Syllabus for Spring 2018 - Class #25742 Lecture Time & Place: 6:50-10:00 PM, Tuesday & Thursday, FL101
Instructor: Ms. Alixan Gorman
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 6:00-6:35
Course Description and objectives ESL 8 – Advanced ESL Composition is designed for students whose first language (or “mother tongue”) is not English, and who are studying at LAVC in order to earn a degree or professional certificate, or transfer to another college or university to get a degree or professional certificate. In this high-advanced ESL course leading to English 101, students learn written composition, grammar, andcritical reading skills to prepare for college work. The emphasis is on writing based on critical reading,interpretation and analysis. Students plan, draft, revise, and edit compositions of increasing sophistication andcomplexity. Students practice using MLA citation and bibliographic conventions in their research. Advancedgrammar skills and mechanics are emphasized throughout each lesson.
In this course you will learn how to:
Improve your essay writing skills by developing strong introductions, effective thesis statements, appropriate organizational method for body paragraphs, and effective conclusions.
Revise your own writing based on reexamination of your own work as well as teacher and peer feedback.
Recognize, identify and use patterns of development, including problem / solution (cause and effect, comparison and contrast, classification, definition, process), and argumentation.
Effectively paraphrase and summarize outside sources while avoiding plagiarism.
Use the Internet for research.
Understand and respond to works of expository texts and fiction by summarizing, analyzing, and synthesizing the main points of texts.
Solidify your knowledge of English grammar through formal instruction and activities, and demonstrate correct grammar usage in writing assignments.
Analyze sentence conciseness, variety, and parallelism.
TENTATIVE class Schedule
This class schedule is a study guide to let you know what we will study each week. We may change some of the topics and assignments as the semester progresses, so be sure to attend class (or ask a classmate) to know the changes we have made and write them directly onto this schedule. To prepare for class activities and discussions, you should complete the assignments before the start of each week.
*Please note: This schedule may change depending on how the class is moving along (fast/ slow).
student learning outcomes When you complete this course, you will be able to demonstrate:
a. Communication skills: Students will compose an essay with an effective introduction and a strong positional thesis that is supported by body paragraphs that include textual evidence, andfinish with a conclusion that not only summarizes main points but reflects the larger topic raised in the introduction.
b. Reasoning Skills: Students will apply advanced knowledge of persistent and complex grammar/mechanics (such as fragments, run-ons and parallel structure) to edit an extended essay.
c. Academic Habits of Mind: Students will use appropriate study skills and habits to be successful learners.
expectations about your previous learning ESL 6Ais the pre-requisite for ESL 8, and in ESL 6Ayou learned the following skills:
Compose extended essays (a minimum of five paragraphs) with a clear thesis within a well-developed introduction, substantial and sufficient supporting paragraphs, and a logical conclusion that demonstrates the significance of the essay.
Compose essays using a variety of rhetorical modes including narration, description, classification, comparison/contrast, process, and argumentation.
Compose essays that incorporate ideas from other readings through paraphrasing and summarizing.
Demonstrate control over complex and compound-complex sentence structures.
Edit essays for fragments, comma splices and run-ons, correcting such errors using sentence-combining techniques and appropriate conjunctions and punctuation.
Demonstrate control over advanced grammatical points when writing, including distinctions in meaning in modals and verb tenses and uses of passive voice, adjective and noun clauses.
If you did not take ESL 6A, you should talk with your professor immediately to determine how to supplement your learning.
textbooks & Instructional Materials The texts for the course are available at the LAVC bookstore and online at:
Required: 1. The ESL Writer's Handbook = Hdbk
Authors: Carlock, Eberhardt, Horst & Menasche
Publisher: Pitt Series in ESL, University of Michigan Press
2. Focus on Grammar 4 (4th Edition) = FOG
Authors: Fuchs & Bonner
3. A folder to organize all class materials
Optional: The American Heritage Dictionary 5th Edition
homework Assignments & research paper You should review the Class Schedule for the homework assignments and topics we will disucss and assignments that will be due. All assignments must be turned in by the beginning of the class on the due date. See “Guidelines for Writing Assignments” (below) to be sure that you know how to submit writing assignments. I do not accept late assignments. There are three types of assignments that you will prepare outside of class:
Reading& Activities: You should read the assigned chapters in your textbook or the handouts and complete the activities.
Writing: You will write essays using different rhetorical modes in response to the essays or articles in your textbook, other texts, or class discussions.
Research Paper: You will choose a topic related to your major, find different types of sources of information about that topic, and write an argumentative essay about the topic. The research paper has 5 major parts:
1. Selection of the topic
3. Summaries of sources
4. First Draft &Peer Review
5. Research Paper Portfolio & Presentation
See “Guidelines for the Research Paper” for all the tasks you should perform to complete the research paper. You must save all the materials you use for your research paper (including your notes and records of your tutoring sessions) and give them to the Professor at the end of the semester.
Check the course schedule for all deadlines related to the research paper.
Guidelines for writing Assignments Please follow these guidelines for all writing assignments.
You must use standard, American size paper (8 ½ x 11 - the same size as this page)
Put your name, the date and the class at the upper left-hand or right-hand corner of the first page and the title of the assignment should be in the center of every assignment that you give me.
You must type or word-process all writing assignments in Ariel 12 font size, and if you do not know how to type or use a word processor, please enroll in a class immediately.
Use double spacing. In other words, skip a line between each line of text.
Use MLA (Modern Language Association) format.
Bring all your outlines and drafts as a soft copy on your flash drive and as a hardcopy on paper.
