E. S. L. 8 – advanced esl composition Syllabus for Spring 2018 Class #25742

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E.S.L.8 – advanced esl composition

Syllabus for Spring 2018 - Class #25742
Lecture Time & Place: 6:50-10:00 PM, Tuesday & Thursday, FL101
Instructor: Ms. Alixan Gorman

Office: H109D

Email: gormanak@lavc.edu

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.




& Due Dates

To be completed by the date to the left.

Week 1

Feb 5-9


Course Overview

Academic Goals

LAVC Learning Resources

Writing: Diagnostic

The Writing Process

Essay Structure

Hdbk pp. 2-27 (Handouts)

Week 2

Feb 12-16

Grammar: Modals

Writing: Process Essays

Research Paper Topics

FOG 15

Hdbk pp. 67-72

Hdbk pp. 104

Week 3

Feb 19-23

Grammar: Advice about past events or actions

Writing: Process Essays

Library Workshop on Sources

FOG 16

RP Topic Due

Process Essay Due

Week 4

Feb 26-March 2

Grammar: Speculations & Conclusions about the past

Writing: Comparison/Contrast Essays

FOG 17

Hdbk pp. 73-81

Week 5

March 5-9

Grammar: Active vs. Passive Voice

Overview and Passives with Modals

Writing: Comparison/Contrast Essays

Cause & Effect Essays


Hdbk pp. 82-86

Comparison Essay Due

Week 6

March 12-16

Grammar: Causatives: Active and Passive

Writing: Cause & Effect Essays

Summarizing, Paraphrasing, Quoting

FOG 20

pp. 109-114

Hdbk pp. 87-95

RP Outline Due

Week 7

March 19-23

Grammar: Conditionals: Real - Present & Future

Writing: Summarizing, Paraphrasing, Quoting

FOG 21-22

RP 2 sources due w/ summaries

Cause Effect Essay Due

Week 8

March 26-30

*No class Thurs3/29


Grammar Quiz #1

Mid-Term Exam: Reading, Writing, Grammar

FOG 15-22

Week 9

April 2-6

Spring Break: No class

Week 10

April 9-13

Grammar: Conditionals: Unreal – Present, Future, Past

Writing: Argument Essay

Research Papers

FOG 23-24

Hdbk pp. 87-93

Hdbk pp. 105-120
RP 2 more sources due with summaries

Week 11

April 16-20

Grammar: Direct vs. Reported Speech
Writing: Combined Organization Essays

FOG 25
Hdbk pp. 95-102

Argument Essay Due

Week 12

April 23-27

Grammar: Adjective Clauses

Writing: Research Papers

FOG 26

Practice Holistic Exam

RP last 2 sources due with summaries

Week 13

April 30-May 4

Grammar: Adjective Clauses

Writing: Writing Drafts for Research Papers

FOG 27

Hdbk pp. 121-125

RP First draft due/ Peer review

Week 14

May 7-11

Grammar: Indirect questions

Logical Connectors

Writing: Citing Sources

Paraphrasing vs. Plagiarism

Grammar review: Direct vs. Reported Speech

FOG 28

Hdbk pp. 125, 146-162

Week 15

May 14-18

Grammar: Embedded questions

Writing: Paraphrasing vs. Plagiarism

Grammar review: Modals, Passive Voice, Causatives, Adjective Clauses

FOG 29

Week 16

May 21-25

Grammar & Writing: Review
Grammar Quiz #2

Course Summary and Conclusions

RP Portfolio Due

RP Presentations

Week 17


May 30

Final Exam: Reading, Writing, Grammar

7:00-9:00 pm

*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

ISBN: 978-0-472-03403-1

Authors: Carlock, Eberhardt, Horst & Menasche

Publisher: Pitt Series in ESL, University of Michigan Press


2. Focus on Grammar 4 (4th Edition) = FOG

ISBN:  978-0-13-2546492 

Authors: Fuchs & Bonner

Publisher: Pearson 
3. A folder to organize all class materials

Optional: The American Heritage Dictionary 5th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-553-58322-9

Publisher: Dell

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
2. Outline
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.

  1. You must use standard, American size paper (8 ½ x 11 - the same size as this page)

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Use double spacing. In other words, skip a line between each line of text.

  1. Use MLA (Modern Language Association) format.

  1. Bring all your outlines and drafts as a soft copy on your flash drive and as a hardcopy on paper.

  1. 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.

  1. You may NOT revise an exam, quiz or in-class writing assignment to change your original grade.

  1. Keep each assignment separate. You should only staple together pages that are for the same assignment.

  1. 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%


TOTAL: 100%

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. 

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.
Due Dates

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:

https://library.lavc.edu/login?url=http://www.learningexpresshub.com/productengine/LE LIndex.html#/learningexpresslibrary/libraryhome?AuthToken=C2985605-8B63-4885- B479-C5CB3583C81A

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.

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