General Course Description


Type of course: compulsory
Duration:: 2 semesters; 2 hours/ week;Target group: 1st year students of the Department of Human Resources (Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania) (see groups on Student Groups page).Prerequisites: entry level A2-B1 (according to the Common European Framework for Languages (see Self-Assessment Checklists here)Credits: 3/semester.Objectives: Students will develop
  • language competences and skills necessary for study and communication in their academic life and further for their respective profession
  • independent study skills: being aware of the present state of their language competences and skills, setting realistic goals, selecting adequate materials from the recommended resources and, last but not least, self-assess with the help of the instruments provided by the Common European Framework for Languages.
For a Romanian detailed version of the objectives, see the Course Rationale page on English for Academic Purposes Wiki.

Topics


  • Reading: Text genres : textbooks, scientific articles, research reports, prefaces and introductions to specialist books, book reviews. Reading strategies: partial reading strategies (skimming, scanning, intensive reading), understanding the topic, main and secondary ideas, understanding text organisation, critical reading, understanding visuals (graphs, tables, charts, pictures); introduction to hypertext. Enriching general academic and specialist vocabulary by using Internet resources, context, glossaries, dictionaries etc.
  • Speaking: Interaction: pair, group (class), teacher– asking and answering questions to obtain information, identifying a communication context, arguing. The interview: preparing an interview for getting a scholarship/ job. Presentation: presenting the results of a research project or an individual/group task in front of the class; presenting a topic previously chosen (seminar), etc.
  • Listening: Effective listening strategies (listening for gist; listening for detail); note-taking.
  • Writing: The essay: types (argumentative, cause and effect, comparative), structure and organisation, the writing process; research reports: structure and organisation; formal letters; CV; surveys and questionnaires.

General Competences


  • First Semester: Developing and consolidating receptive strategies - reading and listening comprehension - of authentic general English/specialist texts in printed and electronic formats.Communicating by means of individual projects and group oral presentations.
  • Second Semester: Developing and consolidating production strategies - oral and written expression - of specialist texts. Communicating in academic settings by means of individual and group projects.

Methods


The course is delivered in a blended learning format, that is it will consist of (a) face-to-face in-class meetings and (b) online activities on the wiki external image Blendedlearning-1cfvh41.jpgplatform.
Methods used: lecture, demonstration, pair and group work, individual and group inquiry based and project based activities on the Internet using Web 2.0 tools.

Attendance


  • Students are required to attend a minimum of 7 in-class meetings and access/use the wiki platform at least once a week to
(a) check on course material and teacher's posts and (b) do their assignments on a regular basis
  • You are expected to participate to the wiki activities by posting messages, commenting on your classmates' pages and participating in forum discussions. This will be reflected in your grades as well (see evaluation).


Course Timeline and Timetable

Weeks
Dates
Activities Due
Deadlines for collaborative work
  • weeks 1-3
27.02 - 16.03. 2012
Moving to new wiki; organising groups; assigning collaborative tasks
see below for more detailed data
EAP Wiki Management_Human Resources
  • weeks 4-7
19.03 - 13.04. 2012
In-class activities (Units 1 through 3); collaborative work: finish
editing assigned units

Easter Holiday
13.04 - 22.04.2012


Mid-term online test/ questionnaire
23.04 - 29.04.2012
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE FEEDBACK QUESTIONNAIRE
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEZzU0xmOUxvTHVPV0RPcV8xYnc3WXc6MQ#gid=0
COMPULSORY for ALL STUDENTS - 20 EXTRA POINTS FOR FINAL GRADE (see below for evaluation)
  • weeks 8-13
23.04 - 2.06.2012
In-class activities (Units 4 through 7); collaborative work: building up the general glossary

  • week 14
10.06.2012
Wiki locked for evaluation; In class examination




Homework (Self-paced Learning)

Weekly activities are complementary to in-class lectures and activities. There are three types of activities. Follow them throughout all the weekly units. Use your LEARNING GOALS and BRAINS to select and, most of all, HAVE FUN LEARNING!!! Good luck and ENJOY! Post questions and communicate with me and each other by using WIKI MAIL and DISCUSSION TABS!

