L8-APL Module 3 Cross Cultural Studies

duration: 4 weeks
price: free
Academic English

About this Course

Level 8 focuses on basic English communication skills for high-intermediate English learners. Topics covered include critical analysis. Level 9 focuses on basic English communication skills for advanced English learners. APL Module 1 focuses on advanced English skills for advanced English learners.

For the course syllabus, student forms, and policies, please refer to Student Resources on the TLC website.

Level 8

Course Objectives

  • 8.LS.1 Associate causes and effects from a variety of sources.
  • 8.LS.2 Brainstorm solutions, classify information, and determine the accuracy of information collected from sources.
  • 8.LS.3 Deliver a 5-minute planned presentation with electronic visuals and proper citations.
  • 8.LS.4 Deliver an impromptu presentation on class topics.

Integrated Objectives

  • 8.G.1 Produce grammatically appropriate sentences with modals of ability, possibility, permission, requests, necessity, prohibition, advisability, and expectations.
  • 8.G.2 Produce sentences with noun clauses.
  • 8.G.3 Produce sentences with quoted and reported speech.
  • 8.G.4 Identify and produce adverb clauses of cause, contrast, time, manner, concession, condition, purpose, reason, and place.
  • 8.RW.1 Respond to analysis questions on academic sources.
  • 8.RW.2 Produce non-formulaic thesis statements appropriate to specific academic tasks.
  • 8.RW.3 Produce a 3 to 4-page analysis paper over an extended piece of work (novel, biography, collection of articles, professional journal, short stories), with 2+ outside sources and proper citation. 

Level 9

Course Objectives

  • 9.LS.1 Use quotations and reported speech to support oral arguments.
  • 9.LS.2 Deliver a 5 to 7-minute planned presentation with electronic visuals and proper citations.
  • 9.LS.3 Respond in complete sentences to impromptu open-ended questions about class topics.

Integrated Objectives

  • 9.RW.1 Produce plans for timely completion of an academic writing project.
  • 9.RW.2 Produce an in-depth academic or professional project with at least 3 outside sources (business proposal,
  • case study, research paper, etc.) that adheres to academic formatting guidelines.
  • 9.RW.3 Evaluate information as effective or ineffective by evaluating bias, tone, purpose, and quality of
  • research.
  • 9.G.1 Produce grammatically appropriate sentences using all verbs covered in previous levels (present, past,
  • future, modals; active + passive).
  • 9.G.2 Produce sentences with accurate article usage.
  • 9.G.3 Produce sentences and respond to questions using true and untrue conditionals.
  • 9.G.4 Produce grammatically appropriate noun clauses, adjective clauses, and adverb clauses. 


Program Objectives: Students will be able to:

  • Complete academic research on assigned or selected topics.
  • Identify the differences between essay/narrative writing styles.
  • Produce an extended piece of narrative writing.
  • Develop a strategic or action plan to complete the course requirements.
  • Develop and deliver a Power Point or Prezi on a thematic topic.


Students will receive regular homework assignments to reinforce skills learned in class. Students must complete homework on or before the date it is due. Homework is included in the final course grade.

Make-up Work

It is the student’s responsibility to arrange with each instructor to make up work he/she might have missed. It may be necessary for the student to receive tutoring for additional help from an instructor with make-up work. TLC’s Make-up Policy may be found in Student Resources at

Academic Integrity

Cheating and plagiarism are strictly prohibited. TLC’s Academic Integrity Policy may be found in Student Resources


TLC considers every class to be important for a student’s academic progress. TLC’s Attendance Policy may be found inStudent Resources at

Level Advancement

To pass a level, students must achieve a 2.0 GPA or greater and meet the requirements of the attendance policy. Failure to do so will result in the student repeating the level.


Learning modules

  • Week 1
    • Classwork: Create your definition of "culture"

    • HW: What culture is to me pictures

    • Classwork: Explain each picture in HW

    • Classwork: Gave value from folktale video

    • L 8 9 Vocab quiz I

    • APL Vocab Quiz I

  • Week 2
    • Classwork: Practicing Indirectness Activity

    • L 8 9 Presentations: Folk Tales and Values

    • APL Presentations: Folk Tales and Values

    • Classwork: Reactions to Fairy Tale Presentations

    • Classwork: Discussion re TED talk

    • Classwork: Shared taboos of home country

    • APL Quiz on Stereotypes and Taboos

    • L 8 9 Quiz on Taboos and Stereotypes

  • Week 3
    • HW: Human Nature Category

    • Classwork: Shared Cultural Views for Comparison

    • Classwork: Discussed Egalitarianism

    • L 8 9 In-Class Writing Paragraphs on Culture Shock

    • APL In-Class Writing Paragraphs on Culture Shock

  • Week 4
    • Classwork: L9 Asked questions after presentations

    • L8 Country Cultural Briefing Presentation

    • APL Country Cultural Briefing Presentation

    • Classwork: L9 Asked Questions After Presentations

    • Classwork: APL and L9 Top 3 Points from Videos

    • L9 Final Presentation

    • Classwork L 9 and APL feedback on L8 Presentation

    • L8 LFE

About the Instructor

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368 students


Heather Marks



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