a four-unit high-advanced academic ESL class, presented partially online
Instructor: Lisa Johnson
Mandatory Face-to-face Meetings: Wednesday,
6:40 – 8:45 pm., Classroom to be announced; first class in MUB 149
Placement in ESL 160 or completion of ESL 150 with a grade of C or higher
Grammar for Writing 3: An Editing Guide to Writing Joyce S. Cain
Impressions 1 & 2: America Through Academic Readings Cheryl & Stephen Benz
Longman Advanced Dictionary of American English (recommended)
ESL 160 is an advanced
composition course. In this class, you will practice and improve your essay
writing, using various forms of expository composition. In addition to writing,
the course will include reading, critical analysis, advanced grammar work and
vocabulary development. You will write a total of 4 essays, one research paper
and several shorter opinion pieces and responses to the readings. There will be
reading comprehension, vocabulary and grammar quizzes. Participation in online
discussion topics related to the reading will be required. Since this is a
hybrid class, online participation is required and does not replace class time.
Weekly attendance in class is required.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
D. Learning Strategies
Each week, discussion questions related to the reading will be posted online and you will be required to submit a one or two paragraph answer to at least one question. You should also respond to at least one other student’s answer. As is the case for in-class discussions, I expect all of you to show respect to your fellow classmates when participating in online discussions.
Learning a second language by necessity requires work outside of
class time. The lab requirement for ESL 150 is intended to give you the
chance to get additional practice and help in areas you need support in
by using computer-assisted learning programs, working with an ESL tutor,
or attending a small group workshop.
Lab cards will be collected periodically in class.
Your attendance is very important because you will be responsible for everything that is discussed in class whether you are present or not. Attendance will be checked at each class session. If you are absent more than 2 times, your final grade will be affected and you will likely be dropped from the class. Being late to class three times is equivalent to one absence. You may not make up any quiz or in-class essay that you miss if you have not informed the instructor in advance!
· You must arrive on time and attend class regularly.
· You must come to class with all assigned work completed.
· You may not be absent more than 2 times.
· You are responsible for turning in all class work on time in the format requested.
· If you have an emergency, contact me by e-mail (in Insight) in a timely manner.
You can expect the following types of assignments:
· weekly reading assignments from the text and online
· chapter tests on the readings and vocabulary in the texts
· essay questions and summaries of articles
· advanced grammar topics and exercises
· grammar quizzes
· contributions to the online discussion forum
· an online writing journal
· essay assignments, in-class and out of class
· essay revisions, following teacher comments and guidelines
· one short research paper on a pre-approved topic
All reading, grammar and writing assignments must be prepared by the date that they are due, whether or not they are to be collected. Essays that are turned in within a week of the due date will receive a lower grade. Any assignments submitted more than a week after the due date will not be graded. Discussion and journal assignments will be checked regularly. Each student must participate in at least 2 online discussions each week.
Your final grade will be based roughly on the following formula. However, you will not receive a passing grade if the average of your in-class and final essays is not C or better.
· in-class essays, tests and quizzes - 35%
· take-home writing, essays, research paper - 25%
· contributions to online forums, online journal and lab - 15%
· final exam - 25%
Copying from another student, a book or a website is plagiarism, and it will not be tolerated. Plagiarized work will receive an “F.” Please do your own work at all times!