Prep Course for University

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Program for ESL University Prep

Objective:  Prepare students for university (undergraduate and graduate study)

Prerequisite:  Grammar (covered in a separate course)

Expectations:  This course will cover the four aspects of effective communication.  The following are examples of rubrics of expectations for mature, self-motivating independent learners (expect that innovative tasks will be added to these lists):

Speaking:  able to communicate a main idea with supporting details in 30 seconds (the elevator speech), with at least two supporting details in less than two minutes, and a longer presentation, all recorded for storage in the Performance Portfolio.  Speech-to-text practice with software like DragonSpeaking is encouraged.

Writing:  able to write a variety of items, using error-free (grammatically standard) English.  Examples include memo, request letter, short email message, a letter to the editor, a blog post, two-page online post and 10-page report using standard APA or other format for avoiding a charge of plagiarism.  Skillful use of a plagiarism checking software like

Reading:  able to summarize a variety of written materials, including a chapter of a textbook, a newspaper editorial, and transcripts from

Listening:  able to summarize a typical presentation in writing and orally.

Digital communications:  creation and maintenance of website, blog, Facebook business page, supplemented with video and/or audio files, produced in collaboration with a team of students.   Ability to edit Wikipedia and other forms of wikis will be encouraged.


Portfolio of Performances

Students will accumulate a portfolio of their work, showing formative and summative evaluations, both by peers and the instructor.  These activities will engage students in preparing for 21st Century skills described by Tony Wagner in  The Global Achievement Gap (2007), Tom Friedman’s The World Is Flat (3rd edition, 2007) and Dan Pink’s Drive (2010), Free Agent Nation (2001) and A Whole New Mind (2005).  This portfolio will be the sole source of information used for the student’s letter grade.  Your performance of understanding will be stored in the Portfolio of Performances (POP).  Portions of the portfolio are expected to be digitized and stored on the Internet.  


Meta-cognitive Processes

Students will demonstrate the ability to describe how they are learning and to demonstrate strategies for handling.

Skills include

a)    handling multiple assignments at the same time

b)    online vs. face-to-face learning environments

c)    the separation of teaching and learning (demonstrated in an online environment

d)    attributes of seasoned online learners, as described at

e)    following Seth Godin’s advice:  “When you communicate, you are selling something and you want to change someone’s behavior.  This is not about a debate or about offering a novel explanation to the marketplace of ideas.  You are selling something.  Anything less and you are wasting my time and your time.”


Research Skills

Specific tasks will be assigned to check the efficiency and effectiveness of a variety of searches.  Appropriate use of and fact-checking sites like will be emphasized. 




The 100 words every college student should know will be introduced.


Advanced wordlists will be available for students who demonstrate the ability to transfer the initial list from working memory to long-term storage.  


Sample texts

Stylebook and Libel Manual (updated version, AP), Addison Wesley

Ebooks from Project Gutenberg.

APA Handbook  

Your College Experience, Gardner and Jewler, Thomson Wadsworth

Becoming a Master Student, Ell,is, 9th edition, Houghton Mifflin.


Texts for scanning

Familiarization with how to handle textbooks (scan, skim, summarize) will be covered with titles such as:

Educational Resarch, 3rd Edition, (2011), Pearson

Using SPSS for Windows and Macintosh, Green and Salkind (2010), Prentice Hall.


Syllabus designed by S. McCrea, MPA (Ed.D. candidate, 2013)
Comments to, +1 954 646 8246 for development of curricula
20 April 2012


Twitter summary of this course:  College prep course using RE Clark (2012) methods from American Educator.  Not easy.  Lots of work.  Digital portfolio. 



Twitter summary of this course:  College prep course using RE Clark (2012) methods from American Educator. Not easy. Lots of work. Digital portfolio.

Trainer of Instructors:  Steve McCrea

Contact info:, +1 954 646 8246


Standard pronunciation is encouraged

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