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Saigon Institute of Technology



http://www.saigontech.edu.vn

GENERAL ENGLISH

GE 2 – INTEGRATED SKILL

COURSE SYLLABUS







Campus:

SaigonTech Tower, QTSC, Dist 12, HCMC

Semester:

Summer 2015 (15th Jun – 5th Sep, 2015)

Office:

GE Department, Floor 7, Room 713 - SaigonTech Tower
1. COURSE OVERVIEW

This course is designed to help intermediate students work on developing and improving language skills in real-life situations with a focus on practicing listening, reading and grammar.


2. COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, students will be able to:

- develop a natural and accurate style of English,

- understand key aspects of English grammar,

- use vocabulary and expressions common in daily life.
3. MATERIALS

Required textbooks

  • American English File 3. by Clive Oxenden, Christina Latham-Koenig, OUP, 2008


  • Active Skills for Reading. Book 2. 2nd edition, by Neil J. Anderson, Thomson Heinle, 2007

  • Active Listening 3. 2nd edition, by Steven Brown & Dorolyn Smith, OUP, 2007

  • Oxford Practice Grammar (Intermediate), by John Eastwood, OUP, 2006


4. ASSESSMENT

%

ITEM

10

Class participation

15

Ongoing assessment

35

Midterm test

40

Final examination


4.1. ONGOING ASSESSMENT

The ongoing assessment, in the form of oral presentations, quizzes, role plays, classroom discussions, and class participation… will be conducted throughout the semester to positively provide students with regular feedback on their language skills.


4.2. EXAMINATION POLICY

  • A midterm test and a final examination will be held semesterly. Students should familiarize themselves with SaigonTech’s Exam Policy, which outlines issues related to the conduct of examinations.



  • Makeup exams will be given only in case of absolute emergency. In such circumstances, students must contact the GE Department NO LATER THAN ONE DAY after the missed examinations. Without verifiable documentation, students who fail to attend their scheduled examinations will receive a score of zero. Please refer to the related section in SaigonTech Catalogue* for more information.



5. GRADING POLICY

Letter Grade

Numerical Score

A - Excellent

90-100

B - Good

80-89

C - Fair

70-79

F - Failure

0-69


6. CANCELLED AND MAKE-UP CLASSES

In case of unavoidable class cancellation, a substitute instructor will be provided. If that is not possible, the instructor will work with the students to find an agreeable time for makeup classes BEFORE the midterm test or final examination.


7. LAPTOPS, CELL PHONES, RECORDING DEVICES

Cell phones must be turned off during class time/ exam time. Laptops or recording devices can be used only with the instructor’s prior consent.


8. SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY

Plagiarism, cheating and any other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. The consequences of proven cases of scholastic dishonesty may include a grade of zero for the particular assignment/ exam, failure in the course, a period of probation or even expulsion from SaigonTech. Please refer to the related section in SaigonTech Catalogue* for more information.

9. GRADE GRIEVANCES

Students who have questions about a grade should first discuss their concerns with the instructor as soon as the grade is released. In case of clerical or procedural errors, the grade can be changed by the instructor. If the situation remains unresolved, students have the right to submit a written grievance to the GE Department Chair. Please refer to the related section in SaigonTech Catalogue* for more information.

 SaigonTech Catalogue* can be viewed at www.saigontech.edu.vn
10. TENTATIVE SYLLABUS OF GE 2 – INTEGRATED SKILL (AEF, R, L & G)


SUMMER 2015 COURSE CALENDAR - GE 2 (Listening, Reading & Grammar)

Textbooks: - American English File 3 by Clive Oxenden, Christina Latham-Koenig, OUP, 2008
- Active Skills for Reading 2 by Neil J. Anderson, Thomson Heinle, 2007, 2nd Edition
- Active Listening 3, 2nd edition, by Steven Brown & Dorolyn Smith, CUP, 2007
- Oxford Practice Grammar (Intermediate) by Norman Coe, Mark Harrison, Ken Paterson –

Oxford University Press



WEEK

SESSIONS 1 & 2

SESSIONS 3 & 4

SESSIONS 5 & 6

1
(15 - 20 Jun)

File 2A: Ka-ching!
(SB, pp.20-1)

File 2A: Ka-ching!

(SB, pp.22-3)


File 2B: Changing your life
(SB, pp.24-5)

Unit 1: What do you say first? (pp.6-8)
Your turn to talk (p.9)*
Unit 2: Sights and sounds (pp.10-12)
Your turn to talk (p.13)*


Course Introduction
Unit 1. Exam Time
Chapter 2. For Better Grades - Use Your Brain!

Unit 13: Present Perfect (3)
Unit 78: Nouns that can be countable or uncountable

2
(22 - 27 Jun)

File 2B: Changing your life
(SB, pp.26-7)

File 2C: Race to the sun
(SB, pp.30-1)

File 3A: Modern manners
(SB, pp.37-9)

Unit 3: Dating (pp.14-16)
Your turn to talk (p.17)*
Unit 4: Communication and culture - Task 1 (pp.18-19)

Unit 3. Movie Makers

Chapter 1. Moviemaking Behind the Scenes


Unit 45: Permission
Unit 49: Should, ought to, had better and be suppose to

3
(29 Jun -

4 Jul)


File 3B: Judging by appearances
(SB, pp.40-1)

File 3B: Judging by appearances
(SB, pp. 42-3)

File 3C: If at first you don’t succeed…
(SB, pp.44-5)

Unit 4: Communication and culture - Task 2 (p.20)
Your turn to talk (p.21)*
Expansion 1: Russia (pp.22-23)

Unit 4. Sports Heroes
Chapter 1. Sports History


Unit 51: Suggestions, offers and invitations
Unit 53: It may/could/must have been, etc.

