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English Courses-Faith Builders Educational Programs

Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences

Location:
Faith Builders Educational Programs, 28527 Guys Mills Road, Guys Mills, PA.
Length:
Version 1: 45 hours (5 to 15 weeks). Version 2: 45 hours (5 to 12 weeks).
Dates:
Version 1: September 1999 - April 2007. Version 2: May 2007 - Present.
Objectives:

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: gain appreciation for historical and contemporary literary works by reading a wide sampling of children's literature; expand personal understanding of biblical foundations by engaging with story elements, author's intent and purpose; explore reading and writing connections through the use of children's books to help children acquire competency in written compositions and oral tests; distinguish the various genre classifications, definitions, value categories and elements; acquire a measure of experience in using trade books across the curriculum and develop motivational and interactive activities. Version 2: Upon successful completion of the course,students will be able to: gain appreciation of historical and contemporary literary works for children and young adults by reading a wide sampling of children's literature; expand personal understanding of Biblical foundations by engaging with story elements, authors' intent and purpose in children's literature; explore reading and writing connections through the use of children's books to promote vocabulary, word recognition, and language fluidity to help children acquire competency in written compositions and oral texts; distinguish the various genre classifications including their definitions and components, values, historical significance, categories, and elements; acquire a measure of expertise in using trade books across the curriculum; and develop motivational and interactive activities that integrate skills of given subject areas.

Instruction:
Version 1: Major topics covered in the course are divided into 4 major components: overview, studying the various genres of children's literature, creating and experiencing interactive activities, and developing a standard to evaluate children's literature. The first section introduces a foundational purpose, historical perspective and primary elements of children's literature. The other 3 sections are integrated throughout the term. Several genres are introduced each week, interspersed with hands-on activities. Students critically evaluate books read in class and assigned reading. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, role play, collaborative learning and practical experience. Evaluation criteria include tests, projects, response papers and presentations (including a read aloud) and a paper. Version 2: Major topics covered in the course are divided into four major components: overview, studying the various genres of children's literature, creating and experiencing interactive activities, and developing a standard to evaluate children's literature. The first section introduces a foundational purpose, historical perspective and primary elements of children's literature. The other three sections are integrated throughout the term. Several genres are introduced each week, interspersed with hands-on activities. Students critically evaluate books read in class and assigned reading. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, role play, collaborative learning, and practical experience. Evaluation criteria include tests, projects, presentations, and a research paper.
Credit recommendation:

Version 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Children's Literature (12/03) (04/07) (11/10) (10/15 revalidation).

Location:
Faith Builders Educational Programs, 28527 Guys Mills Road, Guys Mills, PA.
Length:

Version 1: 45 hours (5 to 15 weeks). Version 2: 45 hours (5 to 12 weeks).

Dates:
Version 1: July 2001 - October 2003. Version 2: November 2003 - Present.
Objectives:

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: write a 2,500-word short story with well-drawn characters and a well-defined plot; write poetry demonstrating a variety of styles and experimenting with a variety of topics; demonstrate variety in creative expression by writing monologues, dialogues, character sketches, epigrams, anecdotes, journal entries; design creative writing assignments for various age levels in the classroom; and find inspiration for writing by reading and following up with journaling.

Instruction:

Version 1 and 2: Major topics covered in the course are elements of the short story; writing dialogue, descriptions, beginnings and endings; examining model short stories; revising; stimulating activities for teaching creative writing; ways of presenting, sharing and publishing creative writing in school; critiquing and evaluating writing; and elements of style. Methods of instruction include classroom lecture, discussion and critiquing. Evaluation criteria include examinations and projects.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Creative Writing Methods (10/03). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Creative Writing (04/07) (11/10) (10/15 revalidation).

Location:
Faith Builders Educational Programs, 28527 Guys Mills Road, Guys Mills, PA.
Length:

Version 1: 45 hours (5 - 15 weeks). Version 2 and 3: 45 hours (5-12 weeks).

Dates:
Version 1: September 2001 - April 2007. Version 2: May 2007 - November 2007. Version 3: December 2007 - Present.
Objectives:

Version 1, 2, and 3: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to, write and develop a thesis using various rhetorical modes: description, process analysis, cause-effect, comparison-contrast and narration; practice the elements of argumentation and persuasion, and understand the concepts of purpose and audience; practice principles of effective diction and sentence structure; understand and apply the basic elements of style; apply appropriate research and documentation methodology in writing a research paper; analyze expository writing or works of literature in order to learn techniques for clear expression and logical support of ideas.

