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Graduate Medical Students, Group Project Instructions

Instructor: Mr. Michael Krigline, MA

There are two pages: Group Project Instructions and Group Project Details


Group project: (worth 10% of your grade)

When you are a doctor, your patient’s health may depend on how well you and unfamiliar colleagues work together, not how “good” you are individually. That is why I will divide the class into groups, and require each group to do a presentation together. I will assign each group a topic related to “health issues” in China. Your presentation will be oral and written (both presented to the class). Your group will get one grade for the project, so I expect you to work together, helping each other proofread everything before you make your presentation to the class or give anything to me.

Outside the "Number One Affiliated Hospital," there is a mural showing different aspects of medical treatment and history. I will assign each group one part of that mural to describe.


Written component: Write a good, academic paragraph of 100 to 190 words (draft); 210 words max for final revision. (The format is described in my writing lesson; Lesson One—Academic Paragraphs. You can see sample academic paragraphs below and at many of those lost points for not obeying the word limit.) You need to give me a draft of this paragraph one week before your presentation, so that I can help you correct it.

Oral component: Make a three- to eight-minute group presentation in front of the Monday morning class. Someone must read your summary “academic paragraph” to the class. Otherwise, you can do the presentation any way you want. In the past, most groups created and presented a role play. However, if you wish, you can make it like a mini-lecture or panel discussion. I would also allow other things—talk to me if you have a unique idea. One member of the group will be responsible for putting the words up on the screen (via Power Point software). At least three people must “say something” during the presentation.

Teamwork: Your group will get one grade for the project, so I expect you to work together. Each person should proofread the paragraph before it gets to me. The same is true for any dialog or lecture material.


I will grade you on:

·         relevance: Were your summary paragraph and presentation adequately related to your topic?

·         good English: Some mistakes are inevitable, but if you work together you should be able to use good English.

·         understandability: Could I understand what you said, and did you speak loudly and clear enough so that your classmates could hear you?

·         overall presentation: Could I tell that you put an adequate amount of time into this, or did it look like one person wrote a few things and no one else practiced them? Does it look like you were working together during the presentation? What is my overall impression of your work?

You only have to do this one time during the semester. If you plan ahead and work together, it should not be too much work for any one student. I am also available if you need my help.


Some "codes" for the most common things that students lose points for:

 “word#”: Usually indicates too many words or no word count given, but may mean that it was exceedingly short (length should be like the example or according to directions)

“name/ID”: There is no name that I can read (English or pinyin), or no I.D. number, or no class number (Mon 10, Thur 8:30, etc.)

“font”: You used red/light ink, a pencil, or a font that is too small or large (the outline can be hand-written, but the draft and final paragraph must use a 12-point font, Times New Roman or Arial)

“late”: It was not turned in when I asked for it (even “after class” instead of at the beginning of class is “late”)

"I/our": As explained in the writing handout, academic work is objective, so you should not include personal references (including "our country").

NDS: not double spaced. You didn’t leave me room to make corrections so I probably didn’t make many. I just tried to show you the problems. If you want me to make suggestions, type the assignment (double space, 12 point font) AND staple it to your original. This will not change your grade for the assignment.


Sample academic paragraphs:

In China, childhood obesity is a growing problem that doctors and parents must work together to fight. According to People's Daily Online, over 13 percent of children in northeast China are obese, with slightly lower rates in other parts of the country. The article also said that the number is increasing annually. Medicine is part of the cure, but doctors also work with patients to help them get control of their lifestyles. Parents also play a key role, because they must help their children eat properly and exercise often. Good medical care, proper nutrition and plenty of exercise are essential if Chinese children are going to avoid the serious medical side-effects of obesity. (113 words)


Reference (in “footnote” style):

Author unknown, “Experts warn against rising obesity in Chinese children,” People's Daily Online (Beijing: Jinbao Electronics Publishing Center, March 31, 2004, visited September 4, 2007)



Topic sentence: In China, childhood obesity is a growing problem that doctors and parents must work together to fight.


