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FALL 2010
M W 9:30 – 10:50 a.m.
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ESL 21A is a 3 unit, 3 hour per week high intermediate communicative writing
course for non-native speakers. ESL 21A is the first part of the ESL 21A/B

Upon completion of this course students will be able to do the following:
1. construct and revise a variety of sentence types within paragraphs
2. plan, compose, and revise multi-paragraph essays (built upon a thesis statement,
supporting body paragraphs, transitional sentences, and a conclusion)
3. respond to questions with paragraphs or essays under time constraints
4. paraphrase and summarize information from lectures and readings
5. demonstrate use of appropriate academic vocabulary in paragraphs and essays
6. write both short and extended definitions
7. begin to document sources
1. use table of contents, titles, headings, and indices to preview an academic text
2. use skimming and scanning to locate main ideas and specific details in academic texts
3. evaluate the use of cohesive markers; distinguish word forms and their functions in a
4. identify purpose, bias, audience, tone, and register
5. access articles online
Use the following in speaking/writing
1. verb tense and aspect (active and passive voice); time shifts, subject/verb agreement
2. clauses (noun, adjective, adverb); reported speech
3. modals in passive and reported speech
4. comparatives, superlative
Listening and Speaking:
1. discuss information from readings and audio-video tapes in small groups to collect and
organize ideas for writing
2. express and support opinions
3. participate in class discussions
4. give individual presentations
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Given a prompt and under time constraints, plan, outline, compose, and revise essays. The
     essays employ a variety of sentence types, appropriate vocabulary, and accurate grammar
     and use paraphrased and summarized information from outside sources that are

     As assessed by: a writing task in which a student is given a prompt and, within one class
     session (1 hour 20 minutes), plans, briefly outlines, composes, and revises an essay
     referring to a reading previously assigned as homework. The essay is scored with a rubric
     for content, organization, and language.
2.   Identify main ideas and specific details in texts that explore contemporary issues in the areas
     of economics, politics, ecology, and culture, and determine appropriateness for use in

     As assessed by: student annotation of authentic discourse (textbooks) for main ideas and
     specific details that can be used to help explain and support a thesis in a subsequent essay.

Hartmann and Blass, Quest 3:Reading and Writing (second edition ISBN 0-07-
Blass and Hartmann, Quest 3: Listening and Speaking (second edition ISBN 0-07-
Additional readings from periodicals (to be assigned)
An English-English Dictionary (Oxford or American Heritage recommended)

No food or drinks in the classroom. All cell phones and other electronic devices must be
shut off during class. No electronic dictionaries.
Regular attendance is crucial. Students who miss more than 6 hours of class can be
dropped. If you know in advance that you will be absent, please contact me by email . In
addition, please arrange for a classmate to pick up any material handed out during the
session. You are responsible for all assignments regardless of whether you are
present or not. Be sure that you have the email addresses and/or phone numbers of
at least two other students so that you can contact them if you are not in class.
Students who arrive late for class or leave early consistently may be dropped. Two late
arrivals to class equal one absence. If you are late for any justified reason, please enter
the class quietly and take a seat near the door so that you will not disturb the
momentum of the lesson. Never walk in front of or behind the instructor if you are
Students are responsible for dropping the course. Check drop deadlines. Failure to drop
may result in an “F.”
Four graded writing assignments will be written in class. At least three writings will be
revised outside of class. Final drafts of all essays, paragraphs, summaries, etc. should be
word-processed. Type your last name, first name, my name, ESL 21A, Section #2168, the
date and the assignment you are submitting single spaced at the upper left hand corner of
an 8 ½ by 11 paper.
Chen, Charles
Prof. Sharon Jaffe
Section #2168
Sept. 20, 2010
Essay #1 - Revision
No late papers will be accepted without a valid reason.
Dated, titled, and numbered entries will be written both in and outside of class. Journal
responses may also be posted as part of a discussion on eCompanion. Be sure that you
have an SMC password and that you log on to eCompanion (go to the SMC home page,
click Technological Resources, and then click eCompanion). Journals will receive a
check, check plus, or check minus response and will be returned at various points during
the semester. However, all journals must be saved and resubmitted at the end of the
semester for a final letter grade. No credit will be given to lost journals. Keep your
journals in a separate folder.
Quizzes: Occasional quizzes will cover grammar, mechanics, terminology and editing
skills. There will be no make-up quizzes.
There will be two major writing exams during the semester: the common essay exam and
the final. The common essay exam will be given around the 12th week of the semester
and the final will be given according to the assigned final schedule. It is not possible to
pass the class without taking the final.
Group Work:
Students are expected to participate in work/study groups in and out of class.
Honor Policy:
Students must adhere to the SMC Code of Academic Conduct regarding plagiarism and
cheating: “Santa Monica College defines academic dishonesty as the act or assistance
in deceiving, including fraud or deception in an academic exercise. Academic
honesty includes, but is not limited to, certain actions not authorized by the
instructor or testing officer, such as using notes or testing aids, allowing someone
else to assume one’s identity, falsifying records, plagiarism, changing answers on a
previously scored assignment or exam, copying, inventing information by any
means during an exam. Check the SMC catalog for additional details, including
information on the consequences for academic conduct violations.” Students who
cheat will be reported to the Admissions and Records Office and will receive a Fail on
the assignment or in the class.
You may communicate with me either through email or voice mail. I will try to reply as
soon as possible. I also advise students to discuss their progress with me during office
hours. Please get the phone number or email of at least two classmates to ask about
course assignments.
Grading: (Note :ESL 21A may be taken for credit/no credit. This decision, however,
must be made at an early point in the semester. See your counselor for further credit/
transfer guidance.)

