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Advanced English Composition

Advanced English Composition is a course taught in the English Education Department of Pusan National University. It is an upper-level elective course for students who wish to get additional experience with writing after completing English Composition.

Fall 2009

Syllabus Schedule Short Story Resume & Cover Letter Argumentative Essay Essay Exam (Version 1) Essay Exam (Version 2)
Notes: The curriculum that I used this semester was very similar to the curriculum in the fall semester of 2008. The previous curriculum was quite succuessful with the students, so only minor changes were made.

Fall 2008

Syllabus Schedule Short Story Resume & Cover Letter Argumentative Essay Essay Exam (Version 1) Essay Exam (Version 2)
Notes: This semester had far fewer plagiarism problems than the first semester that I taught this course. Dealing with the problem right up front solved a lot of the issues. Additionally, I adjusted the major assignment a great deal. I removed the informative essay and replaced it with creatign a resume and cover letter. Many of my students at PNU planned to teach or study abroad, so this was a practical skill that they could learn from. Additionally, I added the essay exam at the end of the course to help prepare them for tests such ad TOEFL and TOEIC. The final change was with informal writing practice. In the 2007 course, I asked students to keep an informal writing jouranl to practice what they had learned in class. In this course, I replaced this activity with regular posts on an onlnie class forum. This allowed for a more structured approach to practice and allowed students to respond to each other's writing.

Fall 2007

Syllabus Schedule Fiction Essay Informative Essay Argumentative Essay
Notes: This was my first semester teaching second-language writing. Because of this, there were some minor problems. The most serious of which was overcoming issues with plagiarism with students--something that I struggled with all semester. In futere second-language writing course, I have spent time in the first week of class discussing this issue and how it may be dealt with differently in different cultures.

English Composition

English Composition is a course taught in the English Education Department of Pusan National University. This course is required for all English Education majors, most of whom take the course in their freshman or sophomore years.

Fall 2009

Syllabus Schedule Biographical Essay Process Essay Review Essay Essay Exam (Version 1) Essay Exam (Version 2)
Notes: Mostly minor changes were made to the curriculum this semester. The only major change was the addition of an essay exam at the end of the course. This was to give students additional practice for essay exams found on English language tests such as TOEFL or TOEIC.

Fall 2008

Syllabus Schedule Creative Essay Process Essay Review Essay
Notes: As with Advanced English Composition above, there were far fewer problems with plagiarism the second semester I taught this course. This is due to a greater emphasis placed on defining and helping students understand plagiarism early in the semester. A few additional changes were made to the curriculum: the descriptive essay was replaced with a process essay and the class journal was replaced with an online class forum.

Fall 2007

Syllabus Schedule Autobiography Descriptive Essay Review Essay
Notes: This course was also taught during my first semester teaching second-language writing. As with Advanced English Composition above, there were several problems with plagiarism.

Advanced English Conversation

Advanced English Conversation is a course taught in the English Education Department of Pusan National University. This is an elective course for students wishing to get additional practice in spoken English.

Fall 2009

Syllabus Schedule Teaching Demonstration Group Vacation Presentation Debate
Notes: Again, only minor changes were made to the curriculum in Fall of 2009. By this point, this course had become quite popular among English Education students and drew in some students from other departments.

Fall 2008

Syllabus Schedule Teaching Demonstration Group Vacation Presentation Debate
Notes: The curriculum for Fall 2008 kept all of the major elements from Fall 2007 due to the success of the previous class. Minor changes were made to the schedule to allow for more appropriate practice leading up to the major assignments.

Fall 2007

Syllabus Schedule Teaching Demonstration Group Vacation Presentation Debate
Notes: By 2007, I had 3 years of teaching ESL conversation classes. Much of this first English Education conversation class was modified from that experience. The major assignments, however, were new. The teaching demonstration was included because nearly every student in the English Education department intended to get a job teaching English after graduation. This was to help them prepare for that job and also to prepare for teacher qualifying exams required as part of the Korean education system. The Group Vacation Presentation was presented as a fun way to use real-world English. The Debate extended this to more serious topics.

Intermediate English Conversation

Intermediate English Conversation is a course taught in the English Education Department of Pusan National University. This is a required course for all English Education majors usually taken by students during their sophomore or junior years.

Spring 2009

Syllabus Schedule Teaching Demonstration Midterm Interview Debate
Notes: Only minor changes were made to the curriculum in Sping of 2009.

Spring 2008

Syllabus Schedule Teaching Demonstration Midterm Interview Debate
Notes: Aside from minor changes, much of the curriculum stayed the same between Spring 2007 and Spring 2008. The only additional change was the addition of the Midterm Interview. This was to give students an opportunity to practice speaking about major issues in a less pressure environment before moving into practice for the final Debate.

Spring 2007

Syllabus Schedule Teaching Demonstration Debate
Notes: Spring 2007 was my first semester in the English Education department at PNU. However, I had had nearly 3 years experience teaching ESL conversion before teaching this course. Much of the curriculum was taken from that previous experience, but the major assignments were new. The debate was designed to give real-world conversation practice about real topics. The teaching demonstration was designed to help English Education majors prepare for their future careers as English teachers.

English Conversation

English Conversation is a course taught in the English Education Department of Pusan National University. This is a required course for all English Education majors usually taken by students during their freshman or sophomore years. This course is a pre-requisite for the Intermediate and Advanced English Conversation courses.

