Kingsborough Community College
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DR. LORETTA KASPER'S
ESL 91 ON THE WEB


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Dr. Loretta Kasper
lkasper@kbcc.cuny.edu
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ESL 91 on the Web


ESL 91 FALL, 2004
COMPUTER LAB ASSIGNMENTS

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September 13  September 20  September 27 
October 4  October 18  October 25 
November 1  November 8   November 15   November 22   November 29  
December 6  

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2004

Welcome to ESL 91 ONLINE.

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT AND BE SURE THAT YOU COMPLETE EACH TASK AS ASSIGNED

This web site contains all of the information you will need for our course. You will access this assignments page every Monday in computer lab for your assignments. You will complete each assignment according to the directions provided.

Today, you will need to complete several tasks as follows:

IF YOU DO NOT ALREADY HAVE AN EMAIL ACCOUNT, YOU WILL SET UP YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT FOR THIS COURSE

  1. If you already have an email address that you would like to use for this course, please log into that email and send me a message from that address.

  2. If you do not already have an email account, go to Yahoo Mail. Click on the blue link that says SIGN ME UP. NOTE: This will open in a new browser window so that you may return to this Blackboard page easily.
    PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOU choose a password that will be easy for you to remember and send it to me in an email addressed to esl91@yahoo.com.

  3. Please take some time to explore each of the areas on our course web page at http://kccesl.tripod.com. You should bookmark this page on your home computer. I encourage you to use it every day.

  4. Please post your comments to the ESL 91 Blog on Tripod. You will be required to post to this blog EACH WEEK.

I look forward to working with each of you, and I hope we all have a very productive and successful semester!

Good Luck,

Dr. Kasper

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2004

Today you will create your web pages on Tripod.

  • Be sure that you have created a username and a password. Remember that your username will be part of the URL for your web page.
  • The password MUST be something that will be easy for you to remember. If you forget your password, you will not be able to edit your web page.

    Creating a Web Site on Tripod.com

    Go to http://www.tripod.lycos.com

    On Top of the page, click on "New Users Sign Up”

    Choose “Free”

    Hit “Sign Up”

    Fill out the application form. Note that at the end there are boxes which if checked will allow Tripod to send you email. If you do not want email, uncheck the boxes.

    After you submit the form, you will get a screen that says “Activate your account and start building”

    You will be taken to an instruction page—Read the instructions.

    Then you can start building your site.

                You can use the Site Builder tool.

                You can use HTML code.

                You can use MS Word—type and save the file as a web page, then upload to Tripod.

    You should create a file in MS Word, that will serve as the START (or INDEX) page of your web site. You must save this file as a WEB PAGE in order to upload it to Tripod.

    To upload your index page, go to the File Manager.

  • Your web page will contain an electronic portfolio of your writing during the semester. You should upload ALL drafts of each piece of writing that you do.
  • You will also create a blog and link the blog to your web page. On the blog, other students will respond to the work you have posted. You will also respond to other students' work on their blogs. You should also use the blog to post your comments about HOW you went about writing each paper--the research you did, etc. Was it easy or difficult for you to write on this topic? Be very thoughtful in your posts to the blogs.

Any questions, ask me.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2004

Today you will begin searching for Internet resources to use for your first writing assignment. ALL GROUPS SHOULD USE THE VIVISIMO SEARCH ENGINE FOR THIS RESEARCH

A WELL-ORGANIZED FIRST DRAFT of your writing assignment is due next Monday. Do NOT come to class without your assignment! Remember to use one of the planning strategies for writing that we discussed in class.

Please post the URLs of any useful resources you find to our class blog at http://kccesl.tripod.com/esl91blog/

The topics for each focus discipline group are as follows:

  • Environmental Science--
    Writing Topic: Imagine that it is the year 2050. Although governments and their citizens were warned about the dangers of the greenhouse effect as early as the 1970's, they did not take the necessary steps to prevent it from worsening. As a result, global warming and ozone depletion continued unchecked. In a well-organized essay, describe what life would be like in 2050 under these conditions. What would be the state of the climate? What would the nations of the world look like? What would be the day-to-day living conditions of the people of the world?

