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English 210: Advanced Critical Thinking 1
The American Business School in Paris
English 110, 120 (Critical Reading and Writing 1 & 2) or equivalent
This objectives of this class are to refine the student’s ability to
express himself clearly and in a manner which is appropriate to an
American academic situation, as well as his capacity to carry out
deeper analysis of denser texts.
majority of class time will be devoted to the analysis of texts, both
readings prepared at home and student essays. Students will work on
mastering different types of academic writing; special attention will
be paid to peer analysis.
There are 2 different types of written work :
are written under controlled conditions during class time; students
will be told when these will take place in advance so that they can
bring a dictionary. Single submissions are essays that are written at home but may not be rewritten for a grade.
Research Paper and Presentation: it is an 8-10 page
paper based on research of some aspect of current economic or political
life in a chosen country. Students must describe the aspect they choose
to write about, give its history and possible future consequences or
development, and compare editorial perspectives concerning it. Sources
must include both books and periodicals and should come from at least
two countries and/or languages.
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Penguin)
30% of the final grade will be based on written
work, 20% on the research paper, 15% on the presentation of the
research paper, 25% on vocabulary and grammar checks and 10% on class
participation. In this context, "participation" means demonstrating
that students have read and thought about the text by contributing
ideas to the class discussion in an orderly manner and by taking other
people's contributions into account.