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August 28, 2015

Syllabus, Fall 2015

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Instructor: Richard Stansfield

Course Name: English Communication: Pre-Intermediate

Fall 2015, Semester 1

Classroom: 5남231


You will put your cell-phones into a bag at the beginning of class, and you will get them back at the end of class. You can also look at your cell-phones during the break. However, when the break is finished, you must put your cell-phones back in the bag. Anyone who cheats will receive an absence on their

Attendance as well as a severe penalty on their Participation score.

Tablet Computers (eg. iPad, etc.)

You can use a tablet computer (such as an iPad) in class. (I use one myself.) However, you must use them for learning and class work. Do not use them to play games, chat on Kakao Talk, etc.

Sleeping in Class

Do not sleep in my class. Ever. Anyone who sleeps in class will receive an absence on their Attendance as well as a severe penalty on their Participation score.

Text Book: Unlock: Listening and Speaking Skills 2

Do not buy a used text book!

The first time that I see that you have a used book, I will give you a warning. The second time, I will mark you absent. I will mark you absent every time you have a used book.


Weeks 1 to 6: Units 3, 4, and 5

Week 7: Mid-term Exams

Week 8: Homework assignment

Weeks 9 to 14: Units 8, 9, and 10

Week 15: Final Exams

Week 16: Homework assignment

Course add/drop period: until Friday, September 4


Monday, September 28 (Week 5)

Tuesday, September 29 (Week 5)

Friday, October 9 (Week 6)


Attendance: 10%

Participation: 10%

Mid-term Exam: 25%

Final Exam: 25%

Other Assessments: 30%

Details of Assessments


Attendance: 10%

Students lose 1% for every hour that they are absent. Being absent for 12 hours leads to a grade of F (Fail).

3 lates = 1 absent

20 minutes late = absent

sleeping in class = absent

using cell-phone = absent

forget pen/pencil, textbook, notebook, or folder = late

* 4 Acceptable Excuses for Absences (all require documentation):

1. went to the hospital

You must have a valid, official doctor’s note.

2. family member died

3. military service (e.g. physical examination)

4. You have a job already (not a job interview or a job offer).

–> You must bring me documents that I can keep. Also, you must take the Mid-Term Exam.

* Unacceptable Excuses for Absences:

– everything else (I don’t care about “membership training” (MTs), school festivals, etc.

* Education majors who are doing a teaching internship must inform me and provide documents

Participation: 10%

Watch the video and tell me: Do the students show good participation or not?

Participation is being active, not passive.

I will carry yellow, red, and green cards. If you receive a green card, you receive points on participation. If you receive a yellow card (bad) or red card

(very bad), you will lose points on participation.

Examples of good participation: doing discussion questions as practice, not as a race // speaking in English // speaking in complete sentences // taking

notes // sitting at or near the front.

Mid-term Exam: 25%

Final Exam: 25%

One of these exams will be a presentation, and the other will be an interview. I will give you more details later.

Other Assessments: 30%

There will be a quiz worth 5% of your mark after every unit that we finish.

Homework, writing assignments, and/or participating on on-line discussion forums or blogs may also be included in your assessments.


A: approx. 20%

B: approx. 30%

C: 30%

D, F: 20%

Contact Information:

* Office: 5남242

* Telephone Number: (032) 860-8858

How to Contact Me Online

Leave a comment here, at this website.

1. Go to leave a comment.

2. Under “”Leave a Reply”, write your message. Include your class number.

3. Write your e-mail address. (Only I will see it. Other people will not see it.)

4. Write your name.

5. Click on “Post comment.”

Teacher’s Schedule:

10:30 to 12:00 – Class 14
14:30 to 16:00 – Class 32

9:00 to 10:30 – Class 5
13:00 to 14:30 – Class 23
15:00 to 15:50 – English Through Music

9:00 to 10:30 – Class 14
13:00 to 14:30 – Class 41
15:00 to 15:50 – Science for Anyone

10:30 to 12:00 – Class 32
14:30 to 16:00 – Class 5

10:30 to 12:00 – Class 23
14:30 to 16:00 – Class 41

Office hours are posted on my door.


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