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Teaching Plan

Hong Kong Community College

CC2040 English or Academic Studies (Health Care)
Tentative Teaching Plan
Semester One, 2009/10

Subject Leader

Mr William Tsang (Office: HHB-1502, Tel: 3746-0647, email:

Subject Lecturers

Ms Avis Chan (Office: 1545, Tel: 3746 0174, email: TBA)

Mr Siu-pong Cheng (Office: HHB-1641, Tel: 3746-0650, email:
Ms Michele Ho (Office: HHB: 1611, Tel. 3746 0280, email:
Ms Wience Lai (Office: HHB-1630, Tel: 3746-0170, email:
Ms Phoebe Siu (Office: HHB-1611, Te: 3746 0471, email:


This subject prepares students for successful academic studies in an English medium post-
secondary school learning environment. The main focus of this subject is to develop
students’ confidence and competence in using English within academic contexts relevant to
their study of health care subjects.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Upon successfully completing this subject, students will be able to:

ƒ Apply learned reading strategies to improve comprehension of health-related materials.

ƒ Use the process approach to write a well-structured academic essay.
ƒ Summarize and paraphrase ideas effectively.
ƒ Research for information, integrate ideas, and document sources properly.
ƒ Communicate effectively in spoken academic contexts.
ƒ Reflect critically on their own learning process.
ƒ Acquire the basic vocabulary needed for further study in the health care discipline.

Assessment Weighting

100% Coursework

Students who are required to attend the workshops are required to complete the assigned
tasks of the workshop such as in-class exercises and a self-learning portfolio satisfactorily, or
else the coursework grade will be downgraded by one letter grade (e.g. C+ downgraded to C).

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Assessment Methods

1. Reflection (Due in Week 4) 10% (Individual)

2. Project: Complete a project on an academic topic. 50%
Task A. Research Essay (Due in Week 11) 25% (Group)
(Project Preparation: 5 bonus marks)
Task B. Oral Presentation/ Seminar (Week 12/13) 25% (Group/ Individual)
3. Mini-Presentation (Week 5-10) 10% (Group/Individual)
4. Test (week 14) 25% (Individual)
5. Participation 5% (Individual)
Total 100%

Attendance and other rules / regulations

The attendance requirement and all other rules and regulations in the HKCC Student
Handbook and in the respective Programme Definitive Document apply. Please refer to
these documents for details.

During the module, you are required:

• To attend all classes and be punctual. A student attendance record will be
maintained. If you must miss class, please inform your lecturer ahead of time – by
phone or e-mail.
• To take an active part in lectures and tutorials and to complete the assigned readings
or other tasks before coming to the lectures and tutorials.
• To observe the Hong Kong copyright laws. You are strongly recommended to buy
the course text, which will be fully used throughout the course, at the beginning of the
• To complete the coursework assessment tasks and to submit them before the deadline.
There will be a penalty for late assignments presented without a prior extension for
valid and significant reasons. 20% of the marks will be deducted for late submissions,
and NO assignments will be accepted if the submission is late for more than 7 days.
• To turn off your mobile phones and/or pagers during lectures and tutorials.
All written assignments should be word-processed or type-written (double-spaced),
unless otherwise instructed. Handwritten assignments will not be accepted, except for
the writing tasks done in the class.

The University expects students to do their own work. Plagiarizing is a kind of academic
dishonesty and cheating. You must NEVER plagiarize words or ideas from others. When
you include information you obtain through research, you should i) use citation and ii)
include a reference list. Disciplinary action will be taken if a student is found plagiarizing
other writers’ or students’ work. Penalties ranging from disqualification and expulsion may
be imposed in cases of proven plagiarism.

Lecture/Tutorial Notes and Assignments

Students are required to download lecture/tutorial notes and assignments from the e-learning
platform Moodle at .

Text and References

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Langan, J. (2009). English skills for academic studies. New York: McGraw-Hill.*
Roen, D., Glau, G.R., & Maid, B.M. (2009). The McGraw-Hill guide: Writing for college,
writing for life. New York: McGraw-Hill.

* An abridged version of:

Langan, J. (2007). Reading and study skills (7th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
Langan, J. (2008). College writing skills with readings (7th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.


The library has a good collection of books on academic English skills and health-care
terminology. The following are recommended as particularly relevant to this subject.
Dirckx, John H. (ed.). Stedman's Concise Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions.
Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. (latest ed.).

Ehrlich, Ann and Carol L. Schroeder. Medical Terminology for Health Professions. Albany,
N.Y.: Delmar Thomson Learning. (latest ed.).

