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Fall 2009

( 9/21 – 12/4 )


N654, N662 - SPEAKING & LISTENING & - N658, N665 READING & WRITING Instructors: Susan Torres and Shula Karr Classroom: AA5 217 Schedule: M-Fri: 9:00-11:45 AM Email: Mail stop for the ESL Dept.: #36 Phone: Susan – 992-2700 ext. 7524 Shula - 992-2700 ext. 7653 PREREQUISITES: Level 5 completed or recommendation from Sakeal MATERIALS:  Grammar text: Fundamentals of English Grammar (black, 3rd ed.) by B. Azar  Texts provided in class: Stand Out, Additional texts used: Eye on Editing; College Vocabulary, American Perspectives Targeting Pronunciation;  3-ring binder with divisions in it for different skill areas and cultural topics. Computer Information: Labs: AA5 215; TPC 116 You need at least one floppy disk to download information from the internet. You will need an email address by Week 2. Our class website is: INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS: This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop and practice communication and study skills and learn more about American culture. This combination of skill proficiency and knowledge will help you be successful in future college courses, as well as in the workplace and in the greater community. Besides delivery of new information by lecture/explanation, you will learn and practice skill development through dictation, small-group work, paired and individual in-class activities, homework and computer assignments. We will use flash cards, audio and video tapes, language games, reference handouts and worksheets, as well as newspapers and magazine articles in our work together. You will have one hour in the computer lab per week for internet searches and grammar practice. Interviews with students from other programs and a class presentation will be two other projects that you participate in during the quarter. People from Clark and from community organizations will speak to the class, and classroom volunteers will help you learn about U.S. culture and improve your pronunciation and conversation skills. OUTCOMES: Your instructors use guidelines to develop the curriculum, choose the specific activities you will do, and evaluate your progress. They are: 1) Clark College’s college-wide abilities, 2) our school’s General Education Communication requirements; 3) 16 Equipped for the Future (EFF) Content Standards; 4) the Washington State Competencies for Level 5; and 5) the State Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening Rubrics (for assessment in the four language skill areas). Please check these outcomes and rubrics frequently to measure your own progress. The specific learning outcomes for this class follow. In parentheses, you will find the abbreviation of the corresponding Clark Abilities, General Education Communication Outcomes, EFF Standards, and WA state competencies that pertain to each assignment: 1. Writing:  Demonstrate correct paragraph construction  Identify different types of paragraphs

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Demonstrate comprehension and application of the writing process and strategies Write a resume and a cover letter Write a 5-paragraph essay complying with WA State standards

2. Reading:    Use a variety of reading strategies (skimming and scanning for information, inferring, paraphrasing, summarizing, etc.) Read, explain and answer questions about graphs, charts, and tables Summarize and answer comprehension questions about a newspaper and/or magazine article

3. Speaking/Listening:  Display the following skills in a conversation: appropriate pronunciation, intonation, rhythm & stress for comprehension, turn-taking, echoing, clarifying; summarizing; organizing ideas; explaining/giving directions, interrupting and registering a complaint  Carry out an interview with a native speaker  Give a 4-minute oral presentation  Identify and demonstrate nonverbal behavior and appropriate communication in settings, social, professional and educational settings.  Demonstrate the ability to understand and use different forms of communication (i.e., email, telephone, fax, etc.) in a professional setting 4. Grammar/Vocabulary Identify and correctly use the following:  Sentence word order and asking questions  Vocabulary building, with a focus word parts, workplace vocabulary, and daily interactions with others  Passive voice and perfect tenses 4. Research:  Distinguish between fact and opinion  Correctly cite various sources of information  Find and evaluate assigned websites  Demonstrate the use of Google and other search engines to find information on a designated topic  Use Cannell and Fort Vancouver Libraries to get information  Develop a set of interview questions and conduct an interview  Present a well-organized report with visual aids and a bibliography on an optional topic (same as oral presentation) 5. Cultural knowledge:  Demonstrate an understanding of learning resources in Clark College and our community  Know and be able to discuss the customs and history of important fall holidays, events and activities  U.S. economy and the workplace; looking for and keeping a job  Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate behavior and the role of assertiveness in U.S. society

EVALUATION:  You will not receive grades in this course, but you will receive plenty of feedback on your homework and in-class work. Copies of the reading, writing, speaking and listening rubrics are included in this syllabus.  Several quizzes, presentations, and writing assessments will measure your progress in grammar and understanding of course content. State-mandated Reading and Listening assessments (CASAS) will be administered in Wk. 7.  Your research skills and independent work will be evaluated through your computer lab work and the writing assignments and work portfolio that you hand in (see Course Description)  Promotion to GED Reading/Composition (ESL-focused for students who exit the ESL program according to their CASAS scores) or ENL will be determined by the following: 1. Participation in class 2. Attendance 3. Assessment scores 4. Completion of course requirements 5. Oral proficiency If you don’t understand something, - First, ask questions and try to answer them with Azar, other books, the dictionary, and computer resources. - Second, ask your friends and classmates. Talk about it and teach each other, correcting each other’s mistakes. - Third, ask the instructor. SUPPORT SERVICES available: to all Clark students:  The Tutoring & Writing Center  Mentors in the Student Life office (Gaiser)  Conversation and study groups with Student Mentors and at TPC  Reference librarians at Cannell or FVCL  The lab assistants in all three computer labs listed above; there are excellent software programs in all three labs to work on grammar, reading, writing, math, Word, Excel programs, etc.  If you have a personal problem, make an appointment with a counselor (Gaiser Hall) who can help you find resources in the community, get medical or counseling help, etc.  For translation/notorization of school records and certificates/diplomas, etc. from your home country: Registration (Gaiser) has a list of authorized companies.  If you have a hearing problem, sight impairment, a mobility problem, or learning disability, Clark has a Disability Support Service (Gaiser Hall 141) to help you. If you have emergency medical information which should be shared, or if you require assistance in case the building should be evacuated, please tell your instructors. There are several other non-academic support services, such as the Career Center, Finanacial Aid, Health and Dental Services, and Counseling. A successful student becomes familiar with all of the services available. Don't wait until you have a problem; be proactive and find ways to predict possible obstacles and then use the resources around you to prevent them or help you deal with them when they appear. COURSE POLICIES:  Attendance: Students with four consecutive absences will be dropped. If you must miss a class, 1) * Let the teacher know; * ask a classmate to get handouts for you; and * borrow notes from a classmate and discuss what happened in the class you missed.

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2) You should have a minimum of 60% attendance for promotion. If you don’t do an assignment or miss an exam, you will lose valuable practice and feedback. Although, only the CASAS and final assessments are departmental requirements, your participation and your written work are also important considerations for promotion. Correct your mistakes. It is more important to correct mistakes and practice the corrections often than to guess correctly. If you don’t self-correct, your mistakes will become fossilized. Fossilized errors become automatic, permanent characteristics in your speech and writing. Academic honesty is presenting work that is your own – not someone else’s words. Plagiarism means copying; it is dishonest and illegal. It is strictly forbidden to plagiarize!!!!!!!!!! Every individual in this classroom deserves equal respect and consideration. Leave all racial, religious or social prejudice, national biases toward other cultural groups, criticisms about particular customs, etc. outside this classroom door. We expect professional, courteous behavior here. This is an English-only zone. Make every moment in this class count toward increasing your own English proficiency, and don’t hurt the progress of others by talking in your first language. If you have any problem with an instructor, talk with her about it. If you are not satisfied with the decision or solution, make an appointment with the director at TPC.

CLARK COLLEGE EMERGENCY SYSTEMS In emergencies, students should do the following: 1. Inclement weather or emergency information Go to or call 360-992-2000 as your first means of getting information. The college does send notices to radio and television stations, but the College’s web site and switchboard are the official platforms for the most accurate information. 2. Immediate emergency communication alert To receive immediate notice on emergencies, you can register your cell phone number to receive text pages and your email address to receive email messages, To do this, go to Select “Subscribe” on the left, and follow the instructions. Mass communication will also be sent to all college employee phones and computers. 3. Fire Alarm Evacuate the building through closest exit; evacuation maps are located in the hallways. Take personal belongings only if it is safe to do so. Remain at least 50 feet from the building. Notify others of evacuation. Do not re-enter building until instructed to do so. 4. Parking Lot Identifiers New parking lot identifiers using colors and numbers have been assigned to all Clark parking lots. To help emergency or security personnel locate you, please refer to these identifying features. 5. Security Escort Security officers are available for escorts. Please call 360-992-2133. ____________________________________________________________________________

The following standards are used to develop the curriculum, as well as to assess students' proficiency and determine their readiness to exit Level 6. STANDARD: CONVEY IDEAS IN WRITING To convey ideas in writing, Washington ESL students should"  Determine the purpose of communicating.  Organize and present information to serve the purpose.  Pay attention to conventions of English language usage, including grammar, spelling, and sentence structure, to minimize barriers to reader's comprehension.  Seek feedback and revise to enhance the effectiveness of the communication.

READ WITH UNDERSTANDING To read with understanding, Washington ESL students should:  Determine the reading purpose.  Select reading strategies appropriate to the purpose.  Monitor comprehension and adjust reading strategies.  Analyze the information and reflect on its underlying meaning.  Integrate it with prior knowledge to address reading purpose. The following INDICATORS are statements that every Washington ESL student will demonstrate the ability to do in order to advance to the next NRS Educational Functioning Level.


Level 6 A/B

1: 9/21-9/24

Grammar: Review - Word Parts Listening: Active listening Speaking: Introductions Reading; Time management / Setting goals Writing: Goal sheets / Note taking Culture: Making friends in the U.S. Grammar: Asking Questions / Azar ch.5 Listening and speaking: Syllable and word stress Reading: Skimming and scanning Writing: previewing/ writing a paragraph Culture: Assertiveness / Group project Grammar: Asking Questions Listening and speaking: Parts of conversation; Turn taking Pair presentations Reading and writing: Brainstorming, Mapping Grammar: The Present and Past Perfect – Azar ch 4 Grammar Quiz – Asking questions Listening and speaking: Giving and following directions Reading: Becoming a volunteer Writing: 5-paragraph essay Culture; Volunteering/ Make a Difference Day Grammar: Perfect Tenses Reading: Working in the U.S / Graphs and charts Writing: Summarizing / outline Listening and speaking: Organizing ideas Culture: The economy and work Grammar: The passive Voice – Azar ch. 10 Grammar Quiz - The Perfect Tenses Listening and speaking: Halloween: History and Customs Reading: Vocabulary and effective reading Writing: Predicting and inferring Culture: Job searching Grammar: The Passive Voice Assertiveness essay due / Presentations Listening and speaking: Peer evaluations Reading and writing: Plagiarism / Citing sources Culture: Veteran’s Day

2: 9/28-10/1


4: 10/12-10/15

5: 10/19-10/22

6: 10/26-10/29

7: 11/2-11/5

8: 11/9-11/12

No classes – 11/11 – Veteran’s Day Grammar : Gerunds and Infinitives – Azar ch 13 Grammar Quiz – The Passive Voice Listening and speaking: Asking for references; Etiquette Reading and writing: Resumes and Cover Letters Culture: The Workplace Grammar: Gerunds and Infinitives Listening and speaking: Information & Job Interviews Reading and writing: Work and Family Skills Assessment 11/25-11/27 – No classes – Thanksgiving Grammar quiz - Gerunds and Infinitives Writing: Revisiting our goals Reading: The Holidays Assertiveness project: Evaluations Grammar: Review Conferences Registration for Winter Quarter Culture: Holiday break activities Winter Quarter begins on January 4, 2010

9: 11/16-11/19

10: 11/23-11/26


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