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									EAP 1321: READING SYLLABUS         2006-2

         Course Information
         Course Description
         Office Hours
         Course Outline

            Instructor: Susan Orlin
          English for Academic Purposes
        Miami Dade College – North Campus
                        COURSE SYLLABUS FOR EAP 1321

            (Level 3 / Intermediate I Reading for Non-Native Speakers)

                    Miami-Dade College/North Campus               2006-2

#386144 (M/W 5:40 to 6:55 p.m.)                         #386145 (M/W 7:05 to 8:20 p.m.)

This syllabus establishes the requirements of this course and my expectations of you. Please
refer to it regarding attendance policies, grading, and make-up policies.

Professor: Susan Orlin

Office: 7310

Telephone: (305) 237-1874                             e-mail: sorlin@mdc.edu

Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 1:25 - 3:55 p.m. and 4:40 – 5:40 p.m.
              Tuesday          10:15 - 11:15 a.m. and 4:40 – 5:40 p.m.
              Thursday          10:15 - 11:15 a.m. and 2:05 – 3:05 p.m.

Textbook:      ACTIVE Skills for Reading: Book 3
               Neil J. Anderson, Heinle & Heinle Publishers

The textbook is required. If you buy a used textbook, it is your responsibility to erase
the answers so that you can benefit from doing the exercises.

Required Materials/What you need to bring to class
  - your textbook
  - a loose-leaf notebook (3 ring binder)
  - paper, pens or pencils, an eraser, highlighters
  - SCANTRON sheets
  - an English-English dictionary - I recommend Newbury House Dictionary, Longman
    Dictionary of American English, or Cambridge Dictionary of American English.
    (NOTE: All of these are English-English dictionaries that are specifically intended for
     EAP students. Don’t buy the BASIC red/yellow dictionary because its level is too low.)


A. Attendance is required. To succeed in this course, you must be in class and participate.
   Be prompt and stay for the entire class. Save your absences for a real emergency or illness.

B. Absences: Department policy states that the instructor may drop a student from the class if
             the student misses three consecutive classes (3 classes in a row) and doesn’t
             inform the instructor or if the student misses more than 4 classes before the
             drop date. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on an individual basis.

C. What to do if you miss class

“I wasn’t here,” “I was absent,” or “I didn’t know” is NOT AN ACCEPTABLE EXCUSE OR
REASON for not being prepared for class.

If you miss class, you are still responsible for turning in assignments and getting copies of
handouts that you missed. Ask me for them, or ask a classmate to pick them up for you. You
are also responsible for making up in-class work (if possible) and for getting and doing the new
assignment so that you are prepared when you return to class. You can call a classmate, or
you can call me to find out what you need to do.

Classmate #1 ________________________________________________________________

Classmate # 2 ________________________________________________________________

D. What to do if you miss a test or a quiz

There is a limited make up policy. If you miss a test or a quiz, you can take it for credit
(make it up) only before the next class period. Call me on the same day you are absent to
arrange to do this. When you come to take the quiz or test, bring me a note written by you
explaining why you were not in class to take the test. The next class period is too late to make
up the quiz or test.

E. What to do if you do not pass a test

There is nothing you can do if you fail a test. There are no opportunities to take an additional
test on the same material. Therefore, if you don’t understand the material, it is important for you
to meet with me and get help before the test.

F. Dropping/adding or withdrawing

Dropping/adding or withdrawing from this course is your responsibility. If you are thinking about
withdrawing from the course, please talk to me first. I may initiate a drop for no-shows or non-
attendance. (See Absences, Part B.)

A. Requirements for passing
   To pass this course, you must
   1. attend class regularly and participate,
   2. complete all assignments, and
   3. maintain a “C” or better average on quizzes and the final exam.

   If you receive a “D” or “F” in this course, you will have to repeat it.

B. Grading Scale
    A = 90 – 100                   D = 69 – 60
    B = 80 – 89                    F = 59 and lower
    C = 70 – 79

C. Important factors that affect your grade

    1. All graded homework and/or class work will be averaged together and will count as one
    test grade. If you miss an assignment or class activity, it will count as an F and be
    computed in this average.

    2. Points will be subtracted each day that an assignment is late.

    3. If you miss a quiz or test and do not make it up before the next class period, it will
    count as an F and be computed in your final average. See Attendance Part D for the
    limited make up policy. The Agreement for Making Up Tests is in this syllabus.

    4. Your final grade will be made up of the following components:
                       Class Average:         75%
                        Final Exam:            25%

D. Final Exam
   The final exam may not be taken early under any circumstances. Make-ups for the exam
   are given only with an official excuse (note from a doctor, clergyman, immigration, or court)
   giving the exact time and date of the appointment or situation.

