EAP 1321: READING SYLLABUS 2006-2
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.)
ABOUT THIS SYLLABUS
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
Telephone: (305) 237-1874 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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: ________________________
AGREEMENT FOR MAKING UP TESTS AND QUIZZES
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.
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I have read, and I understand the agreement for making up tests.
Student’s Name (printed) Student’s Signature
Course: EAP 1321 Date: __________________________
EAP 1321 - READING LEVEL 3 COURSE DESCRIPTION:
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
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
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.
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.
(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.
(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
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
(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
(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
(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
(Feb. 19 & 21) Main Idea Test
Vocabulary Test – Unit 3
(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
(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
(3/12 & 14) Reading Skills: Patterns of Organization and Transitions Packet
(This packet includes four patterns of organization: listing, time order, cause-effect, and
(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
(3/26 &28) Reading Skills: Finish Patterns of Organization and Transitions
Review of Patterns and Transitions
Reading Skills: Inferring & Drawing Conclusions
(April 2 & 4) Vocabulary Test: Unit 4 & 5
Test: Patterns of Organization and Transitions
(4/9 & 11) Timed Reading Test and review
Continue Inferences and Conclusions
(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.