Freshman English: Readings and Lab
Fall 2020

College of Science
THIS WEEK

 
The Big Bang
                Theory
Mondays 新生大樓 301, class periods 3/4, 10:20am-12:10pm,
Wednesdays 外教中心 101, class periods 1/2, 8:10-10:00am
Professor Karen Steffen Chung 史嘉琳
E-mail: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
gmail: feathermountain@gmail.com
Homepage: http://homepage.ntu.edu.tw/~karchung/
(the first Google hit for "Karen Chung")
SLANT video
                screenshot
TA: Sammi Lee 李岳珊
Email:  b07102026@ntu.edu.tw
gmail: yuehshan133@gmail.com

Join: Class Facebook Group
  Mini-conversations

師德文教 CET Hello! E.T. 大師開講 and 英語島 English Island articles on English learning
24 CET articles in one single pdf file 


    Fall 2020:
There will be 33 class meetings this semester:

     September 2020: 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30;
     October:               5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28;
     November:           2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30;
     December:           7,
9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30;
     January 2021:      4, 6.
 

    The final exam is currently scheduled for Wednesday January 13, 2020 at 8:10-10:00am in 外教中心 101; subject to change.

    Notes: 1. You will have an assigned seat to facilitate easier and fairer turn-taking.
                2. The polite way to address your professor is "Professor Chung".
                    (This article explains current practices in the US.)
                    If other teachers invite you to use their first name, then it's OK; otherwise use "Professor" + family name.
                3. ALWAYS use your NTU email account for class-related correspondence unless otherwise instructed.
                    You will also need a gmail account to use Google Drive, and to submit certain assignments, as instructed.
                4. Always TURN OFF OR MUTE YOUR CELL PHONE while in class.
                5. ABSOLUTELY NO EATING IN THE 外教 CLASSROOM! ALSO, NO DRINKS ALLOWED OTHER
                    THAN PLAIN WATER OR UNSWEETENED TEA!
You may eat and drink in the hallways.
                    There will in any case be NO EATING during class in both classrooms.
                6. Use correct format in all your written work:

      Include your name in English and Chinese,
      your student number, and the date, flush left (left justified 左邊對齊),
      in the upper right-hand corner of all your work.
      Use Times New Roman 12 pt for text, 新細明體 12 pt. for Chinese,
      and Lucida Sans Unicode 10.5 pt for IPA symbols. Sample:

      Iris Lin 林玉梅
      B01102000
      Freshman English
      September 10 & 12, 2018  Week One

     Make SURE you include the CORRECT WEEK NUMBER for the classes
     the notes are from, based on this syllabus.

     Grade calculation

     Grades will be calculated on the basis of:

     Written class work (20%)
     oral class work and class participation (20%)
     scores on your dictations and quizzes (15%)
     score on final exam (written and listening) (30%)
     attendance, punctuality, attitude, and progress made; DON'T BE LATE! (15%)

     Note that the percentage breakdown is only APPROXIMATE, and is SUBJECT TO ADJUSTMENT in each individual case.
     Extra credit will be given to students who do independent research on a class-related topic and share their findings with the class.

     Also note that more than 3 absences or 5 tardinesses may result in your NOT PASSING THE COURSE.
     If you must miss class or be late let Ms. Chung and the TA know by e-mail or otherwise beforehand;
     or as soon as possible afterwards if you really can't get in touch beforehand.
     Don't just fail to show up for class and not offer an explanation – even if it's "I overslept", please explain.


WEEK ONE: 9/14, 9/16 
9/14

1.  Welcome!
     Introductions: Prof. Chung and TA Sammi Lee 李岳珊
;
     Enrollment and class list: please fill in your English or Romanized name.
     You will choose a learning partner for help and accountability.
     Sammi will photograph you during break for the class list on Wednesday.

2.  Warm-up song: Nat King Cole: Kemo Kimo

3.  Professor Chung's October 2018 TEDx talk:
     如何用「回音法」學好英文口說  史嘉琳

4.  SLANT:
     Sit up straight.
     Listen. (or: Lean in.)
     Ask and answer questions.
     Nod your head. (or: shake your head; or: wrinkle your brow)
     Track the teacher.

     Note that you will get extra points for class participation;
     this can help raise your final grade.

