Sunday, June 28, 2015

Day 7- Summary Continued, Formatting

Today You Will Learn How To:
  • Properly format an academic assignment.
  • Understand the different types and degrees of reporting verbs. 
  • Integrate transitions appropriately into a summary.
  • Use the summary structure in your writing.
Class Today:

Each row will do one part of this formatting worksheet.
Row 1- A, Row 2- B, Row 3- C, Row 4- D

Warm Up
Open up the summary you started writing. What do you think is missing? Share your answers in google doc, here.

Today, we will discuss how to bring your summary up to the next level!

We will look at this powerpoint throughout the class.

Group Reading
Since you know how to read for a summary, read "Why bitcoin could fail." Write down the article's main points as a group. We will discuss the main points you found shortly.

Reporting Verbs
Use this handout to help you adapt your main points into summary. In your groups, adapt your summary to include

Discuss Rubric
I will briefly discuss the rubric for unit 2.

Please answer the questions in this survey. I really value your opinions and want this course to be awesome!

Next Class: Review Summary, Paraphrasing and Quoting

Summary Powerpoint
Reporting Verbs Handout
Formatting Handout (Answers)

  • Draft 1 of your summary is due July 3rd by NOON. Final draft of your summary is due July 8th by Midnight. 
  • Review summary assignment rubric and contact me if you have any questions.
  • Journal #3- When could plagiarism become a problem in the field of accountancy? Why? What ethical issues do you see in accountancy?
  • Finish up any part of the plagiarism tutorial- part 1 and 2 not completed. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Day 6- Avoiding Plagiarism and Summary

Today You Will Learn How To:
  • Explain a summary.
  • Evaluate the characteristics of a summary.
Class Today:
  • Final Memo Review
    • Show me your most recent memo revision and let's discuss. 
  • Plagiarism
    • Discuss the "Revision and Rhodes" article in small groups with these questions:
      • What surprised you about this article?
      • Do you agree with Yang?
      • Have you collaborated with your classmates or colleagues on projects? Was collaboration common in your home country?
      • How does this article relate to what you understand about plagiarism?
  • Warm-Up
    • What did you do last weekend? Please share in google docs.
  • Read this article and write down the main points.
  • Powerpoint
    • Follow along with this powerpoint. This is just an introduction to summary writing.
  • Look at this sample summary and discuss in groups. This summary earned an "A." Why? 
  • (If time) Compare the sample summary with the main points you wrote from the Chilli's/Red Lobster article earlier. 
Next Class: Continue Summary

1.) The final revision of your memo is due Saturday, June 27th by NOON.
2.) Do Part 2 of the Plagiarism Tutorial-Plagiarism or Not.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Day 5- Writing a Reader Centered Memo

Today You Will Learn How To:
  • Establish common ground with the reader in your memos.
  • Achieve “you” orientation in your memos.
  • Emphasize positive in business writing by using positive language.
  • Understand the importance of choosing the right tone for your memos
Class Today:
  • Announcements
    • All journals are in the same document
    • General comments about memos
    • Plagiarism tutorial
  • Alone, read this memo. What do you think is wrong with it? Why? Share your thoughts in this shared google doc
  • Powerpoint
  • Modify this memo.

Next Class: Introduction to Avoiding Plagiarism, Summary writing

1. Plagiarism Tutorial: Introduction to Avoiding Plagiarism on Compass2g.
2. Revise your memos to be reader centered. Remember the final draft is due Saturday, June 27th by noon.
3. Read "Revision and Rhodes"

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Day 4- Audience and Purpose

Today You Will Learn:
  • To recognize the importance of clarifying audience and purpose before writing
    • How to analyze sample memos in terms of audience and purpose awareness
    Class Today:
    • Announcements
    • Review Memo Basics
      • What are some important characteristics in a memo? Why?
    • Audience Analysis

    Next Class: Audience Purpose,Writing a Reader Centered Memo, Business Writing Style

