English 072 Developmental English (The STEPS Course)
Fall 2010 Item #0922 Section B
Instructor: Nancy Eichner
Office: R 230 Phone (message only): (425) 564-4185 Email: email@example.com
Office Hours: By appointment (usually available Mon. and Wed. before and after class)
Writing Lab: D 204 Reading Lab: D 204 (Free tutors are available at the Writing Lab.)
Weekly Writing Lab Reservation: Wednesday, 10:30 am to 12:20 pm (Bring a thumb drive on
which to save your work.)
Your goal as a student in “STEPS” (English 071, 072, 073, 074) is to learn as much English as you can to pass the tests into English 092 or 093 at the end of the quarter. Don’t be frustrated if this takes more than one quarter, or even several quarters.
You will not receive a letter grade for STEPS—you only need a “Cr” (credit) to receive credit. That means you don’t have to worry about grades. You can concentrate on learning only. You may work as hard as you want, and I will work with you as hard as you want me to.
There will be very little stress in this class; the only pressure will come from within you to learn as quickly as possible for your own improvement.
Books and Materials
(Do not buy your books until I tell you which ones to buy.)
· All students: The Impossible Will Take A Little While, edited by Paul Rogat Loeb
· The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
· Non-native speakers: Understanding and Using English Grammar:Chartbook, 4th ed., by Betty Azar
· Non-native speakers: Understanding and Using English Grammar:Workbook, 4th ed., by Betty Azar (Be sure the answers are at the back of the Workbook.)
· Native speakers: Sentence Skills: A Workbook for Writers, Form A, 8th ed., by John Langan
· All students: Collegiate dictionary (English/English)
· Non-native speakers: Good collegiate dictionary in your own language/English (computer dictionaries are sometimes not complete enough, but sometimes they are excellent).
· 1 soft folder with three metal brads (for your portfolio)
· Binder with 3 metal rings (to keep your notes and work in)
Please remember: Nothing we do in class will be for a letter grade! Everything we do will be simply to help you learn.
We will read essays, stories, and reports, and, possibly, also poetry and songs. We might also attend lectures and watch movies. We will discuss the readings, lectures, and movies. We will respond in writing to the readings, lectures, and movies.
We will do a lot of grammar exercises in class and at home. We will write essays and stories, as well as other kinds of assignments. We will practice organizing, revising, and editing our writing.
· To help you test your progress, we will have in-class writing and editing exercises each week. You will retype the part I correct and hand in that corrected draft the following week at Lab.
· You should complete at least one chapter in the grammar workbook each week. Depending on the needs of the class, I might ask you to hand in the grammar chapter at the Writing Lab. People working in the Langan book are encouraged to work through their entire self-generated program, which will probably be more than one chapter a week.
You will check your answers at home by looking them up at the back of your book. Put a question mark next to any unclear exercises to ask me questions in class. Asking me to explain what you did not understand at home is a very important part of grammar learning in this class.
If you are working in the Langan book, you will check your Review Test answers with a group in class. Ask me about whatever is not clear. Then, take at least one Mastery Test (in the Reinforcement of Skills part of the book). Check the answers. For a chapter to be considered complete, you must complete all these steps.
· You will write three formal papers. Each paper will have three drafts (first draft, revised draft and edited draft). You will work in small workshop groups to help improve your composition and editing (grammar) skills. You will also have individual conferences with me.
· You will make 10 vocabulary cards each week (using the format I give you) and hand them in to me at the Writing Lab. Flag the words with a post-it note about whose definitions you are unsure even after looking the words up in the dictionary. I will answer your questions during lab time.
· You will complete all other assignments I give you.
You will not receive a letter grade for this course. If your work is satisfactory, you will receive a Cr (Credit). If it is not satisfactory, you will receive an NC (No Credit).
An NC will probably prevent you from receiving financial aid next quarter. If you are an international student, an NC will cause problems with your immigration status.
To receive a passing grade in the course, you must
1. Turn in all required work (on time)
2. Receive an OK or OK+ on all required work
3. Attend class.
If you are absent more than 10 times, you will not pass the course. If
you arrive late or leave early, you will lose attendance credit for that day.
