Previewing

What we did today – Students were reminded that Classwork 1 was marked and that they must notify me by 5 p.m. tomorrow if there is a mistake. They are to email me, stating which section they are in and what the mistake is.

Today’s class focused on previewing, starting with watching the video How to Preview a Text.

Afterward, the class practiced previewing, predicting, and skimming and scanning several passages, using their “reading” voices and “thinking voices.” Then, they did several reading exercises, and they completed Classwork 2, which was worth 5 classwork marks.

Homework 

  1. Read 38.1 and 38.2 in Pearson Revel before 10 p.m. on October 5.
  2. Download Safe Exam Browser and configure it.

What we will do on Tuesday, October 4 – We will use several strategies to read “The Beeps” (Chapter 39, reading 17 in Pearson Revel e-book).

Diagnostic essay

What we did today – Students wrote a diagnostic essay as Classwork 1. It was announced that Thursday, Sept. 29, will be a national holiday, so there will be no class on Thursday, Sept. 29.

Homework – Before Sunday, October 2, do the following:

  1. Purchase the registration code for the ENGL 100 Pearson Revel ebook from the GUST bookstore. Click on the link for Pearson Revel in MyGUST and register your code.
  2. Download Safe Exam Browser and configure it.

What we will do on Sunday, October 2 – We will discuss reading strategies (Chapter 38, The writer’s world: Paragraphs and essays) and complete a skimming and scamming exercise, which will be worth 1 classwork mark, so you must bring your laptop to class. It is recommended that you also bring a portable router.

Welcome to Academic English

What we did today – We reviewed the course syllabus and course calendar. Then, we discussed the week’s assignments. It was announced that Thursday, Sept. 29, will be a national holiday, so there will be no class on Thursday, Sept. 29.

Homework – Before Sunday, October 2, do the following:

  1. Purchase the registration code for the ENGL 100 Pearson Revel ebook from the GUST bookstore. Click on the link for Pearson Revel in MyGUST and register your code.
  2. Download Safe Exam Browser and configure it.

What we will do on Tuesday, Sept. 27 – We will write a diagnostic essay, which will be worth 1 classwork mark, so you must bring your laptop to class. It is recommended that you also bring a portable router.

Tuesday: Sections 91 & 92

What we did in class, today – It was announced that Pearson scores have been updated. Furthermore, I have dropped the three lowest classwork marks. Students took the exit writing exam, which was worth 15% of the course grade. If students discover a mistake with the writing exit exam score or have a question, they must conference with me either from 3:00 to 3:50 p.m. today in my office or from 6:00 to 6:50 this evening via Teams. Otherwise, the mark will stand as recorded in the MyGUST grade book.

What we will do on Thursday, May 12 – Students will sit for the exit reading exam. Section 91 (1:00 class) will sit for the reading exam in N5-003, their regularly scheduled classroom. Section 92 (2:00 class) will sit for the reading exam in the computer lab in the Library. The exit reading exam will be worth 15% of the course grade. There will be two reading passages with 16 multiple-choice questions. The test is machine graded, so there is no conference regarding it.

Sunday: Sections 91 & 92

What we did in class, today – It was announced that Pearson scores have been updated. Furthermore, I have dropped the three lowest classwork marks. It was also announced that the HOD of the English Department informed instructors on April 29 that we could not give any tests on Sunday, May 8. Since students had already left for the break, it was too late to inform them. Consequently, the exit writing exam will be on Tuesday, May 10, in the computer lab. The exit reading exam will be on Thursday, May 12, in the classroom, so STUDENTS MUST BRING THEIR LAPTOPS.

If students want to take the exit writing exam and/or the exit reading exam on Monday, May 9, at either 9:30 or 11:00, they must write an email to my GUST email. The message should let me know what section they are in and at what time they will come to the computer lab. I need to receive the email by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 9. Students who opt to take the exam(s) on Monday, May 12, must bring their own laptop, which must be fully charged and have SEB downloaded and configured. There must also be extra seating available for them to take the exam.

