3:30-4:20 M-F, R110C
Instructor:† Shannon King
Message phone: (425) 802-7439 BEFORE 8:00 PM
Office: C227† Office hours TW 10:15-12:30
About the Course
Required Texts and Supplies: †Contemporary Topics 2 Second Edition
This course is designed to improve your speaking and listening skills.† Through this course you will achieve success in the following outcomes:
∑ Ask questions based on lectures, presentations, and assigned readings
∑ Initiate and participate in discussions
∑ Synthesize information and articulate a new point of view giving reasons and evidence for support
∑ Speak clearly and grammatically
∑ Brainstorm, outline, and record on note cards the ideas to be presented
∑ Prepare clear visual aids to support the main points of the presentation
∑ Have a clear organization (intro, body, conclusion) to introduce and explain main points, key terminology and concepts
∑ Elicit questions from audience to determine their understanding and respond adequately to questions from the audience
∑ Show appropriate eye contact and listening signals and use observed gestures, emphasis, and tools in interpreting the exact meaning of a speakerís message
∑ Anticipate topics and questions, Identify speakers from taped lectures
∑ Take useful notes from lectures and/or videotaped programs or movies, identifying main ideas and supporting details, answer factual questions based on lecture/program notes and summarize orally
∑ Identify mood and tone
∑ Derive meaning from grammar
Welcome to the class.† I look forward to working with you.† Good luck!
* Participation in this class is crucial to improving your skills.† Participation means that you ask questions, volunteer answers (not only when I call on you), lead discussions, and share your ideas with me and with your classmates. Donít be shy about asking questions. Donít wait for me to call on you for an answer.† Volunteer!
Grading Scale (%): A = 93-100
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† B = 84-92
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C = 75-83
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† D = 0-74 (repeat level; good effort)
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† F = 0-74 (repeat level; unsatisfactory effort)
Please turn in your homework on the day it is due. If you are absent, turn it in on your first day back, and it will not be late. If you turn in homework late, the grade will drop 10% each day it is late. Homework turned in more than two days late will not be accepted.† If you are ill, email me or call before class.† Tests will have to be made up from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 within 2 days of the absence.† You are responsible for making the arrangements.
BCC Attendance Policy:
We will de a variety of activities in and out of the classroom. †Your grade is determined by the following activities.
Coffee Hour Friday (10%)
4 Quizzes (20%)
Final Exam (10%)†
3 Presentations (30%):† You will give a total of 3 presentations of increasing complexity during the quarter.† You will utilize visual aids and research.†
Participation, Attitude, Effort (20%):† You are expected to participate in class as well as show significant effort in your independent work.† Failure to participate or turn in homework, or engaging in disrespectful behavior will reduce your grade.
Please read your syllabus.† If you have questions, ask as soon as possible.† When you have read and understand your syllabus, sign this sheet and turn it in to your instructor.† Turn this sheet in no later than Monday, April 3, 2008.
I have read and understand this syllabus.† I understand that I am responsible for the information in this syllabus.†
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†††††††††††††† How to Succeed in this Course†††††††††††
1.† Participate.† Join in the class.† Be respectful and active.
2.† Ask questions immediately.† If you donít understand something I say or something you read, ask me about it. †Donít wait to ask later.† You might forget your question!† J
3.† Plan.† Donít wait until the last minute to do your work.† Plan your time so that you arenít rushed and so that you can ask questions before an assignment is due.
4.† Give me feedback.† If something is very difficult or needs to be explained more, please tell me.† I am happy to go over the lessons again.† Likewise, if you really enjoy something that we do, let me know.
5.† Make appointments for extra help.† If you find that you are struggling with something we are working on, make an appointment to see me for some extra support.† I am ALWAYS happy to meet with students.† Remember, you are responsible for your own learning. If you need help, it is up to you to ask for it.
6.† Have a positive attitude.† You may not like everything that you do in all of your classes, but try to find something positive about the work.† Have a positive attitude toward your instructors and your fellow students.† You will have less stress and more fun!
7.† Share your ideas and opinions.† Interact with the reading.† Relate it to your own life.† This will help you retain the information and will help you be a better writer!
8.† Stay organized.† Keep your papers in a binder in chronological order.† This way you not only have a portfolio of your work, but you also can find assignments easily.† Also, I will be giving you a lot of supplemental handouts which you will want to reference.
9.† Do your own work.† Do not copy your friendís work or copy from a newspaper or Internet site.† Trust me, I will know.† This is plagiarism.† It is a very serious offense in United States colleges and universities.
10.† Try your hardest.† I know that you are going through a lot as students.† I know you are under a lot of pressure too.† Donít let that get you down.† Always try to do your best.