EI340 Study Skills:Internatl Students

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EI 340 Study Skills:Internatl Students


FA 2008 HO


Joe Cunningham


Instructor, English as an International Language


Master of Arts in Teaching Foreign Languages

Office Location

Herr House 19

Office Hours

Mon. 3:00-5:00pm; Tues./Thurs. 4:00-5:00 pm



Semester Dates

August 18, 2008-December 12, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 8:50 AM

Credit Hours


 Dunkel, P., and Pialorsi, F. (2005) Advanced Listening Comprehension. (3rd ed.) Boston: Thomson Heinle.

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Course Description:
This course prepares non-native speakers of English for academic work. All the skills that students need to succeed in the academic classroom are covered in this class: reading, directed listening, note-taking, vocabulary building, organizational skills, library and internet use, referencing techniques, and review strategies. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor believes that students are best able to achieve their learning goals in a secure environment. Mutual respect and cooperation are therefore essential at all times in the classroom. By working closely with both the instructor and classmates, students will become more aware and independent language learners. The instructor’s ultimate goal is to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge so that they may take control of and direct their own learning.

Class Assessment:


Active participation and evident class preparation         15%

Note-taking/observation assignments                             20%

Quizzes and Tests                                                            20%

Final presentation and research report                             20%

Portfolio                                                                            25%



90-100%: A

80-89%: B

65-79%: C

55-64%: D

Below 55%: F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will accept late work by the end of the week that the assignment is due.  There will be a deduction of points if the assignment is late.  The degree of this penalty will be decided by the instructor. If you are absent from a class, it is your responsibility to learn about the assignment and complete it.  If good reason is given prior to the due date, there will be no penalty.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  • Please come to class prepared to learn and ready to participate. 
  • Turn off all cell phones while class is in session. 
  • English should be spoken while class is in session. 
  • Respect for others is essential in the classroom.   
  • Three tardies equal one day of unexcused absence.
  • Students are expected to check their e-mail account regularly.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




Class work/Assignments


Unit 1: Anthropology

Introduction and course overview

Reading: The Tasaday Hoax?

Writing: Paraphrasing and Summarizing

Vocabulary: Prefixes and Suffixes

Note-taking assignment

Learning style survey

NO CLASS August 20th


Prefix and Suffix worksheet



NO CLASS September 1st (Labor Day)


Unit 1test Friday, September 12  


Unit 2: History

Reading: The Quest for Immortality

Writing: Connections and transitions in English

Vocabulary: Units 1 and 2


Note-taking assignment due Wednesday, Sept. 24


Argumentative Essay (draft) due Monday, Sept. 29

Vocabulary list 1


Argumentative Essay (revision) due Monday, Oct. 6

Unit 2 test Friday, October 10


Fall Break


Unit 4: Communication

Writing Skills: Citations and Referencing

Vocabulary: Units 3 and 4

Library research skills

Observation assignment

Research topic sign ups


Vocabulary list 2


Unit 4 test Friday, Nov. 7


Unit 5: Biology

Writing skills: Critical reflections

Presentation skills: Organization  and Visual Aids

Observation assignment due Wednesday, Nov. 12


Research Paper (draft) due Monday, Nov. 17  


Research Paper (revision) due Monday, Nov. 24  Unit 5 test Wednesday, Nov. 26

NO CLASS November 27-30 (Thanksgiving)


Presentations of research reports

Portfolios due in class on Friday, Dec. 5


Final Exams

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

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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