Bellevue Community College
English Language Institute—University Preparation
Read & React 4C / Winter 2007 (January 4 – March 16)
Instructor: Rebecca Banset
Class meeting times and locations: MTWRF / 2:30 – 3:20 p.m. / Room C205
Message Phone: (425) 564-2341
Office Location: Room C227
Office Hours: 11:30 – 12:30 MTWRF and by appointment
This course is designed to help you strengthen your academic reading and critical thinking skills.
Required Texts and Materials
The following texts and materials are required for this course:
▪ Concepts for Today by Smith and Mare
▪ The Giver by Lois Lowry
▪ A binder or folder to keep all notes, handouts, and assignments
▪ An English-English dictionary
You should bring a pen or pencil, paper, and your textbooks to every class session.
To be successful in this class, you should:
- attend every class session
- come to class on time
- stay for the entire class period
- talk to me if you miss class for any reason
- complete required readings and homework before class
- bring a pen or pencil, paper for taking notes, and your books to every class session
- TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE before you enter the classroom
- actively participate in class by listening carefully, answering questions, working with your classmates, and asking questions when you don’t understand
Daily Homework Assignments
You will be expected to do work outside of class. Plan to spend approximately 30 minutes outside of class every day to complete reading selections, do exercises from our textbook, complete vocabulary exercises, do short writing assignments, and prepare for quizzes. You will receive points on the homework assignments I collect. I will take off points for late assignments.
There will be a quiz at the start of class every Friday. Each quiz will be worth 10 points and will consist of questions about the reading assignments and vocabulary that we study in class each week. Only ONE make-up quiz will be allowed for the quarter.
Midterm and Final Exams
A midterm exam is scheduled for Monday, February 5th. This exam will cover all of the readings and vocabulary we study during the first half of class. A final exam is scheduled for Friday, March 16th. This exam will cover all of the readings and vocabulary we study during the second half of the quarter. Each exam will be worth 50 points. Study guides will be provided at least one week before each exam. Early exams will not be given.
I will add up all of the points you receive on homework assignments, in-class assignments, quizzes, and exams, and I will divide by the total points possible in order to arrive at your final percentage grade. Your final letter grade will be determined using the following scale:
93 – 100% A (excellent)
84 – 92 % B (good)
75 – 83% C (satisfactory)
0 – 74% D (repeat class, good effort)
0 – 74% F (repeat class, unsatisfactory effort)
You must have a final percentage of 75% or higher to pass this class.
Important Dates / Holidays
January 15 No Classes—Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 8 Mid-Quarter
February 19 No Classes—President’s Day
March 2 No Classes—Professional Development Day
March 15 & 16 Finals
March 16 Last Day of Classes
If you need special help because of a medical problem, have emergency medical information that I should know, or need special help in case of an emergency, please come talk to me as soon as possible. If you want information about help for medical problems, please call 425-564-2498, or go to the Disability Support Services office in B132.