Instruction:

Version 1: Major topics covered in the course are: On Mondays and Wednesdays, the students work on the writing process itself and produce 6 essays: descriptive, process analysis, cause and effect, comparison and contrast, narration and persuasion-argument. On Fridays the students work on skills used to write research papers, as well as write a research paper, which is also submitted for evaluation in World History. Methods of instruction include lecture, peer reviews, teacher-student conferences to evaluate written work and extensive editing and revision of written work. Evaluation criteria include five essays, several narrative pieces, peer review work and one research paper. Version 2: Major topics covered in the course are divided into 2 components: In the writing component, students work on the writing process itself and produce 5 essays: descriptive, process analysis, cause and effect, comparison and contrast, narration and persuasion-argument, and several narrative pieces. In the research component, students work on skills used to write research papers, as well as write a research paper which is submitted for evaluation in World History I. Methods of instruction include: lecture, peer reviews and conferences with instructor. Evaluation criteria include: five essays, one research paper, narrative pieces and peer review work. Version 3: Major topics covered in the course are: the writing process and the creation of 6 essays, including the following: descriptive writing, process analysis, cause and effect, comparison and contrast, narration, and persuasion (argument). Students work on skills used to write research papers, which is also submitted for evaluation in World History. Methods of instruction include: lecture Peer review, teacher-student conferences which are used to evaluate written work, extensive editing and revision of student work. Evaluation criteria include: 5 essays, several narrative pieces, peer review work, and one research paper.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Writing and Research (10/03). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in English Composition I (4/07). Version 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Writing and Research (11/10) (10/15 revalidation).

Location:

Faith Builders Educational Programs, 28527 Guys Mills Road, Guys Mills, PA.

Length:

45 hours (12 weeks).

Dates:

February 2012 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:demonstrate use of the library to do academic research; demonstrate use of reliable internet sources for academic research; analyze written sources and identify key content and arguments through note-taking; outline the steps for organizing and writing a research paper; synthesize different perspectives and streams of information into a compelling argument; evaluate one’s own work and the work of others for correct grammar, appropriate content, careful organization, and good style; evaluate others’ critique of one’s work and incorporate alternative perspectives into one’s writing; exercise the use of successive drafts to improve one’s writing; and utilize standard formatting guidelines to present one’s research for an academic audience.

Instruction:

Major topics covered in the course are: writing skills; methods of research; evaluation of sources; and development of an extended argument in a research paper. Methods of instruction include: lecture; peer evaluations; and individualized instructor feedback. Evaluation criteria include a 15 page (minimum) research paper.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate division category, 3 semester hours in English Composition (10/15).

Location:
Faith Builders Educational Programs, 28500 Guys Mills Road, Guys Mills, PA.
Length:
45 hours (5 to 15 weeks).
Dates:
January 2001 - Present.
Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: demonstrate the following speech preparation skills: develop a thesis / purpose statement for formal presentations, gather, produce and organize sufficient and appropriate material to create a substantive speech, write attention getting and relevant introductions, write powerful and conclusive summary ending statements, support thesis statements with logically developed and adequately supported main points, select and use language appropriate for maximum communication, analyze the probable audience and adjust speech language, content and organization for effective communication; demonstrate the following speech presentation skills: face constructively the fear of speaking and develop confidence, control the voice for pleasing and transparent communication, identify and control non-verbal aspects of communication to reduce distractions and to complement the message, match the presentation style to the content and audience; show proficiency in the following speaking genres: demonstration speech, informative speech, persuasive speech, devotional, e) storytelling, oral interpretation.

Instruction:

Major topics covered in the course are: effective communication; Characteristics Part 1, 2, 3, 4; purposeful communication: topic, message, purpose; packaged communication: beginning and ending; substantive communication; developing and organizing content; comprehensive communication: the components; verbal communication, the voice, non-verbal communication, gestures, body, face; visual communication; healthy communication: humor; persuasive communication. Methods of instruction include lecture and evaluation of presentations. Evaluation criteria includes presentations.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Public Speaking (10/03) (04/07) (11/10) (10/15 revalidation).

Location:
Faith Builders Educational Programs, 28527 Guys Mills Road, Guys Mills, PA.
Length:

Version 1 and 2: 45 hours (5 to 12 weeks).

Dates:
Version 1: September 1998 - April 2007. Version 2: May 2007 - Present.
Objectives:

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: recognize and use the terminology of literature; analyze the presuppositions behind a literary work; write effective, analytical and responsive essays about literature; grow in self-awareness and personal character through reading of literature; and read with awareness that literature can embody the most serious attempts of human beings to understand and express what life means.

Instruction:

Version 1 and 2: Major topics covered in the course are: elements of story: plot, character, setting, tone, theme, symbol; genres of literature: short story,poetry, novel, drama; criticism; censorship. Methods of instruction include: lecture and discussion. Evaluation criteria include: examinations and projects.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in World Literature (04/07) (11/10) (10/15 revalidation).

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