MCC ESL Level 5
Fall 2008 Term I
Activities and assignments include quizzes,
conversation and discussion, grammar
review, listening comprehension, note-taking,
Course Information reading comprehension, vocabulary study and
The MiraCosta noncredit ESL program offers spelling dictations, writing assignments,
students a variety of learning opportunities to pronunciation practice, presentations,
achieve proficiency in the English language computer work, and individual and team
and formulate and attain personal, academic, projects.
vocational, and/or civic goals.
This course is designed for students at the
high-intermediate level of English. The
This term, students will complete writing
instruction and curriculum of this course
assessments and computer projects on a
focuses on the development of the listening,
speaking, reading, writing, and problem class wiki, located online at
solving skills needed to function effectively in http://mccesl.pbwiki.com/.
familiar and unfamiliar academic, vocational, Class Materials
and social situations.
Students need to purchase the following
IMPORTANT INFORMATION textbook Focus on Grammar 3A (available
in the CLC bookstore)
Instructor Kristi Reyes
100 3 x 5 index cards
Instructional Aide Sue Otis,
email@example.com a three-ring binder to keep class handouts
Contact the Call (760) 795-8745 or email a flash drive (USB device) to save
instructor firstname.lastname@example.org or by computer work
an English-language dictionary
Class Schedule Aug. 11 – Oct. 9, Monday –
(recommended: Longman Dictionary of
Thursday, 6 – 9 p.m., Room
136; No school Sept. 1
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Do not write on any school property.
Keep the classroom and computer lab clean.
No food or drinks are permitted in the classroom or the lab.
Be punctual. Students are expected to arrive to class on
time for work as well as college courses. Students should
also return on time from breaks. Breaks are 15 minutes.
Regular attendance is required. Absences will negatively
affect students’ progress. The instructor reserves the right
to drop any student who has excessive absences.
If a student must be absent, he or she must notify the
Evaluation instructor by calling the instructors at 795-8745 to leave a
voice-mail message. Here’s what to say: My name is
Attendance and active ______________. I cannot come to school today
participation is expected and is because … Messages about absences may also be
necessary for progress to occur. transmitted through a note, e-mail, a classmate, or another
Although the course is noncredit, student at the Community Learning Center.
students’ work, including the
Any student who needs to leave early must tell the instructor
following, will be evaluated:
immediately upon arrival at 12 noon.
The computer lab is for educational purposes. Computer
EL Civics assessments, quizzes
activities not related to class assignments or English
and tests; reading and writing
learning are not permitted.
assignments; career module and
computer work; projects and All assignments and homework must be completed on time.
presentations. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off. Absolutely no
phone calls are to be made in the classroom or in the
Students will measure their own computer lab.
progress in the class by recording English is the reason we are here, so please speak only
their scores on a self-tracker. English in the classroom at all times.
Show respect to guest speakers and fellow classmates.
Certificates Students who can no longer attend the class must notify the
Certificates of attendance are instructor. Class schedule changes can be made.
given to students who complete Other: ________________________________________
the term. Certificates of Other: ________________________________________
achievement are awarded to
students for completion of the
course when the following criteria Please note
have been met:
Accommodations As you may be aware, some Internet
Students who need special
Satisfactory attainment of the sites contain material that is not
accommodations because of appropriate for the educational
course priority outcomes. learning or physical disabilities setting. If you should find yourself
should notify the instructor as soon subjected to offensive content of any
Successful completion of as possible so that their needs may nature, you should inform your
career modules for one be met in the classroom. instructor immediately.
If the requirements of an assignment
Internet Use or legitimate educational research
Attendance at 80% of classes Part of this class is conducted in a require you to access sites that could
computer classroom with Internet be considered offensive, please
in a term.
access. Because MiraCosta College contact your instructor or a computer
supports the concept of academic lab aide so that accommodations
In addition, certificates are freedom, there are no filters blocking can be made to assist you.
awarded for Perfect Attendance. Internet access to electronic content.
