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探讨博一研究生的英语写作课(个案)

已有 1595 次阅读 2019-9-26 20:38 |个人分类:Scientific Writing|系统分类:教学心得| 科技英语写作


学生:45位(开始有46位;多为“海洋与大气学院”的博一)

课时:32小时 (16次课,每次约两个小时;1次用于期中考试,1次用于期末考试)

学分:2个

 

关于这门课,研究生院没有具体要求。我只知道我的目标是:

如何提高科技英语写作和国际交流的能力(32学时课程)


第一个星期的课程安排(主要是讲课+“摸底”)

Day 1 (9-11 am): Overview of the course+how to give a presentation (my ppt)/Scientific writing 101 in English (my ppt taught in English as requested by many students)

Day 2 (9-11 am): “Make-up 101”/Student presentation (<3 min in any language, to survey their comfort level with English speaking in public)

Day 3 (1:30-3:30 pm): Essay writing with reading (Chapter 1; go slowly and teach students how to use the textbook. I moved up this lecture and hope all students will buy the textbook)/How to Email+ student presentation cont’

Day 4 (9-11 am): Grammar (语态、时态)/Grammar (标点符号)

Day 5 (9-11 am): Grammar (主谓语一致性、代词分词短语)/Grammar (陈述句、简洁、文体)+评论摘要demo

 

 

为了了解学生的英文/中文水平,我在第一周布置了三次作业。

Homework #1: Prepare a ppt (1-3 pages)

File name: firstname_lastname_HW##.doc (##=01, 02, etc.)

 

Homework #2: Write a 600-word essay in Chinese (writing well requires logic, which is the same for any language) 

Remember that revising is the key for strong writing! 

(发现有些同学不知道essay 是什么)

 

Homework #3:

Write a 200-word paragraph in English 

“The best or worst teacher you ever had”

(Start with a point in the 1st sentence, followed by three reasons to support the point)

 

学生开始“抱怨”作业太多了。于是,我不再要求学生“按时交作业”。(另外一个原因是我没有时间改作业,最多看一眼。)

 

Homework #4: (no due date)

Email me 

Subject: how I plan to improve my English

Content: 5-10 sentences

 

Homework #5: (no due date)

Analyze an abstract, and email the ppt file to me 

 

这样的好处是,喜欢做作业的学生成为“第一梯队”。

 

第二个星期的课程安排

Day 6 (9-11 am): Analyze abstracts & Do Ch 1 Activities 4 & 5 in class (with “answers”)/Essay writing with reading (Chapter 2)+no activities in class+study a student model (draft+revision #1)

Day 7 (9-11 am): Essay writing with reading (Ch 3, activities 3, 7-9; go slowly and teach students how to use the textbook)/(Ch 4&17)

Day 8 (1:30-3:30 pm): Essay writing with reading (Ch 6&7)/Mid-term (42/46; use laptop & email/some could not email & used USB)

Day 9 (9-11 am): Essay writing with reading (Ch 5&6; should take a break after the Mid-term) 

 

 

第8天是期中考试。本来打算用第二节课,但是学生要求“马上开始考试”,我答应了。(该退让时,就退让。)

 

粗粗看了一下期中考卷(不是改考卷,没法改),让我在痛苦中度过一个中秋节。我不知道怎么往下教:许多同学的英文,是“中式英文”,完全不可能在短时间内有大的变化。

 

路漫漫。我唯一能做到的就是:教给学生“学习方法”。(待续)

 

 




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