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Paul Sparks, Sino-Canadian International College, Guangxi University, Nanning.
Plans for "Watch, Listen & Speak", Semester 2
Listening & Speaking, Semester 2, Course Outline
1. Course Description: The second semester
"Watch, Listen & Speak" course is classroom based, with two
40-minute periods per week. The students are expected to allocate a
substantial amount of their own time to compliment the lesson content. This
course will involve aspects of vocabulary, grammar, writing and reading as
well as the core subjects of listening and speaking, therefore students are
encouraged to use ideas they have been taught in other subjects. Students
are expected to express opinions, verbally and in written form, stating
their reasons. Participation, both individually and in groups is required.
The second semester will
review basic skills previously taught, revising the areas of weakness
identified in the first semester. The content of the lessons will be
adjusted throughout the semester according to student abilities. New
subjects will be introduced each week.
2. Course Objectives: The second semester of
"Watch, Listen & Speak" is primarily designed to enable
* Listen Effectively for
* Effective Note Taking
* Summarise from Listening
* Analysis of Movies / TV Shows / News Clips
* Understand Small Talk & Basis of Conversations
* Use Compound Words
* Use and Understand Conjunctions
* Improve Pronunciation, Stress & Intonation
* Discussion & Debate
* Listen to real English (Radio. TV etc.)
3. Materials and Multimedia Resources:
"Tapestry, Listening & Speaking 4"
* Course Website - www.paulsparks.net
* In addition, various DVD's and CD's will be used.
* The Internet will be used for most lessons as well as Microsoft
Resources: Additional handouts, articles, photocopies, etc. will be
used for most lessons.
4. Course Evaluation & Details:
* Assignments /
Homework = 25%
* In Class Tests = 25%
* Midterm Exam = 15%
* Final Exam = 30%
* Attendance = 5%
Assignments / Homework
(25%): This accounts for 25% of the second semester, details will be given
In Class Tests (25%):
These account for 25% of the second semester. There will be two in class
tests during the second semester. Further details will be given in class.
Mid-term Exams (15%):
The midterm exam accounts for 15% of the second semester. The exam is
scheduled for week 10. Details will be given during lessons nearer the time.
Final Exam (30%): The
final exam is scheduled for weeks 19 and 20. The final exam accounts for 30%
of the second semester. Further details will be given during lessons.
Attendance accounts for 5% of the second semester. Students will lose 1% of
the semester total for each unauthorized absence, up to a total of 5%.
Students are required to explain all absences.
5. Expectations of the Students:
Attendance & Behaviour: Students are expected to attend every lesson.
You are required to be in the classroom at least 5 minutes before the lesson
begins. Mobile phones should be turned off during lessons in accordance with
the university rules. Students are not to operate any equipment in the
classroom without supervision of the teacher.
required to bring their own stationary to each lesson. You are advised to
bring a pen, pencil, notebook, dictionary, textbook and anything else
specified by the teacher. Each student is required to buy an A4 binder to
keep lesson handouts in. You are also required to supply your own audio
tapes or computer disks if required during the semester.
Assignments / Homework:
Students are required to complete all assignments and homework on time. If
students have any problems with assignments it is their responsibility to
contact the teacher during lessons, office hours or by email. Late
submissions will not be marked unless the Dean writes an explanation in
speak English in the classroom. Students are expected to ask the teacher if
they do not understand something. Either ask in class or make an appointment
during to meet during office hours. Students are expected to write notes
during lessons and consult the course website (www.paulsparks.net) for
further details about lessons. Students are expected to inform the teacher
about any issues relating to lessons.
semester office hours are Monday 9pm to 11pm. Students should make an
appointment to discuss teaching related issues during office hours.
expected to give feedback to the teacher from lessons and assessments.
6. Expectations of the Teacher:
Assignments, In Class
Tests & Exams: I will try mark assignments, in class tests and exams
within 3 days and give back results within 7 days.
E-mail & Website: I
will try to reply to all e-mails within 24 hours. I will try to publish all
my lessons on my website every day.
Office Hours: I will be
available (by appointment only) during office hours, Monday 9pm - 11pm.