You may revise homework assignments by reviewing my comments and correction symbols on your assignment, and re-submitting the assignment WITHIN one week from the date that I give it to you. When you hand in a revision, put it on top of your original assignment, and staple your pages at the upper left-hand corner. Review the Correction Symbols from your textbook, and go to the Writing Center to understand the corrections that you should make.
You may NOT revise an exam, quiz or in-class writing assignment to change your original grade.
Keep each assignment separate. You should only staple together pages that are for the same assignment.
Do not include a cover page or put your assignments in a folder or binder.
Grading criteria To pass this class, you must earn a “C” or higher on the Mid-term Examination, Final Examination, quizzes, and/or in-class writing assignments, andearn a “C” or higher for the class as a whole.
To receive a grade for this course, you must complete the following:
Outlines, drafts, etc.: 5%
Graded Assignments: 15%
Research Paper: 20%
Grammar Quizzes: 20%
Mid-term Examinations: 20%
Final Examination: 20%
Grading Scale: A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = 0-59%
After I return your papers, you should review them to identify the lowest score, and concentrate on improving any score below 2.
You can access your final grade for the class by going to the LAVC main webpage, www.lavc.edu, and clicking on Register for Classes. This will direct you to the Student Information System (SIS). In order to access this system, you will need your Student ID Number and 4-digit pin.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Students with Disabilities If you are a student with a disability and require classroom accommodations, please meet with me to discuss arrangements. If you have not yet contacted DSPS, do so in a timely manner. DSPS is located in room CC100 or call DSPS at (818) 947-2681 or TTD (818) 947-2680, to meet with a DSPS counselor.
Financial Aid Financial Aid is available! Call (818) 947-2412. Go to the Financial Aid Office for more information, or see: www.lavc.edu/studentservwebsite/financial/index.html
Dropping This Class The last day to drop the class without a fee is by the end of the second week. The last day to drop the class with a “W” is by the end of the twelfth week. It is your responsibility to officially drop this class by using the STEP System, the Internet, or going to the Admissions Office and filling out an official “DROP” form. If you do not drop the class officially by the deadlines, youwill receive a grade of “F” at the end of the semester. See the “Academic Calendar - Dates and Deadlines” at http://lavc.edu/schedule/index.aspxfor the actual dates for this semester.
Office Hours You are welcome to see me during my Office Hours to discuss your course work.
policies & procedures Please follow the following Policies&Procedures in order for everyone in the class to enjoy their experience together. If your Professor has to remind you to follow these Policies&Procedures more than two times, you will be excluded from the class. Student Conduct: Plagiarism and Cheating on Tests Plagiarism is the use of another person’s words and/or ideas without clearly acknowledging their source. When you put those words and ideas into your own work, you must give credit to the original person. Plagiarism, whether intentional or unintentional, is considered academic dishonesty and is not tolerated.
Anyone who plagiarizes or cheats on assignments or tests (e.g., copying answers from someone else’s paper, giving answers to someone else, using 'crib' sheets, etc.) will:
1. Receive a zero (fail) on the assignment; and,
2. Be referred to the Vice President of Student Services for further disciplinary action, following due process.
For further information on plagiarism go to:
LAVC website: http://www.lavc.edu/policies/index.aspx
We will discuss this topic in detail throughout the semester.
Perfume & Cologne In some cultures, it is appropriate to wear perfume and cologne to any location. However, in American colleges and universities, wearing perfume and cologne is unacceptable.
Cell Phones and Other Electronic Equipment
Kindly turn off your cell phones when you enter the classroom because calls during class will disturb everyone. If you have an emergency situation, please excuse yourself from the classroom and return when you are finished.
Attendance, Absences and Tardiness
You should come to every class so that you will not miss any of the lectures or miss special instructions about your assignments. If you miss more than six hours of class (two class meetings), you will be excluded from the class for non-attendance.
Whenever you have to be absent, you should ask your Professor to let you know about any assignments that will be given on the day of your absence, and you should make arrangements with another student to find out what was discussed the day you were absent.
If you are late for class, enter through the back door and sit quietly without disturbing anyone. Three cases of tardiness will be considered equivalent to one absence.
It is your responsibility to consult with me regarding any absences. You can reach me by email or telephone. See my contact information on the front page of this syllabus.
I do not accept late assignments. You should check the Course Outline and Schedule for the due dates or deadlines of your assignments and turn them in by those dates.
Additional Learning Resources Be sure to use the following resources to develop your English language and academic skills:
The Writing Center tutors will work with you regularly to improve your writing and grammar skills. See www.lavc.edu/writingcenter/home.aspx for more information.
The Tutoring Center also has tutors who will help you, and there are many listening and reading materials to supplement what we are doing in class. See www.lavc.edu/tutor/index.aspx for more information.
The College Library has hundreds of print and online resources that you will find helpful when conducting research. See http://www.lavc.edu/library/ for more information. Be sure to use PrepStep:
Be sure to know your UIA username and password: See
The Counseling Department, located in the Student Services Annex, provides students with assistance in creating Student Educational Plans (SEP) and selecting appropriate classes, exploring educational and career options, and identifying the skills and resources critical to your success. See http://www.lavc.edu/Counseling/index.html for more information.
The Computer Commons is an open computer lab available to currently enrolled Valley College students for word processing, instructional software use, and Internet research. The lab has 95 Windows computers and 5 iMac stations. The Commons is located in the Library and Academic Resource Center (LARC), Room 234, on the second floor above the library. See http://lavc.edu/computercommons/index.aspx for more information.