Spring Quarter 2010
Instructor: Mark Paulson.
Message phone: (425) 564-3142
Office: R130 Office hours: after 4:30pm, by appointment
Required Texts and Supplies: Face the Issues by Carol Numrich.
8 ˝ x 11 white, lined paper for all written work
Black or blue pen or a pencil for all written work
Course Description: This class will help you to listen and speak better by learning vocabulary, note taking, conversation techniques and listening and speaking skills and practicing them daily. You will do several oral presentations, both individual and group, and take several listening tests throughout the quarter.
Course Goals: At the end of this class, you should be able to:
Attendance: Try to come to class every day unless you are sick. Absences and tardies will be deducted from your participation grade. Students who miss class 12 times will receive a grade of “F.” Students who miss class 10 or 11 times will receive a grade of no higher than “D.”
Arriving Late: Try to come to class on time. If you are more than 5 minutes late, this will be counted as a tardy. Three tardies of 10 minutes or more will be equal to missing one entire class. Absences and tardies will be deducted from your participation grade.
Homework: Prepare your homework before class and be ready to turn it in or discuss it at the beginning of class on the due date. You should expect to spend 1-2 hours on homework for every hour of class time. The more effort and time you put into your homework, the more you will learn and get out of it. If you are absent, turn in your homework on your first day back, and it will not be late. If you turn in homework late, the grade will go down 10% each day. You should e-mail or call a classmate to get the assignments that you miss.
Participation: Participation means coming to class every day, doing your work, asking and answering questions. You are responsible for your learning, and I expect you to actively participate in every aspect of the class, the assignments and the textbook.
Grades: You will receive grades both at mid-term and at the end of the quarter. Your grade will depend on the quality of your work, your effort, and your ability. Points will be subtracted for assignments turned in late. Your grade will be based on 50% speaking ability and 50% listening ability.
In order to pass this class, you must have an average score of at least 75% on all course work and the final exam. If you do not pass the final exam, your grade will be lowered by one.
The grade you earn will be based on the following:
· Attendance, homework, classwork and participation* 20%
· Listening Assignments and Tests 40%
· Speaking Presentations 40%
*No using cell phones during class. Repeated problems with cell phones going off in class or texting will result in loss of participation points.
*Note: Cheating, stealing and plagiarizing (using the ideas or words of another as one’s own without crediting the source) and inappropriate/disruptive classroom behavior are violations of the Student Code of Conduct at Bellevue College. Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to: talking out of turn, arriving late or leaving early without a valid reason, allowing cell phones/pagers to ring, and inappropriate behavior toward the instructor or classmates. The instructor can refer any violation of the Student Code of Conduct to the Dean of Student Services for possible probation or suspension from Bellevue Community College.
D=below 75% (Good effort but have not mastered the skills in level 4 – repeat level 4)
F=below 75% (Unsatisfactory effort and have not mastered the skills in level 4 –
repeat level 4)
Evaluation: You must pass your final exams and successfully complete all of your assignments to move up to Level 5. Your final exams will be an in-class listening test and an individual speaking interview with me during the last week of class. If you do not pass the final exam, your grade will be lowered by one.
Tips for Success:
1. Come to class on time.
2. Bring your own materials to class every day.
3. Have your homework done on time, and get extra help when needed.
4. Speak English only in class.
5. Tell me immediately if you do not understand something.
6. Always do your own work; DO NOT plagiarize (copy) from other students.
7. See or e-mail your instructor when you are unsure about a lesson or an assignment.
8. Talk to a classmate or to the instructor when you are absent in order to get caught up.
9. Be respectful of your classmates and your instructor.
10. Do your best!
Other: Please refer to the Arts and Humanities Student Procedures and Expectations www.bellevuecollege.edu/artshum/studentinfo.asp for all other information.
Calendar: (subject to change)*
May 4: Midterm (tentative date) Jun 10: Final Exam, 3:30pm
May 21: UP Institutional TOEFL Jun 11: End of Quarter Party, 1:30pm
May 31: No classes – Memorial Day Holiday