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EI 101 Beginning Reading and Writing I
Osborne, Deborah

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EI 101 Beginning Reading and Writing I


FA 2006 HOZ


Osborne, Deborah


Coordinator of EIL at Park University



Office Location

Herr House 8

Office Hours

TR 8 - 10

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

Aug. 21 - Dec. 15

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 8:50

Credit Hours




Beamont, John. NorthStar Focus on Reading and Writing, Introductory. Longman, 2002.

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Course Description:
This course introduces the beginning level speaker of English to basic reading texts and elementary writing tasks. Students learn to identify topic sentences, main ideas, and conclusions; various methods of building vocabulary; and to recognize basic sentence constituents. Writing tasks will be based mainly, but not exclusively, on the readings. Students compare and analyze each other's work for errors and strengths. As beginning writers of English, they practice and become familiar with simple grammatical structures. 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. Identify and construct text constituents such as topic sentences, supporting sentences, and conclusions
  2. Apply methods acquired in class to build their vocabulary
  3. Recognize and practice basic sentence constituents such as simple noun phrases and verb phrases
  4. Formulate well-formed pieces of writing such as paragraphs and short reports
  5. Identify strengths and weaknesses, and critique their own work and that of others
  6. Demonstrate cultural and academic expertise in presenting their assignments in prescribed form and on time
Class Assessment:

1. Writing portfolio: Students will collect a selection of 10 writing assignments, according to their choice, and submit it at the end of the semester. The portfolio should reflect a variety of types of writing and should show progress and improvement (i.e. include drafts as well as final versions). 30% of mark

2. Quizzes: Students will write frequent vocabulary and reading comprehension quizzes. 20% of mark

3. Journal: Students will write weekly journal entries on subjects provided. 20% of mark

4. Essay test: during the last class period students will write an essay on a pre-arranged subject. 10% of mark

5. Homework: Weekly homework assignments will be given. 10% of mark

6. Participation: Students are expected to attend class, participate in all activities and discussions, and prepare as requested. 10% of mark.



See above

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 - 25






Exercises (provided by instructor)

First journal entry: Me



2: Aug. 28 – Sept. 1






Unit 1, text


3. Sept. 4 - 8

No class Sept 4 (Labor Day)



The Arts


Unit 2, text


4. Sept. 11 - 15





The Arts



5. Sept. 18 - 22





Special Possessions


Unit 3, text


6.Sept. 25 – 29

No class Sept. 29






Special Possessions


Unit 3, text


7. Oct. 2 - 6





Strength in numbers


Unit 4, text


8.Oct. 9 – 13

No class Oct. 13







Unit 5, text


9. Oct. 16 - 20








10. Oct. 23 – 26











11. Oct. 30 – Nov. 3

No class Nov. 3





Famous People


Unit 6, text


12. Nov. 6 – 10

No class Nov. 10 (Veteran's Day)





Famous People



13. Nov. 13 - 17





Driving Problems


Unit 7, text


14. Nov. 20 – 24

No class Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving)







Unit 8, text


15. Nov. 27 – Dec. 1








Unit 9, text


16. Dec. 4 - 8







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: .


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