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DR. LORETTA KASPER'S
ESL 91 ON THE WEB


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ESL 91 on the Web


ESL 91 SUMMER, 2004
COMPUTER LAB ASSIGNMENTS

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August 2  August 3  August 4  August 5 
August 9  August 10  August 11  August 12 

MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 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 day in computer lab for your assignments. You will complete each assignment according to the directions provided.

  • 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.

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

    Good Luck,

    Dr. Kasper

  • TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2004

    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.

    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2004

    EVALUATING WEB SITES

    It is important to be critical of information resources, especially those you find on the Internet. Knowing how to tell the difference between a web site that presents reliable information and one that presents someone's opinion can save you time and energy in the research process.

    Today you will practice evaluating web sites.

    You will access and evaluate 3 different web sites on the same subject. Please note that each web site will open in a new window, so that you can compare/contrast the content of each.

    • Read the Evaluation Criteria chart

      1. Now search for three sites on first language acquisition. You should use the VIVISIMO search engine.

      2. Evaluate EACH of the 3 web sites according to the EACH OF THE 5 criteria listed in the chart. Be sure that your evaluation is complete and clear. Be sure to cover each of the criteria separately for each web site. Indicate which of the three web sites you believe is most reliable and worthwhile, and tell me why. Then indicate which of the three you believe might be least useful, and tell me why.
      3. Type up your answers in MS Word and print them out to bring to class this afternoon.
      4. Finally, write a one-paragraph summary for each of the three web sites you found. Print out the summary and bring it to class this afternoon.

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 2004

    Today you will be doing a reader response exercise based on the work of the psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg.

    1. First, you will read The Heinz Dilemma
    2. Then you will take the part of Heinz. What would you have done in his situation? Why would you have done it?
    3. Type your response into MS Word and print it out. Bring it to class this afternoon. Be sure that your response is presented in a WELL-ORGANIZED AND SPECIFIC ESSAY. This essay must have a clear introduction, a body that supports your answer, and a conclusion to wrap up the essay.
    4. Finally, before you leave the computer lab you should access and PRINT OUT The General Overview of Gilligan and Kohlberg. Bring this text to class this afternoon along with your response to the Heinz Dilemma.

    MONDAY, AUGUST 9, 2004

    Today you begin to study of global warming and its effects on our world.

    1. Begin by reading the text, The Greenhouse Effect, which comes from your textbook Interdisciplinary English.
    2. After you finish reading this text, you should follow the links to three additional texts on this topic. The first of these will be Information on The Greenhouse Effect from the EPA site.
    3. This is a controlled hypertext. In a controlled hypertext, you read one main text and then you follow links to other texts on the same topic. You will be reading a total of four texts in this assignment.
    4. Be sure to PRINT OUT and take notes on each of the texts in your notebook.

    TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2004

    Go to the page "What's Up with the Weather?: The Debate" and do the following.

    1. Click on the link for Dr. Fred S. Singer: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/warming/debate/singer.html
    2. Read and Take Notes on the Interview with Dr. Singer. DO NOT PRINT OUT THIS INTERVIEW AS IT IS VERY LONG.

      POST YOUR RESPONSES TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS TO OUR BLOG AT http://kccesl.tripod.com/esl91blog/

      • What does Dr. Singer believe about global warming?
      • What does Dr. Singer believe about climate change?
      • Does Dr. Singer believe that global warming is a great threat to human beings and to our planet?
      • What specific reasons does Dr. Singer provide to support his views?
      • Based upon your own research, do you agree or disagree with Dr. Singer? Why? Be specific.
      • Write a one paragraph summary describing Dr. Singer's views on global warming.

    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2004

    Today you will read the interview with Tom M. L. Wigley. Dr. Wigley's opinion on the dangers of global warming is very different from that of Dr. Singer.

  • Click on the link for Tom M. L. Wigley: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/warming/debate/wigley.html
  • Read and Take Notes on the Interview with Dr. Wigley. AGAIN, DO NOT PRINT OUT THIS INTERVIEW AS IT IS VERY LONG.

    POST YOUR RESPONSES TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS TO OUR BLOG AT http://kccesl.tripod.com/esl91blog/

    • What does Dr. Wigley believe about global warming?
    • What does Dr. Wigley believe about climate change?
    • Does Dr. Wigley believe that global warming is a great threat to human beings and to our planet?
    • What specific reasons does Dr. Wigley provide to support his views?
    • Based upon your own research, do you agree or disagree with Dr. Wigley? Why? Be specific.
    • Write a one-paragraph summary of Dr. Wigley's views on global warming. Based on your research decide whether you disagree more with the views of Singer or Wigley.

    BRING YOUR NOTES AND BOTH SUMMARIES TO CLASS THIS AFTERNOON. WE WILL DISCUSS THEM IN DEPTH. BE PREPARED TO STATE AND SUPPORT YOUR VIEWS WITH CLEAR AND SPECIFIC EXAMPLES.

  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 2004

    PLEASE POST YOUR RESPONSES TO THE FEEDBACK QUESTIONNAIRE ON OUR BLOG AT http://kccesl.tripod.com/esl91blog/

    THANKS!

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