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ESL 160

ESL 160-831

a four-unit high-advanced academic ESL class, presented partially online


Instructor: Lisa Johnson

Office: L536     

Phone: 452-7148



Spring 2013 - CRN: 32570

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:

A. Reading

  1. Demonstrate comprehension of a variety of genres of authentic texts of conceptual and/or linguistic complexity.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to read critically to recognize and evaluate concepts, viewpoints, evidence and reasoning.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to read with increasing speed and efficiency by applying appropriate reading strategies.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to read closely for textual clues for meaning.
  5. Use library and other sources to locate and evaluate reading materials.

B. Writing

  1. Plan, compose, organize and revise non-formulaic expository, argumentative and persuasive essays with clear thesis statements.
  2. Integrate summaries of academic ideas, research and theories in essays.
  3. Apply academic ideas and theories to a sample or new context.
  4. Demonstrate control of an expanding range of sentence structures and vocabulary.
  5. Correct/edit written work.
  6. Use grammatical structures taught in ESL 110/120/130/140/150/160 in written work.

C. Grammar/Vocabulary

  1. Demonstrate comprehension and production of a variety of noun phrases and clauses.
  2. Demonstrate comprehension and production of the English verb system in various forms of discourse.
  3. Demonstrate comprehension and production of conditional sentences to predict persuade or hypothesize.
  4. Use various structures and techniques to establish sequence and coherence.
  5. Compose, develop and combine sentences to improve writing style.
  6. Demonstrate an expanding range and control of vocabulary.
  7. Use an English language dictionary in reading and writing.

D. Learning Strategies

  1. Utilize effective learning strategies in academic contexts.


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.

All ESL 150 and ESL 160 students are required to fulfill a minimum of fifteen hours of lab work for the semester. Your fifteen hours must be completed by the last day of classes, with at least 7 of these hours completed before March 15th. IMPORTANT: If you do not complete your fifteen hours by the last day of classes, you cannot move on to the next level.

You will do your lab work in the ESL Department’s “Center for Language and Academic Development (CLAD),” which is located in the Multi-Use Building, Room 149. The Center is open Monday through Thursday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am – to 3:00 pm, and Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. At the beginning of the semester, all ESL 150 students must receive a required forty-five minute orientation before they can begin using the CLAD services and resources.

IMPORTANT: The lab work you do in CLAD must be additional, outside work to help you get more practice in those areas you need help in. In CLAD you cannot do homework assignments assigned by your teacher.The 15-hour lab requirement can be fulfilled by working on reading, grammar, & writing in the ESL Lab at the CLAD (Center for Language and Academic Development in MUB 149).

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!