EI201 Intermediate Reading and Writing

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EI 201 Intermediate Reading and Writing


FA 2008 HO


Grunewald, Jovilin


MAT, Applied Linguistics (TESOL)
BS, Linguistics

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 505-1316




Class Days


Class Time

9:00 - 9:50 AM

Credit Hours


NorthStar Intermediate Reading and Writing; Second Edition (2004), Laurie Barston and Carolyn Dupaquier Sardinas

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Instructor will provide various readings and articles to complement the textbook.

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Course Description:
EI 201 Intermediate Reading and Writing: This course introduces the intermediate level speaker of English to readings of more challenging vocabulary and more varied type, such as newspaper articles, short stories, and brief technical selections. An emphasis is placed on vocabulary building skills, and reading skills such as scanning for detail. Writing tasks are based mainly, but not exclusively, on the readings and include short essay-length compositions of different rhetorical categories as well as summaries, outlines, paraphrases, and letters.

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor believes it is her role to encourage learning by creating a lively and challenging academic environment. She will encourage students' language learning efforts with a communicative style, incorporating as many forms of media and evaluation techniques as possible.  Her goal is to help students achieve a level of English competence allowing them to study a higher level of EIL and/or to successfully complete classes taught in English.

Class Assessment:
Attendance is mandatory and counts as 10% of students' grades.  Participation in the class is critical and counts as 5% of students' grades.  There will be daily quizzes, unit tests, and two major examinations (midterm and final).   Students will also be evaluated on completion of homework assignments and a number of projects, presentations, and essays.


Attendance 10%
Participation 5%
Homework 25%
Quizzes  and Tests 25%
Projects (Essays, Presentations) 35%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All assignments are due the following class, with the exception of long-term or group projects.  If students have an excused absence, I will accept their homework the next class; if they are absent without notice, they cannot turn in the homework late.  I may make exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Attendance is mandatory and has a big influence on your grade.  Notify me in advance for an excused absence that won't count against you.  Any homework missed is due upon your return.  Missed daily quizzes cannot be made up.
No electronic devices of any kind will be allowed in the classroom:  no cell phones, no iPods, no computers visible or audible during class.  I will confiscate any electronic devices that I see or hear.
An open learning environment is critical to language learning success.  Students will respect each other as well as the instructor.  I will not tolerate unkind comments about other students.
Homework is due the class after it is assigned.  Late homework may be accepted and given partial credit at the instructor's discretion.
Group presentations require full participation from all members of the group.  If you are absent from planning or giving a presentation, you may not receive the same grade as the rest of the group.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 Weeks 1-2      Unit 1 “The World of Advertising”

                        Project: Create an ad – due Aug 29

                        Test: Aug 29

Weeks 3-4       Unit 2 “Going to Extremes: Sports and Obsession”

Project: Write a short paper using internet research on an Olympic athlete due Sept 12

                        Test: Sept 12

Week 5           Unit 3 “Miracle Cure?”

                        Project: Discuss cultural implications of fraudulent ads – due Sept 19

                        Test: Sept 19

Weeks 6-7      Unit 4 “The Metamorphosis”

                        Project: Analyze aspects of storytelling (“Big Fish”) – due Oct 3

                        Test: October 3

Week 8            Art and Life – instructors will provide materials

                        Project: Write a report on the field trip to the Nelson-Atkins – due Oct 10

                        Test: N/A

Week 9            FALL BREAK 12-19 October 2009

Week 10-11    Unit 5 “Speaking of Gender”

                        Project: Linguistic Survey of Your Country – due Oct 29-31

                        Test: Oct 31

Weeks 12-13   Unit 6 “Ecotourism”

                        Project:   Create travel brochure for your country – due Nov 12-4

                        Test: Nov 14

Week 14-15    Unit 7 “What’s So Funny about That?”

                        Project: Write a comparison between various American types of humor in  movies or on TV – due Nov 21

                        Test: Nov 26

Week 16          Review assorted material from instructor and study for exam

                        FINAL PAPER: Dec 3


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Since this course involves creative and academic writing, we will focus on recognizing and avoiding plagiarism, along with appropriate ways to reference other writers' comment in your own work.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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