ESL 095 Syllabus

ESL 095 – Integrated Skills
Fall, 2010

Instructor: Nancy McKeand
Office: JWLA 208
Telephone: 562-2987
Email: ude.umne|dnaeKcM.ycnaN#ude.umne|dnaeKcM.ycnaN

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:45-10:45 am; other times by appointment

Class Meetings: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:45 in COB 147.

Course Description: This course is designed to allow students to use the English they already have to do actual academic tasks. In addition, it will help them understand the expectations of US university classes and professors.

Required Materials: The primary text for this course is the short story collection that will be handed out in class. In addition, students will need a composition book or notebook of some kind. Students will also need to set up a blog at www.wordpress.com. Instructions on how to do that can be found at http://nancyatenmu.wordpress.com in the right sidebar under “How-tos”.

Attendance: Students are expected to come to class every 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 FOR ANY 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: Students will read four short stories, watch some movies, and complete a wide variety of homework assignments. Some assignments will be graded on a done/not done basis. Others will be uploaded to the student's blog and graded based on a rubric. There will also be a final exam.

Major assignments:

Essays and other papers 8 @ 25 points each
Summary and leading discussion 25 points each (Number will depend on total number of students in the class.)
Final Exam 50 points

Rubrics used in this course can be found here.

Determining the grade:

At the end of the semester, points from all the assignments 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.

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

Tentative Course Schedule:

Unit Dates Text Major Assignments
Unit 1 - Identity Aug 19 – Sept 7 “A Case of Identity” Re-telling of the story; Summary-Reaction paper; Personal essay
Unit 2 - Aging Sept 9 – Oct 7 “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Opinion paper; Compare/Contrast essay
Unit 3 – Being Different Oct 14-Nov 18 “A Place So Foreign” Summaries of sections of the story and leading class discussion; Extended definition paper; Personal essay
Unit 4 – What's Important? Nov 23-Dec 2 “The Gift of the Magi” Personal essay
Final Exam Tues, Dec 7 10:15 am none Written Exam (Details to follow)

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