Spring 2009

Syllabus Schedule Teaching Demonstration Midterm Interview Group Investor Presentation
Notes: The only major change between the Spring 2008 and the Spring 2009 versions of this course was the removal of the Final Exam. While grammar was certainly still part of the course, I don't believe that the test over it really helped students learn concepts.

Spring 2008

Syllabus Schedule Teaching Demonstration Midterm Interview Group Investor Presentation Final Exam
Notes: While much of the curriculum stayed the same for Spring 2008, two major changes were made. The first was the addition of the Midterm Interview. This was to give students practice using their conversation skills in a lower-pressure environment before going into the Investor Presentation. The second addition was the Final Exam over grammar points learned throughout the semester. This is the first (and only) time that I gave such a grammar test as part of an ESL conversation class.

Spring 2007

Syllabus Schedule Teaching Demonstration Group Investor Presentation
Notes: As with Intermediate English Conversation above, much of the curriculum for this course was taken from previous ESL conversation classes. The teaching demonstration was added to give English Education students practice in their future careers, and the Group Investor Presentations were a fun way to practice some of what had been learned during the semester.

English Reading Comprehension II

English Reading Comprehension II is a course taught in the English Education Department of Pusan National University. The course is a continuation of English Reading Comprehension I and is required for all English Education majors at PNU.

Spring 2009

Syllabus Schedule Reading Synthesis Test 1 Test 2 Final Exam
Notes: This is the only time that I taught this course. I was offered this course when the professor who regularly taught it went on sabbatical.

MBA Business English

MBA Business English is a course taught in the Business Department of Pusan National University. The course is 1 credit hour and is taught to all MBA students once per week. The course is informal and designed to prepare business majors for interactions with international colleagues and clients.

Spring 2008 to Spring 2009

Syllabus
Notes: I taught this course three times: Spring 2008, Fall 2008, and Spring 2009. Due to the informal nature of this course, very few materials remain. Most of the discussion was informal and based on current news.

Practical English

Practical English is a series of five one-credit-hour courses required for all Pusan National University students. The goal of these courses is to practice practical English speaking and writing skills.

Fall 2005 to Winter 2006

PE I Syllabus (2005) PE I Syllabus (2006) PE II Syllabus (2005) PE IV Syllabus (2006) PE V Syllabus V1 (2006) PE V Syllabus V2 (2006) PE V Syllabus V3 (2006)
Notes: I taught in the Practical English Department from Fall 2005 to Winter 2006. Because of the relatively informal nature of Practical English, not many materials remain. Most of the course was conversation practice and grammar instruction. In PE IV and PE V, some more formal writing was introduced.

PNU Intensive English Program (PIEP)

PIEP is an intensive 6-week course taught during the summer and winter breaks at Pusan National University. The course consists of a speaking section and a writing section, taught separately. Students are assessed at the beginning of the program and placed into beginninger, low-intermediate, high-intermediate, or advanced sections for both speaking and writing.

PIEP Writing 2009

Syllabus
Notes: This was a low-intermediate section of PIEP Writing. Because of the relatively low level of the students, all of the writing assignments were informal.

PIEP Writing 2008

Syllabus Schedule Review Resume Argument
Notes: This was an advanced section of PIEP Writing. This section also borrows heavily from English Education classes above.

PIEP Writing 2007

Syllabus Schedule Short Story Argument
Notes: This was an advanced section of PIEP Writing. At this point, I had begun teaching for the English Education Department. Because of this, the curriculum here resembles a condensed version of English Composition above.

PIEP Writing 2006

Writing Assignment 1 Writing Assignment 2
Notes: This was a particularly advanced section of PIEP Writing. Because of this, we read a novel and and wrote mostly about its subject matter.

PIEP Speaking 2009

Syllabus
Notes: This was a beginner section of PIEP Speaking. Because of the low level, no larger assignments were requied as part of this section.

PIEP Speaking 2007

Syllabus Schedule Interest Presentation Group Presentation Magazine Assignment Debate
Notes: This was an advanced section of PIEP Speaking.

English Conversation

The International Exchange and Education Center at Pusan National University offered several non-credit English courses for students each semester. Most of these courses were very informal and focused on practical English conversation skills.

Fall 2005 to Fall 2009

Adult Conversation Syllabus Bio Nuri Syllabus
Notes: Because of the informal nature of these conversation classes, few materials remain. Most courses were only one month long and did not even require a syllabus. The two syllabi above are from special sections of these conversation classes. The first was hosted in conjunction with the City of Busan, South Korea. It was a conversation class designed specifically for adult learners of English. Most of the students were retired professionals, although a few students were also stay-at-home mothers. The second class was hosted in conjunction with the Biology Department at PNU. It was designed for biology majors to prepare for international conferences.

Pagoda Adult Language School

Pagoda is a chain of language schools throughout South Korea. The schools focus on adult learners with a variety of needs: business communication, English langauge tests, study abroad, and so forth. The classes range from beginner to advanced.

November 2009 to May 2010

SLE Level 1 Version 1 SLE Level 1 Version 2 SLE Level 2 Version 1 SLE Level 2 Version 2 SLE Level 3 Version 1 SLE Level 3 Version 2 SLE Advanced Version 1 SLE Advanced Version 2 Debate Version 1 Debate Version 2
Notes: Pagoda English classes followed a set format and curriculum. Syllabi only offered a brief overview of this set up.


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