Syllabus INFORMATION about ESL 061 - 094/095 by student19


									SYLLABUS for ESL 062
North Seattle Community College Winter Quarter 2006
Read this syllabus carefully, keep it all quarter, and refer to it when you have questions.

Instructor: Alice Keller (Please call me Alice.) Class times: 9:00 - 10:50 daily Classroom: CC 3359 Instructor's Office: IB 2405 B (near the Humanities Office) Office Hours: 11:00-11:45 daily or by appointment. (I have another class from 12:00 to 1:50, so I cannot meet with anyone for a full hour at 11:00.) Office Phone: (206) 526-0198. If I'm not there, leave a message on my voice mail. Email Address: I usually check my email twice a day when I'm at work and once on weekends (Saturday or Sunday, but not both). ______________________________________________________________________ __

1. Required: Buy these books at the NSCC Bookstore. Both of them are excellent. Understanding and Using English Grammar (Azar) $44.70 new ($33.55 used) This is the same grammar book that we used in ESL 061 in Fall Quarter. You will need the whole book: some chapters as new material for the whole class to study, and some chapters for individual review of grammar covered in earlier courses. Making Connections: A Strategic Approach to Academic Reading (Pakenham) $28.85 new ($21.65 used) We will use the whole book. NOTE: This is the second edition of the book. 2. Required: A 3-ring notebook to keep all the papers for this course together. It’s fine to use the same notebook that you have for other classes. Your own homework papers and tests will be important study materials for you, so that you can avoid making the same mistakes again. Don’t throw anything away until the end of the quarter! 3. Optional: I recommend that you have one of these dictionaries. However, if you already have an English-English dictionary that you are happy with, that's fine. Both of these are available at the NSCC Bookstore. You also need a good bilingual dictionary in English and your first language. The Longman Advanced American Dictionary without CD Rom $39.45 ($29.60 used) / with CD Rom $43.95 ($33.00 used) or The American Heritage ESL Dictionary $13.50 ($10.15 used) 4. Optional: If you need to review the sounds and correct pronunciation of irregular

verbs, you can get a copy of the recording "Irregular English Verbs" by Alice Keller. This is available either as a CD or on tape from the library. If you want a CD, you can buy it for $1.00. If you want a taped copy, it's free, but you must take a blank 90-minute tape Syllabus for ESL 062 Page 2 to the Media Center, upstairs in the library. (Their machine requires a 90-minute tape although the listening is not really 90 minutes.) Fill out a small piece of paper there with your name and the name of the tape that you want ("Irregular English Verbs"). Attach it to your blank tape with a rubber band. Leave it in a box in the Media Center. Go back one or two days later to pick up your copy of the tape. 5. Optional, but very useful: a package of small Post-Its (sticky, removable notes) to mark pages in your textbooks and notebook as helpful reminders and time-savers for yourself.
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To work on developing more advanced skills in reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar, with two goals in mind: First, to help you to do as well as possible on the English Placement Test, to advance to Developmental English classes (between ESL and college-level English) or even to ENG 101. Second, to help to prepare you for college classes that require good reading and writing skills -- in other words, for all college classes! With these significant goals in mind, ESL 062 involves intensive work on developing these advanced skills. There are no quick and easy ways to improve skills for academic work. Therefore, you should expect to work very hard this quarter for your own benefit.
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1. Attend all of the classes, unless you are sick or you have told me that you must be absent for another reason. If you need a doctor’s or dentist’s appointment, or if you have to take a family member to an appointment, please try to schedule that for a time when you do not have class. If you have to be absent, please call my office and leave a message for me, telling me why you will be absent. Please do this every time that you are absent. 2. Be on time. If you are late, you may miss something that you need to know. Besides, it is not polite to other students and the teacher if you often come to class late. If you have a problem that requires you to be late, please tell me about it.

3. In class, take notes about the things that you need to remember. Mark your readings as we discuss them in class so that you can read them again with better comprehension. This is an essential study skill. 4. Work actively with other students in the class when I ask you to. VERY IMPORTANT: When you are not working in groups, please do not have conversations with your neighbors. If people talk during those times, it is very difficult for me to understand what other people are saying, and it is quite rude to the student who is speaking and to others who are listening. Please show respect to your classmates and to your teachers in ALL of your classes by listening when other students ask or answer questions. 5. Do homework outside of class every day. Do all of the homework on time. Homework is extremely important because that is where you learn the material. Work in class helps you to get ready to learn, or it serves to check the correctness of Syllabus for ESL 062 Page 3 what you have already done, but real learning happens through doing homework thoughtfully and well. If you like to work with other students outside of class, this is fine -- IF all of the people who meet together contribute to understanding the homework tasks. 6. Budget your time well. To do well in this course, you will probably need to spend 15-20 hours studying outside of class every week in order to do all the homework and to master the material. The normal amount of time needed for college courses is usually considered to be 2 hours outside of class for every hour in class (in this case, 10 hours in class x 2 hours outside of class for each hour in class = 20 hours), so this is not unusual. If you have a family and/or a job, you will need to plan your time carefully. An important point to remember about community colleges: A community college is intended, most of all, for people who are not only students, but who have busy lives away from college, too. Most of the people who study here have jobs, and many have families. Therefore, managing time well is extremely important. 7. If you are absent, try to do your homework on time, anyway. At the end of each week, I will give you a handout listing the assignments for the next week. This will help you to plan the time that you need to complete the homework. If you did not get a handout because you were absent, you can call another student to find out the assignments. Another possibility is to email me to ask me to email you the assignments for the next class day -- but please do not make a habit of this because I have to spend extra time to do it. 8. Study thoroughly for all of the tests during the quarter. You may feel that there are a lot of tests during the quarter -- and I feel the same way, believe me! I give so many tests to encourage you to keep up with the work and to study on a daily basis.

The main value of the tests is the work that you do in preparing for them.
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Homework is due on the day that is listed on the homework handouts. I will accept late homework if it is only one day late. If it's later than that, you can still hand it in, but I will not give any homework points. Possible exceptions: You have been sick, or there has been some other unusual circumstance, and you have made arrangements with me to hand in some homework late. About compositions: Every composition must be typed on a computer -- not handwritten. This includes the first draft, sometimes a second draft, and the final version. If you do not know how to type in English on a computer, you can practice with typing programs in the Loft. If you do not know how to use a computer for writing, I suggest that you sign up for BUS 105 -- or ask a kind friend to teach you the basics! In all English classes (beginning with ESL Level 6), all compositions must be done on a computer. In other classes, too, papers must usually be done on a computer. If you do not yet have fairly good typing skills in English, it is time to develop them. Syllabus for ESL 062 Page 4

When you do homework for this class, it must be your own work. You must not plagiarize, which means that you must not take the words or the work of another person and call it your own. Plagiarism is considered very dishonest in American society. It is considered to be a lie: saying that something is your work when it is not. Students can be disciplined (or in extreme cases, even expelled from a college or university) for plagiarism, and writers can lose their jobs for that reason. The saddest thing for students is that plagiarism does not help you learn very much. When you do any homework, especially compositions, you must NOT copy phrases or sentences from another piece of writing (not from another student, not from a book, not from the internet -- not from anyone or anything!) -- unless you say where you got them. If you need to include a quote from someone else, you must copy the words 100% correctly, put them in quotation marks, and tell exactly where you got them. It must be absolutely clear to any reader that they are not your words.

There will be many tests and quizzes this quarter. See the ESL 062 calendar for the dates when I'm planning to give them. 3 60-minute tests on reading and vocabulary (from Making Connections) 3 60-minute tests on grammar (from Understanding and Using English Grammar)

One section of each of the grammar tests will be individual, for you to show your understanding of material that you need to review (material that was taught in classes lower than ESL 062). CASAS tests in listening and reading for people who are taking this class at the $25 rate. (These tests are required by the government, which pays most of the cost for these classes.) For students intending to continue beyond the ESL program, a 2-part English Placement Test (the COMPASS, plus writing an essay). Final exam on reading and vocabulary Final exam on all of the grammar of the quarter In addition, there will sometimes be a 10-minute quiz at the beginning of the first or second hour of class, based on some part of the homework for that day. I will NOT announce these quizzes in advance, and you will NOT have an opportunity to make up these quizzes if you are late or absent. Everyone will have to stop working at the end of 10 minutes, whether finished or not. The results of these quizzes will count as homework points.

Syllabus for ESL 062 Page 5 Cheating on a test or on homework is a VERY SERIOUS mistake. If I see that someone is looking at another person's test paper or is using notes on a test, I take off points: 10 percentage points for the first look, 10 more percentage points for the second look, and so forth. If a person cheats on a major test, there is a possibility of getting a 0 for the whole test. Cheating repeatedly or cheating on a final exam can result in getting a 0 for the whole course. The most important purpose of the tests and quizzes is to encourage you to master the information and the new skills. I give many tests because I want you to be continually working to master the material.

You may take a test later than the class only if you tell me ahead of time that you cannot come. This can be in person, by phone, or by email. If you do not do this, you will get a 0 for the test. You can take a test late only one time during the quarter. You cannot make up the 10-minute quizzes. There will be only one chance for those.
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If I'm sick and I miss a class, you can call my office the next morning to find out if I'm going to be back in class that day. I will change my voice mail message from home.
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If there is snow and/or ice during the night, the administrators of the college make a decision before 6:00 a.m. about whether the college will be open that day. You can get this information by telephone or from the internet, TV, or radio. If I have learned that the college is going to be closed that day, I will change the message on my voice mail from home (unless there is a failure in electrical power in my neighborhood). If my message is normal, you should assume that the college will be open and that I will be teaching this class. There are many sources of information about school closures: Telephone: my number -- 206-526-0198 -- for a recorded message the college's main phone line -- 206-527-3600 -- for a recorded message. Internet: -- on the home page TV: KING, KOMO, KIRO, KCPQ, NW Cable News Many AM and FM radio stations: especially KIRO (710 AM), KUOW (94.5 FM)
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Each of these items is worth 1/4 of the final grade: (1) All of the written homework (including the 10-minute quizzes) (2) The 3 tests on grammar (3) The 3 tests on reading and vocabulary (4) The 2 parts of the final exam Syllabus for ESL 062 Page 6 The possible grades at the end of the quarter: S = Satisfactory ( = 75% and above, overall) Y = The student worked in the course, but must take it again in order to pass. NC = Not satisfactory. The student did very little work or disappeared. I will also give each of you a percentage (%) grade. This is for your information and for mine. The percentage grade does not go to the college. For your information, these are the equivalents of percentages and decimal grades, which are used for Developmental English classes and college-credit classes: 90 - 100% = A = 3.5 - 4.0 62 - 69 = D = 0.7 - 1.4 80 - 89 = B = 2.5 - 3.4 61 & below = failing = 0.0 70 - 79 = C = 1.5 - 2.4 ______________________________________________________________________ __


Before you decide to stop attending any course, please talk to the teacher. There may be another solution to your problem. If you simply disappear, the teacher will wonder what happened, and you will receive a failing grade. In ESL, it will count as one of your 3 changes to pass a course. ______________________________________________________________________ __

Two things are necessary in order to move up to Developmental English classes, which are between the ESL program and ENG 101: (1) You should complete ESL 062 with at least 75% as your final percentage grade, which is the same as the college's decimal grade of 2.0. A grade of 75% or above goes to the college as an S ( = Satisfactory). (2) You must place into a Developmental English course as the result of the computerized COMPASS test and a composition written in the Testing Center. ______________________________________________________________________ __

If you have a cell phone, please turn it off before you go into any classroom or into the library. The library is a terrible place to talk on a cell phone! At this college, the best place to talk on a cell phone is outside. If you need to have your cell phone turned on during class for some reason, please tell me about it so that I will understand. Otherwise, please remember to turn it off -- as you would in any other place where it might disturb other people. According to the official policies of this college, children are not allowed in classes. Also, they are not allowed to wait alone for their parents anywhere on campus -- not in the library, not in a student lounge, not in the cafeteria. If you have children, please make child-care arrangements for them whenever you come to class. In most classes, there is at least one person (sometimes it's the teacher) who is very sensitive to perfumes and other items with fragrances; such odors can make him/her feel Syllabus for ESL 062 Page 7 sick. Therefore, the college has an official policy of asking students, faculty, and staff not to wear perfumed items to class. Smoking is allowed in only a few areas on campus, outside of buildings and away from doors. If you smoke, please do so only in areas that have signs saying it's OK to smoke there. Please do not smoke outside of classrooms. ______________________________________________________________________ __

This class requires a lot of work, so you should begin immediately, and take care not to fall behind. If you want to do well, you should plan to do several hours of homework at least five days per week. (I will also be working for this class several hours a day, six days per week.) If you are confused or have a problem about the course, please see me in my office. If you need extra help on a regular basis, see the tutors in the Loft. It will be the best use of your time if you find a tutor that you work with well, and see that same tutor regularly. That will provide the most satisfactory use of your time. The most important things that I expect from every person in my classes are mutual respect among students, honesty, and hard work. I want you to do well in this course because I believe that it can help you to do better in higher-level courses.

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