EI340 Study Skills:Internatl Students

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EI 340 Study Skills for International Students


FA 2006 HO


Osborne, Deborah


Coordinator of EIL at Park/Associate Professor of English and Linguistics


Ph. D.

Office Location

Herr House 8

Office Hours


Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

Aug. 21 - Dec. 8

Class Days


Class Time

12:25 - 1:40 PM



Credit Hours



Dunkel, Patricia, and Frank Pialorsi. Advanced Listening Comprehension, 3rd edition. Thomson and Heinle, Boston: 2005.

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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 role of a teacher is to help students develop the skills they need in order to be active and involved learners. Language learning must proceed at the learner's pace, with respect and attention paid to each individual's strengths and weaknesses.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Practice and demonstrate advanced listening and note-taking skills using academic lectures
  2. Practice and demonstrate mastery of the word families on the Academic Word List
  3. Analyze, compare and contrast different types of research sources, and practice referencing them
  4. Demonstrate organizational and time management skills
  5. Practice and demonstrate academic skills such as summarizing, paraphrasing, and citing
Class Assessment:
  1. Academic Notes: You will attend four academic lectures during the semester, in History, Sociology, Communications, and Biology. You are responsible for the following:
    • Contact the professor (details given in class) and ask them respectfully and politely about the subject of the class or lecture
    • Ask the professor for pre-reading which will help you to comprehend the lecture
    • Attend the class on the day agreed upon with the professor
    • Take notes during the class
    • Re-type the notes and submit them by e-mail to me, copying the professor
    • At the end of the class, submit all notes along with reading material (25% of grade)


2. Unit tests: After the completion of each unit of the text, there will be a test (5% each, for a total of 25%)


3. Homework and quizzes: Assignments will be given at regular intervals for each unit (25% of grade)


4. Paper: 5-page, fully referenced academic paper with footnotes, citations, and bibliography (25% of grade)



                                  90 – 100%         A

                                  79 – 89%           B

                                  68 – 78%           C

                                  57 – 67%           D

                                  0 – 56%             F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
: The instructor will not accept assignments submitted late, except by pre-arrangement, or due to extenuating circumstances

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Please come to class with a positive attitude. For courtesy's sake, turn off your cell phone while in class. It is expected that you will listen to the opinions and contributions of others with the same respect that you would like to receive yourself.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:





1: Aug. 21 – Sept. 8

No class Sept. 4 (Labor Day)


Movie: “First Contact”

Vocabulary: Intro to Greek and Latin I

Text unit 1: specific reading assignments will be given in class

*Check the History class schedule and make an appointment to see either Dr. Westcott or Dr. Miriani

Unit test 1

Written reaction to “First Contact” due

Vocabulary quiz

2: Sept. 11 – 25

No class Sept. 29 (Deborah at a conference)



Vocabulary: Intro to Greek and Latin II

Text unit 2: specific reading assignments will be given in class

*Complete History note-taking assignment; make an appointment to see either Dr. Payne or Ms. Rinehart for Sociology

Unit test 2

Vocabulary quiz

3: Oct. 2 – 23

Fall Break Oct. 16 - 20


Movie: Tootsie

Writing Skills: Paraphrase and Summary

Text unit 3: specific reading assignments will be given in class

*Complete Sociology note-taking assignment; make an appointment to see either Mr. Steve Youngblood or Ms. Laura Cohn for Communication

Unit test 3

Writing quiz

4: Oct. 26 – Nov. 17

No class Nov. 3: Deborah at a conference

No class Nov. 10: Veteran's Day


Movie: Cross-cultural Communication

Writing Skills: Citations and Referencing

Text unit 4: specific reading assignments will be given in class

*Complete Communication note-taking assignment; make an appointment to see either Dr. Tim Gabor or Dr. Don Williams for Biology

Unit test 4

Writing quiz

5: Nov. 20 – Dec. 8

No class Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving)



Writing skills: Connections and transitions in English

Text unit 5: specific reading assignments will be given in class

*Complete Biology note-taking assignment

Unit test 5

Paper due

Notes and reading materials portfolio due

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 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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