Half.com, BarnesandNoble.com, etc.
    • A WordPress.com blog. You’ll find a guide to help you by clicking here.

     

    OUTCOMES

    • identify different cultural norms, communication styles, and academic conventions
    • use language resources and strategies for coping with large quantities of reading in English
    • use note-taking and active listening strategies to cope with lectures and courses in English
    • engage in-class discussions, as well as other forms of communication with lecturers and university staff (such as email), while paying attention to politeness rules and cultural expectations related to participation
    • understand and respond in clearly structured, academic writing to different kinds of assignments, including in-class exams and out-of-class essays and reports
    • and make inquiries to solve problems faced during a extended stay abroad, such as dealing with the doctor and finding a place to live.

       

       


      COURSE ASSISTANTS

       


      SCHEDULE

       

      T 11/9 (2) Course Introduction

      Today we will:

      • Review the course goals and learn more about the book.
      • Practice an icebreaker activity.
      • Make groups and plan presentations.

      Homework for next time:

      • Meet the author of your book: CLICK ME
      • Set up and design your blog. You’ll find a guide to help you by clicking here.
      • Leave a comment below and tell us your name and full blog address, for example, Angelina Jolie, http://jolieangelina.wordpress.com
      • GROUP 1: By Saturday, 5pm, please email your classmates and let them know what their reading assignment is for Wednesday’s presentation.

       

      W 11/10 (4) – Getting Started, Setting Goals

      Today we will:

      • Meet the Course Assistants.
      • Set goals and review the schedule and assignments.

      Homework for next time:

       


      THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING CLASSROOM

      T 11/16 (2)

      Today we will:

      • Discuss “critical” information
      • Practice locating critical information
      • Discuss how to use critical information

      Homework for next time is:

       

      W 11/17 (4) Fehmi, Caner, Gokhan, Ismail

      Today we will:

      • Enjoy Group 1’s presentation and consider what makes the English-speaking classroom unique.

      Homework for next time is:

       


       PEER INTERACTION

      T 11/23 (2) PEER REVIEW and Guest Lecture from Dr. Ryan Twomey

      Today we will:

      • Practice peer review 

      Homework for next time is:

      • Complete peer review of your partner’s essay by Sunday, 5pm. Post your rubric and comments to your blog.
      • Check your partner’s blog to view comments on your writing.
      • READING: Complete any required reding assigned by Group 2.

       

       

      W 11/24 (4) Milla, Erna, Anni

       

      Today we will:

      • EnjoyGroup 2’s presentation on Peer Interaction in the English-speaking learning environment.
      • Discuss our critical analyses.
      • Practice giving written feedback: Work with a partner to create a rubric that can be used to evaluate  Why are Killing Rampages Increasing? Your rubric should be simple and allow for both specific and holistic commentary about writing mechanics and research design. We are more interested in the efectiveness of the research, its ability to create a story for the reader, and its ability to address its audience than in its use of language. Reading the comments at the end of the article will help you apply your rubric to the article. Post your completed rubric and all comments on your blog. SAMPLE RUBRIC

      Homework for next time is:

      • Complete peer review of your partner’s essay by Sunday, 5pm. Post your rubric and comments to your blog.
      • Check your partner’s blog to view comments on your writing.
      • WRITING, BLOG #3: 2-3 paragraphs in a blog post reflecting on what you learned/liked/found interesting this week. Feel free to write about how this course connects to your personal interests, studies, etc. you can also reflect on student blogs, readings, etc. Please title your post BLOG #3.
      • READING: The Maker’s Eye; Responding to Other Student’s Writing; Please complete the assigned readings from Groups 3 & 4.
      • Check this out! (thanks, Maria): Language for academic writing and presenting http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/
      • Please leave a comment for one course assistant and comments for your blog group members once they have posted their homework.

       


      STUDY SKILLS

      T 11/30 (2) Peer review project due; Rakel, Heini,  Phillip, Mathias, Laura

      Today we will:

      Homework for next time is:

      • Keep working on your critical analysis paper.
      • Make sure you complete any of the reading assignments you haven’t yet read from our syllabus, in preparation for your exam next week.