Langan, John. English Brushup. McGraw-Hill. (latest ed.).

Jay, A. and Jay, R., Effective presentations. Prentice Hall. (latest ed.).

Madden, Carolyn G. and Rohlck, Theresa N. Discussion and Interaction in the Academic Community.
University of Michigan Press. (latest ed.).

Oshima, Alice and Hogue, Ann. Writing Academic English. Addison Wesley Longman. (latest ed.).

Spencer, Carolyn M. and Arbon, Beverly. Foundations of Writing: Developing Research and
Academic Writing Skills. NTC. (latest ed.).

Steer, Jocelyn. M. and Schmid, Dawn. The Advanced Grammar Book (Workbook), Heinle & Heinle.
(latest ed.).

Wallace, Michael J. Study Skills in English. Cambridge University Press. (latest ed.).

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Participation: 5% (Individual)

To encourage a spirit of enquiry and sharing and to help you explore the creativity and
enjoyment of the process of learning and researching knowledge, 5% of your grade will be
based on your punctuality, attendance, and class participation throughout the course of
the semester. To get full marks for participation, you are required to engage actively in the
language learning activities (including both in-class and online exercises) and to complete all
the assignments in addition to your attendance and punctuality to the class.

Marks Scoring Rubrics

90/100 ƒ Achieve 90-100% attendance;
ƒ Punctual for all or most seminars;
ƒ Consistently participate very actively in learning activities in English: Take
strong initiative to engage in class discussions and other learning activities, very
responsive to teacher or students’ questions, etc.);
ƒ Demonstrate excellent learning attitude, e.g. self-motivated, respectful to peers,
attentive in class, show strong initiatives to use learning resources such as
textbook, study guide, e-learning platform, coursebook companion websites to
improve academic English skills;
ƒ Complete all or most classwork and homework as required.
70/80 ƒ Achieve 90-100% attendance;
ƒ Punctual for most seminars;
ƒ Participate frequently in most learning activities in English: Take good initiative
to engage in class discussions and other learning activities, responsive to teacher
or students’ questions, etc.);
ƒ Demonstrate good learning attitude;
ƒ Complete most classwork and homework as required.
50/60 ƒ Achieve 80-89% attendance;
ƒ Punctual for most seminars;
ƒ Willing to participate in most learning activities in English: Take initiative to
engage in class discussions and other learning activities, quite responsive to
teacher or students’ questions, etc.);
ƒ Demonstrate satisfactory learning attitude;
ƒ Complete more than half of classwork and homework as required.
30/40 ƒ Achieve 70-79% attendance;
ƒ Punctual for some seminars only;
ƒ Passive in most learning activities: Resistant to use English in class discussions
and other learning activities, not responsive to teacher or students’ questions,
ƒ Demonstrate acceptable learning attitude;
ƒ Complete less than half of classwork and homework as required.
0/10/20 ƒ Achieve less than 70% attendance
ƒ Punctual for some seminars only;
ƒ Passive and unwilling to participate in learning activities in seminars;
ƒ Little or no initiatives to use learning resources, e.g. always don’t bring textbook/
course notes to class, etc.;
ƒ Demonstrate unsatisfactory learning attitude, e.g. disrupt class or violate class
rules such as using mobile phones, eating, etc;
ƒ Complete very little classwork and homework as required.
*Marks are in increments of 10

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Tentative Teaching Schedule

Week Lecture References Tutorial References

1. ƒ Course Introduction ƒ Recognizing Main Ideas in ƒ No tutorial
ƒ Reading Strategies: Paragraphs and Short
ƒ Reading for Main Ideas Selections, Unit 1, Ch 1,
ƒ Sentence Skill I: Parallelism ƒ Parallelism, Unit 3, Ch 6,
pp.230-231, 251-253
2. ƒ Summarising and Paraphrasing I: ƒ Knowing How to Language Lab. ƒ CWSR User Guide
- Writing One-sentence Summarize, Unit 1, Ch 2, ƒ Briefing on Online Resources ƒ Online Learning Centre for
Summaries pp 14-33 @ the Companion Websites CWSR/ RSS
- Paraphrasing Ideas ƒ Supplementary Notes
ƒ Listening and note-taking ƒ Taking Notes, Unit 2, Ch 1,
“Reflection” Assignment Details Skill: Taking notes from pp.49-79
lectures ƒ Supplementary Notes
3. ƒ Summarising and Paraphrasing II: ƒ Paraphrasing and Writing Classroom ƒ Supplementary materials
- Summarizing an Article a Summary, Unit 1, Ch 3, ƒ Health Care Terminology I:
pp 34-45 Structure
“Project” Assignment Details
4. ƒ Writing Academic Essays I: ƒ An Introduction to Language Lab. ƒ Supplementary materials
- Parts of an Essay/ a Research Writing, Unit 3, Ch 1, ƒ Health Care Terminology II:
Essay pp.110-129 Pronunciation
- Essay Development (A Brief ƒ Introduction to Essay
Introduction) Development, Unit3, Ch 8, Health Care Vocabulary: Mini-
pp.291-299 Presentation List A (lecturer)
“Reflection” Assignment Due ƒ Supplementary Notes
“Mini-Presentation” Assignment

