Jo Doran, Ph.D., M.F.A.

Assistant Professor & ESL Coordinator, Northern Michigan University

TESOL Practicums & Independent Study

TESOL PRACTICUM

Winter 2014:

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Approved:  EN498 – Curricular Pathways, Directed Study: Brekelle

If I have approved a project with you, from 1 – 4 credits, please follow these directions:

This independent study offers you an opportunity to research a topic of your choice, based on my approval, and includes a written product. Your chosen and approved project will be a practical project, in that it will help you to expand your knowledge of a topic and/or a theory. Additionally, your project may require that you apply your research to a specific question or choice of action on your part. This is a pragmatic project in that it should help you to gain confidence in your ability to research and use/apply pertinent information related to your chosen area of interest and/or to respond to challenges related to your future occupational goals.

This independent study is available to undergraduate students only, at this time.

Most all of your work (see text in red at the end of this page) will be posted on a private post site on this website.

Email Subject Line (Please follow this guideline or I will not read/respond to your email.): If/when you email me, use IS (for independent study), underscore, and your first name. For example, if I was sending you an email, I would write my subject line as follows: IS_Jo

All research, writing, product requirements will be negotiated between the student and the instructor (me) to meet the needs of individual students. Therefore, all students may benefit from such an independent study.

Your work will include the following:

  1. Performing a freewrite, mapping, and/or an informal response paper that will help you to focus in on a narrow topic/issue
  2. Outlining your reasons for taking this independent study and your goals for completing it
  3. Condensing the first two points into a memo that you will email to me
  4. Earning my approval of your choices via a memo to me – due the end of week one
  5. Evidence of research – in the form of
    1. Notes
    2. Outline of your plans (see #2 above)
  6. Annotated bibliographies of all research you read: This requires one annotated bib for each article/book read. If an interview is substituted for an article or book, then a one-page minimum response must be turned in on the interview.
  7. Timeline that includes your work plans for the project, week-by-week
  8. Weekly Project Reports for a summer independent study – and Bi-Weekly Reports for a Fall or Winter independent study: These are Self-Project Reports on your work/goals: Each one should be a well-developed two or three paragraphs on what you have accomplished, how it went, and why.
  9. A final written  product –  based on number of credit hours: While this is approximate and dependent upon other, outside research (such as informational interviews, etc.) – below is a rough guideline regarding word count requirements:
    • One Credit: One 3,000-word minimum paper (plus above requirements 1 – 5) and 10 outside sources: 9.5 to 10 pages, double spaced, 11-point font
    • Two Credits: One 5,000-word minimum paper (plus above requirements 1 – 5) and 20 outside sources: 14 to 15 pages, double spaced, 11 point font
    • Three Credits: Your choice of the following
      1. One 7,000-word minimum paper (plus above requirements 1 -5) and 30 outside sources: 20.5 pages, double spaced, 11 point font
      2. Two 10-page papers (plus above requirements 1 – 5) including a total of 20 outside sources
      3. One 5,000-word minimum paper (plus above requirements 1 – 5; includes 20 outside sources) AND additional outside work (sufficient and approved), such as a service-learning project under my guidance
    • Four Credits: One 20-page paper (including a total of 25 outside sources) plus additional outside work (sufficient and approved), such as a service-learning project under my guidance

The final paper will include the following:

  • A Cover Page including the following (centered):
    • Title
    • Your Full Name
    • The Name of this Course
    • The Date
    • Five keywords that will help categorize this paper
    • An abstract (Write this last after you write your paper.)
  • A Table of Contents Page
  • Header: Your last name and the first few words of the title – followed by the page number on all pages but the first page
  • Headings throughout the paper to present an easily readable paper. You should have main headings, and you may use sub-headings. Headings should delineate specific themes or sub-topics of your paper.
  • Introduction (this will be one of your main headings)
  • Body (with multiple headings and possible sub-headings)
  • Conclusion (another main heading) that succinctly summarizes the key points and conclusions of your research and discussion.
  • A Works Cited (MLA) or References (APA) page – correctly formatted.

Please note that if your independent study will be a creative writing project, then your project most likely will include a written academic paper AND a creative writing project/portfolio.

Please choose a project that is interesting to you and one that will offer you professional returns. Consider that your work could (and should) be published – and work to that end.

A fall or winter independent study will include a total of 14 weeks of work. A summer independent study normally will include a total of 8 weeks of work.

Please refer to the Readings/Links Page for details on abstracts, annotated bibs, and any other aids.