    1. Journal #2: Why did you decide to earn an MS in Accountancy? What do you like about accountancy? What do you dislike?
    2. Final draft of Memo Revision is due June 27th at Noon.
    3. Complete 3 exercises from Roebuck:
    a.) Exercise 7 "Courtesy" on p.68
    (based on reading p.54)

    b.) Exercise 1 "Identifying Direct
    and Indirect Writing  Strategies" on p. 95
     (based on reading pg.87-90)

    c.) Exercise 2 "Positive Writing Strategies" on p. 95
    (based on reading pg.93-94)

    Day 3- Memo Basics

    Today You Will Learn:
    • How to describe characteristics of a successful memo. 
    • How to describe essential elements in different parts of a memo
    • Identify different types of memo (good news, bad news, persuasive) according to different purposes 
    Class Today:
    • Announcements
      • First Major Assignment- Diagnostic Memo Rewrite
      • Assignment schedule now on course website

    1. Choose and complete 2 exercises from Roebuck p.84, 97, 116. Please bring the exercises to class on Monday. 
    2. Read my comments on your Diagnostic Memo and begin rewriting. Remember, summer semester moves FAST!
    3. Read the rubric for the Diagnostic Memo and contact me if you have any questions.


    Next Class: Review Memo Basics, Audience and Purpose

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    Day 2-In-class Diagnostic, Review 7 C's

    Class Today:
    • Using only Microsoft Word you have an hour to write an essay using a prompt I will give you in class. No dictionaries are allowed. 
    • Contact list
    • My preferred e-mail
    • Journal shared document
    Review 7 C's of Communication

    • Here is a link to a passage. In pairs, discuss what is a mistake. Which C's are missing? Why?
    • Here is the key.
    Next Class:  Continue Memo Basics


    1. Read Roebuck Ch. 4, 5, 6 and fill out 'Types of Memo.'
    2. Finish writing your first journal. Since there was some confusion, the assignment is due Thursday.

    Saturday, June 13, 2015

    Day 1- Welcome to ESL 505 Section X1

    Class Today:
    • Course Expectations-Yours and Mine 
      • Anonymously write what you expect from this course on a piece of notebook paper. 
      • I will read your ideas and compare it with what we will do in this course. 
    • Introduction to Each Other
      • Interview a classmate and then introduce him or her. Remember to take notes and ask the following questions:
        • What is your name full and preferred name in class?
        • Hometown
        • Why MSA at UIllinois?
        • If you could be doing anything right now (not studying or sleeping) what would you do?
        • What is something about you that would surprise your classmates? 
    • Introduction to the Course
      • Important Course Policies
        • Why I'm here
        • Attendance
        • Tardiness
        • Plagiarism
        • Textbook
        • Late Assignments
        • Respect
        • Class always end at 4:50!
        • Helpful Hints for Success
      • Course Technology and Materials
        • Compass 2g
        • Box
        • Engrade
        • Google docs
        • Blogspot
        • E-mail
      • Continuous Assignments
        • Class Participation
          • Everyday you are graded on your participation in class. 
        • Journals
          • Every week I will give you a journal assignment. These are not graded for grammar, but depth of thought. More is explained here
    • Basics of Business Communication
      • With the same person you interviewed, try to brainstorm what are some important characteristics in business communication. Hint: they all start with "C.
      • Next look at this chart. Were your answers similar or different? Let's discuss. 
      • In groups, try to finish the chart.
      • Now, compare your answers with this key.   
    Next Class:  In-class Diagnostic, Basic Components of a Memo

     All assignments are due before class.
    • Read this e-mail handout and send me an e-mail.  This is part of your homework grade!
    • Carefully read the course policies handout. Contact me if you have any questions. 
    • Read p. 36-59 in Roebuck. 
    • Share your contact information in this google doc. This is also part of your homework grade!
    • Make a shared google doc with me for your journal.
    • Journal Assignment-In your opinion, which of the 7 C's is most important? Why? Support your answer with specific examples.