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Quality versus Quantity

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Dear students,
The quality of your writing is more important than the quantity. However, students who write only a little tend not to score as well as those who write more, as the chart below reveals.
If you write long well written essays, your scores may be higher. If you edit your work, your scores may also improve.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin


Homework Scores

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Dear students,
I have just graded your homework and it was a mixture of excellent writing and substandard work. These scores are not permanent as I will mark again and do the final grading at the end of the semester. Therefore, you have time to edit and resubmit.
One reason for dropped points was the APA formatting was not correct. The main reason, however, was that the essays were either too short or contained too many errors.
The pass mark for each assignment is 3 points. Are you sure you wrote enough, and was it your best effort?

5 Excellent
4 Good
3 Pass
2 Fail
1 Are you serious?
0 Copied or Hello again

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin





Plagiarism

Dear students,
Please make sure to paraphrase your source when writing. This means you should write without copying the original. If you copy even one sentence this will be considered as plagiarism - regardless of whether you cite your source or not.

If you copy, your score for the assignment will be zero and your maximum grade for the course will be "C".

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 7

Dear students,
Today is your mid-term test. You should bring a book to class and summarize it and express an opinion. The book should be different to the one you summarized in week one. Your essay should conform to APA format. During the test, you will not be allowed to use your cell phone, so you should be able to write in-text citations and references in APA format without using notes.

After this 50-minute test you will practice APA format. Please consider editing your homework assignments if you think that your APA was incorrect. Your grade may improve if you choose to do so.

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 6

Dear students,
Today your topic is language. First you will talk about languages.
Worksheet 1
Then  will do a quiz
Worksheet 2
Then In groups, research the interesting features of a specific language. Write about these features.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Homework update

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Dear students,
Keep up the good work!
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin


Week 5

Dear students,
Today's topic is human rights.

Shadow the (simplified version) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights articles with a partner.
UDHR

Investigate one of the thirty articles of the UDHR.
The BBC has a good website if you are stuck for ideas, (but it is for native speakers).
BBC human rights web page

In groups of three, write one part (one paragraph or more) to explain what one of the articles of the UDHR means, one part of a case study of this article, and one part which is an opinion of the case study.
For example, article 5 of the UDHR is freedom from torture.
a) what does that mean?
b) give an example of a case study of torture
c) write your opinion.
Each person should write about the same.

Human rights is very complex. Please do your best. Cite any sources in APA format.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Hello\(^^)/

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Dear students,
For most of you, great job! Your work is good.
The only slight problem is that some of you have not written a graded reader summary from week 1 yet (you did not edit your email receipt from "hello").
Otherwise, everything is fine. Keep up the good work!
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin








Week 4

Dear students,
Today your topic is globalization.
First of all, please do the worksheet as a warm up exercise.
Globalization
Then ask yourself how does globalization affect you locally?
In groups of four, choose a focus, draw your concept map and research your topic. Your group should write a minimum of a five-paragraph essay (one introduction, three body sections, and a summary).
If you use books, newspapers or websites for your research, you should include APA formatted in-text citations for each source. Every in-text citation should also have an APA formatted reference at the end of the essay.
Let me check your concept maps and APA formatted in-text citations and APA formatted references. You may label which part you wrote when you upload your homework. For example, introduction and summary, or body part B.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Homework form

Dear students,
Please use the form below for all homeworks

Homework form is now obsolete

Week 3

Dear students,
Today you will complete a worksheet related to brain gender and then conduct a class survey in groups of three. Please think of a question or questions about one topic related to gender that you would like to ask everyone in class. (For example, about jobs, sports, marriage, gender roles, behaviour, school, color, etc.)

You will need to download the print below and bring it to class.

Gender brain

Your homework is to write up your survey.
Do one of the following in your group:
1) Introduce your research question(s) (what is the background and why did you ask?).
2) Present the method and results.
3) Discuss the results and express an opinion.

Are you stuck for ideas? Here are some questions relating to gender:

Gender questions

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin