GSIAS English II Fall 2019
At our first class meeting, we got to know each other a bit. This class has varying interests and needs, and the instructor will endeavor to meet as many of them as possible within our limited time frame.
The general routine each week will consist of:
1. A Word, Quote and Joke of the Day to start things off right. Instructions are linked here.
2. Reflective Writing: Although the focus of this course is on presentations and spoken communication, we will also be working with written language to a limited extent. Writing in this class will include written documents related to your presentations and personal reflections on issues and topics of the day. We will be doing personal, reflective writing about a variety of topics on a regular basis. These short writings may be combined for a larger project later in the semester.
3. News briefings: Each student will bring in one news item weekly, to be presented (not read word-for-word) along with commentary on issues or language, questions or discussion ideas on items. Students should coordinate together to ensure that there are no duplicated efforts on the same stories.
3. The instructor or a student will occasionally bring in material for a class discussion. Be ready to digest and discuss a controversial topic of international interest and share opinions that may be different from those of other students (and the instructor).
4. Because I am an English teacher (and a word person), I can't stray too far away from the basics. I will continue to bring in items (hopefully) of interest and utility on language matters. Students are also encouraged to bring in any language/presentation/current affairs topics that are interesting and useful. Stay tuned for more. While members of the class may have different levels of speaking/writing proficiency, there is always something more that can be learned.
5. The first major assignment, A "Bull in a China Shop" Experience, will be presented Oct. 2nd. Please read the assignment and be thinking about your topic. We will talk about it more in class Week 2. I want you to email or bring a hard copy to class of a detailed, one-page proposal of your presentation by class time Sept. 18th. (Double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font).
On the day you present, before you give your presentation, please give me a copy of your written version. I must have a written copy of your script, notes, and/or PowerPoint in my hand to follow along and make notes on as you present.