Students work on writing well-structured paragraphs and practice a writing process that includes preparing, writing, and revising to improve written work. Every week in class students practice writing a paragraph very quickly. Three of these paragraphs are rewritten and submitted for a grade. Students also read extensively outside of class in addition to reading in class. Students learn about world cultures by reading and writing about food ways.
The course is taught entirely in English. Students are required to participate actively in class discussions and to write paragraphs in English. Grades are based not only on English language ability but also on control of writing forms such as proper topic sentences and paragraph structure.
Hungry Planet: What the World Eats. Peter Menzel, Faith D’Aluiso, Tomoyuki Tsuruoka and Yoshiaki Sato. Shohakusha, ISBN 978-4-88198-601-1.
|1||Class introduction. Food in Australia|
|2||Timed writing; Topic sentences. Food in Chad|
|3||Brainstorming. Food in China|
|4||Revising and editing. Food in Cuba|
|5||Supporting the topic; Reading journal check 1. Food in France|
|6||Unity in writing; Revised paper 1 due. Food in Germany|
|8||Using an outline|
|9||Outline for revising|
|11||Transition signals; Revised paper 2 due. Food in Kuwait|
|12||Logic in academic writing. Food in Mexico|
|13||Papers with several paragraphs. Food in Mongolia|
|14||The writing process. Food in Turkey|
|15||Course wrap-up and final review. Final projects due. Food in America|
Course grade is based on written assignments, a reading journal, self-study, and work in class including timed writing and group work.