    How to do your research:


    1. Begin with the Environmental Science page of our web site.
    2. Then search the Internet to find at least ONE additional resource that is not linked to our page. Post the URL to our class blog.

  • Sociology--
    Writing Topic: Which of the four agents of socialization do you believe is most important in the development of the child? Explain your answer through examples from your experience, your observation of others and/or your reading.

    How to do your research:


    1. Begin with the Sociology page of our web site.
    2. Then search the Internet to find at least ONE additional resource that is not linked to our page. Post the URL to our class blog.

  • Biology--
    Writing Topic: Research in genetics has produced many important discoveries such as the structure and function of DNA. Watson and Crick were responsible for discovering DNA, and this discovery resulted in a Nobel Prize. Describe what led to Watson and Crick's discovery of DNA, and explain how and why this discovery was so important in the field of biology and genetics.

    How to do your research:


    1. Begin with the Biology page of our web site.
    2. Then search the Internet to find at least ONE additional resource that is not linked to our page. Post the URL to our class blog.

  • Business--
    Writing Topic: Explore the area of marketing in business. What is marketing? How have the principles of marketing changed as a result of the Internet?

    How to do your research:


    1. Begin with the Business page of our web site.
    2. Then search the Internet to find at least ONE additional resource that is not linked to our page. Post the URL to our class blog.

  • Computer Science--
    Writing Topic: Go to the pages Internet Pioneers and Pioneers. Choose ONE of these pioneers and do an in-depth exploration of how that person changed the face of technology.

    You may also find useful resources on The History of Computing Project page.

    How to do your research:


    1. Begin with the Computer Science page of our web site.
    2. Then search the Internet to find at least ONE additional resource not linked to our page. Post the URL to our class blog.

    If you have any questions, ask or email me at esl91@yahoo.com

Monday, October 4, 2004

Today you will do a practice departmental reading exam.

PLEASE DO NOT PRINT OUT THE TEXT--IT IS IN YOUR BOOK

Go to the text "Language Acquisition in Humans ", which comes from your text Interdisciplinary English.

  • Read the text, which is a hypertext with glosses, ON SCREEN. New vocabulary words are indicated in blue print. When you move your mouse under the blue word, the definition pops up in a box. This is called a gloss.
  • After you read the text, answer the Comprehension Questions by typing your answer directly onto the computer screen.
  • Print out ONE copy of your answers for yourself
  • AFTER YOU PRINT OUT ONE COPY OF YOUR ANSWERS, THEN submit your answers by clicking on the button that says "Submit"

    Any questions, ask me.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Today you will do a practice departmental reading exam.

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE YOU BEGIN WORKING

Go to the text "The History of Psychology."

  • Note that this text is a controlled hypertext. This means that there will be links that will pop up at several points within the main text. These pop-ups will contain additional information.
  • You will read the main text, being sure to move your mouse over the links as you come to them. The hypertext will pop up in a new window. When you are finished reading the information in that window, move your mouse off of the link and go back to reading the main text.
  • As you are reading the texts, you should have your notebook open and take notes.

  • Your assignment for this hypertext has TWO PARTS:

    1. You will answer comprehension questions today in computer lab.
    2. You will write a summary of the hypertext (including all the linked texts) for homework. You should bring your summary to class on THURSDAY.

    Begin doing the TWO PART Assignment:

  • After you have finished reading the main and the hyperlinked pop-up texts, answer the 10 Comprehension Questions by typing your answer directly onto the computer screen.
  • Print out a copy of your answers for yourself
  • Submit your answers by clicking on the button that says "Submit"
  • THEN, FOR THURSDAY, WRITE A SUMMARY OF THE HYPERTEXT. BRING IT TO CLASS.

