ESL 092 Fall 2010 Syllabus

Class Meetings:

JWLA 119 Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1:00 – 1:50 pm


Nancy McKeand
Office: JWLA 208
Office Hours: MWF 8:30 - 10:45 am or by appointment
Phone: 562-2987
Email: ude.umne|dnaeKcM.ycnaN#ude.umne|dnaeKcM.ycnaN

Required Text:

Parkenham, Making Connections, High Intermediate

Required Materials:

Composition book or other notebook that is used exclusively for in-class writing; English-English dictionary; ENMU email address and access to Blackboard (Access to Blackboard is needed immediately. You will be uploading things there almost every day.)

Course Description:

This class introduces students to the skills they need to read academic texts, including work with vocabulary and grammar. In addition, students will write academic papers in different genre based on the readings done for class.

Course Objectives:

Students will work on reading articles and writing about them using a variety of common writing formats. By the end of the term, students should be able to do these things:

  • Explain orally and in writing the major ideas of an academic reading.
  • Write a summary of an academic text.
  • Write an in-class essay on an assigned topic.
  • Explain orally and in writing information presented in charts and graphs.
  • Explain orally and in writing how the ideas in an academic text relate to each other.
  • Answer questions orally and in writing about the content of academic texts.
  • Quickly find needed information in an academic text.
  • Demonstrate understanding of vocabulary and grammar found in academic texts.
  • Write in response to academic texts.


Students are expected to come to class ever day and to arrive on time. If students cannot come to class, they are expected to call or email the instructor. You are allowed three absences before I start subtracting points. Starting with the 4th absence, REGARDLESS OF THE REASON, I will deduct 5 points from your total score for each absence.

Academic Integrity:

It is assumed that students will do their own work in this and all other classes. Students who cheat, plagiarize or commit other acts of academic dishonesty will be penalized with a lowered grade and/or other disciplinary action. Additional information regarding academic honesty can be found in the Eastern New Mexico University Undergraduate Catalog.

Assignments and Grading:

Assignments will include the following: Quizzes, Text Assignments, Summaries, Major papers , and Freewrites . Point values of each assignment are available on Blackboard.

Grades will be based on total points earned during the semester. Points will be added up and compared to the total possible number of points to determine the final grade in the course. As noted above, points will be deducted from the total number of points earned throughout the semester starting with the 4th absence. Letter grades will be assigned as follows:

90-100% = A
80-89% = B
70-79% = C
60-69% = D

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