       

      CAMPUS LIFE

        W 12/1(4) Johanna, Maria, Sini, Jenna

        Today we will:

        • Meet with peer review partners to discuss feedback.
        • Enjoy a presentation about campus life and discuss next week’s exam.
        • Discuss individual presentations of critical analysis papers: Ten minutes with 5 minutes q&a and you must use a presentation aid, examples below.

        Homework for next time is:

        • WRITING, BLOG #4: 2-3 paragraphs in a blog post reflecting on what you learned/liked/found interesting this week. Feel free to write about how this course connects to your personal interests, studies, etc. you can also reflect on student blogs, readings, etc. Please title your post BLOG #4.
        • READING: Review this site – Essay exams at school: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/essay_exam.shtml
        • REVIEW: Links about presentation skills
        • Please leave a comment for one course assistant and comments for your blog group members once they have posted their homework.

         


        WRAP-UP

        T 12/7 (2) Essay Exam

        Today we will:

        • Complete 30 minute essay exam on blog page entitled “EXAM”. No make-ups, if you miss this it will be an automatic fail.

        Homework for next time is:

        • Complete final draft of essay.
        • Prepare for final presentations.
        • WRITING: Complete your Reflective Letter: On its own page entitled “LETTER”, write a reflective letter to your instructor discussing your experience in the course. This should not be an essay, but rather an actual “letter” that addresses any or all of the following:
          * What grade (0-5) do you think you deserve and why?
          * What were your expectations of a) your own performance and b) the course overall and a) how did you meet or not meet your own expectations and b) how did the course meet or not meet your expectations?
          * What was the most useful activity or assignment in terms of advancing your knowledge of Academic Reading and Communciation?  Why?
          * What would you have done differently or taking the course a second time? What recommendations can you make to your instructor to improve this course for future VAL students?
          * What was your greatest challenge in this course and how did you successfully or unsuccessfully  meet this challenge?
          * How will this course be useful to you in the future?
          Note: You are not limited to the above questions; feel free to write about anything you want your instructor to know.
        • Please leave a comment for one course assistant and comments for your blog group members once they have posted their homework.

         

        W 12/8 (4 )Final Presentations of Critical Analyses; Final draft of critical analysis paper due; Reflective letter due

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

        XEN0022: Academic English Skills for Study Abroad Purposes

        on

         
        English Academic Skills
        XEN0022
         

        Instructor: Mr. Marlen Elliot Harrison, PhD (ABD), MA

        Office: Oppio 107

        Contact: marlen.harrison at jyu.fi,  046 588 0325 (text and phone) 

        Classrooms: (see Korppi for schedule)


         

        OVERVIEW

        This course supports and prepares students who will study abroad at three levels. First, they are given opportunities to practice tasks and situations they will encounter in the host academic institutions, such as participating in lectures and seminars, and writing various types of academic assignments. Second, it raises awareness about cross-cultural issues, including different institutional norms and politeness conventions. Finally it offers opportunities for students to network with and share information with other students studying abroad.

        ASSESSMENT
        Assessment will be based on attendance, active participation, and successful completion of assignments. Assessment is on a scale 1-5.

        • ATTENDANCE is required at all scheduled meetings. Should you be absent, it is YOUR responsibility to contact classmates and check the syllabus to learn what you missed. I will expect all missed work to be completed upon your return.
        • Less than 80% attendance for any reason may result in the lowering of your grade (0-5) by one full number.
        • LATE WORK IS NOT ACCEPTED FOR ANY REASON. 

