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ESOL 42/ESOL 42N: Level 4 Writing

Spring Term 2015

CRN: 22659 (noncredit); 22680 (credit)

Instructor: Laura A. Horani

Course Description: Students will develop intermediate writing skills and be introduced to the writing process. Students will write descriptive and narrative paragraphs and formal letters. Students will also have a review of basic grammar. Writing and grammar will be taught in the context of communicating in adult life roles.

Prerequisite: Compass ESL placement test; concurrent placement in ESOL 40 and 44 or higher.

Classroom: SE Campus Scott 204

Class Days and Times: 8:00-9:50 a.m. Monday & Wednesdays

Textbook: Writing Power 1 by Karen Blanchard

Required Materials: 2-language dictionary, pen/pencil, notebook paper, a blue book for journaling (you may need two), and a paper folder with pockets.

Laura's office: SE Campus, Scott 106f (inside Scott 106)

Office hours: 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday, or by appointment.

Office phone number: (971) 722-6221. If I don't answer, please leave a message.

E-mail address:

Class Goals:

A.     Grammar
- recognize and begin to use basic sentence patterns competently

 - use simple and compound sentences; recognize and begin to use complex sentences

 -get better at using and recognizing various verb tenses such as simple present, simple past (including irregular past tense verbs), past with “used to,” future with “going to,” future with “will,” present continuous, and past continuous

-use yes/no and “wh-“ questions

-use modals (possibility, necessity, advice) in the future and present

-use there is/there are

-recognize and begin to use two-word verbs

-improve your understanding and use of pronouns, count and noncount nouns, articles, and adjectives.

B. Mechanics

-identify and use capitalization, margins, and paragraph indentations

-recognize and use spelling rules and common spelling patterns

-use basic punctuation (periods, commas, question marks, quotation marks)

C. Writing Process
- use prewriting skills, including brainstorming, group discussion of topics, narrowing a topic, and outlining

-revise and edit a draft, understanding error correction symbols and use self- and peer-editing strategies

-organize a paragraph correctly, using a topic sentence, supporting details and examples, coherence and unity

-use correct format for a letter and a paragraph

D.    Critical Thinking Skills

-use supplemental readings to obtain ideas and vocabulary for writing assignments

-avoid plagiarism

-distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information

Class Rules:

Follow these rules so that you will be successful in this class.

1. Attendance is very important! If you miss more than 4 hours, for any reason, including personal illness, family illness, religious holidays, work, doctor appointments or vacations, your final grade may be lowered. This could cause you to fail the class. Also, if you miss more than 8 hours of class time, you will most likely automatically fail this class. I will try to work with you whenever possible, but this is ESOL department policy.

2. Being on time is important to your success at PCC and your life in the U.S. Our class starts at 8:00 a.m. and that is when I expect you to be here. If that is a problem for you, you should take this class some other time. If our class is having trouble with being on time, I will start each class with a quiz. If you are here at 8:00 a.m., you will be able to take it. If you are not, you will lose points. You need to be able to stay for the entire class. If you leave early, it will count as a partial absence.

3. Because this is a large class, you will often have an assigned seat in a different part of the room. Look for your name card on the desk when you come to class. Because we often work with a partner and in small groups, you will be expected to move around when I tell you to do so. Part of being a successful student involves listening to and following your instructor's directions.

4. Being prepared when you come to class is also important. This means it is necessary for you to study and do your homework at home. If you usually come to class without your homework, you will fail this class. Some of our class activities depend on you doing your homework before class!

5. One kind of homework that you always want to bring on the day it is due is your writing. Why? We will have students from Writing 121 come and join us this term to look at your writing and give you advice. This is a very fun and special chance for you to meet native-English speakers and former ESOL students who are now in the top writing class at PCC. You may also have an opportunity to be interviewed by these students outside of class because they have to write a paper about someone from another culture.

6. All makeup work is the responsibility of the student. That's you! If you have to miss class because of illness or another urgent reason, e-mail or call me to let me know. I can tell you 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 or e-mail address of 2 other people in this class just in case you feel too shy to talk to me.

