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ESL 301

Beyond the Reading - Unit 2
Reading 2 emphasizes the importance of lifestyle choices and how these choices affect our health. One important lifestyle choice for good health is our diet - what we eat each day. Read about and reflect on dietary recommendations  and analyze your own habits.

Reading Strategy: Personalizing Thinking about how new information applies to your own life can help you better understand the reading.

1. Read about the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and think about your own diet.

2.  Answer the following questions in the blog post by Tuesday, September 19th at 11:59 pm. Click "Enter your commentt" and then type your answers. Use at least two vocabulary words from this unit in your responses.

a) How often do you eat fruit, vegetables, and dairy products?
b) Do you drink the recommended amount of water? What else do you drink when you are thirsty?
c) What changes could you make in order to improve your diet?

3. After you have responded to the…
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Understanding the U.S Classroom Learning Environment
In order to better understand U.S. classroom culture:

1) Watch the 4 minute video Living in the U.S.- Formal Classroom Culture
2) Read the webpages, U.S. Academic Culture and US Classroom Culture (insert the webpage addresses into Lingro  first for vocabulary development)
3) Answer the questions below by leaving comment in the box
4) Respond to three other student's comments


1. Do you agree with the webpage author's and the video's characterization of U.S. classroom culture and values? What experiences have you had that confirm or contradict the writers' claims?

2. What values do you think are most important in your country's classroom learning environment? Explain.
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ENGL 140 Understanding University Structure and Academic Jargon Student InterviewsPost your paragraph (by adding a comment) from your student interview by Friday, February 10th at 11:59 pm and then comment on at least two other student's paragraphs by Sunday, February 12th at 11:59 pm. Remember that you need to use academic vocabulary in your writing and that you should only have minor grammar errors. The responses need to be thoughtful and articulate.
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ENGL 140 - Academic Honesty Unit

After you have read the article title, "For Some International Students, 'Plagiarism' is a Foreign Word," answer the questions. You can enter the URL into Lingro and choose a language to use an online dictionary.Read the article and post your answers by Thursday, April 27th at 11:59 pm
·Read other students’ answers and respond to two answers by Monday, May 1st at 11:59 pm


1. Do you feel what Amro did was wrong? Explain.
2. Was plagiarism a word you knew before coming to the U.S.? Explain.
3. What do you think about the punishments for plagiarism? Do they seem appropriate? Explain.
4. How is plagiarism regarded in your country's education system? Explain.
5. What reasons might compel a student to plagiarize? Have you experienced the pressures? Explain.
6. What more can a university do to help students understand the expectations of plagiarism?

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Writing in another language is a skill that requires  A LOT of practice. Check out this Voice of America posting for useful information and practice activities:

Understanding the U.S. Classroom Learning Environment

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In order to better understand U.S. classroom culture:

1) Watch the 4 minute video Living in the U.S.- Formal Classroom Culture
2) Read the webpages, U.S. Academic Culture and US Classroom Culture (insert the webpage addresses into Lingro  first for vocabulary development)
3) Answer the questions below by leaving comment in the box
4) Respond to three other student's comments


1. Do you agree with the webpage author's and the video's characterization of U.S. classroom culture and values? What experiences have you had that confirm or contradict the writers' claims?

2. What values do you think are most important in your country's classroom learning environment? Explain.