1. about 13% of NE Chinese children are obese; an increasing number.

2. the role of doctors (medicine and advice)

3. the role of parents (nutrition and exercise)

Conclusion: Good medical care, proper nutrition and plenty of exercise are essential if Chinese children are going to avoid the serious medical side-effects of obesity.


Both natural and man-made causes have led to a shortage of water resources in China, especially along the Yellow River, but an attitude change could help solve the problem. According to National Geographic magazine, nearly half of China's population lives on only 15 percent of its water. Many people who live in the districts that lack water suffer from poverty and they have few choices: either struggle against the water shortage for their whole lives or leave their cherished hometown and move to districts filled with water. Many causes contribute to this problem. For instance, many water resources are becoming unusable due to pollution or evaporation (due to global warming). Perhaps the most important reason is the growing number of factories, farms, and cities, due to China’s remarkable economic boom. These water-related problems can only be solved if the Chinese people--working with the government--become conscious of the need to protect the environment while continuing to develop economically. The increasing temperature, water pollution and over-use of water in modern society, have all caused China to lack water resources; a renewed consciousness of the need to protect the environment in the process of economic development is essential if Chinese people are going to solve the water shortage problem. (208 words)

Group Y: Cannon, Wang Kun, Lucy, Bart 


Brook Larmer, "Bitter Water: Can China save the Yellow--it's Mother River?," National Geographic Magazine  (Washington: National Geographic Society, May 2008) Page 133


The following are "reviews" of websites that can help you practice English: is an English-language website that presents medical topics, including materials to help you learn English, particularly in the context of writing and speaking abilities. In it, you can not only get information about your medical specialty, but also whatever interests you. Type into your browser, and click "enter" on the keyboard. On the left of your screen you can see the main sections of the website. Look down to find "log in" and click "create new account," then type in your data. After registering, come back to "home," and then you can choose your specialty or what interests you. This website is very useful because you can also use their "search" box to find what you need, click on "exercises" to practice your English, see helpful "dialogues" (animated!), or link to a "resources centre." is a very good website because its pages and resources help you to upgrade your medical English level, especially in your professional specialty. (Review; 160 words--from Group E, 2007)

The website is a Chinese-language based website that aims to help people who want to improve their listening English. It is divided into seven parts. (1) DAILY ENGLISH (每日听力) offers training materials for English listening learning. (2) GENERAL LISTENING MATERIALS (每日泛听) presents materials mostly originating from English teaching programs, such as those on BBC and CNN. (3) E-BOOKS (听力E书) is a free, downloadable collection of audio books. (4) In CLASSIFIED LISTENING PROGRAM (分类听力), people can choose material from several classifications: special, standard, audiovisual, multi-subjects, spoken English and informal academic & cultural talk. (5) LISTENING GUIDE (听力指南) presents approaches to auditory training. (6) LISTENING MATERIALS (听力资源) supplies recordings for vocabulary and listening comprehension, and useful courses such as "step by step" and "listen to this". (7) In THE FORUM (听力论坛), people can get information by communicating with others. The "put" here stands for "Postgraduate students + Undergraduate students + Teachers". is a valuable website for anybody who wants to improve his listening skills; everybody will find some useful information and training programs for themselves. (158 words--from Group F, 2007)

Format for a general academic paragraph: (click here for helpful tips on writing an academic paragraph)

bulletTopic Sentence (a sentence that introduces the ideas to be presented in your paragraph)
bulletBody (with at least three supporting sentences)
bulletSummary/Conclusion (the final sentence of a paragraph should emphasize the thought or some important consequence of the topic sentence)

Format for a one-paragraph review (designed to inform readers about a website, etc., and usually includes the reviewer’s opinion and/or recommendation to the reader)

bulletSummary sentence presenting what was reviewed (which website, and something about the content) with overall impression conveyed explicitly or implicitly (that is, give some indication of why you like it)
bulletSupporting sentences, each giving details about the website or why you like it
bulletConclusion either summarizing why the reviewer thinks the website is good, useful. etc., or somehow encouraging readers to visit the site.



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