Bellevue Community College
English Language Institute
Instructor: Kristi Middleton
Classroom/time:† B257 3:30-4:20 pm
Required materials: English-English dictionary, three-ring binder
*all other materials will be provided by the teacher or by you, the students
This course uses contemporary topics to improve studentsí skills in research, reading, writing, speaking, listening, note taking, and working in groups.† These skills are important in regular college and university classes and will also provide students with skills needed to participate with Americans in other group settings.† The class combines a little instruction with lots of practice.† Working in groups, you will research and read current events from newspapers and magazines, watch videos, present information to your classmates, listen to guest speakers and to each other, and discuss ideas.
During this course, students will learn to:
You will be divided into groups.† Each group will choose a topic of interest or one will be assigned.† Your job will be to find out as much as you can about that particular topic.† You will prepare reading materials and activities, and present the material to the class.† By the end of the quarter, you will have worked in two different groups and researched and presented two contemporary topics.† The materials and activities for each group should include:
If you know ahead of time that you will be absent, turn your work in before the absence.† I expect all of the students to be punctual and tardies are unacceptable.† If you have 3 tardies, it will be equal to one absence.† Ten absences will result in an F and you will not pass the course.† I expect you to be in class each and every day and if you will be absent, you need to let me know in advance.† Of course, emergencies may arise but you can email me so that I know of the situation.† I want my students to be held accountable for their own grade.† Every student starts the quarter with an ďAĒ and it is the studentsí responsibility to do the work that is necessary to maintain that grade.† You will get out of the class whatever you put into it.† I demand and expect excellence from all of my students!
If you require accommodation based on a documented disability, have emergency medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case of† an emergency evacuation, please make an appointment with DSS (Disability Support Services).† If you would like to inquire about becoming a DSS student, you may call 564-2498 or go in person to the DSS program office in C210, the student union building.†
Grading will be based on the following components.† You will receive both mid-quarter and final grade reports.
Homework/Evaluation sheets††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 20%
Project work (includes the following) ††††††††††† 40%
††††††††††††††† Quality of preparation and materials gathered
††††††††††††††† Your portion of your groupís presentation
††††††††††††††† Your ability to work with your group
Letter grades will be based on the following percentages:
Below 65%††††††††† F
Remember, you will get out of this class what you put into it.† This class provides lots of opportunities for you to practice your listening and speaking skills in English.† Since the class is student-created, letís make sure we have fun along the way.† I have high expectations for each and every one of you so make sure that you demand excellence from yourself.† I will accept nothing less than your very best.† Letís have fun!† Good luck.