Name: ____________   E-mail: _______________ Phone: ______________

Name: ____________   E-mail: _______________ Phone: ______________

7. If you need extra help, there is FREE tutoring available in the SE Tutoring Center on the first floor of the library. Tutoring will start on Wednesday of Week 1. You can pick up a schedule in the Tutoring Center.

8. You will be expected to take quizzes, tests and our final exam at the scheduled time. Our final exam will be on Wednesday, June 10th from 8:00-9:50a.m., so don't leave for vacation until AFTER this date.

General PCC Policies:

Getting into or dropping this class: Students who do not come to the first night of class may not be allowed to continue in this class. If you need to add this class, and there is room, I will enter permission online, but then you must register yourself and PAY for this class at the Student Account Services window in the SCOMM building by 4:00 p.m. April 3, 2015.

Students may attend this class only if they are registered. Students who are unable to attend must drop this class online or by going to the Registration window in the SCOMM building. To have the tuition charges removed, you must drop the class by Friday, April 3rd (the drop deadline on MyPCC and in the Class Schedule). Please let me know if you need help doing this.

Students who stop attending class between April 6 and May 23 without dropping the class will receive an L (for noncredit students). If you are a credit student and you decide to withdraw from class, this is something that you must do online by May 23, 2015. Then you receive a W mark on your transcript. If you are a credit student, and you stop coming to class without withdrawing, I have no choice but to give you a failing grade. Students who stop coming to class after April 6th are still required to pay for this class.

Academic Integrity Statement: PCC does not allow students to cheat. Cheating includes "helping" your classmate or friend during a quiz, test or exam. It also includes copying someone's homework. If I catch you doing this, or if I even suspect that you've done this, you will receive 0 credit for the test or assignment. This will negatively affect your final grade for this class. It could even cause you to fail this class. It's just not worth it!!

Grading Policy: Grading will be based on individual improvement and effort, participation in class, homework assignments, quizzes/tests, and attendance.  All tests will be announced in advance, and you will be given an explanation of what the test will cover.  All work must be handed in on time.  Late work will receive a 10% reduction each day unless you have talked with me BEFORE the due date. Students who do not complete assignments, take tests, or participate in classroom activities will not pass this class.  Students must pass the final exam to pass the class.

Final Grades for this class:

1) For students who are taking this class as a non-credit one, here are a list of the types of grades given:

CM - means you have successfully completed the level and are ready to go to Level 5. Your class grade at the end of the term is 75% (C) or higher.

PR- means you need to stay one more term in this Level 4 class. Your class grade totals 74% or less.

L - means you left the class before the term was finished.

2) If you are taking this class for credit, then A, B, and C are passing grades while D and F are non-passing grades. You can also take this class pass/no pass (P/NP). You must have at least a 75% (C) at the end of the term to pass. You can change your grade option from a letter grade to P/NP (or from P/NP to a letter grade) any time until May 23, 2015.

ADA Statement: If you have a disability and require specific instructional accommodations, please go see Disability Services immediately and then let me know within the first two weeks of the term.

Equal Opportunity: Every student will have an equal opportunity for success in this class. I expect everyone to participate actively in class, to behave politely, and to listen with respect to your instructor and to each classmate. Students are expected to follow the rules in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.

PCC Instructors are state employees. We cannot accept more than $50 in gifts per year. I am already at my $50.00 limit. Please do not give me gifts. Thank you cards are always welcome, or you can donate money to the ESOL Fund through the PCC Foundation.

Important Dates:

First in-class writing: Monday, March 30, 2015

Grammar diagnostic test: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

These first two activities are not graded, but I still want you to try your very best! The results will help me get to know you.

Midterm In-class writing: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Midterm Grammar Test: Monday, May 4, 2015

NO CLASS on Monday, May 25th - PCC is closed for Memorial Day.

Final in-class writing: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Final exam (grammar only): Wednesday, June 10, 2015 8:00-9:50 a.m.

Please note that the above schedule of assignments and tests  (except for the final exam) may be changed because of institutional, weather or class problems/needs.
PCC SE Campus
2305 SE 82nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97216


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