- Class work, participation, homework and mini-tests - 20%
- Average grade for weekly writings (CORE) - 20%
- Project - 10 %
- Project 2 - 10%
- Midterm Exam - 20%
- Final Exam - 20%
The students will have to spend 5 or 6 hours a week doing homework. (We strongly recommend keping up with homework by doing an hour every day instead of letting it build up.) The purpose of homework is that students study, research, and complete exercises in order to consolidate their knowledge of the topics taught in class. There will be weekly writing assignments. Students will be penalized for turning in assignments late.
CORE Program (Cultural Orientation, Acculturation & Re-entry)
The first class day each week, except on weeks 6 and 13.
3 (project weeks) and on weeks 8 and 13 (exam weeks), students will be expected to hand in a written text with their reflections, opinions, and descriptions on cultural, academic, or touistic aspects of Morocco. Students can write about what they did during the weekend, for example. In these reports, students should apply an intercultural point of view, and analyze similarities and differences between their own culture and the culture they are getting to know, considering “culture” in the broad sense which the bibliography (Canale and Swain 1986, Sanz 1999, Miquel 2003) summarizes as “ The three Ps” from the most evident and superficial (products, practices) to the most implicit (perspectives).
Research Projects ( they must be presented orally, with visual support)
Project 1, oral presentation (individual or in groups of 2 or 3 students)
It consists of searching information about Morocco and/or other places in North Africa and telling the class about it, using the communication tools reviewed and learned in class. The kind of research will depend on the interest of the students, so the subject will be chosen by each of them. It may be about museums, places for shopping or eating, parks and squares, bars, visual arts, monuments, habits, neighbourhoods, poets, soccer .
Also take into account that the visits with IES Abroad to sport events, museums, the theatre, may be the subject for your project, too. So bring your camera and a note book with you, in order to record all the details. The presentation method is also chosen by the students. It may be through a role play, a poster, a turist guide book, a video, a magazine, powerpoint with pictures, a recording, performing a play scene, a game, etc. You should tell the teacher about the subject of your project and the technical requirements for its presentation (projector, TV, CD/DVD, etc). If you use powerpoint for this project, you will not be allowed to use it for the next project, and vice versa.
We recommend using hande made posters, so that a tangible product from your presentation remains, for other students interested in the subject to see. The day of the presentation you are expected to hand in a written version of it. This writing will have another grade, as the weekly writings. In order to obtain a good grade, it is advisable to show the plan to the teacher, either in classes previous to the presentation or during the teacher´s office hours.
Project 2, oral presentation (individual or in groups of 2 or 3 students)
It may be about: a more academic project (e.g. tell the class about what you learned in other courses, perform part of the play you rehearsed in a drama course, etc.) the trip or trips you made during the mid- semester break, a play you saw at the theatre, your visits to different neighborhoods in Rabat, your final research paper on a subject at your choice.
In every case, you must talk with your teacher about the subject some days before your presentation, so that your work can be supervised.
For the projects, it is compulsory to make presentation in a formal register. (You will be expected to use special words and phrases to introduce the subject, to open and close each part of your presentation, to talk about conclusions, to close your presentation and open a debate, etc.) You should tell the teacher about the subject of your project and the technical requirements for its presentation (projector, TV, CD/DVD, etc).
Each student must meet the teacher at least twice during office hours. The first one will be before the mid semester break and the second, after the mid semester break. If the student cannot have these meetings at the time offered by the teacher because he/ she has another class, they must arrange another time to meet. The student must bring the books used in class, as well as any classwork or homework. Both the teacher and the student will talk about the student's progress, suggestions to solve difficulties, and any other matter that may help the student's learning.