Your credit grade will be based on in-class writing and editing, work in the grammar workbook, miscellaneous homework assignments, and formal papers presented in a portfolio.
Your placement into English 092 or 093 will be based on two skills: writing and reading. You will take a writing test at the end of the quarter; you will demonstrate your reading level by your Reading Lab work as well as by reading assignments and your in-class discussion of readings.
If a special problem causes you to miss class or be late for class, please feel free to explain the situation to me.
Format for Written Work
1. Type: Please word process (use a computer to type) all formal papers. If you don’t know how to word process, don’t worry. Go to the Writing Lab (D204) and teachers there will show you how. If you don’t have access to a personal computer at home, you may use the computers in the Writing Lab and Computer Lab (N Building) outside of class time.
2. Label: Please put a label in the upper left-hand corner of an assignment (called the MLA label). Write the following information on the first page:
Your First and Last Name
Kind of Assignment (for example, ESSAY 1, First Draft; or, Response to
Ackerman's "A Slender Thread" in Impossible, p. 22)
· On the second page and all ensuing pages, put the following label in the upper right-
Last Name Page Number [Example: Tran 2]
3. Staple: Staple all your papers together BEFORE you get to class. I will not accept unstapled
4. Title: Give each essay or story a title. Center the title. Capitalize the first letter of the first
word and all important words. Do not use any punctuation.
5. Margins: Leave margins of about 1 ½ inches on the sides and at the top and bottom. Most computer word processors do this automatically when they print, even if the margins don’t show on the screen.
6. Font and Size: Use a clear font (Arial, for example) and size 12 print.
7. Spell Checker: Use the spell-checker to help check your spelling. However, don’t rely on the spell-checker to find all your mistakes. Proofread all your writing.
8. Grammar Checker: Do not use the grammar checker on a computer. It is often wrong.
9. Last-Minute Corrections: If you need to make minor changes after you have printed your work, make them neatly by hand. Use dark ink, not pencil.
Because I have a part-time contract at Bellevue College and must also work elsewhere, please make an appointment with me if you need to ask questions or need some extra help outside of class time. Although my schedule is very full, I will try hard to accommodate your needs. We might both have to be creative in order to find an appointment time that will work for both of us. My office address is R 230. If you need to reach me quickly by phone, please call the English Department secretary (425-564-2341) and ask her to leave a message for me in my mailbox. If your message is not urgent, you may leave a message on my machine at (425) 564-2341 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The content of our essay collection, The Impossible Will Take A Little While, by Paul Rogat Loeb, is the topic of hope in hard times. This author lives in Seattle.
The content of our novel is a young Native American man finding confidence in his identity in a non-Native American-dominated world.
ABOUT WORK IN
THE GRAMMAR BOOKS
SENTENCE SKILLS, by John Langan (Native Speakers)
You learn the concepts by reading the information in a chapter. Do one exercise. Immediately check the answers at the back of the book. Put a question mark next to whatever you get wrong. Ask me or your study group for an explanation.
Take the Review Tests at the end of the chapter. Check your answers with your study group. Ask me for the correct answers.
Take at least one Mastery Test for the chapter. Check your answers by asking me for the answer sheet. Put an X next to whatever you get wrong. Ask me to explain the correct answer.
UNDERSTANDING AND USING ENGLISH GRAMMAR, by Betty Azar (Non-Native Speakers)
You need two books by Betty Azar:
1. the CHARTBOOK
2. the WORKBOOK
These two books go together. The CHARTBOOK contains all of the rules, examples and
explanations of the grammar which you practice in the WORKBOOK.
Read the rules in the CHARTBOOK. Then, do the corresponding exercises in the WORKBOOK. Next, check the answers at the back of the book immediately after each exercise. Put an X next to whatever you get wrong. Ask me or your study group to explain.
A chapter is complete only after you have followed all these steps: read the rules, do the exercises, check the answers, ask me for explanations.
At the end of the quarter, you will submit three essays in your Portfolio.
You should be working all quarter on improving your essays. You will have the opportunity to receive feedback and help from your writing workshop group during class. Also during class, I will work with you in individual conferences.
Please use the tutors at the Writing Lab (D204) for additional assistance:
Making an appointment is a good idea (although not a requirement).