In-class essays       35 %
Revisions             25 %
Common Essay           10 %
Final Exam             15 %
Quizzes                 5%
Journals               10 %

SMC Grading Scale
100 – 90%             A (ESL 21B or possibly higher recommended)
89 – 80%              B (ESL 21B recommended)
79 – 70%              C (ESL 21B recommended)
69 – 60%              D (Repeat of ESL 21A recommended)
below 59%             F (ESL 11A/B level recommended)

Support Courses:
ESL 14A     Pronunciation and Spelling
ESL 14B     American Pronunciation
ESL 15      Oral Communication
ESL 16A     Articles
ESL 16B     Verbs
ESL 16C     Clauses
ESL 20A/B Grammar Workshop (available online as well)
ESL 23      Intermediate Reading Skills
ESL 28      Academic Vocabulary Skills

Free tutoring is available in the ESL Center. Please sign up online (check the ESL
Department’s website). Bring in any ESL 21A assignments that you do not understand.
Tutors will not proofread, correct errors, or rewrite sentences. However, they will work
with you on your individual English language problems.

Drop-in Counseling:
A college counselor will be available in ESL 121 to answer students’ questions and help
them with their schedules. No appointment is needed. Fall hours will be announced via
email and posted on the door of ESL 121.
SMC FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions): To access the SMC database for additional
questions you might have, go to

Our class final takes place on Monday, Dec 20 (8-11) in our classroom. Please make
your travel arrangements accordingly. All students are required to take the final.
Please Note: Syllabus may be changed at any time during the semester at the discretion
of the instructor. Supplementary readings, videos and/or an additional short text may be
assigned. Students should be familiar with and log on to ecompanion. Class messages
will be posted there as well as in class.

FALL 2010
M W 9:30 – 10:50
ESL 125

Note: All page assignments refer to Quest (Q). Syllabus may be changed during the
semester at the discretion of the instructor. Supplementary readings and/or videos
will be assigned from Quest Listening and Speaking as well as from internet sources.

Week 1: Aug 30/Sept 1
Introduction to course; student introductions; diagnostic testing (writing, grammar,
student exchange); Reading comprehension assignment “Feng Shui in California,” (Q 4-

Week 2: Sept 6 (Labor Day – no class)/ Sept 8
Feedback on diagnostic writing/Recommendations for support courses
Clauses and sentence types
Review paragraph elements and discuss definition paragraphs (Q 39)
Reading: “Symbolic Systems and Meanings” (Q 12-16)
Journal writing discussed and assigned

Week 3: Sept 13/15
Review annotating; Review summarizing (Q 116); Coordinating conjunctions (Q 33-36);
Readings in Unit 1 on “Cultural Anthropology” continued (“Alone on a Hilltop”; “Ta-

Week 4: Sept 20/22
Summary written in class Sept. 22; Essay organization; Chapter 2 on “Physical
Anthropology” begun with readings “Orangutans” (Q 46-48) and “Comparing Humans
with Other Primates” (Q 53-57): Chapter vocabulary practice

Week 5: Sept 27/29
Continued discussion of essay writing; Essay #1 written in class (Sept. 29); Chapter
vocabulary practice
Week 6: Oct 4/6
Further readings and discussion of Chapter 2; Group research assigned; Essay skills –
citing sources and dangers of plagiarism; Essay #1 discussed and rewrite due Oct. 11)

Week 7: Oct 11/13
Begin readings in Chapter 4 on “The Global Economy”: Read “Skills for the Global
Marketplace” (Q 127-129) and “Beer-Drinking Trends in Emerging Markets Bode Well
for Big Brewers” (Planet Money handout)

Week 8: Oct 18/20
Continued reading in Chapter 4 (“International Trade” Q 136-141, “The War on Poverty:
Two People’s Stories” Q 89-90, and “A Bank for the Down and Out” Q 95-96); Essay #2
written in class (Oct.18); Preparation for the Common Essay – models and scoring

Week 9: Oct 25/27
Essay #2 returned and rewrite due Nov. 1; Common essay given this week. Begin
discussion of Chapter 8 on “Human Ecology”; Student surveys of non-environmentally
healthy habits; Readings in Q: “Nine Steps to a Healthier Environment” 273-274; “Are
Pesticides Safe?” 278-283

Week 10: Nov 1/3
Continued discussion and readings in Chapter 8

Week 11: Nov 8/10
Continued discussion of Chapter 8 (“E-Waste: The Effects on Human of Toxic
Substances” 287-289); Assignment on Sustainable Works and the ecological health of
SMC; Essay #3 written in class (Nov. 10)
Week 12: Nov 15/17
Essay #3 returned and rewrite due Nov. 22. Common essay written this week. Begin
discussion of readings for essay #4 on
Perspectives on Digital Literacy (Handouts); video “Digital Nation”

Week 13: Nov 22/24
Continued readings on Perspectives on Digital Literacy (handouts)

Week 14: Nov 29/Dec 1
Continued discussion of Digital Literacy; Essay #4 written in class (Dec. 1)

Week 15: Dec 6/8
Essay #4 returned and rewrite due Dec. 13; Preparation for the final

Week 16: Dec. 13 (Last official day of class)

Finals Week: Dec 14 - 21
CLASS FINAL: Monday, Dec 20 (8 – 11)
Once again, please be sure to make travel arrangements so that you will not have a
conflict with the scheduled final.
Everyone is expected to take the final!

Enjoy the semester and good luck!

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