E. Incomplete
   You can receive a grade of incomplete only in extreme cases, and when the only outstanding
    work is the final exam. You must provide documentation of the emergency.

F. Questioning your grade
   Students’ records will be kept for one additional semester. If you have a question regarding
   your grade, present it within this time.

G. Academic Honesty
   Copying the work of others and presenting it as your own work is not permitted. Also,
   copying or cheating in any other way during a test is not permitted. Consequences of these
   kinds of behaviors are serious and are outlined in the Students’ Rights and
   Responsibilities Handbook. The definitions and consequences of academic dishonesty in
   this class are listed in this syllabus.

Academic Dishonesty (Classroom Crimes) Contract

What is cheating?
Cheating is the following:
           looking at notes during an examination (unless otherwise specified)
           looking at another student's paper during an examination or assignment that you are
            supposed to do on your own
           giving another student answers or information during a test or for an assignment that
            he/she is supposed to do on his/her own
           copying the work of another student on an assignment you are supposed to do on your
           taking information from another source (book, magazine, internet, etc.), and using it as
            your own
           turning in a paragraph for which you already received a grade
           receiving answers via your cell phone

If you are found cheating, the consequences are as follows:
               The first time you are found cheating, you will receive a "0" on the assignment or
               If you are found cheating a second time, you will receive a “0” on the assignment or
                test, and your final grade in the course will be lowered by one letter. For example, if
                your final grade is a B, you will receive a     C   in the course. If your final grade is a      C,
                you will receive a   D, and you will have to repeat the course.
               If you persist and are found cheating a third time, you will receive an           F   in the
               There are no exceptions to these consequences.

These definitions and consequences are congruent with Miami Dade College Academic Dishonesty Policy 4035 stated and
discussed in the Students’ Rights and Responsibilities handbook.

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I have read and understand the above information.

____________________________                     ____________________________
Student's Name (printed)                         Student's Signature

Course: EAP 1321                                 Date: ________________________


I understand that if I am absent on the day of a test, I must contact my
instructor, Susan Orlin, by phone or e-mail, before the next class period to
arrange to make up the test. If I do not contact my instructor before the
next class, I forfeit (lose) the privilege of taking the test or quiz that I
missed, and I will receive a grade of F. When I come to the instructor’s
office to take the test, I will bring a note that explains the reason I was not
in class the day of the test.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

I have read, and I understand the agreement for making up tests.

____________________________                    __________________________
Student’s Name (printed)                         Student’s Signature

Course: EAP 1321                                 Date: __________________________

Students develop the ability to read text on familiar and basic academic topics with an emphasis
on vocabulary expansion and application of critical reading skills.

Prerequisite: EAP 1221 or equivalent proficiency              Co-requisite: None


Competency 1:              The student will comprehend texts appropriate to the level
                           (e.g., grade level 6-8) on familiar topics with emphasis on
                           vocabulary expansion.

Competency 2:              The student will distinguish between main ideas and supporting
                           details in simplified texts.

Competency 3:              The student will use textual clues (e.g., connectors and transitions)
                           to identify basic patterns of organization in order to enhance reading

Competency 4:              The student will develop vocabulary by recognizing context clues
                           and using roots, affixes, definition, restatement, and appositive clues.

Competency 5:              The student will develop the following critical thinking skills when
                           a. Relate reading to personal experience.
                           b. Draw conclusions from stated information.
                           c. Make simple predictions.

Competency 6:              The student will recognize limited cultural references (or items).

Competency 7:              The student will enhance English/English dictionary skills.

                           A Note from Your Professor

Dear Students,

This is a college classroom. It is important that we relate to each other in a
respectful manner. By doing things like listening when someone else is speaking
and keeping cell phones on VIBRATE, we can create a positive atmosphere in which
everyone can learn.

The more energy you put into this class, the more you will learn. Therefore,
come to class with a positive attitude and be prepared to work. During class,
pay attention, participate, and ask questions when you don’t understand or when
you are not sure or clear about what is being said or what you need to do.
Outside of class, do the homework assignments, review your notes, reread
passages, study, and remember to read as much as you can.

Please speak only English in class. You will improve only if you practice.

You can get individual help when you need it. You can always talk with me
before or after class or during office hours. If you are not available at these
times, make an appointment. If you are having trouble understanding something,
come to see me immediately. Don’t wait until after you do poorly on a test.

Also, please remember that if you have a problem that affects your attendance
or your performance in the course, it would be helpful for me to know about it.

Finally, I wish you a wonderful semester. I want you all to learn a lot and become
better readers. At the end of the semester, I want you to feel satisfied with your
experience here and recognize how much knowledge you have gained. This can only
happen if we all work together.


