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Intermediate Conversation 2 (High Intermediate)

  • Pukyong National University (Daeyeon Campus)
  • Fall 2020
  • Course #109819
  • Syllabus (revised 2020.08.31)
  • Room: C25 #522, 530, 531 (allotted rooms, but not likely used)
  • Instructional medium: This course will be conducted with a blend of live Zoom sessions and some uploaded, pre-recorded videos in the LMS. It is unlikely that we will hold live classes in our classroom.


Prof. Kent Lee

  • Office: C25-1103
  • Office hours: By appointment


1 Course description

This course deals with academic English for your college studies, including (1) better English learning strategies, and (2) basic academic English speaking skills for college life. This course is what we call English for academic purposes (EAP), and so this course will be quite different from your past high school and 학원 courses (at least in normal times, it would be quite different; the online format will affect this).

We are assuming that there will be no live in-person classes this semester. Thus, this course will be conducted with a blend of live Zoom sessions and pre-recorded lecture videos via the LMS.


1.1 Readings and materials

The textbook for this course is a course packet, which will be made available in a PDF file in the LMS. Other materials will be available in the LMS and at the course website


2 Tentative schedule

This is tentative, so you can expect changes and other activities, including readings, online forms, video discussion tasks, and other short assignments. GF = Google Form assignment; V = video discussion assigment (via LMS)

week date topics assignments
01 01 Sept. Course intro; learning strategies GF#1: Basic info # survey form
02 07 Sept. Pronunciation: Stress, rhythm
03 14 Sept. Pronunciation: Rhythm; presentation skills; determiners
04 21 Sept. Genres in literature & media
05 28 Sept.* Presentation media (PPT, Prezi)
06 05 Oct. Presentation skills; determiners
07 12 Oct. Midterm prep; genres & tropes
08 19 Oct. Midterm week Presentations
09 26 Oct. Style issues
10 02 Nov. Pragmatics: Linguistic politeness
11 09 Nov. Pragmatics: Implicature
12 16 Nov. Making pitches
13 23 Nov. Pitches; Video production
14 30 Nov. Video production; Presentation preparation
15 07 Dec. Finals week Presentations