5.  a. Print out this English Skills Checklist compiled by former TA Phoebe Lee,
     and bring it to every class. Check off each skill after you master it.
     b. Also print out and bring to every class: IPA symbols handout.
     c. Also print out: 

      Article for reading and translation into Chinese:
     Lived Through This: What I Overheard as an Escape Room Actor   pdf
     by Paul A. DeStefano   in Medium: Human Parts  January 19, 2020

     Print out the article and prepare to read and translate the first 6 parts.
     MP3 file 

6.   a. Join: Class Facebook Group
      b. Create a folder using your English name as the folder name
          in the FE Fall 2020 folder on Google Drive;
          you will receive an invitation mailed to your gmail account.
      c.
Make a COPY of the file entitled "Learning Checklist" WITH A NEW FILE NAME
          (you can add your initials at the end) that you will find in this folder
          and keep it in your Google Drive folder. You will update this file WEEKLY.
          Sheet One is required; the other sheets are optional for now, but you may find them useful and fun!

7.  You will hand in a paper version of your weekly notes
      every Monday in class, and will also upload a pdf file of your notes to
      the class folder on Google Drive. Add each new week's notes to
      the TOP of the Word file, then save as pdf and upload to Google Drive.
      Articles to read and take notes on for next Monday: CET 1 & 2:
     大師開講 — 提升聽力祕訣:每天請聽「回音」十分鐘(上、下)
      in No. 69 & 70, January/February p. 8-10 & March/April 2012, p.12-14.
      Also include notes on Melissa Hsiung's article, 英文 E-mail 潛規則:老師怎麼不早點教我?!

8.  Format for name on homework – in upper right hand corner, left justified
     (you can make a "box" and insert it in your Word file each week):

        Iris Lin 林玉梅
        B01102000
        Freshman English  Week One
        September 14 & 16, 2020

Use: Times New Roman 12 pt for text,
         Lucida Sans Unicode 10.5pt for IPA symbols,
         新細明體 12pt for 中文
 
         i2Speak IPA input tool:
         http://www.i2speak.com/

         Convert to pdf format before printing out to avoid encoding errors.
         If your format and fonts are incorrect, your homework will be counted as 缺交.

9.  Each student is required to send an e-mail message to the professor
     and TA Sammi


     See this sample, and read Melissa Hsiung's article, 英文 E-mail 潛規則:老師怎麼不早點教我?!
     for correct email format. FORMAT is IMPORTANT!


     It needs to include:

     1. this subject line:
     fe: quote, reason, NYT, gmail, fb name

     2. an English quote you like, together with its source.
     Example: "We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled.
     The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out."
     Ray Bradbury (1932- ), American author
     It must be a verifiable quote, not a proverb, CORRECTLY FORMATTED,
     containing no errors. Here is a sample so you know what format to use.

     3. Your reason for wanting to take this class: I want to take this class because...
     4. Confirm that: I have subscribed to the New York Time news digest.
     5. Give your gmail address, so you can be added to Google Drive: My gmail address is:
     6. Give your Facebook name: My Facebook name is:

     Read and refer to this article by former TA Melissa Hsiung on how to write an email, entitled:
     英 文 Email 潛規則老師怎麼不早點教我?! 文/ 熊偌均

     Make sure to send it in plain text, not html (look under ... and click on: 切換為純文字).

     Make sure to produce careful work that is not filled with sloppy mistakes:
     GET EVERYTHING RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!
     Make sure you sign your full name (e.g. Iris Lin) to every e-mail you write!
     Pay attention to correct format;
     for example, leave a space before and after (parentheses) like this.
     Without a space it looks like(this)and this is not acceptable in English written format.

     Every student must also register with the New York Times
     and subscribe to their daily news digest (these are free,
     as is access to up to five news stories a month). You will be asked
     to choose the kinds of news you'd like to receive. The aim of this requirement
     is to give you at least a passing familiarity with current international events,
     and for you to get used to using English-language news media sources.
     Include this sentence in your email:
     "I have subscribed to the New York Times news digest."
     Do NOT subscribe to the NEWSPAPER, and do NOT submit any financial information!

     Tell us why you want to take this class;
     also include your gmail address, so we can add you to Google Drive,
     and your Facebook name so we can recognize you in the class Facebook group.

     The New York Times (US):
     Today's Headlines: https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/todaysheadlines
     Other email newsletters: https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters
     The New York Times homepage: http://www.nytimes.com/

     This assignment is due Monday, September 16.

9/16
1.  One Small Step Can Change Your Life: with Kaizen

2.  Echo Method and mini-conversations 1. and 2.
     Introduce yourself to and get to know your classmates.
     Find a learning partner so you can help each other e.g. to compare notes,
     to pass a message to the instructor about special circumstances,
     and for overall mutual support in this class.

