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Decanato de Asuntos Académicos

Centro de Carolina

Course Title : Basic Course in English I
Codification : ENGL - 101
Credits : Three (3) credits
Pre-requisite : NONE
Co-requisite : English Laboratory ENGL-101
Term and Academic Year : August 2017
Professor : Marigloria Acevedo
Contact Information : (, 787-249-6137)
Office Hours : Mondays from 4:00-5:00pm

Course Description:

This English course is intended to provide students with the fundamentals of the language and a
foundation for advancing through the four required levels of English proficiency. It consists of the four
Language Arts (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) in grammar context. The course is reinforced
with a computerized technology laboratory session. It adapts to the individual needs of the students by
integrating the basic laboratory skills needed to perform successfully at higher levels.

Text Book:

Straus, J. (2008). The blue book of grammar and punctuation: An easy-to-use guide with clear rules,
real-world examples, and reproducible quizzes. San Francisco, CA. Jossey-Bass. Retrieved from

I. Objectives:

General Objective:

1. Use the four language arts (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) with basic everyday
expressions and short simple texts.
2. Construct simple sentences.
3. Demonstrate control of essential grammatical structures.
4. Reproduce simple oral and written communication in order to provide and obtain information.
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Specific Objectives:

1. Recognize and use appropriately the different parts of speech.

2. Produce sentences using the correct word order and punctuation marks.
3. Construct affirmative and negative sentences.
4. Construct a short paragraph on a familiar topic concerning home, family, friends and
5. Use the basic tenses including the present and past simple, and present continuous correctly.
6. Use the basic auxiliary verbs (am/is/are/was/were) and a range of regular and irregular
7. Demonstrate knowledge of the essential grammatical features and functions including
questions and negatives, plural nouns, frequency adverbs, possessives, pronouns and
8. Listen effectively in a variety of situations for a variety of purposes.
9. Practice the behaviors of effective active listeners.
10. Assess strengths in listening and set goals for future growth.
11. Speak fluently in a variety of situations for a variety of purposes and audiences.
12. Practice the behavior of effective speakers.
13. Assess strengths in speaking and set goals for future growth.
14. Read fluently and confidently a variety of texts for a variety of purposes.
15. Practice the behaviors of effective strategic readers.
16. Assess strengths in reading and set goals for future growth.
17. Write effectively in a variety of situations for a variety of purposes.
18. Practice the behaviors of effective writers.
19. Assess strengths in writing and set goals for future growth.

II. Course Outlook

*the following dates are subject to change without any previous notice

Week Theme Activity Instructions and

due dates
1 • Introduction to the course Oral discussion via
• Syllabus discussion Skype
2 • Mapping out skills and Diagnostic test Take GRAMMAR
students needs TEST using the site
english- (send through
resources/english- CANVAS a
grammar/ screenshot of
English level
3 Review chapter 1: Grammar Power Point Write a blog in
in presentation in Weebly with a CANVAS comment and more
information on
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250/N_205.pdf for entire (Prof. M. SIMPLE

verb lessons. Acevedo) PRESENT VERBS
• Verb Tenses /Downloads/Verb (Post blog link in
• Simple Present %20Tenses.pdf CANVAS
4 • Verb Tenses Watch and react to Using the simple
▪ Simple Past YouTube video past verb tense create a short
oYDA4jbPy4 journal entry in
which you talk
about an important
past experience
post it in CANVAS
(graded by rubric)
5 • Verb Tenses Watch and react to Listening
▪ Simple Future the Podcast comprehension quiz
https://englishwith on CANVAS

6 • All verb tenses Review the Complete Subject

following verb agreement
PowToon to clear quiz on page 79 of
any doubts chapter 6 Quizzes in
https://www.youtu http://elibrary.bsu.a z/books_250/N_20
R6wlbHVIWY 5.pdf

7 • Modal Auxiliaries • Definition and Students will create

examples with and publish group
Power Point Power Point
Presentation presentations in
(students) CANVAS.
• https://drive.go
• https://drive.go
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8 ▪ Prepositions Prezi presentation Assignment:

• Time in CANVAS Add a link in
• Place CANVAS of one
• Location nxun_obqmcy/pre academic website
positions/?utm_ca to practice
mpaign=share&ut prepositions.

9 General review, questions and Final Test Test on CANVAS

answers. platform.

