Currently, we are designing a new integrated skills curriculum for GS 490 that aims to better prepare international undergraduate students to meet the initial expectations of introductory level English intensive courses required by Purdue University (i.e., ENGL 106 and COM 114).

This class is centered around four thematic units – ‘Social Values & Culture Shock,’ ‘Academics & Campus Life,’ ‘Media & Social Responsibility,’ and ‘Community & Service’ – that are arranged to provide students with relevant content and effective communication tools as they make the transition from newcomers to active participants in the local community. Each unit works on developing specific skills – from reading and listening critically and efficiently to writing and speaking in a coherent and concise manner  – that students will continue to use and hone throughout their academic careers. Regular assessments are given to provide both students and teachers with a clear gauge of the progress being made over the course of the semester.

Goals

  • Improving listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities in English through in-class activities and homework assignments
  • Developing effective communication skills and strategies for the classroom and beyond through regular instruction and practice
  • Successfully collaborating with peers on a variety of projects and assessments
  • Learning more about American society, its values and education system through reading, listening and discussion

Assignments and Assessments

  • In-class group presentations
  • Presentation self and peer assessments
  • In-class writing prompts
  • Listening and reading comprehension exercises
  • Blogging and email writing
  • Peer review and revision
  • Final project: paper and individual presentations