Welcome to the 2011 MUIC Summer Camp Reading and Writing Webpage. As the Reading/ Writing teacher of said project, I have specifically developed this page where the 2011 MUIC Summer Campers will find materials, links, and other resources relevant to their classroom needs. And while this page has been specially created for them, other learners, however, may freely use resources included here.
Have fun learning!
MUIC Summer English/ Thai Studies Program
The program will focus on communication skills.
Build Confidence and Improve Communication Skills
Improve Conversation Skills
Improve Presentation Skills
Improve Pronunciation Skills
Read for purpose
Improve reading rate
Write for purpose
1 = Reading/Writing (Genres: Description, Narration, C& C, Process, Reflection/Response)
2 = Aural/Oral (Listening, Speaking, Presentation, and Pronunciation)
Monday, August 8
1. Introduction to the module and the writing basics, Diagnostic Test
2. Introduction, Needs Assessment, Comparison, Voicing consonants (verbs)
Tuesday, August 9
1. Cross-cultural communication:
A. The teacher makes an introduction to cross-cultural communication and discusses the “iceberg concept” (five F’s: food, fashion, festivals, folklore, and flags)
B. Ss read materials and watch a video clip on the importance of
understanding cross-cultural differences.
C. They engage in a discussion after.
D. Writing Focus: Writing the Thesis Statement (Ss study from the examples given how to compose thesis statements.)
E. ASSIGNMENT: Students bring to class scrap-booking materials and items such as the following: plane tickets, boarding passes, and other personal pieces that speak about themselves (and/ or the summer program they are in).
2. Introduction (small talk), Comparison, Voicing consonants (nouns)
Wednesday, August 10
1. SCRAPBOOK JOURNAL ENTRY 1:
A. Students prepare a “Cultural Connections” scrapbook journal and start off by doing a page about themselves.
B. The teacher discusses a sample essay on self-introduction.
C. In the second half of the session, they introduce themselves by talking about their first scrapbook journal entry.
2. Introduction, Vocabulary, Voicing, Blends, Presentation 1: Introduction
Thursday, August 11
1. The students read sample C & C essays and discuss the steps to writing one. They also do some practice writing.
2. Small talk, More sibilant sounds, Presentation 2: Comparison of Two Cities, Present tense and adverbs of frequency, negatives, and negative reductions
Friday, August 12
Holiday, Mother’s Day
Monday, August 15
1. SCRAPBOOK JOURNAL ENTRY 2:
A. Students produce a scrapbook/ journal entry in the form of an essay comparing Bangkok and Osaka.
2. Small talk: Friday Market, Bangkok City Tour—future tense, Presentation 3: Comparison of Routine in Osaka and in Bangkok
Tuesday, August 16
A. The teacher discusses how to write a paragraph/ an essay using the
descriptive pattern with a focus on concrete objects. The class reads and discusses sample essays.
B. In the last 30 minutes of the session, the teacher brings the students to the Thai houses found on campus. Students are asked to observe and note details about the Thai style houses.
C. ASSIGNMENT/ SCRAPBOOK JOURNAL ENTRY 3: Students make a scrapbook page/ journal entry about Thai style houses using the descriptive rhetorical pattern.
2. Small talk: Bangkok City Tour Highlights, Presentation 4: One Monument or One Activity in Bangkok, Pronunciation sounds, th/s r/l
Wednesday, August 17
A. The teacher discusses. how to write a paragraph/ an essay describing a place. The class reads and discusses sample essays.
B. Background reading:
C. SCRAPBOOK JOURNAL ENTRY 4: Students are asked to write about Buddhamonthon Park.
D. READING ASSIGNMENT: Read background info hand-outs on Bangkok, Loy krathong, the Songkran festival, and fortune telling.
2. Pronunciation, r/l; rhythm in sentences, Buddhamonthon Park, reading
Thursday, August 18
1. SCRAPBOOK JOURNAL ENTRY 6:
A. Students bring to class scrap-booking materials from their Friday Market and Bangkok City Tour activities. They prepare a scrapbook page/ journal entry on any of the following themes: food, fashion, flags, folklore (if applicable). (Entries can be short captions or paragraphs.)
B. Students pair up and discuss their own journal entries with their partners.
2. Presentation 5: “Our Community”, worksheet for description or event, linking sounds, stress and rhythm in sentences
Friday, August 19
1. Discussion/ Practice Writing Activity:
A. The teacher discusses how to write a paragraph/ an essay narrating their Ayutthaya experience. The class reads and discusses sample narrative essays.
B. Background reading:
2. Planning for Final Presentation: Presentation skills; Conversation, small talk, Past/Present/Future, word and sentence stress continued
Monday, August 22
1. SCRAPBOOK JOURNAL ENTRY 7:
A. Discussion about how to write a narrative essay continues. Students are asked to write about their Ayutthaya trip.
B. Scrap-booking materials gathered from the trip are made part of the narrative.
2. Small talk==Ayutthaya, Selected Pronunciation exercise—individual assessment and counseling for pronunciation.
Tuesday, August 23
1. SCRAPBOOK JOURNAL ENTRY 8:
A. The class recalls the steps they followed in preparing a Thai dish the night before.
B. Students are asked to observe how popular native dishes, such as
"somtam," "kwaytitaw," or "pad Thai" are prepared. They write a recipe. They can take photos which may be used for their scrap-booking activity.
2. Presentation 6: Monument or Activity in Ayutthaya, Explaining a process: recipe and food.
Wednesday, August 24
1. SCRAPBOOK JOURNAL ENTRY 9:
A. To recap their Summer Camp experience, students write a reflection paper combining any two or more of the rhetorical patterns they have learned. This serves as their last journal entry.
B. Editing and practice for final presentation—video tape presentation, review tape for practice.
Thursday, August 25
1. Final Presentation: My experience as an exchange student in Thailand (Students' scrapbooks may be collected and used as an exhibit outside the venue.)
3. Farewell Dinner