Last Updated January 23, 2008 UNIVERSIDAD DE LA SABANA DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES INTERMEDIATE 01-2008 PROFILE Upon

finishing Intermediate, you will be able to:

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Understand, analyze, synthesize, compare and deduce information from authentic spoken and written texts using appropriate learning strategies. Plan, write, revise and edit well-structured cause and effect, comparing and contrasting and argumentative essays using appropriate grammar and vocabulary. 160 to 180 words Participate in debates and short talks on academic and professional topics using appropriate and accurate grammar, vocabulary, fluency, intonation and pronunciation. Plan, monitor and self evaluate your learning in order to become an autonomous learner. Identify, understand and interpret cultural aspects and behaviors from different communities. Develop international exam-type tasks using the appropriate strategies.

COMPETENCES


Understand and deduce general and specific information from telephone conversations and short talks. Understand, analyze and deduce key and reference words in spoken texts Read authentic sources critically and evaluate the writer’s point of view. Plan, write, revise and edit cause and effect, comparing and contrasting and argumentative essays according to an appropriate rhetorical structure. Use spelling and punctuation accurately. Ask, answer questions and exchange ideas or information on varied topics to start, maintain and end conversations. Speak spontaneously, fluently and accurately to convey meaning using adequate vocabulary and grammatical structures. Use word stress, intonation, and word endings correctly to communicate meaning. Identify, adjust, adapt and adopt strategies autonomously in order to enhance reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Understand, identify, classify and analyze information in order to relate the acquired knowledge to your personal, academic and professional life. Identify, analyze and compare differences in cultural aspects and behavior between your own and other cultures.

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SYLLABUS

Module 1: CONNECT/WORK Tasks: 1. Listen and deduce general information from telephone conversations and short talks. 2. Read to analyze, synthesize, compare and deduce general and specific information from authentic texts 3. Write coherent cause and effect essays on varied issues. 4. Participate in discussions to provide and justify arguments to support your ideas on topics related to social, environmental and worldwide issues. 5. Give short talks about worldwide events, people and relationships 6. Complete international exam-type tasks such as: multiple choice (2), true-false-not given, matching (speakers to ideas/ heading to paragraphs), chart/ table/ diagrams / sentence / summary completion, open question, and text organization. KNOW GRAMMAR VOCABULARY CONNECTORS PRONUNCIATION PUNCTUATION CULTURE STRATEGIES present perfect simple and continuous past modals of deduction, inference and prediction adjectives from nouns, noises, phrasal verbs about relationships, verb phrases about work, collocations with prepositions although, nevertheless, as a matter of fact, even though, whereas, due to the fact sounds /b/, /d/, /g/ and /p/, /t/, /k word stress punctuation errors; punctuation signs Family, work, old or new, cultural practices, history • Identify the topic, main idea and supporting sentences in texts • Identify specific information, key words, reference words and their function in written and spoken texts • Deduce meaning of a wide range of expressions and words using the context • Predict content from pictures and titles • Skim and scan written texts Total English Upper Intermediate units 1 and 2, pages 4 to 32

KNOW HOW TO

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BEKNOW HOW TO

Identify and use the rhetorical structure of cause and effect essays Plan, write, revise and edit cause and effect essays Analyze and follow written and spoken models Gather and organize information effectively using mind maps and graphic organizers Identify speakers and situational events in spoken texts. Get the gist of spoken texts Recognize the difference between facts and opinions in written and spoken texts Transfer information to charts and tables Take notes from written and spoken texts Participate actively in class
Use the portfolio as a tool to improve weak language skills

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Improve motivation level towards language learning Use learning strategies to improve weak language skills Commit to course goals and responsibilities

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Module 2: OLD OR NEW/ RISK Tasks: 1. Listen and deduce general information from telephone conversations and short talks. 2. Read to analyze, synthesize, compare and deduce general and specific information from authentic texts 3. Write coherent comparing-contrasting essays on varied issues. 4. Participate in discussions to provide and justify arguments to support your ideas on topics related to social, environmental and worldwide issues. 5. Give short talks about worldwide events, people and relationships 6. Complete international exam-type tasks such as: multiple choice (2), true-false-not given, matching (speakers to ideas/ heading to paragraphs), chart/ table/ diagrams / sentence / summary completion, open question, and text organization. KNOW Total English Upper Intermediate units 3 and 4, pages 33 to 60 GRAMMAR VOCABULARY CONNECTORS PRONUNCIATION PUNCTUATION KNOW HOW TO CULTURE STRATEGIES future modals of possibility if structures contrast of parts of speech time expressions, verb phrases with take, physical movements, phrasal verbs with out although, nevertheless, as a matter of fact, even though, whereas, due to the fact sounds /tʃ/, /ʃ/ and /dЗ/, /З/ stress change according to parts of speech punctuation errors punctuation signs Family, work, old or new, cultural practices, history • Identify the topic, main idea and supporting sentences in texts • Identify specific information, key words, reference words and their function in written and spoken texts • Deduce meaning of a wide range of expressions and words using the context • Predict content from pictures and titles • Skim and scan written texts

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BEKNOW HOW TO

Identify and use the rhetorical structure of comparingcontrasting essays Plan, write, revise and edit comparing-contrasting essays Analyze and follow written and spoken models Gather and organize information effectively using mind maps and graphic organizers Identify speakers and situational events in spoken texts Get the gist of spoken texts Recognize the difference between facts and opinions in written and spoken texts Transfer information to charts and tables Take notes from written and spoken texts Participate actively in class
Use the portfolio as a tool to improve weak language skills

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Use learning strategies to improve weak language skills Commit to course goals and responsibilities

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Module 3: THE PAST Tasks: 1. Listen and deduce general information from telephone conversations and short talks. 2. Read to analyze, synthesize, compare and deduce general and specific information from authentic texts. 3. Write coherent argumentative essays on varied issues. 4. Participate in discussions to provide and justify arguments to support your ideas on topics related to social, environmental and worldwide issues. 5. Give short talks about worldwide events, people and relationships 6. Complete international exam-type tasks such as: multiple choice (2), true-false-not given, matching (speakers to ideas/ heading to paragraphs), chart/ table/ diagrams / sentence / summary completion, open question, and text organization.

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KNOW

VOCABULARY CONNECTORS PRONUNCIATION PUNCTUATION CULTURE STRATEGIES

adjectives with –ing, -ed endings vocabulary in idioms to talk about description although, nevertheless, as a matter of fact, even though, whereas, due to the fact sounds /m/, /n/, /ŋ/ joining words identifying punctuation errors use punctuation correctly Family, work, old or new, cultural practices, history • Identify the topic, main idea and supporting sentences in texts. • Identify specific information, key words, reference words and their function in written and spoken texts. • Deduce meaning of a wide range of expressions and words using the context • Predict content from pictures and titles. • Skim and scan written texts.

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BEKNOW HOW TO

ATTITUDE AND COMMITMENT

Identify and use the rhetorical structure of argumentative essays. Plan, write, revise and edit argumentative essays. Analyze and follow written and spoken models Gather and organize information effectively using mind maps and graphic organizers Identify speakers and situational events in spoken texts. Get the gist of spoken texts Recognize the difference between facts and opinions in written and spoken texts Transfer information to charts and tables Take notes from written and spoken texts Participate actively in class
Use the portfolio as a tool to improve weak language skills

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Use learning strategies to improve weak language skills Commit to course goals and responsibilities

ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION • ASSESSMENT

You will be given feedback constantly by your teacher. It is intended to help you progress and prepare better for formal evaluations and international exams.
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Total English Upper Intermediate unit 5, pages 61 to 74

GRAMMAR

narrative tenses, used to/get used to/ would

KNOW HOW TO

EVALUATION

The evaluation system will be strictly determined by classroom activities and procedures which provide enough practice and facilitate the achievement of the competences and sub-competences. For evaluation purposes, you should be prepared to perform the specific tasks outlined in this program and that require the use of strategies and knowledge acquired during the term. Formal feedback will be provided after the formal evaluation process. The percentage values of the evaluations for Intermediate are: FIRST EXAM 30% Divided into: WRITING TEST SPEAKING TEST READING TEST LISTENING TEST BLOG/PROJECT WORK QUIZZES BLOG/PROJECT WORK WRITING EXAM LISTENING EXAM SPEAKING EXAM READING EXAM BLOG/PROJECT WORK 10 % 5% 5% 5% 5% 25 % 5% 10 % 10% 5% 5% 10 %

ONGOING ASSESSMENT 30% Divided into: FINAL EXAM 40% Divided into:

Independent work: All activities assigned as homework and reinforcement are mandatory to be prepared for class and evaluations. Quizzes: Evaluations where you show strategies and knowledge acquired on specific topics studied. Blog /project: Through an on line project, students will put into practice the topics and content learned in class during the semester within multicultural and multidisciplinary fields. The assignments will be completed individually and in teams, and are due on specific dates at midnight, unless otherwise noted. The Blog or Project Work is part of your evaluation and it is graded according to a rubric.

CLASS TEXTBOOK Acklam, R. and Crace, A. TOTAL ENGLISH, UPPER-INTERMEDIATE. Student’s Book. Longman. England. 2006. RESOURCES: • Upper-Intermediate Web Page. Online. Available: http://fld.unisabana.edu.co/efl6.htm
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Evans Virginia. Successful Writing, Upper-intermediate and Proficiency. Express Publishing. 2000. Gear Jolene. Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL Test. Cambridge University press. 2003. Phillips Deborah, Longman Introductory course for the TOEFL test. Longman. 2001. Phillips Deborah, Longman complete course for the TOEFL test. Longman. 2001 Evans Virginia. Mission FCE 2. Express Publishing. A Monolingual Dictionary. Learning and Practice Guides for independent study. Studium. Tutoring and counseling sessions. www resources.

BIBLIOGRAPHY • Universidad de la Sabana. Documento de reestructuración curricular para el programa de proficiencia en Lengua Extranjera en la Universidad de la Sabana. 2002. • Proyecto Educativo Institucional Universidad de la Sabana.

Reglamento de estudiantes. Universidad de la Sabana. 2003.

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