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ESL 141: Interview using the past tense

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Post your paragraph (by adding a comment) that describes the work history of a person you interviewed. After you have posted your paragraph, read the other paragraphs and write two comments about each paragraph.


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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:

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The ELT Program Staff are ready for the academic year! We met this week for our annual staff retreat at the Kao House in River Falls. We are looking forward to meeting all of our new students this week!


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.