        Required Coursework: You will be assessed based on the following main projects…

        1. Digital Identity (20%) – You will be required to create a digital identity via a WordPress.com blog where you post the above information (note: this blog may be public or private, it will be your choice). Because our lives are increasingly digital, and it is useful to share our research and ideas, this digital identity will also introduce you to communicating to the world in English via the internet. You will also complete a number of brief activities that will scaffold your learning in this course and post them to your blog.
        2. Participation (20%) – Your instructor will assess your in-class participation and award points accordingly.
        3. Small Group Presentation (20%) –  Each Wednesday, a different group of students (4-6 in a group) will lead discussions of that week’s topic. As a group, you will introduce your discussion topic to your classmates using a presentation aid (poster, handouts, powerpoint, etc; 30-45 minutes 5 minutes q&a,). You will then lead a discussion about that topic. Each student is expected to contribute to the presentation in some way and all are expected to speak. You can assign reading to your classmates to help them prepare for your presentation. Please incorporate at least one of the Course Assistants’ blogs for additional support.
        4. Final Essay Exam (20%) – To offer you practice with English essay exams, you will complete a timed, 30 minute, final written exam that reflects the culmination of your learning in this course. The material addressed on this essay exam will be Course Assistants’ blogs and all other course readings.
        5. Crtical Analysis Essay and Presentation (20%) – You will review at least 3 (three) professional publications on a specific topic related to your personal discipline/major and compare and contrast them in a 3-5 page essay posted to your blog (all sources must be cited according to formal conventions). This assignment also requires you to offer peer review to one of your classmates on his/her paper. On the last day of class, you will be expected to present your work to a small group of your classmates in a 5-7 minute presentation using some kind of presentation aid.

          Rationale for Coursework:  As this course is meant to prepare you for the realities of studying in English speaking environments, your course book will offer you practice in English reading (and real stories from American students) while your blog will offer you opportunities for English writing. Additionally, the group project offers you the opportunity to exercise your English presentation skills and the final exam gives you practice in essay writing.

          More important is the opportunity for interaction with real students in the USA, students of various ethnicities, ages and origins who you can get firsthand information from about undergraduate (Bachelors) and graduate (Masters and Doctoral) studies in the US.

          General Assessment Criteria for Academic Writing Assignments in Int’l Master’s Programmes

           

          REQUIRED MATERIALS

          • By 16.11.2010 you will need: Harlan Cohen, The Naked Roommate, Sourcebooks, 3rd edition. Find discounted copies at Amazon.com, Ebay.com, Half.com, BarnesandNoble.com, etc.
          • A WordPress.com blog. You’ll find a guide to help you by clicking here.

           

          OUTCOMES

          • identify different cultural norms, communication styles, and academic conventions
          • use language resources and strategies for coping with large quantities of reading in English
          • use note-taking and active listening strategies to cope with lectures and courses in English
          • engage in-class discussions, as well as other forms of communication with lecturers and university staff (such as email), while paying attention to politeness rules and cultural expectations related to participation
          • understand and respond in clearly structured, academic writing to different kinds of assignments, including in-class exams and out-of-class essays and reports
          • and make inquiries to solve problems faced during a extended stay abroad, such as dealing with the doctor and finding a place to live.

             

             


            COURSE ASSISTANTS

             


            SCHEDULE

             

            T 11/9 (2) Course Introduction

            Today we will:

            • Review the course goals and learn more about the book.
            • Practice an icebreaker activity.
            • Make groups and plan presentations.

            Homework for next time:

            • Meet the author of your book: CLICK ME
            • Set up and design your blog. You’ll find a guide to help you by clicking here.
            • Leave a comment below and tell us your name and full blog address, for example, Angelina Jolie, http://jolieangelina.wordpress.com
            • GROUP 1: By Saturday, 5pm, please email your classmates and let them know what their reading assignment is for Wednesday’s presentation.

             

            W 11/10 (4) – Getting Started, Setting Goals

            Today we will:

            • Meet the Course Assistants.
            • Set goals and review the schedule and assignments.

            Homework for next time:

             


            THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING CLASSROOM

            T 11/16 (2)

            Today we will:

            • Discuss “critical” information
            • Practice locating critical information
            • Discuss how to use critical information

            Homework for next time is:

             

            W 11/17 (4) Fehmi, Caner, Gokhan, Ismail

            Today we will:

            • Enjoy Group 1’s presentation and consider what makes the English-speaking classroom unique.

            Homework for next time is:

             


             PEER INTERACTION

            T 11/23 (2) PEER REVIEW and Guest Lecture from Dr. Ryan Twomey

            Today we will:

            • Practice peer review 

            Homework for next time is:

            • Complete peer review of your partner’s essay by Sunday, 5pm. Post your rubric and comments to your blog.
            • Check your partner’s blog to view comments on your writing.
            • READING: Complete any required reding assigned by Group 2.

