Monday, December 31, 2018

Welcome to GSIT 2018

ITB 1003

Fall 2018

Instructor: Jeff Lebow Office: D571  Email: 
Office HoursMondays 5~6pm,  Fridays 4~6pm or by appointment  

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Class Bands

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Fall 2018 Midterm: Take a Stand!

Fall 2018 Midterm: Take a Stand!Take a stand”= defend an action or position that others might not agree with.

Part#1: Persuasive Essay (Due October 22)

Write at least a 300 word opinion essay on your 'Take a Stand' topic. Please post this as a Google Doc in your GSIT Writing Folder. If you have any technical problems, you can email your writing to Jeff at
Persuasive Essay Guide

Part#2:  'Take a Stand' Panel (October 24)
Defend the opinion your wrote about during an in-class 'Take a Stand' Panel. You will begin with a 1-2 minute opening statement (you may use notes, but please do not read). You will then defend your position in front of a highly esteemed panel of sharp-witted interrogators (5-8 minutes). Your 'stand' will be videotaped. Please choose topics that are specific, engaging, and easily debatable.


  • Same sex marriage should be legal and same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt children. 
  • Animals should not be used for any scientific or commercial testing. 
  • Korean women should also be required to serve in the military or fulfill some kind of civil service 
  • God exists.
  • Korea should legalize prostitution 
  • Public university should be tuition-free for all citizens.
  • My wife should accompany me to my colleague’s wedding next weekend.  
  • All zoos are inhumane and should be banned. 
  • Wonder Woman would defeat Xena in a battle.
  • There should be a 500% tax on all instant noodle products (ramyeon).

Examples of topics that are NOT specific enough or easily debatable

  • Puppies are cute.
  • People should be nicer to each other.
  • We use too much technology these days.

Sources of possible topics

By Oct. 29, please watch your video and write a short reflection.

Try to identify
- three examples of language usage that could be improved
- three examples of pronunciation or intonation that could be improved
- Share any other thoughts your have after watching your video.

Be Nice to Yourselves!
You can email your reflection to Jeff or post it in our class Band. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

GSIT Fall 2018 - Week#1

Semester Overview

This course is lis a continuation of last semester’s ITB1002 course. We will use some of the same tools and methods, but there will also be a few changes. There will be additional opportunities for feedback and analysis of writing tasks and recorded conversations. Additionally, some of the topics covered will be chosen and developed by class members.

Hosted Topics

Class members will take turns being a 'Topic Host.' As such, each of you will prepare materials on some topic of interest and/or relevance to your learning goals. This can include current events, social issues, academic subjects, general interest knowledge, or work-related matters.

In class, the topic host will provide a short introduction/overview of the topic and prepare materials, vocabulary, and discussion questions that will be covered in class and/or written about after class. Topic Overview Introductions will be audio or video recorded so that they can be analyzed by the presenter and Jeff. The introduction should not last longer than five minutes. You can use visual aids if you like, but please do not read a ppt. We will plan to spend 40-50 minutes of class time going over the material and discussing the topic.

By the Saturday before your topic, please share your tentative plans and materials with Jeff. Feel free to include Jeff’s input or output in any meaningful way.

During Week#2 and Week#3, Jeff will be the ‘Topic Host’. Class members will start hosting after the Chuseok break.

By popular demand, there will be more ‘opportunities’ for writing tasks, feedback, and analysis. A ‘GSIT2018 -ITB 1003’ Google Drive folder has been shared with each of you and inside you will find a subfolder with your name. Please create Google Docs in those folders for each writing task.

Week#1 Topic: Social Identity Theory

What is Social Identity Theory?

What is Social Identity?
Week#1 Assignments  (Due Sept. 9)

  • Write at least 300 words about different parts of your identity. Please use a Google Doc in your ITB1003 folder.  When finished copy and post the text or a link to your Google Doc to your class band. Feel free to include related photos. Jeff's Example)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

GSIT Final Triathlon


GSIT Final Triathlon

Part#1: Job Interview Do-over Challenge
 (Due June 17) Choose a two minute-ish portion of your job interview video and rerecord to the best of your ability. Email or message that recording to Jeff.

June 20/21
Part# 2 Short Vocabulary and Content Quiz
Vocabulary, Listening Comprehension, Error Correction
Error Corrections#1:  Class#1    Class#2   Auto Translate Corrections: Class#1    Class#2

Part# 3 Small group recorded discussion.
Questions will be chosen from topics we've covered in class.