Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange (PLaCE) Department of English

ENGL 111: American Language and Culture for International Students II

Course Overview and Objectives

This course is the second of the PLaCE sequence (following ENGL 110). In ENGL 111, students will build upon the foundational language skills and knowledge that they need to succeed in their other classes at Purdue and to prepare for further academic and professional opportunities. Students will also deepen their understanding of American culture and improve their ability to think about cultural differences in positive ways. In a sense, this class will be a bridge to help students transition to language-intensive courses at Purdue where you need to read, write, and speak frequently, including working groups and teams (common in business, composition, engineering, literature, public speaking, and social sciences).  The PLaCE classes were previously named GS 100 and GS 101.

During the course, you will work toward the following learning objectives:

  1. Speaking English more fluently
  2. Reading English more fluently and with increased comprehension
  3. Presenting academic topics to an audience with increased clarity and within time constraints (through speech and writing)
  4. Understanding reasons and practices for using outside sources in an American academic context

Specific activities related to these objectives include giving class presentations, leading class discussions, working in small groups, reading articles, chapters, and a novel, watch a variety of videos and films, and extensive practice in writing in response to sources.

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