Speaking and Listening for Civic Engagement
Class Syllabus ESL 085/086 Spring Quarter 2012
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
9:30am to 12:20pm
April 2 to June 13 (no school on 5/28)
Nancy E. McEachran
Phone: (425) 564-2747 (message machine)
Office Hours: Wednesday afternoons from 12:30pm to 1:30pm or by
The purpose of this class is to improve English speaking and listening skills and to learn about: (a) United States history, (b) leadership ,( c) academic research skills, and (d) the culture of the United States and other countries.
For these topics at the end of the quarter, students should be able to:
Speak So Others Can Understand
· Tell the purpose for communicating
· Effectively organize your speaking and speak clearly to the listener
· Pay attention to grammar, vocabulary, pace, and gesture when speaking
· Use different strategies (plans) to help you speak better
· Pay careful attention to oral information
· Clarify the purpose for listening
· Use different strategies (plans) to help you listen better
· Use previous information to understand the purpose of listening
The college’s Affirmation of Inclusion is posted in each classroom and states that we will all treat one another with respect and dignity regardless of whether or not we agree in our opinions and ideas. This expectation of respecting differences is linked with the principle of free speech in a free society: We have the right to express unpopular ideas as long as we don’t show disrespect for people who might believe differently. A copy of the Affirmation of Inclusion is attached to this syllabus.
Professional student behavior includes respect toward the instructor, classmates, and the class itself. Disruptive behavior is disrespectful behavior. The Arts and Humanities Division honors the right of its faculty to define “disruptive behavior.” Some examples of disruptive behavior are arriving late and leaving early with no explanation, talking while others are trying to hear the instructor or class members, doing homework in class, talking on cell phones and texting in class, or making inappropriate and impolite comments. This behavior interrupts the educational process. If you are not sure about a behavior, make an appointment to talk with your instructor.
· Regular class attendance is expected. Come to class on time. Call or email me if you need to miss class because of an illness or an emergency.
· Unexcused absences, frequent absences or missing pre/post testing may prevent re-enrollment in the next quarter’s class.
· Bring to class your dictionary, a notebook, paper, pencil, and pens.
· Complete all classwork and homework. Students will work individually and in groups. Be prepared to complete both individual and group work assignments.
· Ask questions or request clarification about topics, activities, assignments in class and homework.
· Place your finished work and homework in the class folder marked homework. At times I will mark your work with these symbols and/or numbers:
4 or +………………...Excellent
3 or √ +……………....Good
2 or √ ………………..Needs more work
1 or √-………………..Beginning
· Please keep in your folder the ESL program paperwork (such as the ARM sheet) and samples of your best work.
I will bring books and handouts to class for you to use in the classroom and at home. We will also use library books and online resources. Bring a dictionary to every class session. You will also need a notebook for keeping your class notes and glossary.
The students in this program often like to do nice things for their teachers at the end of the quarter. Cards, flowers, and food are good ways to thank your teacher. You do not need to buy your teacher a gift or give money.
If you have medical information to share with me in the event of an emergency, please contact me via email or come to see me during office hours. Emergency preparedness is important!
If you need course modifications / adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, I can refer you to our Disability Resource Center (DRC).
If you prefer, you may contact them directly by going to B132 or by calling 425.564.2498 or TTY 425.564.4110. Information is also available on their website at