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Tentative Course Outline
Week/ Dates Themes and Reading, Writing/ Computer Quizzes & Tests
Vocabulary Grammar & Projects/
Textbook Unit Presentations
Week 1 Introduction to Misunderstandings, Self Introduction, What CASAS reading test, Wed.,
course; Learning Present Continuous, I’m Doing Now Aug. 13; Learning
8/11 – 8/14 English Unit 1 Outcomes: L1,R1, R2, R3
Week 2 Personality Bumps and Wiki page set up, Learning Outcomes: L1,
Personalities, Simple Personal Seal L2, S2, R1, R2, R3,W1
8/18 – 8/21 Present, Adverbs of
frequency, Unit 1
Week 3 Important Places, Mysterious Places, An Important Place, Present and Present
Library Prepositions of Personal Seal Continuous quiz; Unit 1:
8/25 – 8/28
location Presentation Personality vocabulary and
Learning Outcomes: L1,
L2, S3, R1, R2, R3, W4
Week 4 Folk Stories The Brahman’s Folk Story Search, Unit 2: Library vocabulary
Wish, Simple Past Revisions to projects and spelling/dictation
9/2 – 9/4
Regular Verbs, Unit quizzes; Learning
No school 9/1 3 Outcomes: L1, L2, L3, S1,
Labor Day S2, S3,W4
Week 5 Biography, Life Life Story, Simple Biographical Timeline Learning Outcomes:L1,
Events / Stages Past Irregular Verbs, L2, S1, R1, R2, R3, W1, W3
9/8 – 9/11
Week 6 Life Changes, Never The Awesome 80s, My Life Changes Past Tense quiz; Unit 3:
too Old to Learn Used to for Past Live Events / Stages
9/15 – 9/18
Tense, Unit 5 vocabulary spelling/dictation
Outcomes:L2, S1, S2, R2,
Week 7 Crime, Accidents, An Unexpected My Life Changes CASAS test 9/25 all
Emergencies Adventure, Past and Presentation, students, Unit 4: Never too
9/22 – 9/25
Past Continuous, Description of a Scene Old to Learn vocabulary
Unit 4 spelling/dictation quizzes;
Learning Outcomes: L1,
L2, S1, S2, S3, R1, R2, R3,
Week 8 Careers, Beat the Where to Look for Reality Check, Past and Past Continuous
Crowd Jobs in the Future, Revisions to projects Quiz; Unit 5: Beat the
9/29 – 10/2
Future with will, Unit Crowd vocabulary and
6 spelling/dictation quizzes;
L2, S2, R1, R2, R3, W4
Week 9 Goals and Plans, Dreams for the Career Video, Future Future Tense quiz; Unit 6:
Managing the Work Future, Future with Goals Letter Managing the Work
10/6 – 10/9
be going to, Units 6, vocabulary and
7 spelling/dictation quizzes;
Learning Outcomes: L1,
L2, S2, R1, R2, R3, W3,
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Level 5 Student Learning Outcomes
Listening 3. Complete a variety of forms with limited
1. Respond to common face-to-face or assistance (e.g. medical, business, job
telephone requests for assistance or application, or personal history).
information and 4. Edit paragraph for content, spelling,
record important facts, direction, and capitalization, punctuation of varied
appointments. sentence types, and grammar.
2. Identify essential information relating to
familiar/everyday topics using a variety of
appropriate resources (e.g. media and/or Final Tips for Success in this
face-to-face conversations) Class:
3. Differentiate between the use of formal
and informal language, including reduced The instructor’s job is to help you develop not
only your English skills but also to make you
speech and slang, even when no visual aware of the expectations of citizens, college
context or clues are present. students, and employees in the United States.
Speaking Speak only English.
1. Retell a familiar story based on reading If you need help with the computer
material from various sources or personal assignments, ask immediately.
Help your classmates. If you have a skill to
2. Participate in face-to-face
teach or knowledge to share, do not hesitate
conversations on familiar topics such as to assist others. The best way for most people
personal and current local and world to learn and to develop your own skills is to
events. teach what you know to others.
3. Prepare and deliver a short Use your time well. Be productive during class
presentation on a familiar topic using time.
information from the Internet or other
outside sources. Like anything, what you put into this class will
influence how much you get out of the class.
Reading Communicate with the instructor and your
1. Skim a passage to determine the classmates. The only way to improve your
organization, general ideas, and scan the English is to use it!
passage for relevant details. If you have a concern, question, or problem,
2. Identify the main idea of a paragraph. do not hesitate to speak to the instructor.
3. Draw conclusions from authentic
materials and reading passages on new No question is a stupid question!
and familiar topics.
Have fun, be positive, stay happy!
1. Write a descriptive and/or narrative
paragraph with a topic sentence, Welcome to my class! I look
supporting details, and forward to working with you.
a conclusion. (7 – 10 sentences)
2. Write a simple letter or message for -- Instructor Kristi Reyes
formal or informal purposes. (e.g. letter to
landlord, email message)
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