Updated June 15
"Your students are very brave to let you do this! By taking the challenge they have made a huge
step to practising for the "unexpectedness" of communication. Thank you for giving me a free
trip to your beautiful country!"
- If you've already done a practice Hangout or plan to participate from Jeff's office, you don't need to practice. If you plan to participate in an On Air Show from home or school, I strongly suggest doing a practice hangout first. I will start an off-air practice hangout at 8pm on Sunday.If you're not available then, contact me and perhaps we can arrange another time to practice.
Before Hanging out , you will need
- Register for a gmail account and set up your Google+ profile by going to plus.google.com
- Install the Google Talk plug in at: talk.google.com or the Hangout App if you're using a mobile device.
- Add Jeff to your ‘circles’. Go to gplus.to/jefflebow and click ‘add to circles’
- Aside from scheduled in-office show times, I will have office hours this week at:
- Tuesday: 1~2pm
- Wednesday: noon~1:50pm
If you would like to discuss your show segment, please sign up for a time slot at:
Students who've already done their segment, and want to discuss that experience or anything else are welcome to sign up and stop by as well.
- Make sure you add a short segment outline and links to relevant materials on the ENG317 Final Show Schedule Google Doc here as soon as possible.
Phrasal Verbs: Lists & Activities
All Discussion Questions: 1st half of the semester
(ENG317-2) Thursday, June 6
(ENG317-3) Sunday, June 9
About this course
Practical English Conversation
Instructor: Jeff Lebow
Office: IT508 Phone: 640-3708 Office Hours: Fridays 3pm`6pm or by appointment
Email: email@example.com Course Website: JeffLebow.net/eng317 ClassBlog: bufseng317.blogspot.com
This aim of this course is to help students develop their ability to participate in meaningful English conversations by improving their communicative strategies, functional vocabulary, and pronunciation skills. Students will actively engage with each other and with the instructor in an effort to improve their speaking skills in a variety of environments and contexts.
II. Course textbook
There is no textbook for this course. Materials will be posted on the course website and blog. Sometimes handouts will be provided. Other times, students will be expected to print out materials before class. Students will sometimes be required to post reflections on the class blog. We will use a Google Document for our Group Notes. This will be used during class to record all new vocabulary. Students are encouraged to contribute (translations and additional vocabulary) to this document after class.
III. Instruction Methods:
Each week, during our two hour block, we will cover one discussion topic. The topic will be introduced using handouts, videos, and/or other supplemental materials. Students will then discuss topics in small groups, with partners, and/or as a whole group. Topics include issues from daily life, society, technology, and lifestyle. Students will have input into deciding which topics are discussed and in which order. During our one hour block each week, we will engage in a variety and language skill building activities (e.g. pronunciation accuracy, listening strategies, writing skills, and extensive reading).
Students will be assessed according to the following criteria
|40% Attendance & Participation|
20% Final Exam
Grades will be distributed based on the required university quotas: 35% A’s, 35% B’s, 30% C’s
Please make every effort to arrive on time. Those arriving more than five minutes late will be marked tardy. Those more than 20 minutes late will be marked absent for that hour. If you are absent, please check the course website for information about any assignments you are still expected to complete. Please turn cell phones off unless they are being used as part of a class activity. This syllabus is subject to change according to the needs of class participants and with occasional schedule interruptions due to holidays, etc.