What we will do on Tuesday, May 10 – Students will sit for the exit writing exam in the computer lab in the library. The exit writing exam will be worth 15% of the course grade. Students will choose to write an argumentative essay about an assigned writing prompt. Their essay must contain an introduction, two argument paragraphs, a counter-rebuttal paragraph, and a conclusion. If students discover a mistake with the writing exit exam score, they must conference with me either from 3:00 to 3:50 on Tuesday, May 10, in my office or from 6:00 to 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, via Teams. Otherwise, the mark will stand as recorded in the MyGUST grade book.

What we will do on Thursday, May 12 – Students will sit for the exit reading exam in their regularly scheduled classroom and must bring their laptops. The laptops must be fully charged and SEB must be downloaded beforehand and configured. The exit reading exam will be worth 15% of the course grade. There will be two reading passages with 16 multiple-choice questions. The test is machine graded, so there is no conference regarding it.

Thursday: Review for writing and reading exit exams

What we did in class, today – Students reviewed for the writing and reading exit exams.

Homework – Students who have not completed all of the Pearson Revel assignments should do so before 10 p.m. today, April 28. After that, there will not be a chance to make up any Pearson Revel assignments. There will be a 10% penalty for late work.

What we will do on Sunday, May 8 Students will sit for the exit writing exam in the computer lab in the library. The exit writing exam will be worth 15% of the course grade. Students will choose to write an argumentative essay about one of two writing prompts. Their essay must contain an introduction, two argument paragraphs, a counter-rebuttal paragraph, and a conclusion. If students discover a mistake with the writing exit exam score, they must conference with me either from 12:30 to 1:20 on Monday, May 9, or from 11:00 to 11:50 on Tuesday, May 10. Otherwise, the mark will stand as recorded in the MyGUST grade book.

What we will do on Tuesday, May 10 – Students will sit for the exit reading exam in the computer lab in the library. The exit reading exam will be worth 15% of the course grade. There will be two reading passages with 16 multiple-choice questions. The test is machine graded, so there is no conference regarding it.

Tuesday: Practice for writing exit exam

What we did in class, today – Students practiced for the writing section of the exit exam. The actual writing section of the exit exam will be on Sunday, May 8, in the computer lab in the library.

Homework – Students who have not completed all of the Pearson Revel assignments should do so before 10 p.m. this Thursday, April 27. After that, there will not be a chance to make up any Pearson Revel assignments. There will be a 10% penalty for late work.

What we will do on Thursday, April 28 – Students will review for the writing section of the final exam, which will be on Sunday, May 8. The actual writing exit exam is worth 15% of the course grade.

Sunday: Practice for reading exit exam

What we did in class, today – Students practiced for the reading section of the exit exam. The actual reading section of the exit exam will be on Tuesday, May 10, in the computer lab in the library.

Homework – Students who have not completed all of the Pearson Revel assignments should do so before 10 p.m. this Thursday, April 27. After that, there will not be a chance to make up any Pearson Revel assignments. There will be a 10% penalty for late work.

What we will do on Tuesday, April 26 – Students will practice for the writing section of the final exam, which will be on Sunday, May 8.

Thursday: Argument essay revision

What we did in class, today – Students referred to Counter-rebuttal paragraphs and Argument Essays: Introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion to revise and edit their argument essays. I submitted the essays to Turnitin at the end of class. They are worth 7% of the course grade.

What we will do on Sunday, April 24 – Students will practice for the reading section of the final exam, which will be on Tuesday, May 10.

Tuesday: Argument essay counter-rebuttal paragraphs and conclusions

What we did in class, today – Students should attend the Writing Lab sessions at the same time and day they did last week. If they did not attend last week, they should go to the Writing Lab to book a workshop for this week. After reviewing Counter-rebuttal paragraphs and the conclusion paragraph in Argument Essays: Introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion, students wrote the counter-rebuttal paragraph and conclusion paragraph in their Google Docs document for the Writing Lab Project. Thanks go to Writing Lab instructor Sarah Alobaid for sharing the PowerPoint presentation on introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions.

What we will do on Thursday, April 21 – Students will revise and edit their argument paragraphs, which are 7% of the course grade. The final draft is due at the end of the class.