Monthly Archives: May 2014

Campus Life & Vision Project

Campus Life and Vision Final Project: Due Wednesday, June 11 on paper (include your e-mail address on it). Value: 33%

Think about what you’ve learned in this course and write a short paper of 600-700 words where you discuss one of the following problems for Korean university students (or yourself):

  • Campus alcoholism and drinking culture
  • Better studying facilities
  • Better eating habits
  • Campus safety (personal safety / safety from fire, etc.)
  • Helping students adjust to university life
  • Interpersonal relationships and making group projects work better

If you’re interested in another topic, ask me. I’d like you to have realistic, specific solutions. “People should drink less” or “people should try to get along better” is stupid advice; we all know that. How do we make these things happen? Do some research and find out how other universities in the country or world have tried to deal with these issues.

Campus Life & Vision: Episodes 11 & 12

Mentees: Please choose (2) of these questions, and write at least 100 words on each one.

Episode 11: Emotional Intelligence

  1. Define emotional intelligence. How does it differ from what we usually describe as intelligence in a classroom?
  2. The video argues that where you sit in a class often relates to what type of student you are. Do you usually sit in a certain place in the classroom? Why? Do you think that it’s always true that where you sit affects grades?
  3. You are in a group project for communication skills class where you need to plan a presentation together:
  • The aggressive member in your group will probably do what?
  • The passive member in your group will probably do what?
  • The manipulative member in your group will probably do what?
  • What can an assertive person do to help the group get the project done?

Episode 12: The Work World

  1. “Education is not something you buy or receive—it must be earned, just like fitness.” What does this mean, and how is becoming educated like becoming physically fit?
  2. List an example of ethnocentric thinking, from any country or culture.
  3. List two strategies that people with high emotional intelligence use when pursuing business or other relationships with people from other cultures.

British Lit & Soc 1: Final Paper

British Literature & Society 1

Final paper: Due Thursday, June 12 in class

Assignment: write an MLA format academic research paper on one Romantic/Victorian poem in the readings or Hard Times, of about 900 words. The paper will include an MLA format reference list on the last page.

  1. The paper must have proper MLA formatting with page numbers.
  2. The paper must address one of the discussion questions listed on this blog and make an argument with examples and reasons.
  3. The paper must quote from the text, at least twice on every page.
  4. The paper must include at least three external sources written in English and quote from them.
  5. The paper must address and make an argument focused on the text; it must not simply describe an external issue or your feelings about the text.

We’re going to spend some classes working on the paper and discussing how to improve your writing. Because of this, the podcast assignment is removed to give you more time.

On June 12, we’ll have some volunteers read their papers to the class for extra credit.

Contemp. British Novel: Final Paper

Contemporary British Novel

Final paper: Due Thursday, June 12 in class

Assignment: write an MLA format academic research paper on The Great Divorce or Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, of about 1000 words. The paper will include an MLA format reference list on the last page.

  1. The paper must have proper MLA formatting with page numbers.
  2. The paper must address one of the discussion questions listed on this blog and make an argument with examples and reasons.
  3. The paper must quote from the text, at least twice on every page.
  4. The paper must include at least four external sources written in English and quote from them.
  5. The paper must address and make an argument focused on the text; it must not simply describe an external issue or your feelings about the text.

We’re going to spend some classes working on the paper and discussing how to improve your writing. Because of this, the podcast assignment is removed to give you more time.

On June 12, we’ll have some volunteers read their papers to the class for extra credit.

Campus Life & Vision: Episodes 9 & 10

Mentees: Please choose (2) of these questions, and write at least 100 words on each one.

Episode 9: Communication

1. You’re presenting on a difficult topic to a class and it’s clear that they don’t understand. What clues might tell you that they are confused? What might you do to fix the situation if the class doesn’t understand you?

Episode 10: Life Skills

2. Consider a recent event which made you stressed. Without revealing private details, jot down:

  • the cause of the stress
  • the reactions you had (headache, sweaty palms, anger, cigarette craving, etc.)
  • how long you felt that stress

Now, considering what you’ve seen in this week’s video, consider some things you would like to try the next time you have the same stressful conditions. Write some suggestions and be realistic.

3. One of your friends obviously has a caffeine addiction, and can’t get through the day without huge amounts of soda and coffee. What advice can you give to help? What about a smartphone addiction?

4. You’re having a good time at the party/M.T. but you’ve had enough alcohol for the night. How can you avoid drinking more alcohol if you don’t want to? List some strategies you might try or recommend.

Clarification on Midterm Reports: All Classes

Hello all

For anyone confused by the midterm grade reports today:

  1. The in-class presentations and the podcast assignment are group grades; everyone in the group receives the same grade on them.
  2. Everything else (blogs, attendance, papers) is an individual grade. I placed the group details there for your information, but the grades other members get have no effect on yours.
  3. Remember that everyone gets two free absences. If your number is 2 or lower, it will have no effect on your final grade.

My apologies for not being clear today, and next time I’ll just give everyone an individual slip of paper.

English Society & Lit to 1900: Updated Outline

Because there is no class Thursday, May 15, here is a slightly changed outline for the remainder of the semester. Note that The Time Machine will no longer be assigned (but can be a paper topic).

Thu May 8 Paper & course feedback Lecture
Mon May 12 Romantic poets Lecture
Mon May 19 Romantic poets Lecture, blog entry due
Thu May 22 Quoting and integration Lecture
Mon May 26 Academic honesty, quoting Lecture
Thu May 29 Victorian England, Hard Times Lecture, assign paper 2
Mon Jun 2 Hard Times Lecture
Thu Jun 5 Hard Times Lecture, blog entry due
Mon Jun 9 Readings in late Victorian period Lecture, podcasts due
Thu Jun 12 Paper readings (extra credit) Paper 2 due