4
(6 - 11 Jul)

File 3C: If at first you don’t succeed…
(SB, pp.46-7)

QUIZ 1


File 4A: Back to school, age 35
(SB, pp.52-3)

File 4A: Back to school, age 35
(SB, pp.54-5)

Unit 5: The Internet (pp.24-26)
Your turn to talk (p.27)*
Unit 6: Superstitions - Task 1 (pp.28-29)

Unit 5. The Amazing Human Body
Chapter 1. You Are Amazing: You Are Human!

Unit 146: Conditionals (3)
Unit 148: If, when, unless and in case.

5
(13 - 18 Jul)

File 4B: In an ideal world…
(SB, pp.56-8)

File 4C: Still friends?
(SB, pp.60-1)

File 4C: Still friends?
(SB, pp.62-3)

Unit 6: Superstitions - Task 2 (p.30)
Your turn to talk (p.31)*

Unit 7: Manners (pp.32-34)

Your turn to talk (p.35)*


Unit 6. Leisure and Hobbies
Chapter 2. Work Hard, Play Hard?

Unit 72: Used to do and be used to doing
Unit 87: Prison, school, bed, etc.

6
(20 - 25 Jul)

Unit 8: Natural health (pp.36-38)
Your turn to talk (p.39)*
SAMPLE TEST CORRECTION

( LISTENING)

Unit 8. Career Paths
Chapter 2. The Right Job for Your Personality

SAMPLE TEST CORRECTION

( READING)

Unit 85: A/an, one and some
Unit 89: Quite a , such a, what a,

SAMPLE TEST CORRECTION

(GRAMMAR & VOCAB)

MIDTERM EXAM (23 - 25 July, 2015)

7
(27 Jul -

1 Aug)


File 5A: Slow down, you move too fast
(SB, pp. 68-9)

File 5A: Slow down, you move too fast

(SB, pp. 70-1)


File 5B: Same planet, different world
(SB, pp. 72-3)

Expansion 2: Ireland (pp.40-41)
Unit 9: Science trivia (pp.42-44)
Your turn to talk (p.45)*

Unit 9. The Story of Chocolate
Chapter 2. Addicted to Chocolate

Unit 60: Verb + to-infinitive
Unit 61: Verb + -ing form

8
(3 - 8 Aug)

File 5B:

Same planet, different world
(SB, pp. 74-5)

File 5C: Job swap
(SB, pp. 76-7)
QUIZ 2

File 5C: Job swap
(SB, pp. 78-9)

Unit 10: Advertising (pp.46-48)
Your turn to talk (p.49)*
Unit 11: Study abroad - Task 1 (pp.50-51)

Unit 10. The Secrets of Advertising

Chapter 2. How Advertising Uses Psychology


Unit 74: See it happen or see it happening
Unit 75: Some structures with the -ing form

9
(10 - 15 Aug)

File 6A:

Love in the supermarket
(SB, pp. 85-7)

File 6B:

See the movie…get on a plane
(SB, pp. 88-9)

File 6B:

See the movie…get on a plane
(SB, pp. 90-1)

Unit 11: Study abroad - Task 2 (p.52)
Your turn to talk (p.53)*
Expansion 3: Brazil (pp.58-59)

Unit 11. Eating for Health
Chapter 1. Breakfast Like a King?

Unit 133: Reported speech: person, place and time
Unit 134: Reported speech: the tense change

10
(17 - 22 Aug)

File 6C: I need a hero

(SB, pp.92-3)


File 6C: I need a hero
(SB, pp.94-5)

File 7A:

Can we make our own luck
(SB, pp.100-1)
QUIZ 3

Unit 13: Personality traits (pp.60-62)
Your turn to talk (p.63)*
Unit 14: Values - Task 1

(pp.64-65)

Unit 11. Eating for Health
Chapter 2. Is Your Diet Destroying the Environment?

Unit 56: Active and Passive(2)
Unit 138: The relative pronouns as object

11
(24 - 29 Aug)

File 7A:

Can we make our own luck?
(SB, pp.102-3)

File 7C: Turn it off
(SB, pp.108-9)

File 7C: Turn it off
(SB, pp.110-11)

Unit 14: Values - Task 2 (p.66)

Your turn to talk (p.67)*
Unit 15: Good business

(pp.68-70)
Your turn to talk (p.71)*
REVIEW FOR FINAL TEST


Unit 12. Saving the Environment
Chapter 2. Resources for the Future

Unit 103: Everyone, something, ect
Unit 105:
Adjectives (order)
Unit 113: Adverbs and word order

12
(31 Aug - 5 Sep)

FINAL EXAM (1 - 3 Sep, 2015)



Notes:

American English File Additional Reading

Additional Listening Additional Grammar

  2 hrs/ session

The Sample Tests will be corrected in week 5 or 6.

The quizzes are designed by instructors and include Grammar, Reading and Listening.

The Midterm Test covers all the lessons taught in weeks 1 - 6.

The Final Exam covers all the lessons taught in weeks 1 - 12.

(*) is optional.







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