Course Information
(grading, attendance, etc.)

Web Resources:
Merriam-Webster Audio Dictionary
Voice of America/Wordmaster
Prof. Krauss' Independent Study Lab
Dave's ESL Cafe
Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab
The Internet TESL Journal
NCSU English Conversation Club

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Calendar - Spring 2014

Week 1
1/6, 1/8

No car? No problem! There is a shopping center within walking distance of NCSU. Check out Cameron Village:

The shops of Cameron Village
Map: How to get to Cameron Village from NCSU

Wolfprowl - Express weekend entertainment transit service to Glenwood South with connections to downtown Raleigh

Course Overview

Introductions: Focus in Names
Most common American last names

Most popular first names 20 years ago (when you were born)

2013 Word of the Year:
Oxford English Dictionary
Merriam-Webster Online

Conversation Skills: Small Talk
Polite Expressions

Week 2 
1/13, 1/15

Listening and Note-taking Skills:
Listening Practice: Jack and the Beanstalk
Text

Video Lecture Unit 1.  Content Area: Communication
American Culture Notes:
The Pledge of Allegiance

Overview of Assignment due 1/22: Leading a Discussion

What surprised you most about the US?

American Culture Notes: Dr. Martin Luther King
I Have a Dream
America (My Country 'tis of Thee)

Week 3 
1/20, 1/22

1/20: Holiday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
UNIVERSITY CLOSED

Assignment due 1/22: Leading a Discussion

Sign up for mini-presentations on idioms
      Hundreds of Idiom Definitions

      Illustrated Idioms at GoEnglish.com

American Culture Notes: Gestures  North Carolina symbols

Week 4
1/27, 1/29

Assignment due 1/29: Watch "Friends" Video and complete worksheet

Begin Mini-Presentations on Idioms
Idiom Presentation Schedule Round 1


Noting Numbers and Statistics
Number Listening Comprehension:

Practice Exercise 1          Exercise 2         Exercise 3

Practice with large numbers
Ten Rules for Writing Numbers and Numerals

American Culture Notes: Baby Boomers 

    What is a baby boomer?
  Ageism

American Culture Notes: Guess the Category

Week 5
2/3, 2/5

 

Presentation Skills Unit
Presentation I Format
Presentation Teams
Presentation 1 Instructor Evaluation
Presentation 1 Self-evaluation


Presentation Skills Essentials

Nina Weinstein: Tips on Preparing for an Oral Presentation

Nina Weinstein: A Fast Way to Make Yourself

a Better Understood Speaker? Slow Down

Sample Presentation

Signs of the Western Zodiac

Week 6
2/10, 2/12

Valentine's Day

Voice Board Assignment 1:
France Gives Birth to a Trend

Pronuciation Skills: What Makes Up Our Accents?

 

Week 7
2/17, 2/19

Meet Wednesday in the
Language & Computer Labs Building (Laundry)
Room 216

(Building 30 on Campus Map)

Presentation 1
Presentation Teams
Click here to watch your presentation video
Presentation self-evaluation form to submit



Voice Board Assignment 2:

New Greeting Cards Offer Encouragement, Hope
Week 8
2/24, 2/26

Listening and Note-taking Skills:
Video Lecture 2. Biology: Genetic Engineering

Vocabulary in Conversation: common expressions
Dictation 2  Text and Audio File

Voice Board Assignment 3:
Procrastination: End it now 

Week 9
3/3, 3/5

Dictation 2    Text and Audio File

American Culture Notes: St. Patrick's Day

MIDTERM EXAM: Wednesday, 3/5
Midterm review sheet
Answers to Midterm Exam Review: Idioms

Spring Break 3/10 - 3/14 - NO CLASSES
Week 10 
3/17, 3/21
Sign up for mini-presentations on idioms
Video Lecture 3: The American Character

American Culture Notes:
Easter

Week 11
3/24. 3/26

Begin Mini-Presentations on Idioms
Groups for idiom skits

Idiom skits in class
Definitions of idioms used in skits

Vocabulary in Conversation 1

Week 12
3/31, 4/2

Listening for Critical Analysis and Defending Ideas in a Second Language
Debating Skills
Format for informal debates in class
Possible topic: Guns in America

Groups & Schedule for Debates

Vocabulary in Conversation 2

Overview of Presentation 2
Sample Academic Argument Presentation
Sample of excellent presentation skills: being at 00:15:45

Week 13
4/7, 4/9

Outline of presentation thesis and argument due 4/11

The Art of Rhetoric
Some definitions of rhetoric
Some rhetorical devices
Some logical fallacies
Visual rhetoric
Visual rhetoric: text elements
Memes

Practice Identifying Effective Argument

Selected topics in grammar/writing:

The Use and Non-Use of Articles

Selected topics in
pronunciation:
Review of Rhythm and Focus in English

Voice Board Assignment 4:
What Does Your Voice Say About You

Week 14
4/14, 4/16

Presentation 2
Presentation Format

Presentation Evaluation Rubric
Memes to Support Student Presentations
Click here to watch your presentation video

Week 15
4/21, 4/23

Presentation 2, cont.
Presentation Format
Presentation Evaluation Rubric


Review for final exam  Final Exam Review Sheet

        Final Exam
Monday, April 28, 1:00-4:00 p.m. in Withers Hall, Room 145

 
 
 

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