The FIRST DRAFT of an essay is to be written as well as you can, but without worrying about grammar corrections. You will read your first draft out loud two times to your writing workshop group. Your classmates will give you feedback on the content (NOT the grammar) of your writing. What was interesting, touching, pleasing, important? What was NOT clear? Where would you need some more examples or information? What was confusing? What was effective, and why? What was not effective, and why?
The REVISED DRAFT of an essay is an improved version of its contents. Consider the feedback your workshop group and I have given you; use your own imagination and rethinking of your ideas to help you improve the writing. This is also the stage of the writing process in which you work on correct word usage and enrichment of your written expression.
The EDITED DRAFT is written when you are satisfied with the content of the essay and want to correct the mechanical language problems, such as sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling. Try to find your mistakes yourself on your final revised draft. Then, bring it to your workshop group and ask for editing feedback. Work together to find and correct mistakes. Ask me for help in class when necessary. The edited draft should, then, be the draft you present for grading in your Portfolio. It is the final draft of an essay.
Note: Bring 3 copies of a draft on WRITING WORKSHOP days. The members of your writing group need to be able to read along as you read your essay out loud.
If members of your group are not working seriously enough to satisfy your needs, change groups! It is your responsibility to get as much as possible from the feedback opportunities offered you in this class. If you need help in joining a new group, come see me.
Each draft of your essay MUST have a label in the upper left hand corner:
First and Last Name
Instructor: N. Eichner
Essay #____: FIRST DRAFT
Each essay draft must be typed, preferably on a computer (word processor), and double-spaced. The margins should be about 1 ½ inches all around. (Usually the default margins on a computer are about this size.) Use size 12 print. Please use a clear print style, such as Arial.
Also, an essay or a story always has a title, which is centered above the first line. There is no extra space between the title and the first line--it is double-spaced like the rest of the essay. Only the first letter of the first word and all the first letters of all important words of a title are capitalized. A title is NOT written in all capital letters. There is no underline or other punctuation marking a title.
You will give me a portfolio of your writing at the end of the quarter. A portfolio is a collection of your work presented in a formal way.
Here are the requirements for your portfolio presentation:
1. Use a soft folder with three fasteners.
Please, do not put your writing in plastic envelopes.
Also, do not use a binder with metal rings, or a folder with a compression strip (they fall apart too easily).
2. On the cover, print
Student: First and Last Name
Quarter and Year
Instructor: Nancy Eichner
3. Make the portfolio easy for me to read through.
· Put a divider with a tab in front of each essay.
· Make the first page a Table of Contents, giving the titles of your essays in the order you present them.
4. Put into the portfolio the two essays on which I have given placement
comments and the third essay, which serves as a kind of test and will have
no placement comments from me.
ESSAY DRAFTS, EXAM, and PLACEMENT
NOTE: Writing Lab (D204) standing class reservation--Fridays, 10:30 am - 12:20 pm
First Draft Tues., Oct. 12 Bring 3 copies--Workshops and Conferences
Wed., Oct. 13 Conferences continue at Lab. Work on revising.
Revised Draft Mon., Oct. 18 Give Nancy a copy.
Tue., Oct. 19 Error Analysis
Wed., Oct. 20 Editing Workshop at Lab
Edited Draft Mon., Oct. 25 DUE for placement feedback
First Draft Tue., Nov. 2 Bring 3 copies--Workshops and Conferences
Wed., Nov. 3 Conferences continue at Lab. Work on revising.
Revised Draft Mon., Nov. 8 Give Nancy a copy.
Tue., Nov. 9 Error Analysis
Wed., Nov. 10 Editing Workshop at Lab
Edited Draft Mon., Nov. 15 DUE for placement feedback
First Draft Tue., Nov. 23 Workshops (no conferences with Nancy)
Revised Draft Mon., Nov. 29 Editing Workshop
Edited Draft Thurs., Dec. 2 Due in your Portfolio before the exam starts
Due Thurs., Dec. 2 Before the exam starts
STEPS Challenge Exam
Thurs., Dec. 2 At the Writing Lab--10:30 am - 12:20 pm.
Bring dictionaries and grammar books--use them.
Placement Fri., Dec. 3 Discussed in the classroom. This is the last class