EI201 Intermediate Reading and Writing

for FA 2007

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EI 201 Intermediate Reading and Writing


FA 2007 HO


Torkelson, Susan I.


Adjunct Faculty


M.A. English Literature
B.A. English Literature and Secondary Education

Office Hours

By appointment




Semester Dates

Aug 20 - Dec 14, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 8:50 AM



Credit Hours



All course reading material will be provided by instructor.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

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Course Description:
This course introduces the intermediate level speaker of English to readings of more challenging vocabulary and more varied type, such as newspaper articles, essays, 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 definitions.. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The role of the teacher is to create a lively, challenging forum, provide interesting information and help students formulate and express their ideas with improved tools of communication.

Class Assessment:

Reading will be assessed in a number of short quizzes and homework assignments.

Vocabulary, comprehension, author’s tone and intent, and the student summaries will make up the subjects of these quizzes.  Writing will be assessed by grades assigned to final drafts of certain essays.  (Student will be aware when he/she is writing for a grade or when he/she is “free” writing to relax his focus on grammar and experiment with style.  On all quizzes grade equivalencies will be as follows:  A=90-100%; B=82-89%, C=75-81%, D=65-74%; F=<65%.  Students will receive grades of A thru F (including plus and minus) on essays at the instructor’s discretion.

Fifty percent of the course grade will be based on reading quizzes, and the other fifty percent will be based on graded essays.  If the student misses many classes, he will also receive a grade of zero on several quizzes as these will be given frequently and cannot be given during another class session or easily duplicated for homework.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will accept completed essays one or two sessions late at her own discretion for good reason.  A student who fails to turn in several essays or is habitually late with them will surely receive a failing grade based on the simple law of averages.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are asked to attend class every session, to arrive on time, to work hard and show respect for other students who may read more slowly or need more help with their compositions.  During sessions devoted to writing, students who finished early are asked to edit their work, refrain from conversations, and wait patiently for the instructor’s help.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Reading Assignments

Writing Assignments

Weeks 1-3

August 20 thru September 7, 2007
Topic:  "Gender Gap?"
Aug. 20:  "Who Pays the Check?"
Aug 22-24:  "Different Ways of Talking:"
Aug 26:  Open-book test on "Different Ways of Talking"
Aug. 30:  "The Most Beautiful Women in the World"
Aug. 28:  "Games the Girls Played" or "Games the Boys Played"  1 or 3-paragraph essay depending on English writing readiness.
Sept 5-7:  "Biiography of a Beauty Queen" based on Internet research, class discussion.
Weeks 4 - 6
Topic:  The U.S. Economy
Part I:  Weeks 4-6:  "Money, Jobs, Status"
Sep. 10:  Money:  What Does it Look Like, and What is it Made Of?"
Sep. 17-19:  "Social, Moral Categories Trump Economics" - Vocabulary test on selected words.
Sep. 21:  "The Unknown Architect"
Sep 24:  Short- answer and essay test on "The Unknown Architect"
Sep. 12-14:  Explain  your country's currency: 3- paragraph essay.
Sep. 26-28: Writing for fun:
"My First Job," "A Job I Never Want To Do Again," or "I Was a Terrible (Waiter, Construction Worker, Secretary, etc.)
[Choose one of the above topics.]

Weeks 7-8

Part II - "Creating Wealth"

October 1-3:  "Carlson"s Invention"

3 to 5-paragraph reasearch paper on an Amercian Inventor:
Oct. 3:  Receive guidelines.  Discuss  plagarism - intentional and by accident.
Oct 5 - 8:  Meet in library for research.
Oct 10-12:  Come to class with outline and notes.  Write essay.

Week 9 – Spring Break

October 15 thru 19

Weeks 10
October 22-26, 2007
Part III: "Spreading the Wealth"

  Oct. 22-24: Selection from The End of Poverty by Jeffrey D. Sachs on economic improvements in a village in Kenya.  Analyze and discusss critically.

Oct. 26:  Write definitions of terms related to economic development and explain their purpose.

Weeks 11-12
October 29 - November 9
Topic Three:  American Pasttimes
Part I: Sports
Oct 29: "Basketball"
Oct. 31: "Susan Butcher on the Iditarod Trail"
Nov. 2:   Realding comprehension and vocabulary test on the above.
Nov. 5:  Discuss, outline 3 to 5 paragraph on an individual or team sport:  ex.:  "How to Play Rugby" or "How to Become an Expert Kick Boxer"
Nov. 7-9:  Write essay. 
Weeks 13-14
Nov. 12-23
Part II: Travel
(Nov. 21 - Thanksgiving party, Nov. 23 - no class)
Nov. 12:  "Dissecting Las Vegas"
The history, architecture, business and lure of the city to people from all over the world.  Material provided by instructor and student volunteers.
Nov. 14,16, 19:  Students present personal travalogues on the city of Las Vegas using media, music and art.  All written presentations are due Nov. 19.         
Weeks 15-16
Nov. 26 thru Dec. 7
Nov. 26:  "Yellowstone National Park"
Nov. 28: "Mount Rushmore"
Dec. 3:  Complete and turn in outstanding essays or reading tests.
Dec  5:  Open-book reading comprehension test on essay distributued to the class Dec. 3.
Nov. 30:  My Favorite Place in the Out-of-doors:  Use descriptive language to paint a picture and set  a mood in 3 to 5 paragraphs.
Dec. 5:  Essay test on topic assigned in class.  (Essay can be ccompleted Dec. 8 during exam week.)

The above is subject to change.

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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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