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ENGL 0002: Beginner English 2

ENGL 0007: Intermediate English 1 (EAP)

ENGL 0007: Intermediate English 1 (EAP)


Course Description

In this course, students expand their academic English skills as they are introduced to complex texts and discussions in their field. They will also be able to take a side on a written debate and express their opinion. Students will be able to present subjects clearly via persuasive and argumentative essays. There is an additional focus on refining grammar and increasing vocabulary. Students will be able to write a short academic review of a journal article. There is peer assessment in the form of review and editing feedback.

Prerequisites

None

Required Textbook and Materials

UoPeople courses use open educational resources (OER) and other materials specifically donated to the University with free permissions for educational use. Therefore, students are not required to purchase any textbooks or sign up for any websites that have a cost associated with them. The required and recommended readings, supplemental materials, or other resources and websites necessary for lessons will be provided for you in the weekly course Unit areas and the Learning Guides.

Software Requirements/Installation
  • Kaltura with audio/visual recording and upload capabilities
  • Chrome browser

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Language Objectives
  • Students will be able to use a wide range of narrative tenses.
  • Students will be able to use relative clauses in their writing.
  • Students will be able to express current and past habits.
  • Students will be able to express agreement and disagreements.
  • Students will be able to express their opinion and give justification.
Academic Objectives
  • Students will be able to understand sides of a debate and implications.
  • Students will be able to debate different sides of a topic with each other through a role-play and use statistical backing to support their argument.
  • Students will be able to critique an article using a simple analysis.
  • Students will be able to understand persuasive and argumentative styles of writing.
  • Students will be able to use editing techniques and give peer feedback.
Learning Outcomes
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to critique an article by producing a small academic review.
  • Students will demonstrate their academic writing skills by producing a persuasive essay and an argumentative essay.

Course Schedule and Topics

This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week. The Final Exam will take place during Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time). The following is an outline of how this course will be conducted, with suggested best practices for students

Unit 1: Vocabulary Development- Tone Words and Their Effects on Persuasive Writing
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Review and Complete all interactive Vocabulary Assignments
  • Review and submit the Written Assignment
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz
Unit 2: Differentiating Between Fact and Opinion
  • Peer Assess Unit 1 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Review and Complete all interactive Vocabulary Assignments
  • Review and Complete the Written Assignment
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz
Unit 3: Critical Thinking Skills and Inferences
  • Peer Assess Unit 2 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Review and Complete all interactive Vocabulary Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz
  • Take the Graded Quiz
Unit 4: Determine Whether an Argument is Logical, Relevant, and Adequate Based on the Evidenced Provided in a Passage
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Review and Complete all interactive Vocabulary Assignments
  • Review and Complete the Written Assignment
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz
Unit 5: The Reading-Writing Connection. Topics, Thesis, Details Literacy for College Success
  • Peer Assess Unit 4 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Review and Complete all interactive Vocabulary Assignments
  • Review and Complete the Written Assignment
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz
Unit 6: Writing the Expository/Informative Essay
  • Peer Assess Unit 5 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Review and Complete all interactive Vocabulary Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz
  • Take the Graded Quiz
Unit 7: Writing the Persuasive Essay
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Review and Complete all interactive Vocabulary Assignments
  • Review and Complete the Written Assignment
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz
Unit 8: Reflection
  • Peer Assess Unit 7 Written Assignment
  • Read the Learning Guide and Reading Assignments
  • Review and Complete all interactive Vocabulary Assignments
  • Participate in the Discussion Assignment
  • Make entries to the Learning Journal
  • Take the Self-Quiz
Unit 9: Course Review and Final Exam
  • Read the Learning Guide and take the Review Quiz, if you haven't already done so
  • Prepare for, take, and submit the Final Exam
  • The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9 (UoPeople time); exact dates, times, and other details will be provided accordingly by your instructor

Course Requirements

Discussion Assignments & Response Posts/Ratings

Most units in this course require that you complete a Discussion Assignment. You are required to develop and post a substantive response to the Discussion Assignment in the Discussion Forum. A substantive response is one that fully answers the question that has been posed by the instructor. In addition, you must extend the discussion by responding to at least three (3) of your peers’ postings in the Discussion Forum. Discussion Forums are only active for each current and relevant learning week, so it is not possible to contribute to the forum once the learning week has come to an end. Failure to participate in the Discussion Assignment by posting in the Discussion Forum and responding to peers as required may result in failure of the course.

Video Assignments

This course uses video and/or audio assignments for role playing activity. In language learning, it is important to be able to engage with others in using the language. Throughout the course, you will have a series of assignments that require you to do just that. You will be given a prompt and a detail on how your assignment is graded. Remember, although only what you submit is graded it is encouraged to try a few practice videos or audio versions before sending in the one you feel best demonstrates your ability.

Written Assignments

Some units in this course require that you complete a Written Assignment. You are required to submit your assignments by the indicated deadlines and, in addition, to peer assess three (3) of your classmates’ assignments according to the instructions found in the Assessment Form, which is provided to you during the following week. During this peer assessment period, you are expected to provide details in the feedback section of the Assessment Form, indicating why you awarded the grade that you did to your peer.

Learning Journals

Your instructor may choose to assign specific topics and/or relevant questions as a weekly Learning Journal entry for you to complete. The Learning Journal must be updated on a weekly basis, because its entries will be assessed by your instructor directly as a part of your final grade. The Learning Journal will only be seen by your instructor.

