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High Beginner Conversation Spring 2011: March 2 - May 3 , 2011 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays,suzanne.bardasz@gmail.com Website: http://suzannesclassroom.com/moodle Required Textbook: Interchange 1B – Third Edition by Jack Richards (Cambridge Press) Course Description and Objectives : While primarily a conversation course, this course will also focus on the other three skills: listening, reading, and writing. This course will also help the student improve speaking skills by exploring various cultural topics of interest in depth. We will use the exercises in the textbook as well as various worksheets, audio and videotapes, listening dictation, and class discussion. The course offers extensive conversation and speaking practice through the use of a variety of learning techniques, including group and pair exercises. The course will also help students develop and organize their ideas, which will increase their confidence and, in turn, will help with their speaking. 1) Attend classes Course Requirements  You must attend class regularly. Except emergencies or valid excuses, you must attend 2) Be on time  70% of the classes to pass. You must come to class on time.  If you know you will miss a class because of an emergency and/or illness, you must notify me by e-mail or leave a voice mail. It is your responsibility to find out what you missed in class and to complete missing assignments.  You are expected to show up to class on time . As I am in class and ready to teach on time, I expect you to be in the classroom ready to learn on time.  Unless you tell me before hand that you will be late for class, anybody who shows up to class after 15 minutes will be considered absent.  3 times you are late= 1 absence 1 " id="pdf-obj-0-2" src="pdf-obj-0-2.jpg">

High Beginner Conversation

Spring 2011: March 2 nd - May 3 rd , 2011 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 7pm-8:30pm

*No classes March 28 th -April 1 st due to midterm exams at KAIST*

Instructor: Suzanne M. Bardasz Office: Room 1118 Office Hours: M, W, F 2-5 pm, and by appointment Office Phone Number: 350-8786 E-mail: suzanne.bardasz@gmail.com Website: http://suzannesclassroom.com/moodle

Required Textbook:

Interchange 1B – Third Edition by Jack Richards (Cambridge Press)

Course Description and Objectives:

While primarily a conversation course, this course will also focus on the other three skills:

listening, reading, and writing. This course will also help the student improve speaking skills by exploring various cultural topics of interest in depth. We will use the exercises in the textbook as well as various worksheets, audio and videotapes, listening dictation, and class discussion. The course offers extensive conversation and speaking practice through the use of a variety of learning techniques, including group and pair exercises. The course will also help students develop and organize their ideas, which will increase their confidence and, in turn, will help with their speaking.

1) Attend classes

Course Requirements

You must attend class regularly. Except emergencies or valid excuses, you must attend

2) Be on time

70% of the classes to pass. You must come to class on time.

If you know you will miss a class because of an emergency and/or illness, you must

notify me by e-mail or leave a voice mail. It is your responsibility to find out what you missed in class and to complete missing assignments.

You are expected to show up to class on time. As I am in class and ready to teach on time, I expect you to be in the classroom ready to learn on time.

Unless you tell me before hand that you will be late for class, anybody who shows up to class after 15 minutes will be considered absent.

3 times you are late= 1 absence

If no one shows up to class in the first 20 minutes of class, class will be automatically cancelled.

3) Be prepared

You must attend class regularly and complete all assignments.

Bring all the things you need for the class: textbook, pens, pencils, dictionary, notebook,

homework, questions, etc. Turn off your cell phones (including vibrator tone) before coming to class and cell phones must not visibly be seen (no text messaging in class).

If you must accept a cell phone call in class, please step outside of the classroom, so you will not disturb the class.

4) Participate

You must actively participate in class and be cooperative and supportive of your classmates, as well as be respectful to me.

Everybody can participate and enjoy themselves during this course. If you do not

participate, then you cannot improve. The best way to learn English is to participate. Share your ideas and beliefs, have an opinion, agree and disagree. Ask questions if you don’t understand something or need repetition. There are NO dumb questions!

In other words, just participate!

5) Language Use English. The use of Korean in class will not help you improve your English abilities, so using and speaking Korean is highly discouraged during class.

I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you. I invite each of you to come to my office if you have any questions, concerns, or if you would just like to chat.

Tentative Weekly Schedule

Week/Date

Topic

Week One

 

Day 1

Placement Test

Day 2

Introductions/Class syllabus

Week Two

What does she look like? Asking about and

Day 3

describing people’s appearance; identifying people.

Day 4

Day 5

Task #1- Describing a picture to the rest of the class

Week Three

It’s a very exciting place! Asking about and

Day 6

describing cities; asking for and giving suggestions;

Day 7

talking about travel and tourism.

Day 8

Task #2: Creating a travel brochure about a place someone should visit in Korea or in the world.

Week Four

It really works! Talking about health problems;

Day 9

asking for and giving advice; making requests;

Day 10

asking for and giving suggestions.

Day 11

Task #3: Doing a group role-play asking and

Week Five

giving advice on health procedures. *MIDTERM WEEK- No classes March 28 th -

Day 12

April 1 st due to midterm exams at KAIST*

Day 13

Day 14

Week Six

May I take your order? Expressing likes and

Day 15

dislikes; agreeing and disagreeing; ordering a meal.

Day 16

Day 17

Task #4: “Plan a menu”: Creating a menu of dishes and restaurant role-play

Week Seven

The biggest and the best! Describing countries;

Day 18

making comparisons; expressing opinions; talking

Day 19

about distances and measurements.

Day 20

Task #5: “Things you can do to help the environment”: Creating a campaign to help promote ways people can save the environment

Week Eight

I’m going to a soccer match: Talking about plans;

Day 21

making invitations; accepting and refusing

Day 22

invitations; giving reasons; taking and leaving messages.

Day 23

Task #6-Cell phone talk: Practicing expressions

Week Nine

you can use while talking/texting on the phone A change for the better! Exchanging personal

Day 24

information; describing changes; talking about

Day 25

plans for the future.

Day 26

Task #7: “My possible future”: Planning a possible future

Day 27

Last Day of Class