English Language Institute: University Preparation
Winter Quarter 2012
Instructor: Katie Austin-Miranda
Office: R 230 Phone: 425-564-2341
1/9 – 3/21
Office Hours: By Appointment
1:30 – 3:20 p.m.
-Raise the Issues, Third Edition by Carol Numrich
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
-Dictionary (electronic okay, but not on cell phone)
-8 ˝ x 11 white, lined paper for all written work
-Blue book for journal writing
-Black pen or pencil for all written work
-Red or green pen for correcting/editing
Course Description: The goal of this class is to help you develop the skills you will need to succeed in academic classes. We will focus on active listening, note taking, summarizing and giving reactions both in speech and writing, reading, speaking, critical thinking, and study skills. In addition, you will be expected to attend and observe 8 different credit classes beginning the second week of the quarter. You will ask and get permission from the instructors of the classes you choose to visit. After the observation, you will get a signature from the instructor and write a report about what you observed.
Course Outcomes: By the end of the course, students will be able to:
Listening and Speaking
· Listen for specific information in an academic lecture in a variety of content areas
· Summarize lectures through discussion
· Participate appropriately in small and large group discussions
· Plan, organize, and deliver effective presentations: individual and group
· Take reading notes in a variety of content areas
· Make an outline of a reading passage
· Recognize the organization of a passage
· Distinguish fact from opinion
· Use skimming and scanning to quickly find information
· Use the index and appendix of a text effectively
· Identify points of view and audience
· Infer meaning through tone, voice, vocabulary, etc.
· Respond critically in both oral and written responses to a reading and/or lecture
· Formulate logical questions to a reading and/or lecture
· Make and evaluate inferences
· Understand the difference and application of inductive and deductive reasoning
· Use self evaluation as a tool increase learning and academic success
· Learn and apply the difference between summarizing and paraphrasing
· Decide which parts of source material are important for both summarizing and paraphrasing
· Paraphrase using different grammar and vocabulary
· Use verbs which indicate they are summarizing: suggest, report, argue, question, conclude
· Synthesize by grouping connected ideas from various sources
· Organize sentences into logical paragraphs and combine them into one continuous piece of writing
· Include original ideas
· Use MLA format for quoting, footnoting
· Recognize what constitutes plagiarism
· Recognize and explain teacher expectations through syllabi analysis
· Understand how to organize and review material prior to an exam
· Understand how to employ test taking strategies: objective, subjective
· Use time management skills
· Reduce test anxiety
· Learn from their exams: evaluate their preparation, learn from their mistakes, get help for the next exam
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 scores on your classwork, homework, essays, quizzes, tests, attendance and participation.
In order to pass this class, you must have an average score of at least 75% on all course work and pass 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:
Class Observations and Reports 40%
Classwork, Literature Circles and Summaries 40%
Attendance, participation* and homework 20%
*No using cell phones during class. Repeated problems with cell phones going off in class or texting will result in loss of participation points.
D=below 75% (Good effort but have not mastered skills – repeat Bridge)
F=below 75% (Unsatisfactory effort and have not mastered skills –
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:
o Copying from a Web page, book or article
o Buying papers
o Copying from another student
o Using a friend’s paper from a previous quarter
If you plagiarize:
o First time: your teacher will work with you so that you understand what not to do
o Second time: Fail the assignment
o Third time: Fail the class and be reported to the Associate Dean of Student Services. Possibly be asked to leave the school.
Students who receive a quarterly GPA of below 2.0 or receive an “F” have two options:
1. Repeat the Bridge Quarter once
2. Drop down to Level 5 courses
Students who fall below 2.0 for a second time must leave the program.
Students cannot enroll in Bridge for a third time under any circumstances.
Tips for Success:
1. Come to class on time.
2. Bring your own books, dictionary, paper and pencils to class every day.
3. Tell me immediately if you do not understand something.
4. Have your homework done on time.
5. Always do your own work; DO NOT plagiarize (copy) from other students.
6. Speak English only in class.
7. See or e-mail your instructor when you are unsure about a lesson or an assignment.
8. Get extra help when needed.
9. Talk to a classmate or to the instructor when you are absent in order to get caught up.
10. Be respectful of your classmates and your instructor.
11. Do your best!
There will be no class on the following dates: Jan. 16, Jan. 31, Feb. 20, Mar. 1
Final Exams: Wednesday, Mar. 21
Other: Please refer to the Arts and Humanities Student Procedures and Expectations www.bellevuecollege.edu/artshum/studentinfo.asp for all other information.