III. Evaluation Criteria:

Class Evaluation

1.Assessment activities 10%

2. Attendance and class participation 30%
3. Reflective journal (rubric)10%
4. Special projects (Discussion board, Microsoft Office apps, oral and written reports, role playing, etc.)
5. Midterm and final exam 20%
6. Multimedia Project (Blogs, videos, storyboards, etc.) 10%

TOTAL 100%

Quantifiable assessment of this course is described as follows:

100 –90 = A
89 – 80 = B
79 – 70 = C
69 – 60 = D
59 -- 0 =F

Unquantifiable assessment of this course may include:

I Incomplete
AD Administrative Withdrawal
NA Never Attended
W Total Withdrawal

IV. Rules and class policies

• Attendance is compulsory at Caribbean University. Students must not be absent from classes,
announced examinations, quizzes, laboratory periods, final examinations or other class activities,
unless the reason for the absence is valid and acceptable by the instructor.
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o If for some reason the student has to be absent from scheduled classes or laboratories,
it is his/her responsibility to make up the material covered.
o All matters related to the student's absences, including making up for work missed, are
to be arranged with the instructor’s authorization.
o Tests will be available for reposition during the professor’s office hour (Mondays 4:00-
5:00pm). This is only valid with a certified excuse (medical, family, funeral and job
related). The professor will only grant this reposition up to 6 days after the test was
originally scheduled.
• Administrative drop certified by the professor once the student fails to attend a course six times
consecutively in courses that meet twice a week; or absent three consecutive times in courses
that meet once a week.
• The University encourages student’s retention on courses and in the Institution. Advisors should
be notified by the student to discuss possible alternatives before the withdrawal of a course.
Students desiring to withdraw from a course must submit the "Withdrawal Form" at the Registrar's
Office within the academic calendar period established. After this date, no withdrawals will be
• Qualification Course: The final grade will be reported by the teacher to the registrar. The
Registry will send the students final grades through the postal service. The student will know
the course grade through Web-Advisor.
o Incomplete: Incomplete will be granted to students only in cases in which the student
owes the last assignment or a course exam. The student, with a justified cause, shall
petition in writing their desire to be granted incomplete.
▪ The Incomplete must be removed at the request of the student, during the
period allocated for this purpose in the Academic Calendar.
▪ If the Incomplete is not removed within the established time, the student will
receive the corresponding grade, as described in Grading System under the
current Catalog.
• It is a violation of the Rules of Order in Council Regulation Institutional General
Student dishonesty, fraud, plagiarism and other inappropriate behavior related to
academic work or any action to that end. It also constitutes fraud unauthorized use
of materials and giving or receiving unauthorized assistance during an examination
or other academic exercise.
• The classroom is a place to share, reflect and investigate; all people should conduct themselves
with respect and professionalism always. Cell phones disrupt this process so make sure that
during class time any electronical devices are in silent mode.
• Attendance to class is only a requisite for students who are registered at Caribbean University.
People who are not registered will not be allowed in the classroom.

V. Differentiated Assessment:
Students with special needs who receive services from Vocational Rehabilitation should contact
the Campus and the Academic Unit counselors. They will guide the student on how to request
reasonable accommodation under the Procedure for Addressing Students with Disabilities in tune with
the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) y the Rehabilitation Act (93-112). The procedure is posted on
the website of Caribbean University (

VI. References:

Declerck, Renaat. (2006). Topics in English Linguistics: The Grammar of the English Tense System: A
Comprehensive Analysis. Berlin, DEU: Mouton de Gruyter. eISBN: 9783110199888
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Elbaum, Sandra N. (2010). Grammar in context: basic. 5th ed. Boston, MA: Heinle Cengage Learning. ISBN:

Elbaum, Sandra N. (2010). Grammar in context: 1. 5th ed. Boston, MA: Heinle Cengage Learning. ISBN:

Elbaum, Sandra N. (2010). Grammar in context: 2. 5th ed. Boston, MA: Heinle Cengage Learning. ISBN:

Elbaum, Sandra N. (2010). Grammar in context: 3. 5th ed. Boston, MA: Heinle Cengage Learning. ISBN:

Gelderen, Elly Van. (2010). Introduction to the Grammar of English. Amsterdam, NLD: John Benjamins Publishing
Company. eISBN: 9789027288622

Grammarly, Inc. (2013) Grammarly Handbook. Retrieved from:

Hudson, Richard A. (2003). English Grammar. London, GBR: Routledge. eISBN: 9780203015469

Lorio, Mary Gretchen., Beyer, Charles E. (2001) Grammar Cracker: Unlocking English Grammar. Waterbury, CT:
Vocalis, Limited. eISBN: 9781932653045

Murphy, Raymond., Smalzer, William R. (2011) Basic Grammar in Use: reference and practice for students of
North American English. (3rd ed.). Hong Kong, China: Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9780521133340

Radden, Gunter., Dirven, Rene.(2007). Cognitive English Grammar. Amsterdam, NLD: John Benjamins Publishing
Company. eISBN: 9789027292339

Sinclair, Christine. (2010). Grammar: A Friendly Approach. (2nd Ed.). Maidenhead, GBR: Open University Press.
eISBN: 0521426065

The English Club. (2013). Eight Parts of Speech. Retrieved from: