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					                             Contra Costa College
                                  Spring 2007
                    ESL 136-1010 – Idioms in English—2 Units

Instructor:      Helen Kalkstein
Office:          LA-8
Office Hours:    MW 12 - 1:30; TuTh 12:30 - 1:30 + by appointment
Office Phone:    510-235-7800 ext. 4327

Class Dates:     January 17th – May 21st
Holidays:        2/9, 2/19, 3/30 – 4/8
Schedule:        Mondays and Wednesdays 11:10 – 12:00
Final Exam:      Monday, May 21st (no class May 23rd)

Course Description
This course provides intermediate-level ESL students with instruction in idiomatic
English. As you study the meanings of common idioms, you will also learn the associated
grammar and pronunciation.

About this class:
In this class, you will do the following exercises and activities to help you learn idioms in

1.    listen to dialogs
2.    take dictations
3.    do written exercises, including puzzles and games
4.    do oral activities to practice idioms and improve your pronunciation
     (have conversations, role play, etc.)

Methods of Instruction:
1. Textbook exercises
2. Pair and small group work
3. Lecture
4. ESL idiom software + idiom Web sites
5. Individual conferences

Textbook & Materials:
1. ESL 136 Course Syllabus – All Clear 2 (Thomson/Heinle, 2007)
2. a 3-ring binder with 8.5 x 11 paper
(Please put the ESL 136 Course Syllabus in your binder.)
You will have homework for every class meeting. Please bring your idioms booklet and
homework to each class.

Idiom Software/Idioms on the Internet:
You can find more exercises that go with our book in the College Skills Center in
AA-213. The All Clear program is on some of the Mac computers. (You need a student
ID to use the computers, and you should take your own headphones if you have them.)

You can also get a lot of information about idioms on the Internet. (Go to and type in idioms or idioms English (+ your native language). Here
are some sites: (an idiom a day) (an idiom a day) (Spanish/English) (Chinese/English)

Your grade will be based on the following:

1. Tests - 60%
2. Homework – 20%
3. Final Exam – 20%

A letter grade will be assigned based on the following categories:
90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69% = D, below 60% = F.
Students who choose the Credit/No Credit option will receive:
CR for an average of 70% and above, or NC for an average of 69% or below.

Good attendance is very important. If you cannot attend class, please let me know. If you
miss class, you still have to do the homework. Call a classmate to find out the
assignment. Please attend class regularly and arrive on time. [10+ minutes late = 1
‘tardy’. 3 ‘tardies’ = 1 absence. 6+ absences = possible dismissal from class.]

                        Please let me know if you have questions.

                               Here's to a great semester!