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This class is designed to address the needs and concerns of learners whose occupations require a higher than average command of English, but are not daily exposed to English and are operating below their own linguistic capacity.

Online Advanced English
Dr.Jesús LópezRodríguez
 Associate professor at Universidad de Puerto Rico Humacao Campus who has been teaching advanced English for the past 10 years at Educacion Continuada Rio Piedras Campus.

 Vocabulary Module
Module Description
Required Reading
Required Texts
Grading Policy
Module Objectives
Schedule of Classes
Module Requirements
Strategies Used
Module Description:
This module is designed to address the needs and concerns of learners related to lexis. It will focus on ideas for raising students’ awareness of the English lexical system, for consolidating vocabulary and expanding and extending the one they already have.
The module is organized around four (4) subtopics:
·       Collocation/Colligation
·       Prefixes and Suffixes
·       Geek and Latin Roots
·       Fix Phrases
 The aim of this online module is to help them do things they are familiar with to a higher level of proficiency using current technological tools.
This module is intended for advanced English students (level 5) who are comfortable using basic technology and web 2.0 tools. Students are encouraged to have taken a placement English exam prior to the course; if that has not been done, students should consider being interviewed to assess their proficiency level as soon as possible.
Module Objectives:
1. To introduce students to key concepts of lexical collocation and grammatical colligation.
2. To raise learners’ awareness of the meanings of English prefixes and suffixes, to show how prefixes and suffixes can increase comprehension and word building skills.
3. To introduce learners’ to Greek and Latin roots in English words; to show how they can use this information to increase their word store; to recognize new words.
4. To draw learners’ attention to the frequent use of “prefabs” in English; to encourage use of prefabs appropriately in their use of English.
Schedule of Classes:
Week 1. Lesson 1: Collocation/colligation
Week 2: Lesson 2: Prefixes and Suffixes
Week 3: Lesson 3: Greek and Latin roots
Weeks 4: Lesson 4: Fixed phrases
Course Participants:
In an online course, you would be interacting with other students in your class. That interaction is important to the learning process. You are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities designed to promote interactive communication in cyberspace. Your classmates may be in sites distant from your location; they may have very different backgrounds and experiences. Get to know them, seek to work with them.
Strategies Used:
One of the major ways you will share your progress with your instructor is through the use of the class WIKI and web 2.0 tools. You will be submitting answers to questions on readings assignments, reflections, written work, and creative original work online.   Other strategies include discussion forums, live voice chat exchanges, viewing and creating video segments and listening to audio clips.
Required Reading:
Each module includes required reading that will be posted in the class WIKI one week before assignments are due.
Required Texts:
We will use materials available in the book Advanced Learners by Alan Maley published by Resource Book for Teachers (most of the activities are photocopiable) and the Longman Advanced American Dictionary .Also, the instructor will make recommendations on language materials and activities that will help with proficiency.
Grading Policy:     (Points to be assigned)
 (4) Online assignments
(4) Journal submissions
(1) Web 2.0 project
(4) Discussions, chats, board meetings
REFERENCES: Each module has its own list of references so that you can consult additional resources for your research, assignments, and personal professional growth. You can access them by going to the class WIKI. Please take advantage of these references because they represent the most current research in the field.
Module Requirements:
Computer requirements: You will need basic computer and web 2.0 skills to complete this online module successfully.
Adapted from Advanced Learners by Alan Maley
September/ 2011


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