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Reading & Writing


The principle of the course design is to train and develop skills of English reading and writing. It aims to provide extra practice in a variety of reading and writing activities to meet the needs of students’ further study and to enhance their ability in taking exams of various types.

This includes class instruction of a textbook and some reading and writing assignments. Major reading projects include skimming, scanning, structure of texts, author’s viewpoint, and summarizing. Major writing projects include grammar skills, sentence making, and simple paragraph writing. In addition, some activities, including a story-book related movie, are added to make the class come alive.

Course Goals

Students who complete this class should be able to:

  1. Become aware that English reading and writing are activities important to the work site and further study.
  2. Distinguish the differences of 12 verb tenses, active and passive voices.
  3. Write compound and complex sentences.
  4. Write a paragraph (for juniors) an essay (for seniors) in a solid structure.
  5. Recognize various formats of writing.
  6. Recognize the outline or structure of an article.
  7. Summarize an article.
  8. Master a 1000 word (for junior) 2000 word (for senior) vocabulary.

Performance Objectives

  1. Complete all required reading and writing assignments.
  2. Participate in peer discussion groups.
  3. Read the story book(s) prescribed.
  4. Hand in a paper based on the prescribed story book(s).
  5. Pass the final test so as to demonstrate what has been learned from this course.

Textbooks

  1. A Textbook.
  2. A story book.
  3. Hand-outs provided in class.

Grading Criteria

  1. In-class participation and Attendance: 40%
  2. Assignment and extensive reading project: 30%
  3. Final exam or project: 30%

Points should be noticed

  1. Regular attendance is mandatory. All absences must be documented and explained. Each absence without formal documents means to take away 10 points from your final grade. Students with 4 absences will fail the course. Being late twice =being absent once. So, don’t be late!!
  2. Participation points will be based on how involved students get with all kinds of classroom activities, such as pair work, group discussion, and role-play.
  3. No make-up will be made if you miss any quiz.
  4. No late homework will be accepted.
  5. Be active in class, and extra points will reward to good learners in class.
  6. Extensive Reading Project is to assign one or two story books for students to read at home. The suggested word-level for juniors is: 300-1000 words, for seniors 1000-3000 words.
  7. Save five minutes for students to clean the classroom. Check the roll and bring it back to the center after class.

At the end of the semester, a student is supposed to write a paper about the book or books. Explain what he/she read, what took place, what he/she learned, and make a summary of the book(s).

Foreign Language Center | Yanping High School
275 Jianguo South Road Section 1, Taipei, Taiwan | TEL: 886-2-27071478 ext.2602 | FAX: 886-2-27087997