Course

 

Academic English

This course utilizes the same breakdown components as any English exam, which are reading, writing, listening, and speaking, with special emphasis on listening and speaking. More specifically, this course will provide students with an engineering background, an opportunity to meet the language facility requirements to prepare for any language test as well as build the confidence needed to excel in a western academic environment. We will read several major works of literature and examine how these texts relate to cultural ideas and practices associated with their country of origin. This will help students focus, polish, and deepen their writing as well as their presentation skills. This is a project-based learning environment to fully integrate a communal opportunity for all students equally, to help each other and work together to dominate the speaking and listening of the English language.

Edurne Seco

Course Director

Office Hours: Contact by email or WeChat

Email: edurne@c4dmti.com

WeChat ID: GGSJEnglishTeacher

 

      

    

Laurie Rodgers

Author/Guest Speaker

Sara Rodgers

Editor/Illustrator/Guest Speaker

 

 

     

Reading List

The program provides a meaningful understanding of

01

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

02

Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte

03

The OutsideRs

S. E. Hinton

04

Flatland

Edwin A. Abbott

05

Where the Water Meets the Shore

Laurie Rodgers

06

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

William Shakespeare

Lateness Policy

The penalty for late submissions is 5% per day. So, if an assignment is due on Monday and you submit it on
Tuesday, you will be docked 5%, and on Wednesday another 5%, and so on. Late assignments will only be
accepted for 5 days after the original due date. It is your responsibility to get your assignments to your professor.
In exceptional circumstances these penalties may be waived, on the condition that the circumstances are
documented (e.g., a doctor’s note, or receipts for emergency travel). Any such exception must be approved by the professor.
There is no late policy for the exam, so do not miss the exam date. If you do miss the exam for medical reasons or another emergency, you must be in touch with a member of the GGSJ centre and your professor immediately

Academic Integrity

Violations of the policy on Academic Integrity will be taken very seriously in this course. Please make yourself familiar
with this policy, and follow its guidelines:
https://www.academicintegrity.utoronto.ca/

Accommodations/ Accessibility

If you require any accommodation, please contact the course professor and provide the necessary documentation or
a simple explanation will do as well. This includes any psychological disorders, learning disorders, or physical
restrictions

Assignments and Evaluation

Participation


10%

Short Written Assignments


40%

Major Presentation


25%

Interview


10%

Final Exam


15%

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

 

You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

Dr Seuss

Lecture Schedule

Lecture 1

9:00 – 12:00

 

Introduction

AGO Tour

Syllabus handed out, Short Assignment #1 handed today.

 

Lecture 2

9:00 – 12:00

 

Introduction to Satire

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Assignment #1 due by midnight; Assignment #2 handed out today, Essay Outline and structure explained

 

Lecture 3

9:00 – 12:00

 

Essay Structure and Introductory paragraph

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

How to cite your works, start research, continue reading book

 

Lecture 4

9:00 – 12:00

 

The Victorian Period

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Finish book, and work on essay outline

 

Lecture 5

9:00 – 12:00

 

Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Finish book, and work on essay outline, and short assignment #2

 

Lecture 6

9:00 – 12:00

 

Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights

Watching Wuthering Heights 2009 series adaptation by BBC, Short Assignment #3 handed today

 

Lecture 7

9:00 – 12:00

 

TED Talks and Presentation skill

Wuthering Heights

Read Wuthering Heights Chs. 1-10, ted talk lecture and preparing for Major Presentation

 

Lecture 7

9:00 – 12:00

 

Business component

Wuthering Heights

The Seven C’s of Communication, read Wuthering Chs. 11-14

 

Lecture 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

9:00 – 12:00

 

Business Plans

Wuthering Heights

Finish Wuthering Heights, Short Assignment #4, #5 handed out this week, Friday Presentations start. 

 

Lecture 13

9:00 – 12:00

 

Business Development

The Outsiders

Watching The Outsiders 1983, continuing Business Plan

 

Lecture 14

9:00 – 12:00

 

Queen’s Park

Legislative Assembly Trip

Visiting Queen’s Park and learning about the Canadian Governmental Systems

 

Lecture 15

9:00 – 12:00

 

Business Development

Business Plans

Working on Assignments #3, #4, #5, presentations 

 

Lecture 16

9:00 – 12:00

 

Poetry Day

Where the Water Meets the Shore

Laurie and Sara Rodgers give a talk about their book

 

Lecture 17

9:00 – 12:00

 

Business Development

Business Plans

Working on Assignments #3, #4, #5, presentations 

 

Tuesday, February 18 – 19, 2020

Meeting at MMF 9:00

 

Reading Week

trip to Niagara Region

Niagara Falls, tour of Falls, Niagara-on-the-lake, Peller Estates Winery tour

 

Lecture 18

9:00 – 12:00

 

S. E. Hinton

The Outsiders

Read Chs. 1, 2; presentations and pending assignments

 

Lecture 19

9:00 – 12:00

 

Business Component

The Outsiders

Read Chs. 3, 4; presentations and pending assignments

 

Lecture 20, 21

9:00 – 12:00

 

The American 1950s

The Outsiders

Read Chs. 5, 6, 7, 8; presentations and pending assignments

 

Lecture 22

9:00 – 12:00

 

Segregation Laws

The Outsiders

Read Chs. 9, 10, 11, 12; presentations and pending assignments

 

Lecture 23

9:00 – 12:00

 

Mathematical Satire

Flatland

Watching Flatland movie, finishing The Outsiders, and pending assignments

 

Lecture 24

9:00 – 12:00

 

Professional Social Media

Business Interviews

Preparing for interviews, CVs, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and taking headshots (COME TO CLASS DOLLED UP)

 

Lecture 25

9:00 – 12:00

 

Victorian Mathematics

Flatland

Prepare interviews, presentations, pending assignments, Short Assignment #6 handed out today

 

Lecture 26

9:00 – 12:00

 

Finalizing the Business Component

Flatland

Prepare interviews, presentations, pending assignments, read Flatland Part I

 

Lecture 27, 28. 29

9:00 – 12:00

 

 

Interviews

Come dressed accordingly for your interview time slot

Lecture 30

9:00 – 12:00

 

Comparative Essay

Flatland

Finishing reading Flatland, and all other assignments

Lecture 31

9:00 – 12:00

 

Guest Speaker, Ibai Victor

Computer Engineering

On being an student at a Canadian University and correlation between an engineering and English soft skills. 

 

Lecture 32

9:00 – 12:00

 

Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Watching A Midsummer Night’s Dream movie 1999 

 

Lecture 33

9:00 – 12:00

 

Act One

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Assignment #7 handed out today, work on pending assignments

Lecture 34

9:00 – 12:00

 

Act Two

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Work on pending assignments

Lecture 35

9:00 – 12:00

 

Act Three

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Work on pending assignments

Lecture 36

9:00 – 12:00

 

Act Four

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Work on pending assignments

Lecture 37

9:00 – 12:00

 

Act Five

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Work on pending assignments

Lecture 38, 39, 40

9:00 – 12:00

 

Finals

Review for Final Exam

Thank you all for taking part in this course!