ACADEMIC PREPARATION: SPECIAL TOPICS: BRIDGE
Fall Quarter 2011
Instructor: Shannon King
Class: Monday-Friday; 1:30-3:20
Text: Raise the Issues, 3rd edition, an English-English dictionary (no internet devices)
Office Phone: (425) 564-3403 Office hours: by appointment, C227
The goal of this class is to help you develop the skills you will need to succeed in academic classes. We will focus on active listening, note taking, summarizing and giving reactions both in speech and writing, reading, speaking, critical thinking, and study skills. In addition, students will be expected to attend and observe 7 different credit classes beginning the third week of the quarter. You will ask and get permission from the instructors of the classes you choose to visit. After the observation, you will get a signature from the instructor and write a report about what you observed.
Our textbook provides a good source of reading, listening and discussion topics and activities, and we will extend those topics with information from other sources including videos, magazine articles, and the Internet. Topic extension homework will also be assigned and may include summary/response reports, vocabulary study, and short oral reports.
It is important to be active in all class activities by reading the assigned texts, attending class regularly, and asking and answering questions.
You will be required to create a BC email account if you don’t already have one. You will be expected to communicate with many BC faculty members when you set up your observation classes and will need to use only your BC email account.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
Listening and Speaking
Listen for specific information in an academic lecture in a variety of content areas
Summarize lectures through discussion
Participate appropriately in small and large group discussions
Plan, organize, and deliver effective presentations: individual and group
Take reading notes in a variety of content areas
Make an outline of a reading passage
Recognize the organization of a passage
Distinguish fact from opinion
Use skimming and scanning to quickly find information
Use the index and appendix of a text effectively
Identify points of view and audience
Infer meaning through tone, voice, vocabulary, etc.
Respond critically in both oral and written responses to a reading and/or lecture
Formulate logical questions to a reading and/or lecture
Make and evaluate inferences
Understand the difference and application of inductive and deductive reasoning
Use self evaluation as a tool increase learning and academic success
Learn and apply the difference between summarizing and paraphrasing
Decide which parts of source material are important for both summarizing and paraphrasing
Paraphrase using different grammar and vocabulary
Use verbs which indicate they are summarizing: suggest, report, argue, question, conclude
Synthesize by grouping connected ideas from various sources
Organize sentences into logical paragraphs and combine them into one continuous piece of writing
Include original ideas
Use MLA format for quoting, footnoting
Recognize what constitutes plagiarism
Recognize and explain teacher expectations through syllabi analysis
Understand how to organize and review material prior to an exam
Understand how to employ test taking strategies: objective, subjective
Use time management skills
Reduce test anxiety
Learn from their exams: evaluate their preparation, learn from their mistakes, and get help for the next exam
Grading: Failure to achieve a passing score in academic areas* will result in failure of the class, regardless of overall average.
NParticipation means being in class on time and prepared, actively speaking out in class without waiting to be called on, asking questions, behaving in a respectful manner with the instructor and peers, and joining group discussions.
All written assignments unless otherwise stated should be typed, double-spaced and in size 12 font. All written work should have your full name/date/assignment listed in the upper right corner.
For non-typed assignments, the paper used in this class must be college-ruled, 8 ½ x 11, and white. I will not accept any assignments on paper of a different size or color.
to a liberal arts education is an open-minded tolerance for ideas and modes of
expression that might conflict with one’s personal values. By being
exposed to such ideas or expressions, students are not expected to endorse or
adopt them but rather to understand that they are part of the free flow of
information upon which higher education depends.
To this end, you may find that class requirements may include engaging certain materials, such as books, films, and art work, which may, in whole or in part, offend you. These materials are equivalent to required texts and are essential to the course content. If you decline to engage the required material by not reading, viewing, or performing material you consider offensive, you will still be required to meet class requirements in order to earn credit. This may require responding to the content of the material, and you may not be able to fully participate in required class discussions, exams, or assignments
Bellevue College is committed to maintaining an environment in which every member of the campus community feels welcome to participate in the life of the college, free from harassment and discrimination.
We value our different backgrounds at Bellevue College, and students, faculty, staff members, and administrators are to treat one another with dignity and respect. http://bellevuecollege.edu/about/goals/inclusion.asp
There are no make-ups for tests. Make-up tests will only be available to students with medical or advisor’s written excuse.
Plagiarism and cheating
Students are in ELI classes to learn English and ELI teachers are here to help them. Cheating makes that harder for both the students and the teachers. There are different kinds of cheating: plagiarism, “borrowing” a classmate’s homework (partially or wholly), using an essay or a presentation from a previous quarter, using “cheat notes”, and copying answers from classmates’ papers during tests.
Plagiarism is using someone else’s words or ideas as your own in both writing and oral presentations. It is cheating and is not acceptable in American classes.
Examples of plagiarism are:
If you plagiarize:
No Classes 10/26, 11/11, 11/25, 11/26
Students who receive a quarterly GPA of below 2.0 or receive an “F” have two options:
Students who fall below 2.0 for a second time must leave the program.
Students cannot enroll in Bridge for a third time under any circumstances.
If you require accommodation based on a documented disability, have emergency information to share, or need special arrangements in case of emergency evacuation; please make an appointment with DRC (Disability Resource Center.) If you would like to inquire about becoming a DRC student, you may call 425-564-2498 or go in person to the DRC program office in B132.
Other: Please refer to the Arts and Humanities Student Procedures and Expectations www.bellevuecollege.edu/artsum/studentinfo.asp for all other information.