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Week Lecture References Tutorial References
5. ƒ Writing Academic Essays II: ƒ The Writing Process, Unit Classroom ƒ Supplementary materials
- The Writing Process (An 3, Ch 2, pp.130-156 ƒ More summarising and
Overview) ƒ The First Step in Essay paraphrasing exercises
- Pre-Writing Strategies Writing, Unit 3, Ch 3,
- Writing Effective Thesis pp.157-163, 169-179
Statements and Topic Sentences

6. ƒ Writing Academic Essays III: ƒ The Second Step in Essay Language Lab. ƒ Using the Library and the
- Outlining an Essay Writing, Unit 3, Ch 3, ƒ Research Skills I: Researching Internet, Unit 2, Ch 3,
- Supporting the Thesis with pp.163-169, 179-184 at a local library/ on the pp.90-105
Specific Evidence Internet ƒ Supplementary Notes

Project Prep. 1: Topic + Thesis

Statement Due
Mini-Presentation List B (Group 1)
7. ƒ Research Skills II: ƒ Researching for Relevant Classroom ƒ Fragments, Unit 4 Ch 1,
- Designing a Questionnaire Information, Unit 2, Ch 2, ƒ Sentence Skills II: Fragments pp.303-316
- Interviewing Skills pp.80-89 and Run-ons ƒ Run-ons, Unit 4, Ch 2,
ƒ Supplementary notes pp.317-329
Mini-Presentation List C (Group 2)
8. ƒ Writing Academic Essays IV: ƒ The Third Step in Essay Language Lab
- Organizing and Connecting the Writing, Unit 3, Ch 4, ƒ Research Essay Consultation
Specific Evidence pp.185-212
- Writing Introductions, Project Prep. 2: Submit Essay
Conclusions, and Titles Outline
Project Prep 3: Follow-up as
Mini-Presentation List D (Group 3) required

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Week Lecture References Tutorial References
9. ƒ Writing Academic Essays V: ƒ The Fourth Step in Essay Classroom ƒ Supplementary Notes
- Revising and Editing Your Essay Writing, Unit 3, Ch 6, ƒ Health Care Terminology III:
- Four Bases for Revising Essays pp.229-262 acronyms, eponyms, common
ƒ Four Bases for Revising abbreviations and symbols
Mini-Presentation List E (Group 4) Essays, Unit 3, Ch 7,
10. ƒ Seminar/Discussion Skills I: ƒ Supplementary notes Language Lab. ƒ Using Other Sources to
- Presenting Opinions ƒ Using References Support Your Thesis, Unit
- Handling Questions 3, Ch 5, pp.213-228
ƒ Roen’s Booklet
Mini-Presentation List F (Group 5)
11. ƒ Seminar/Discussion Skills II: ƒ Supplementary notes Classroom ƒ Misplaced Modifiers, Unit
- Discussing and Responding to ƒ Sentence Skills III: Misplaced 4, Ch 3, pp.330-333
Other’s Opinion Modifiers and Dangling ƒ Dangling Modifiers, Unit 4,
- Discussion Practice Modifiers Ch 4, pp.334-339

Project Task A Due (Research Essay)

12. Project Task B: Oral Presentation/ Language Lab. ƒ Unit 5, Ch 1-5, pp.344-389
Seminar ƒ Grammar Revision ƒ Supplementary notes

13. Project Task B: Oral Presentation/ Classroom ƒ Self-evaluation forms @

Seminar ƒ Reflection on learning PolyU Learning to Learn
processes/ group skills/ project Website
14. ƒ Course Review Language Lab.
ƒ Course Review
Make-up Session
Test: Reading, Writing, Research Skills and Health Care Terminology

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