Vocabulary Assignments

Some units have interactive vocabulary assignments. These assignments may take the form of flash cards, word searches, definitions, dictation, and fill in the blanks. You will have unlimited attempts during the learning week to finish these assignments and your highest score will be the one recorded in the grade book.

Quizzes

This course will contain three types of quizzes –Self-Quizzes, Graded Quizzes, and the Review Quiz.

Self-Quizzes
Self-quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false (yes/no), or short answer questions. The results of the Self-Quiz count towards your final grade.
  • There are eight self-quizzes
  • Quizzes contain 5 multiple choice and true/false (yes/no) questions.
  • You have unlimited attempt(s) at each quiz.
  • You have 20 minutes to take the quiz.
  • The score will be available after submission.
Graded Quizzes
Graded quizzes may contain multiple choice, true/false (yes/no), or short answer questions. The results of the Graded Quiz will count towards your final grade.
  • There are two graded quizzes
  • Quizzes contain 10 multiple choice and true/false (yes/no) questions worth 10 points each.
  • You have 1 attempt at each quiz.
  • You have 40 minutes to take the quiz.
  • The score will be available after submission.
Review Quiz
The review quiz may contain multiple choice, true/false (yes/no), or short answer questions. The Review Quiz will assist you in a comprehensive review and full understanding of all course material, in preparation for your Final Exam.
  • There is 1 review quiz
  • The quiz contains 25 multiple choice and true/false (yes/no) questions.
  • You have unlimited attempt(s) at each quiz.
  • You have 90 minutes to take the quiz.
  • The score will be available after submission.
Final Exam

The Final Exam will take place during the Thursday and Sunday of Week/Unit 9, following the completion of eight units of work. The format of the Final Exam is similar to that of the quizzes, and may contain a combination of different question types. You will have one attempt to take the exam, and it will be graded electronically. Specific instructions on how to prepare for and take the exam will be provided during Week/Unit 8.

  • The Final Exam contains 25 multiple choice and true/false (yes/no) questions worth X points each.
  • You have 1 attempt.
  • You have 90 minutes to take the quiz.
  • The score will be available after the final examination period.
  • Feedback is available after the exam period has finished
Course and Announcements Forums

The Course and Announcement Forums are the place to raise issues and questions relating to the course. It is regularly monitored by the instructors, and is a good place to meet fellow students taking the same course. While it is not required to participate in the Course and Announcement Forums, it is highly recommended.


Course Policies

Grading Components and Weights

Each graded component of the course will contribute some percentage to the final grading scale, as indicated below:

Grade Components
Course Requirements Number of Items Points for Each Percentage
Discussion Assignments 8 10 15%
Video Assignments
4 10 15%
Learning Journal
8 10 20%
Vocabulary Assignments
TBD
10 17%
Self Quizzes
8 10 8%
Review Quiz
1 25 2%
Graded Quiz 1
1
100 5%
Graded Quiz 2
1 100 5%
Final Exam 1 100 15%
Total 100%

Grading Scale

This course will follow the standard 100-point grading scale defined by the University of the People, as indicated below:

Grading Scale
Letter Grade Grade Scale Grade Points
A+ 98 - 100
4.00
93 - 97
4.00
A- 90 - 92
3.67
B+ 88 - 89
3.33
83 - 87
3.00
B- 80 - 82
2.67
C+ 78 - 79
2.33

73 - 77
2.00
C-
70 - 72
1.67
D+
68 - 69
1.33

63 - 67
1.00
D-
60 - 62
0.67

Under 60
0.00
Grade Appeal

If you believe that the final grade you received for a course is erroneous, unjust, or unfair, please contact your course instructor. This must be done within seven days of the posted final grade. For more information on this topic, please review the Grade Appeal Procedure in the University Catalog.

Participation

Non-participation is characterized by lack of any assignment submissions, inadequate contributions to the Discussion Forums, and/or lack of peer feedback to Discussion/Written Assignments. Also, please note the following important points about course participation:

  • Assignments must be submitted on or before the specified deadline. A course timeline is provided in the course schedule, and the instructor will specify deadlines for each assignment.
  • Any student showing non-participation for two weeks (consecutive or non-consecutive) is likely to automatically fail the course.
  • Occasionally there may be a legitimate reason for submitting an assignment late. Most of the time, late assignments will not be accepted and there will be no make-up assignments.
  • All students are obligated to inform their instructor in advance of any known absences which may result in their non-participation.
Academic Honesty and Integrity

When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is essential to cite and reference all source material. Failure to properly acknowledge your sources is known as “plagiarism” – which is effectively passing off an individual’s words or ideas as your own. University of the People adheres to a strict policy of academic honesty and integrity. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in sanctions by the University, including dismissal from the University or course failure. For more information on this topic, please review the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

Any materials cited in this course should be referenced using the style guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA format is widely used in colleges and universities across the world and is one of several style and citation formats required for publication in professional and academic journals. Refer to the UoPeople's APA Tutorials in the LRC for help with APA citations.

Code of Conduct

University of the People expects that students conduct themselves in a respectful, collaborative, and honest manner at all times. Harassment, threatening behavior, or deliberate embarrassment of others will not be permitted. Any conduct that interferes with the quality of the educational experience is not allowed and may result in disciplinary action, such as course failure, probation, suspension, or dismissal. For more information on this topic, please review the Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog.