Exploring Contemporary Issues 5A
Fall Quarter 2011
Instructor: Nance Koike
Time: M-F, 3:30 – 4:20
Office Hours: by appointment, C 227
Materials: Contemporary Topics 3, 3rd edition, Begler & Murray
White standard sized college ruled paper
English- English dictionary (not cell phone dictionaries)
You are required to set-up and use a BC e-mail account for all school correspondence. I will be unable to receive or respond to e-mail that you send from a personal e-mail address. We will discuss how you can set up a BC account during the first few days of class.
This class will help you to improve your skills in speaking, listening, note taking, research, and team building by exploring current issues and subjects.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
▪ Take effective lecture notes
▪ Answer questions based on lecture notes
▪ Identify issues
▪ Research, analyze, and present an issue
▪ Work effectively in groups
▪ Analyze and explain an issue in a conversation
▪ Paraphrase and summarize
▪ Draw conclusions
▪ Clearly express an opinion and support it with reasons and evidence
▪ Evaluate the effectiveness of a presentation
▪ Synthesize information from different sources
▪ Participate in and lead discussions
▪ Ask questions related to lectures, activities, and readings
Grading: In order to pass this class, you must achieve 75% or more based on:
· Attendance and participation 10%
· Homework/Classwork 20%
· Speaking activities, presentations 35%
· Listening Tests and Quizzes 35%
(If you miss the final listening test or project, your grade will be lowered by one letter grade)
Letters of recommendation will be written for students that maintain a B average, have good attendance, and actively participate in class. Please allow at least 3 days for this.
A = 93 -100
B = 84 - 92
C = 75 - 83
D = 0 – 74 (good effort)
F = 0 - 74 (poor effort)
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:
▪ Copying from a Web page, book or article
▪ Buying papers
▪ Copying from another student
▪ Using a friend’s paper from a previous quarter
If you plagiarize:
• First time: your teacher will work with you so that you understand what not to
• Second time: Fail the assignment
• Third time: Fail the class and be reported to the Associate
Dean of Student Services. You will possibly be asked to leave the school.
No Class: Oct. 26, Nov. 11, 24, 25
Midterm: during week 5 of the quarter
Final Writing Test Nov. 30
TOEFL Nov. 18
If you require accommodation based on a documented disability, have emergency medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case of emergency evacuation; please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.
To inquire about becoming a DSS (Disability Support Services) student, call 564-2498 or go to the DSS office located in B 132.