EI340 Study Skills:Internatl Students

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EI 340 Study Skills for International Students


SP 2007 HO


Tumanut, Shannon




Master's Degree in Teaching Foreign Language
Certificate in Language Program Administration

Office Hours

By appointment



Semester Dates


Class Days


Class Time

10:10 - 11:25 AM

Credit Hours


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

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McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.

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.

  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:

Active participation and evident class preparation         15%

Essays and Portfolio                                                    30%

Note-taking assignments                                              20%

Quizzes and Tests                                                        15%

Final presentation                                                         20%


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:













Unit 1: Anthropology  




Introduction and course overview  




Vocabulary: Intro to Greek and Latin  




Writing Skills: Paraphrase and Summary  


















Unit test 1 Thursday, Feb. 1  






Unit 2: History  






Writing skills: Connections and transitions in English  






Vocabulary quiz Thursday, Feb. 8  












Unit test 2 Thursday, Feb. 22  






Unit 3: Sociology  






Writing Skills: Citations and Referencing  






Argumentative Essay due Thursday, Mar. 1  






Note-taking assignment 1 due Thursday, Mar. 8  






Spring Recess  




Argumentative Essay revision due Tuesday, Mar. 20  




Unit test 3 Thursday, Mar. 22  




Unit 4: Communication  








Presentation skills: Organization  




Vocabulary quiz Thursday, Mar. 29  




Research Paper due Thursday, Apr. 5  






Unit test 4 Thursday, Apr. 12  






Unit 5: Biology  








Presentation skills: Visual Aids  




Note-taking assignment 2 due Thursday, Apr. 26  






Research Paper revision due Tuesday, Apr. 24  






Portfolio due Tuesday, May 1  




Unit test 5 Thursday, May 3  




Final Presentations 5/7-5/11(Day to be announced)  






*Indicates two-day week due to school holiday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day)  




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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