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ESOL 150/150N: Level 5 Reading

Summer 2014

CRN: 31196 (credit)/31210 (noncredit)

Instructor: Laura A. Horani

Course Description:

  • Students will practice reading for meaning. by studying the structure of reading passages and learn to identify main ideas, support, and transitions.

  • They will work on increasing reading speed by doing timed readings.

  • They will learn more vocabulary in many different ways. They will learn more vocabulary through context, looking at word parts, and by using a dictionary.

  • They will review basic grammatical structures.

  • They will practice a variety of special reading and study skills such as scanning, skimming, summarizing, outlining, dictionary use, timed reading, categorizing, inferring, and interpreting graphs and tables.

  • They will discuss and write about reading assignments.

  • They will learn more about organization, time management, and study skills.

Prerequisite: ESOL placement test OR successful completion of ESOL 40/40N (Level 4 Reading) AND concurrent placement in ESOL 42/42N (Level 4 Writing) and ESOL 44/44N (Level 4 Communication) or higher.

Classroom: Scott Room 205

Meeting times & days: Tuesday & Thursday 08:00-10:20 am

Textbooks: Real Reading 2 by David Wiese and Orphan Train Riders by Andrea Warren (both textbooks are required).

Required Materials: English/English dictionary (if you do not have a paper dictionary, now is the time to get one. I recommend the Newbury House Dictionary + Grammar Reference (5th edition) that is being sold in the bookstore. Many of your other classes in Level 5, 6 and 7 will require you to have a paper dictionary); 2-language dictionary, notebook paper, a 3-ring binder for handouts and a highlighter.

Laura's office: Tabor Room 136 (my office will be moving to Scott Room 106 during the term - I will tell you when that happens)

Office hours: Tuesday & Thursday 10:30-11:30 or by appointment.

Office phone: (971) 722-6221

Email: (the BEST way to contact me)

Course Goals:This class is designed to help students to be able to read and understand written English at a higher level, so that they will get closer to having college-level reading skills. It is not unusual for students to take this class twice. Successful students will go on to take ESOL 160 (Level 6 Academic Reading).

Course Requirements:

1. Attendance is very important! If you miss more than 4 classes, your final grade may be lowered by one whole letter grade. One of the best ways to succeed in school is to always come to class. This is a good habit to develop right now! We will be covering a lot of material in every class meeting. If you miss one class, you will get behind.

2. Being on time to class and coming to class prepared are also both very important. Coming to class late is not polite to the other students or to your teacher. Please try to be 5 minutes early to class, so you are ready to begin class on time. Lateness will hurt your grade. Also, if you routinely come to class without your assignments completed, you can expect to fail this class. Many of our class activities depend on you doing your homework before class!

3. Your cell phone must be turned off or on "vibrate" as soon as you come into the classroom. If you must answer an urgent phone call, please quietly leave the classroom. During tests, you must never touch or look at your cell phone.

4. Bring your textbook, a paper dictionary, and notebook paper to every class meeting. You are responsible for keeping every handout I give you. I do not make extra copies, so don't lose any handouts!

5. Part of your grade for this class will be based on your active participation in class activities and projects. Don't expect to come to class and just sit quietly. In the U.S., students are expected to work with a partner or in small groups cheerfully and actively. A bad attitude about group work could hurt your grade.

6. All makeup work is the responsibility of the student. If you have to miss a class due to illness or other urgent reasons, e-mail me and let me know! We can discuss what you missed and what you need to do to get "caught up." It's also a good idea for each of you to get the telephone number of 2 other people in this class so that you can get more detailed information about what happened in class when you were absent.

Name: _____________ Phone: __________ Email: _____________

Name: _____________Phone: ___________Email: _____________

7 Speaking of email, please get into the habit of logging into your MyPCC account at least twice a week every week during this term. I will be posting some class material or information online through MyPCC. Always check your email and our class area (click on the "My Courses" tab and then "My Consolidated Courses" to get there).   

8. Try to complete all assignments on time. The more you put into this class, the more you will learn.  Late papers will be accepted with instructor approval, but points will be subtracted. If you have problems doing your assignments, come and talk to me. Don't wait!

9. You will be expected to take quizzes and exams at scheduled times. Do not come to me on a day of the test and ask to be excused. If you are absent on the day of a test, you will be expected to take it the next time I see you. No excuses. You must finish any test during the time we have for a test, so practice reading fast this term.

10. I do not give early final exams (except in emergencies...a vacation is NOT an emergency). Therefore, if you do not plan to be in Oregon on Thursday, August 21st, you should not take this class. If you discover that you'll need a late final exam (because you have 3 exams on Thursday), you must notify me before the end of week 7 (by August 8th), so I can prepare a separate final exam for you.


Getting Into or Dropping This Class: Students who do not come to the first day of class may not be allowed to continue in this class. If you decide to drop this class, remember to do that by the end of the first week (June 27th).

Academic Integrity Statement: PCC does not allow or tolerate students cheating. If I catch you cheating on a test or suspect that you have given me homework that you did not do yourself, then I will either not give you credit for that test/assignment, or I will give you an F for that test/assignment. This will negatively affect your final grade for this class.

Student Rights and Responsibilities: students are required to follow what is in the Student Rights and Responsibilities web page. This web page includes the Code of Student Conduct and the Academic Integrity Policy. Part of your responsibility a a student is to be respectful and not to distract your classmates from learning. Another responsibility is to cooperate with me and work well with your classmates. Our goal is to work together to have a good classroom environment where everyone can learn.


Grading Policy: Grading will be based on individual improvement and effort, participation in class, homework assignments, tests and attendance. If you are taking this class for credit, you will receive a letter grade for the class: An A (90-100%) is great, a B (80-89%) is good, a C (75-79%) is passing, but a low C (70-74%), a D or F grades means that you must repeat this class. I have been teaching long enough to know that students who get a C in a previous level often fail the next level. That's why you must have at least 75% to go to Level 6.  If you want to change your grade from a letter grade to a P/NP (pass/n opass), you must go into MyPCC and choose this option during the first 80% of the class (to be safe, I'd do this by August 1st). If you are taking this class for noncredit, you will see one of these marks instead of a grade: CM (complete, for students earning 75% or higher), PR (progressing, for students earning 74% or lower), L (left, for students who leave the class before the end of week 6), or UP (non-progressing, for students who are showing no progress and who must leave PCC's ESOL program). To go to Level 6 Academic Reading, you must get a CM if you are taking this class noncredit. All tests will be announced in advance, and you will be given an explanation of what the test will cover. Students who do not complete assignments, take examinations or participate in classroom activities will not pass this class. In addition, students must pass the final exam in order to pass this class.

Withdrawing from class: Sometimes emergencies happen, and it may be necessary for a student to withdraw from class. The last day to withdraw from class (this is done online) is anytime during the first 80% of the class (to be safe, I'd do this by August 1st).

ADA Statement: PCC is committed to supporting all students. Every student will have the same opportunity for success in this class. I expect everyone to participate actively in class and to listen with respect to every classmate. If you have an accommodation from Disability Services (DS), please make arrangements to meet with me privately to discuss your needs. Accommodations are not retroactive. Accommodations begin when the instructor receives the DS Approved Academic Accommodations email. To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please go online or call 971-722-6340 to make an appointment with a DS counselor.

Important Dates:

Midterm Exam: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Final Project Presentations: Thursday, August 14, 2014 and Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Final exam: Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 08:00 to 10:00.

Please note that this exam schedule (except for the final exam) may be changed because of institutional, weather or class problems/needs.


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