Susan Orlin

EAP 1321                           Course Outline for 2006-2

DATES AND ASSIGNMENTS MAY CHANGE. Pay attention in class to homework
assignments and announcements of tests, and record the information. You will also receive
many handouts to do and have many in-class reading practice quizzes that are not listed here.
Dates are not given for these reading practice tests, so if you are absent, be sure to call me or a
classmate to find out if you have to make up one before you come back to class. Some
homework and class work will be collected and graded.
Week 1
(Wed, Jan 3)   Reading activity and questions: Are You a Procrastinator?
                                              (Unit 1: Keeping Time /Chapter 2)
               Course Syllabus – information on grades, attendance, requirements, etc.
               Homework: Buy the textbook and other supplies, and reread the syllabus.

Week 2
(1/8-10)       Graded in-class reading activity: Martin Luther King, Jr.

               Unit 1/Chapter 2 Vocabulary Comprehension: page 10
               (You will do these exercises for every chapter that is assigned. There is always a vocabulary in
                context exercise. You also need to write definitions for vocabulary words and learn them.)
               Dictionary Skills: Finding Correct Definitions
                                  You will need your dictionary to practice this skill in class.
               Vocabulary Skills: Synonyms – page 11

Week 3
Jan 15         No Class - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan 17         Unit 1: Keeping Time (p. 1)/Chapter 1: What Time Is It? (pp. 2- 6)
               (Short Answer Questions Assignment: You will hand in this assignment for a grade.)
               Vocabulary Skills: Idioms using time – p.6

Week 4
(1/22 & 24)    Unit 1/Chapter 1 Vocabulary Comprehension: p. 5
               Dictionary Skills: Finding correct definitions - You will need your dictionary.

               Unit 2: Love and Marriage (p. 13)/ Ch. 1: Have I Found Ms. Right? (pp. 14- 18)
               (Multiple Type Questions Assignment)

               Vocabulary Comprehension: p.17
               Vocabulary Skills: Antonyms p.18

               Vocabulary Test – Unit 1

Week 5
(1/29 & 31)    Unit 2: Love and Marriage/Ch. 2: Wedding Customs (pp. 19 – 22)
               Vocabulary Comprehension: p. 22
               Vocabulary Skills: Word Families – p. 23 Handout: Parts of Speech

               Reading Skills: Scanning for details - handout

Week 6
(Feb 5 & 7)      Reading Skills: Main Idea Packet (This packet includes the following:
                 general vs. specific; topic vs. main idea; identifying main ideas; main
                 Ideas vs. supporting details.)

                 Vocabulary Test – Unit 2

                 Unit 3: What’s Stressing You Out? (p. 25)/Ch. 1: Study Stress (pp 26-30)
                 Reading Skills: Skimming for Main Ideas
                 Vocabulary Comprehension: p. 29
                 Vocabulary Skills: prefixes over- and under

Week 7           Finish Main Idea packet
(Feb 12 & 14)    Unit 3/Ch. 2: Managing Stress (pp. 31-36)
                 Vocabulary Comprehension: p. 34

Week 8
(Feb. 19 & 21)   Main Idea Test
                 Vocabulary Test – Unit 3

Week 9
(Feb 26)         Unit 4: Amazing Animals (p. 37)/Ch 1: Endangered Species (pp. 38-42)
                 Short Answer Questions
                 Reading Skills: Identifying Meaning from Context (Context Clues)

(Feb 28)         Midterm Exam – This exam will include general – specific, main idea, and

Week 10
(March 5 & 7)    Reading Skills: Context Clue Handout and Exercises
                 Unit 4/Chapter 1: Vocabulary Comprehension: p. 41

                 Unit 5: Cultural Differences (p. 49)/Ch. 1: Travel Manners (pp. 50-54)
                 Reading Skills - More main ideas
                 Vocabulary Comprehension: p. 53

Week 11
(3/12 & 14)      Reading Skills: Patterns of Organization and Transitions Packet
                 (This packet includes four patterns of organization: listing, time order, cause-effect, and
                 comparison pattern.)

Week 12
(3/19 & 21)       Reading Skills: Continue Patterns of Organization and Transitions
                  Unit 5/ Ch 2: Avoiding Cultural Taboos (pp. 55 – 60)
                  Vocabulary Comprehension; p. 58

Week 13
(3/26 &28)       Reading Skills: Finish Patterns of Organization and Transitions
                 Review of Patterns and Transitions

                 Reading Skills: Inferring & Drawing Conclusions

Week 14
(April 2 & 4)    Vocabulary Test: Unit 4 & 5

                Test: Patterns of Organization and Transitions

Week 15
(4/9 & 11)      Timed Reading Test and review

                Continue Inferences and Conclusions

Week 16
(4/16 & 18)     Timed Reading Test and review

Week 17         Final Exam Week: Your final exam will be Monday, April 23, or
                Wednesday, April 25.


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