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Effective Term:
Summer 2014 through Summer 2017
Course Number:
ECE 181
Course Title:
Early Childhood Professional English B
Credit Hours:
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Course Description

ECP English B, the second term of a three-term sequence, continues an introduction to the academic English used in the fields of early childhood development and education. This course is intended for non-native speakers of English who are working toward an AAS degree in Early Education and Family Studies. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

To successfully complete ECE ___ (ECP English B), students will be able to:

  • Write a clear, satisfactory* short answer in response to a question (explanation of "satisfactory" below).

  • Write a short running observation (5 sentences minimum).

  • Demonstrate familiarity with a minimum of 3 rhetorical styles (journal; anecdotal observation; running observation; summary; self-evaluation).

  • Demonstrate ability to understand and use a core ECE vocabulary of approximately 280 words.

  • Demonstrate ability to identify grammatical structures and use them appropriately in a variety of oral and written contexts.

*Explanation of “Satisfactory” Short Answer:

An satisfactory short-answer response responds accurately to the question; uses an appropriate rhetorical style; refers to source material when needed; uses tense appropriately and consistently; uses subject-appropriate vocabulary; demonstrates 70% grammatical accuracy; is typed; is a minimum of 60 words in length. 

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will write and revise a minimum of four out-of-class short-answer responses using a variety of rhetorical styles; pass a minimum of 8 vocabulary quizzes; demonstrate familiarity with grammatical constructions; pass a midterm and a final exam. 

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Grammar and Mechanics
    Rhetorical Skills
  • Critical Thinking

Competencies and Skills:

A.  Grammar and Mechanics 

  1. Infinitives and modals
  2. Nouns: count and mass distinction, plurals
  3. The simple future and simple past tenses
  4. Correlative conjunctions (simple and compound sentences)
  5. Application of formatting, punctuation, and capitalization rules

B.  Rhetorical Skills

  1. Competently use several of the following styles: journal writing, anecdotal observation, narrative, description
  2. Use indirect quotation appropriately
  3. Competently translate brief Spanish-language passages 

C.  Critical Thinking

  1. Avoids plagiarism
  2. Distinguish between descriptive and expository writing
  3. Distinguish between objective and subjective information
  4. Use an English-English dictionary