3.  The Pomodoro Technique of time management,
     and improving focus and productivity.

4.  Article for reading and translation into Chinese:
 
   Lived Through This: What I Overheard as an Escape Room Actor   pdf
     by Paul A. DeStefano   in Medium: Human Parts  January 19, 2020

     Print out the article and prepare to read and translate the first 6 parts.
     MP3 file 


5.  Breaktime music: Nat King Cole: Kemo Kimo


WEEK TWO: 9/21, 9/23 


9/21

1.  Hunter Chang
許哲瑋 and Belle Chang 張尹穎 will give a 5-10 minute presentation on CET 1 & 2:
     大師開講 — 提升聽力祕訣:每天請聽「回音」十分鐘(上、下) 
     in No. 69 & 70, January/February p. 8-10 & March/April 2012, p.12-14; and
    
on Melissa Hsiung's article, 英文 E-mail 潛規則:老師怎麼不早點教我?!

     For next Monday 9/28, read and take notes on: CET 3 (issue 71): /i/ 和 /ɪ/ 的辨別   
     in No. 71, May/June 2012, p. 12-14; and
     「格式」就是禮貌:英文標點符號的10大規則 in English Island 英語島 48, January 2020;
     Be ready to mention some of the main points of the articles in class!
     黃君颺 Harold Huang and 李彥緯 William Li will present.

     You may need to register on the English Island 英語島 site, but it's free and there's no obligation.
     Upload your notes to Google Drive by Sunday evening, hand in paper copy on 9/28.
     Remember to check your LEARNING PARTNER'S WORK, too, and write or type
     LP: OK
     at the bottom of your homework if it has been submitted over Google Drive.

     And remember to update your LEARNING CHECKLIST.

     Also, make sure you've joined the class Facebook group!

     Sammi: Email assignment

2.  Learn and practice the second mini-conversation: self introductions, firm handshakes.
     Make sure the name of your learning partner has been added to the class list on Google Drive.

3.  Make sure to bring the IPA handout to class on Wednesday, and every day!

4. 
Article for reading and translation into Chinese:
 
   Lived Through This: What I Overheard as an Escape Room Actor   pdf
     by Paul A. DeStefano   in Medium: Human Parts  January 19, 2020   
     MP3 file 

    
Print out the article and prepare the part assigned to you.
     Make sure you've also read the parts before it as well, for context.
     On Google Drive, paste in the "before" translation of the part assigned to you,
     into the document on Google Drive,hen paste in the "after" version
     after you have shared your translation in class and gotten feedback.
     Due for everybody by Wednesday, September 23, earlier if you're one of the first six,
     which we should be able to get through
in class today.

 
     And make sure to do ECHO PRACTICE with the MP3 file, so you read aloud with correct
     pronunciation and intonation in class when it's your turn.
    
     Come to class well prepared – do NOT try to "wing it"! –
     so as not to waste class time. and test your classmates' patience and good will!

5.  Breaktime song: Dust in the Wind     by Kansas     lyrics     video with lyrics  

9/23
1.  Go over IPA handout.
     Dictation #1: /i/ vs. /ɪ/, final /-t/.

2.  Article for reading and translation into Chinese:
 
   Lived Through This: What I Overheard as an Escape Room Actor   pdf
     by Paul A. DeStefano   in Medium: Human Parts  January 19, 2020

     Print out the article and prepare to read and translate the first 6 parts.        MP3 file 

     Make sure to do ECHO PRACTICE with the MP3 file, so you read aloud with correct
     pronunciation and intonation in class when it's your turn. Make sure you read
     what comes before your passage so you know the context.

     Come to class well prepared – do NOT try to "wing it"! –
     so as not to waste class time and test your classmates' patience and good will!


     On Google Drive, paste in the "before" translation of the part assigned to you,
     then paste in the "after" version after you have shared your translation in class and gotten feedback.

3. Useful links:
      a. Merriam-Webster Dictionary with audio files  https://www.merriam-webster.com/

      b. The Free Dictionary: Dictionary and Word of the Day  https://www.thefreedictionary.com/
      c. A Word A Dayhttps://wordsmith.org/awad/index.html 
      d. 萌典 MOE 教育部中文字典:https://www.moedict.tw/ 
      e. More practice with /i/ vs. /ɪ/ here:  efl net: Sound contrasts  http://www.eflnet.com/content/sound-contrast-i-vs-i / 

      f.  Dictation Practicehttp://homepage.ntu.edu.tw/~karchung/phonetics/dictations.htm  
      g. Goodreads:   https://www.goodreads.com/ 
      h. The power of focus: How to jump from a plane without a parachute:
          NPR The Hidden Brain: You 2.0: The Mind's Eye August 10, 2020  https://www.npr.org/transcripts/900994753   


4.  Breaktime song: Dust in the Wind     by Kansas     lyrics     video with lyrics  









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