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Universidad del Turabo en Yabucoa

Course Guide
Deanship of General Studies Department of Languages
Semester 201502
PT 123

Course Codification: English 152


Course Title: Fundamentals of Reading and Writing
Reference: 3877
Section: 703
Credits: 3
Day & Hour: Tuesday Thursday
Class hours: 8:0 am-10:29 am
Room: 107
Pre-requirements, Co-requirements and other requirements:
Professor: Hayde Cruz Rivera
E-mail address:hcruz35@suagm.edu
Telephone # (University): (787) 266-2066
Cellular # (Professor): (787) 433-3610
Office Hour: Tuesday 10:30 am-11:00 am
A. Course Description
This course develops and strengthens students listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency
in English. It includes grammar, vocabulary expansion, reading skills, writing mechanics, sentence
writing, and descriptive, narrative, opinion, and cause/effect paragraphs.
B. General Objectives
None
C. Specific Objectives
1- Strengthen language proficiency in English through listening, speaking, reading, and writing to
successfully perform in an academic environment and other social settings.
2- Demonstrate mastery of grammar, sentence construction, and writing mechanics to develop
effective paragraphs.
3. Apply English grammar to construct coherent written and oral expressions.
4. Enrich vocabulary and reading skills to transition into writing paragraphs.
5. Comprehend and analyze reading materials, such as: paragraphs, essays, articles, among others.
6. Utilize and expand vocabulary through oral and written communication.
7. Construct simple and compound sentences.
8. Understand and apply the writing process.
9. Write clear paragraphs using effective topic sentences, relevant supporting details, and
concluding sentences.
10. Organize, develop, and write: Descriptive, Narrative, Opinion, and Cause/Effect paragraphs.
11. Expand and apply correct grammar usage in the writing process.
A. Suggested Text:
Blanchard, K. & Bonesteel, L. (2010). From reading to writing 2: White Plains, NY: Pearson Education.

B. Materials
In this course it will be use the following:
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Computer
In focus
English\Spanish Dictionary
Internet Sources
Library
Text Book

DATE
Week #1

THEMES
Course
Introduction

(March 24-26)

Week #2
(March 31- April 2)
Week #3
(April 7-9 )

Week #4
(April 14-16)

Affirmative and
negative forms;
Question
formation
Reading Skills
Editing and
proofreading

Week #5
(April 21-23))

Parts of speech

Week #6
(April 28- 30)

Listening Skills

Week #7
(May 5-7)

Opinion
Paragraph

Week #8
(May 12-14)
Week #9
(May 21)

ACTIVITIES/STRATEGIES
Overview of the course: Outline Discussion,
collect students information, go over the skills that
will be covered during the course to explore students
knowledge.
Review sentence structure
Verb conjugation in the present, present
continuous, past, and future tenses
Holy Week (No Class)
Affirmative and negative forms; Question
formation
Reading Skills: Pre-reading; Understanding the
title; Genre and theme; Main idea and supporting
details; Analysis and inferences
Partial Test #1
Supporting details; Topic sentence,
supporting details, and concluding sentence
Simple and compound sentences; Narrative,
descriptive, opinion, and cause/effect paragraphs ;
Editing and proofreading
Grammar: Subject-verb agreement; Parts of speech
Punctuation: Use of the comma, semi-colon and
colon; Use of punctuation marks
Partial Test #2
Capitalization: Days of the week and months;
Proper names
Listening Skills; Active listening; Authentic
listening situations; Decoding the message; Correctly
responding to the message Partial test #2
Presentation and discussion of Opinion Paragraph,
Identify their features
Opinion Paragraph
Speaking Skills: Authentic speaking situations;
Correctly responding to the message; Pronunciation
Review for Final Test
Final Test

EVALUATION
Written Exercise

Written Work to hand in

Partial Test #1
Write a Descriptive Essay
(Group Work)
Write a Narrative Essay
Partial Test #2

Preparation of a Collage
about the grammar
already introduced

Final Test

E. Evaluation
Evaluation Criteria
Written Work
Partial Test #1
Partial Test #2
Final Test

Amount
1
1
1
1

Value
50
50
50
50

F. Grade Distribution
100-90
89-80
79-70
69-60
59-0

Note: This course guide is subject to change.

Total
50
50
50
50

A
B
C
D
F

%
25%
25%
25%
25%
100%