Monday, June 13, 2011

UFS 211 - Academic Reading & Writing ( June - August 2011 Session)


  1. Group Project- Folklore Short Story   (10 Marks) 
This should be a short story based on a Malaysian theme. Each group should consist of 4-5 persons and should produce a folklore short story of about 2000 words (not including the prefatory pages, e.g. cover page, acknowledgement, content page etc, The students should conduct a simple investigation to collect relevant data or information from secondary sources such as books, newspaper, magazines or articles from the internet (Bibliographical style according to Harvard Referencing System). The topic chosen by the students must be approved by the lecturer concerned before any work on the project is carried out. Subsequently, the students in the same group will decide on the sequence of the presentation and the section each student is responsible for. Finally, the students will prepare visual and rehearse for the presentation.

Assessment criteria for short story
The written short story will be assessed on:
  1. The ability to identify the theme
  2. Originality of analyses and ideas
  3. The ability to present the story in a logical, coherent and well structured discourse
  4. Students’ written language competency 
Language                            3                     
Content                               5                     
Organization & Style            2
Total:                                 10 Marks

Guideline for typing
Font: Times New Roman/ Arial
Font size: 12
1.5 spacing
A4- sized paper
Printed on A5 paper
Submission Deadline:    17th June 2011 - submit title of the story
                                     4th July 2011– show edited / revised draft
                                    18th July 2011week of the semester- submit written short story

  1. Video or oral presentation 10 Marks
Students will record their play and present it to the class. If the students are unable to
record the play , they should act  out in the class. Each group is given 15 minutes to present  
their play.

Assessment criteria for video or oral presentation

Students will be assessed on:
1.     Clear and intelligible English pronunciation with proper stress
2.     Presentation skill ( voice projection/ control, eye contact, body language, etc)

Language                                              2
Content                                                 2
Visuals & Overall impression Delivery     1

      Presentation time: 15-20 minutes

  1. Grammar Test - 10 Marks
Students will be tested on conjunctions, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in Week 5. The test items will be prepared and administered by individual lecturer in class. Students will be individually assessed. The question paper must be submitted together with the answer script at the end of the test. Students have 1 hour to complete the test.

Assessment Criteria

  1. Wrong use of participle:0mark
  2. Wrong tenses: ½  of the total mark
  3. Wrong subject –verb agreement:1/2of the total mark
  4. Without verb to be:0 mark
  5. Spelling errors or missing words in the sentence: Deduct ½ mark.

  1. Reflection Journal (Blogging) and classroom participation / attendance - 10 Marks

Students are required to watch 5 movies in any genres with their peers (One selected by the lecturer). Then, they are required to write a critique to reflect their opinions based on the movies and retell the story of the movies in their own style of writing. The journal should be written in their own blog. (10 entries with 300 words for each post)

             Submission date: Week 7 (29 July 2011).

      5.  Vocabulary folio - 10 marks

      Students should read articles, journals or magazines and record 500 new words that    
      they may have not known.

      At the end of Week 7 (29 July 2011) students should hand in their vocabulary folio.

      6. Paragraph Writing - 10 marks

        Paragraph writing 
        Instruction: Write a cause – effect paragraph based on a topic
        The composition should be around 100- 150 words.

  1.  Font: Arial 11
  2. Spacing:1.5
  3. Format: Justify
  4. Pages:1-2

      Guidelines for cover page:
  1. Name of student
  2. Subject code
  3. Class code
  4. Student ID
  5. Topic
  6. Submission date :8th August, 2011
      The writing will be assessed according to:
1.     Content accuracy:               3
2.     Content structure:                2
3.     Clarity:                                3
4.     Grammar:                            2



Classic Novels

1)         Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

2)         Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen

3)         The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

4)         Andersen's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian    

5)         Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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“You learn something every day if you pay attention.” 
 ~ Ray LeBlond~

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