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED ACTIVITIES

are activities that represent your minimum contribution for the points allocated for your wiki activity.
  1. Individual work: These are activities meant to prepare you for the mid-term and final exam. Generally, they will be word handouts or interactive exercises designed to guide you through tasks and authentic resources in order to develop your English language and study skills (reading, listening, writing, and speaking).
  2. Collaborative work
  • PARTICIPATING IN FORUM DISCUSSIONS: see Guidelines on this activity on the page Forum Discussion Gateway.
  • STUDENT GENERATED CONTENT: collaborative writing of pages: each of you will be part of a team that is going to build up resources on this wiki.

BONUS ACTIVITIES

are activities that earn you extra points. They are targeted at personal development and will ensure the improvement of your "soft skills": interpersonal and team work skills, develop bonding among team mates and teacher, basic proficiency in communicative English and IT skills.
  1. Organizing and monitoring collaborative activities: organizing team work, seminar presentations;
  2. Monitoring forum discussions and collaborative tasks
  3. Quizzes – interactive forms with activities related to the course topic. Results will be collected in Google spreadsheets.

Evaluation


The final grade for this semester is composed of:
  • 100 points: 20 for attendance for a minimum of 7 in-class meetings + 60 points wiki activities (see above, Collaborative work) +20 EXTRA POINTS FOR MID-TERM FEEDBACK QUESTIONNAIRE!!! Click HERE to access.
  • 100 points: Final Exam consisting of READING, VOCABULARY, and WRITING tasks based on weekly units (see below: Exam Information)

Evaluation Rubrics


1. You can follow the current situation of your activities by accessing EAP Wiki Management_Human Resources.
  1. Self- Evaluate your unit group work with this handout by taking the following steps:
  • Gather your group members
  • Download the handout, change its name to the TITLE of YOUR UNIT, for example Professional Social Worker_Unit Assessment
  • Fill in with appropriate assessment of your work
  • BY 10.06 2012 at the latest, upload the document at the bottom of your central unit page, below the table with contributions under the rubric SELF-EVALUATION

Exam Information


  • Exam Date

June 27, 11:30-13:00 hrs, Room 217, Marasti
  • Reading

Read through the texts below to prepare for the reading comprehension section of your paper.
Week 3 -Ally McBeal - A Role Model
Week 4 - The McDonaldization of Society
Week 6 - One Hundred Percent American
Week 8 - Poverty and Economic Injustice
  • Writing

For this part of your paper, you should get prepared to write an argumentative essay on a topic provided by your teacher. For more information on the structure and for writing tips, please refer to information and handouts here: Argumentative Essays
Below are the topics you should prepare for the exam:
  1. “When people succeed, it is because of hard work. Luck has nothing to do with success.” Do you agree or disagree with the quotation above? Use specific reasons and examples to explain your position.
  2. It has been said, “Not everything that is learned is contained in books.” Compare and contrast knowledge gained from experience with knowledge gained from books. In your opinion, which source is more important? Why?
  3. Some people prefer to get up early in the morning and start the day’s work. Others prefer to get up later in the day and work until late at night. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice.
  4. Some people believe that success in life comes from taking risks or chances. Others believe that success results from careful planning. In your opinion, what does success come from? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
  5. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? A person should never make an important decision alone. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
  6. Students at universities often have a choice of places to live. They may choose to live in university dormitories, or they may choose to live in apartments in the community. Compare the advantages of living in university housing with the advantages of living in an apartment in the community. Where would you prefer to live? Give reasons for your preference.
  7. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People are never satisfied with what they have; they always want something more or something different. Use specific reasons to support your answer.

Exam Results

Exam results can be accessed HERE. Congratulations to (almost) all of you for doing a great job!
Please let me know if you have any comments, complaints, mumbles and rumbles on the results. Deadline: Wednesday 19:00 hrs p.m.
Have a wonderful holiday and... see you around! CF

Plagiarism


Students who plagiarise information, be it from printed or electronic sources, will not get a pass grade. In order to recognise what plagiarism is, you can access Citations, Copyright and Plagiarism page.

References


  • Pat Pledger (2009), English for Human Resources, ALLEducational, Bucuresti.
  • For other resources related to the course, go to weekly pages. For general resources on learning general and academic English, access Resources for Learning English.