Summer Schedule:

Please remember that it is best to work in Word and cut/paste your work into the blog post.

  • Week 1 – Post all the following to the website under Week 1:

    • Perform your freewrite, mapping, and/or response paper to determine the focus and main points of your project.
    • Inform me if you will be using MLA or APA for your paper format style.
    • Perform research on your project and focus: Make sure – now – that you can find sufficient and credible information for your project – in the form of a list of sources.
    • Create a timeline of your work plans.
    • Post your topic idea and description – in detail. Don’t be afraid to use bullets to organize your points.
    • Post your memo.
    • (Communicate with me, via email, if you run into any obstacles and/or you find that you need to adjust your topic/focus.)
  • Week 2- Post all the following to the website under Week 2:
    • Create a list of required articles/books to read (Refer to #6 above.)
    • Post a Self-Project Report on your work/goals: This should be a well-developed two or three paragraphs on what you have accomplished, how it went, and why.
    • By the end of this week, post your first annotated bibliography to the course site (under Week 2). If you did not read a journal article, you should write critically about the information that you obtained, read, and/or evaluated. Make sure that you have completed all 10 sources in annotated bibliography format by Week 5.
  • Week 3– Post all the following to the website under Week 3:
    • Post a Self-Project Report on your work/goals: This should be a well-developed two or three paragraphs on what you have accomplished, how it went, and why.
    • By the end of this week, post 2-3 annotated bibliographies to the course site (under Week 3). If you did not read a journal article, you should write critically about the information that you obtained, read, and/or evaluated. Make sure that you have completed all 10 sources in annotated bibliography format by Week 5.
  • Week 4– Post all the following to the website under Week 4:
    • Post a Self-Project Report on your work/goals: This should be a well-developed two or three paragraphs on what you have accomplished, how it went, and why.
    • By the end of this week, post 2-3 annotated bibliographies to the course site (under Week 4). If you did not read a journal article, you should write critically about the information that you obtained, read, and/or evaluated. Make sure that you have completed all 10 sources in annotated bibliography format by Week 5.
  • Week 5– Post all the following to the website under Week 5:
    • Post a Self-Project Report on your work/goals: This should be a well-developed two or three paragraphs on what you have accomplished, how it went, and why.
    • By the end of this week, post 2-3 annotated bibliographies to the course site (under Week 5). If you did not read a journal article, you should write critically about the information that you obtained, read, and/or evaluated. Make sure that you have completed all 10 sources in annotated bibliography format by Week 5.
    • Post an outline of your paper.
  • Week 6– Post all the following to the website under Week 6:
    • Post a Self-Project Report on your work/goals: This should be a well-developed two or three paragraphs on what you have accomplished, how it went, and why.
    • Post a first draft of your paper by the end of this week.
  • Week 7– Post all the following to the website under Week 7:
    • Post a Self-Project Report on your work/goals: This should be a well-developed two or three paragraphs on what you have accomplished, how it went, and why.
    • Post a second draft of your paper by the end of this week.
  • Week 8– Post all the following to the website under Week 8:
    • Post a Self-Project Report on your work/goals: This should be a well-developed two or three paragraphs on what you have accomplished, how it went, and why.
    • Post and/or email all deliverables  to me – or – turn in hard-copies of all required work. You may put this work into my mail box or slip it under my door (226 Gries Hall).

Grades

You will earn a grade equal to the amount of effort and work you put into your weekly posts, evidence of strength of research (showing time, effort, and results), and the quality of your final paper (which will include spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax concerns).  This will, therefore, be a cumulative grades based on the strength and quality of your weekly posts, required drafts, and final paper.

If I have to remind you to do your work, explain things that are posted here or that I have already explained, etc. I will lower your grade. Please make sure that all text and information sent via email is sent with a respectful tone, as this will affect your grade.

A = 90% – 100%

B = 80% – 89.9%

C = 70% – 79.9%

D = 60% – 69.9%

F = 59.9 or below


I reserve the right to change the requirements of your project – only by changing your deliverables. This means that I reserve the right to require less written work of you depending on other, outside work. This does not mean that I will require less written work from you – but only that I reserve the right to do so.

All of your work will be posted to a private academic website  that you and I will share for this course. You will receive the URL for this post site and a password from me. This way, I will be able to share your work with the department head if necessary. It is wise to work in Word and then cut & paste into the webpage. Be sure to delete any pasted text that does not belong, as this sometimes happens when posting from Word.


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