Any questions, ask me.

Monday, October 25, 2004

In preparation for our collaborative lesson with Prof. Weiss' class on November 2 and November 4, today you will begin researching the theories of moral development presented by Lawrence Kohlberg and Carol Gilligan.

You should access, read and take notes on each of the following sites. Please also print out at least ONE resource on Kohlberg and ONE on Gilligan:

  1. Lawrence Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development

  2. A Summary of Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development

  3. Notes on Carol Gilligan's In A Different Voice

  4. Carol Gilligan and Her Work

  5. Carol Gilligan's Theory

  6. General Overview of Kohlberg and Gilligan
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2004

Today you will be doing two reader response exercises.
You will read two essays and then write answers to a series of four questions for each essay.

These exercises will serve several purposes:

  1. They will help develop your awareness as a writer as you respond to writing from the point of view of the reader. You will evaluate the effectiveness of the writing in terms of how clear each was, how well organized each was, and how much information each provided to you as the reader.
  2. They will give you some basic background on two major issues in the field of Physical Anthropology.

    To access the first reader response exercise, CLICK HERE.

    You will type your answers to the questions directly onto the computer screen and then submit them when you are finished.

    Don't forget to print out a copy of your answers for yourself.

    To access the second reader response exercise, CLICK HERE.

    You will type your answers to the questions directly onto the computer screen and then submit them when you are finished.

    Don't forget to print out a copy of your answers for yourself.

Monday, November 8, 2004

Today you will do a practice departmental reading exam.

PLEASE DO NOT PRINT OUT THE TEXT--IT IS IN YOUR BOOK

Go to the text Chaos Theory which comes from your text Interdisciplinary English.


  • Read the text
  • Answer the Comprehension Questions by typing your answer directly onto the computer screen.
  • Print out a copy of your answers for yourself
  • Submit your answers by clicking on the button that says "Submit"

Any questions, ask me.

Monday, November 15, 2004

PRACTICE FOR THE ACT TEST AND OTHER MULTIPLE CHOICE READING TESTS

  • Click for TEST 2 and TEST 3.

  • Click for the ANSWER KEYS to TEST 2 and TEST 3

  • Monday, November 22, 2004

    Today you will be taking a Practice Departmental Reading Exam on the computer.

    You will read the text and answer the questions by typing your answers directly onto the computer screen.
    When you are finished, you will SUBMIT your answers by pressing the button on the screen.

    DO NOT PRINT OUT THE TEXT. IT IS IN YOUR TEXTBOOK.

    To take the test, CLICK HERE.

    If you have any questions, ask me.

    Monday, November 29, 2004

    Today you will do a practice departmental reading exam.

    PLEASE DO NOT PRINT OUT THE TEXT--IT IS IN YOUR BOOK

    Go to the text The Socialization of Eating Disorders which comes from your text Interdisciplinary English.


    • Read the text
    • The reading states that cultural influences play a role in the development of eating disorders. The reading discusses the influence of the mass media in encouraging women to pursue the cultural ideal of beauty.
      In several paragraphs, answer the following questions:
      • Based on this reading, what are some possible results of societal pressures regarding physical attractiveness?
      • What part do the family, the school, and the peer group play in this process?
      • How can any or all of these agents of socialization work to counteract or to reinforce the influences of the mass media?
      • Can you give some examples from other readings or your own experience to illustrate the principles described in this text?

      Bring your written answer to class tomorrow. Be prepared to discuss your answer in class.

      Any questions, ask me.

    Monday, December 6, 2004

    Today you will fill out an Online Feedback Form on this ESL 91 course.

    The form will ask you to provide answers in which you give your opinions about our course and the activities we've done over the past semester.

    Please be honest in your responses and give as complete an answer as you can to each question.

    Your feedback will be used to improve the course for future ESL 91 students.

    To go to the course feedback form, CLICK HERE.

    This page was last updated on November 30, 2004