ELIUP 061 * INTEGRATED SKILLS 4 B
Instructors: Carol McKee Wendy Pickering
Office Phones: (425) 564-4038 (425) 564-3143
Office Locale: C 227 B C 227 A
Writing Academic English, 4th ed., by Oshima and Hogue
Voices and Values, by Janet Goldstein
A 3-ring binder for organizing your homework and handouts
8 1/2” x 11” college rule paper
3 or 4 Blue Books from the student book store
Note: No used textbooks or Instructor Editions will be allowed. If you have a textbook with the answers in it, I will ask you to buy a new copy from the bookstore.
This is an integrated skills class that focuses on developing your academic reading and writing skills. You will write several essays throughout the quarter, some in-class and some outside of class. You will learn about the writing process from start to finish and practice other types of writing such as free writing, response writing and summaries. You will learn to use self and peer editing skills to improve your writing. You will also work on your academic reading skills to help you become a stronger reader and a more critical thinker. You will refine your understanding and use of English grammar and sentence construction as well. In short, this class will help you acquire the academic skills needed to succeed in credit classes.
This will be a class taught by two instructors. Carol will be teaching the first half of the quarter and Wendy the second. The instructors have worked closely together to plan the course and throughout the quarter will share information about the progress of students and what has been taught to help provide a smooth transition at midterm.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
· Writing Skills:
o Write effective introductions and conclusions.
o Write clear thesis statements and topic sentences.
o Develop and organize ideas.
o Use examples and details for support.
o Compose with unity and coherence (within and between paragraphs)
o Edit and proofread.
o Recognize and use correct structure.
o Recognize and use correct grammar and mechanics.
o Develop sentence variety.
· Reading Skills
o Increase speed and comprehension of reading materials.
o Identify main ideas.
o Improve comprehension of vocabulary in context.
o Respond critically to readings.
o Acquire academic vocabulary.
o Analyze and synthesize information.
To pass this class, you must receive at least a 75% writing grade and 75% reading grade and pass the final exam. Grades will be based on the following:
Participation, Attitude and Effort 10%
Reading and Editing Quizzes 30%
Essay Tests 40%
Grading Scale: A = 93 – 100
B = 84 – 92
C = 75 - 83
D = 0 – 74 (Good Effort)
F = 0 – 74 (Poor Effort)
You should plan to attend class every day and arrive on time. If you are absent 8 days, you will receive a “D.” More than 8 absences will mean an “F” grade and possible dismissal from the program.
All out-of-class essays, response writings, and summaries must be typed and in the following format: double-spaced; size 12 font; 1 inch margins; centered title; full name, date, and assignment name in the upper right hand corner.
Assignments lose 10% of their value per day late. No homework will be accepted more than two days after the due date. All assignments are due AT THE BEGINNING of the class period. All assignments must be in hard copy form. Print before coming to class. Always back up your work.
Keep all assignments and written work well-organized in a three-ring binder. Keep track of your progress in each area of class.
DO YOUR OWN WORK! If I believe you have not written your assignment on your own, I will ask you to do it again. Do not have others do your editing for you. Any plagiarized work will be returned ungraded.
Contact the instructor through phone or email when absent of if you have a question about an assignment.
If you need extra help, talk to your instructor about coming in during my office hours.
Make-up tests are not given unless you have a note from the doctor or serious extenuating circumstances that prevented you from being present in class. Please talk to your instructor in advance if you know you are going to miss class for any reason.
The ELI does not give early final exams. Please plan to stay until the last day of the quarter. Students who do not take the final exam will have their grade lowered by one full grade.
Come to class on time every day and participate fully.
Bring your books with you every day unless told not to.
Read teacher feedback carefully and respond appropriately.
Recommendations will be happily given to students receiving an A or B grade in this class. A three-day notice is needed.
No cell phones, beepers, headphones, eating or gum chewing in class, please. When you enter the classroom, it is time to prepare your mind for learning. There should be no distractions from the learning environment. Thank you.
Use college appropriate behavior in the classroom.
Be positive. J
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 425-564-2498 or go to the DSS office in B 132.