by Ileana West

EAP 1502 Rainforests of the World



                      Deforestation in Costa Rica

Deforestation in Costa Rica


Students in EAP1502(Accent Reduction 2) will improve their  oral and listening communication skills, using academic science vocabulary to improve their academic literacy in English.  By studying rainforests, students will increase their understanding of biodiversity, cultural diversity, geography and the need for human stewardship of the earth. Our focus will be on the study of rainforests as an integrated system: environmental  and human challenges and economic and political objectives/consequences. This course is designed to help EAP students prepare for the rigors of regular college classes.

Focus on fluency, pronunciation and grammar to deliver college level presentations
Develop organizational and teamwork skills
Connect saving rainforests with preserving biodiversity
Learn about Chico Mendes' life
Embrace an appreciation for nature


Students collect data about the rainforest using a variety of print/non-print materials and resources
Students interact with community resource experts to learn about the characteristics and history of rainforests. 
Students visit  Fairchild Tropical Gardens or places where they can observe rainforest recreations.
Data that students compile is incorporated into a variety of oral/written/visual presentations.

Assessment: Students demonstrate acquired knowledge and skills by: 
1. Identifying where rainforests are located in the world
2. Preparing PowerPoint presentations on the rainforests
3. Debating the role of Chico Mendes after seeing film and reading bio
4. Choosing a nature poem to memorize, recite and discuss
5. Creating an ePortfolio to showcase learning outcomes 
6. Reflecting on changes in attitude towards the environment, improvement in spoken  English and oral presentation skills and technology learned (mp3 file uploaded to ePortfolio)

(I have highlighted the ones that will be covered in this course)

1. Communicate effectively using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

2. Use quantitative analytical skills to evaluate and process numerical data.

3. Solve problems using critical and creative thinking and scientific reasoning.

4. Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information.

5. Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures, including global and historical perspectives.

6. Create strategies that can be used to fulfill personal, civic, and social responsibilities.

7. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical thinking and its application to issues in society.

8. Use computer and emerging technologies effectively.

9. Demonstrate an appreciation for aesthetics and creative activities.

10. Describe how natural systems function and recognize the impact of humans on the



    Why are rainforests important? by Ileana West on Mon Jul 23rd, 2007 4:52 PM CST
    Preassessment- what do we know, what do we need to know and what have we learned?