             

             

            W 11/24 (4) Milla, Erna, Anni

             

            Today we will:

            • EnjoyGroup 2’s presentation on Peer Interaction in the English-speaking learning environment.
            • Discuss our critical analyses.
            • Practice giving written feedback: Work with a partner to create a rubric that can be used to evaluate  Why are Killing Rampages Increasing? Your rubric should be simple and allow for both specific and holistic commentary about writing mechanics and research design. We are more interested in the efectiveness of the research, its ability to create a story for the reader, and its ability to address its audience than in its use of language. Reading the comments at the end of the article will help you apply your rubric to the article. Post your completed rubric and all comments on your blog. SAMPLE RUBRIC

            Homework for next time is:

            • Complete peer review of your partner’s essay by Sunday, 5pm. Post your rubric and comments to your blog.
            • Check your partner’s blog to view comments on your writing.
            • WRITING, BLOG #3: 2-3 paragraphs in a blog post reflecting on what you learned/liked/found interesting this week. Feel free to write about how this course connects to your personal interests, studies, etc. you can also reflect on student blogs, readings, etc. Please title your post BLOG #3.
            • READING: The Maker’s Eye; Responding to Other Student’s Writing; Please complete the assigned readings from Groups 3 & 4.
            • Check this out! (thanks, Maria): Language for academic writing and presenting http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/
            • Please leave a comment for one course assistant and comments for your blog group members once they have posted their homework.

             


            STUDY SKILLS

            T 11/30 (2) Peer review project due; Rakel, Heini,  Phillip, Mathias, Laura

            Today we will:

            Homework for next time is:

            • Keep working on your critical analysis paper.
            • Make sure you complete any of the reading assignments you haven’t yet read from our syllabus, in preparation for your exam next week.

             

            CAMPUS LIFE

              W 12/1(4) Johanna, Maria, Sini, Jenna

              Today we will:

              • Meet with peer review partners to discuss feedback.
              • Enjoy a presentation about campus life and discuss next week’s exam.
              • Discuss individual presentations of critical analysis papers: Ten minutes with 5 minutes q&a and you must use a presentation aid, examples below.

              Homework for next time is:

              • WRITING, BLOG #4: 2-3 paragraphs in a blog post reflecting on what you learned/liked/found interesting this week. Feel free to write about how this course connects to your personal interests, studies, etc. you can also reflect on student blogs, readings, etc. Please title your post BLOG #4.
              • READING: Review this site – Essay exams at school: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/essay_exam.shtml
              • REVIEW: Links about presentation skills
              • Please leave a comment for one course assistant and comments for your blog group members once they have posted their homework.

               


              WRAP-UP

              T 12/7 (2) Essay Exam

              Today we will:

              • Complete 30 minute essay exam on blog page entitled “EXAM”. No make-ups, if you miss this it will be an automatic fail.

              Homework for next time is:

              • Complete final draft of essay.
              • Prepare for final presentations.
              • WRITING: Complete your Reflective Letter: On its own page entitled “LETTER”, write a reflective letter to your instructor discussing your experience in the course. This should not be an essay, but rather an actual “letter” that addresses any or all of the following:
                * What grade (0-5) do you think you deserve and why?
                * What were your expectations of a) your own performance and b) the course overall and a) how did you meet or not meet your own expectations and b) how did the course meet or not meet your expectations?
                * What was the most useful activity or assignment in terms of advancing your knowledge of Academic Reading and Communciation?  Why?
                * What would you have done differently or taking the course a second time? What recommendations can you make to your instructor to improve this course for future VAL students?
                * What was your greatest challenge in this course and how did you successfully or unsuccessfully  meet this challenge?
                * How will this course be useful to you in the future?
                Note: You are not limited to the above questions; feel free to write about anything you want your instructor to know.
              • Please leave a comment for one course assistant and comments for your blog group members once they have posted their homework.

               

              W 12/8 (4 )Final Presentations of Critical Analyses; Final draft of critical analysis paper due; Reflective letter due

               

               

               

               

               

               

               

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