EI202 Intermed Reading & Wrtng II

for SP 2009

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EI 202 Intermed Reading & Wrtng II


SP 2009 HO


Grunewald, Jovilin


Adjunct Faculty


MAT, Applied Linguistics (TESOL), Georgetown University
BS, Linguistics, Georgetown University

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 505-1316

Other Phone

(816) 286-6745




Semester Dates

12 January - 8 May 2009

Class Days


Class Time

9:00 - 9:50 AM

Credit Hours



NorthStar High Intermediate Reading and Writing, Second Edition, by Andrew K. English and Laura Monahon English.  (c) 2004 by Pearson Education, Inc. 
ISBN: 978-0131846746
NorthStar High Intermediate Writing Activity Book, Second Edition, by Margot Gramer and Helen Solorzano.  (c) 2005 by Pearson Education, Inc.
ISBN:  978-0131832985

Additional Resources:

Some assignments will be on eCompanion.

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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Course Description:
Students will develop their reading skills and expand their vocabulary in preparation for advanced level classes by reading longer, more challenging, and varying texts and understanding text components (introduction, thesis, supporting paragraphs, transitions, conclusion).
Students will develop their writing skills by demonstrating a solid grasp of grammar and by composing a different form of essay for each unit covered in class.  They will recognize and practice multiple writing styles and hone their development of each of the text components listed above.

Educational Philosophy:
The role of the teacher is to create a lively, challenging and safe learning environment; to present new information in an interesting, relevant manner; and to help students formulate and express their ideas with improved tools of communication.  She will regularly evaluate student progress and assist students who are struggling in a specific area.

Class Assessment:

Attendance is mandatory and will be 10% of final grades. 
Participation in the class is critical and will be 5% of final grades. 
There will be daily or weekly quizzes, unit tests, and two major exams (midterm/final).   Students will also be evaluated on completion of homework assignments and a project or essay for each unit covered in class.
Several extra credit assignments will be offered during the course of the semester.  No extra credit assignments will be offered during the final 2 weeks of the semester.


Attendance 10%
Participation 5%
Homework 25%
Quizzes and Tests 25%
Projects 35%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All assignments are due the following class, with the exception of long-term writing assignments, which are due according to the posted schedule. 
All writing assignments will be kept in a dedicated portfolio folder along with drafts and pre-writing materials.  Final drafts of written assignments will be turned in at the beginning of class on the due date.  Make sure that assignments are printed well ahead of class time to avoid printer problems.  I will not accept written assignments without the accompanying portfolios.  Late papers--including those which are late because of a lack of portfolio--will be docked 1 letter grade per day late.
Students providing a legitimate excuse for their absence (doctor's note or medical certificate) may submit work when they return to class without penalty.  Late work due to unexcused absences will be docked 1 letter grade per day late. 
Attendance is mandatory and has a big influence on your grade.  Missed daily quizzes cannot be made up.

If a student are absent on a test day, it is THE STUDENT'S responsibility to contact the testing center in the academic underground (816-584-6887) to schedule a re-take.  Make up tests will be available for one (1) week in the testing center following the actual test date.  If you are unable to take the test within that week, you must contact me before the test is collected to avoid receiving a 0 on the test.  Missed tests resulting from an unexcused absence will result in an automatic deduction of 1 letter grade from the test score.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

No electronic devices of any kind will be allowed in the classroom:  no cell phones, no iPods, no computers visible or audible during class.  I will confiscate any electronic devices that I see or hear.
An open learning environment is critical to language learning success.  Students will respect each other as well as the instructor.  I will not tolerate unkind comments about other students.

Group presentations require full participation from all members of the group.  If you are absent from planning or giving a presentation, you may not receive the same grade as the rest of the group.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Assigned units refer to both Reading and Writing texts.
Week 1 (12-16 Jan)
Introductions, Syllabus, Pre-reading activities
Weeks 2-3 (19-30 Jan)
Unit 1: Untruth and Consequences
30 Jan - Final draft opinion paragraph due; Unit 1 Test
Weeks 4-5 (2-13 Feb) 
Unit 2: Dreams Never Die
13 Feb - Final draft biographical paragraph due; Unit 2 Test
Weeks 6-8 (16 Feb -2 Mar)
Unit 3: Dying for Their Beliefs
2 Mar - Final draft opinion essay due; Unit 3 Test 
4 Mar - Review for midterm
6 Mar - Midterm Exam

Week 9 (9-13 Mar) - SPRING BREAK
Weeks 10-11 (16-27 Mar)
Unit 7: Homing in on Education
27 Mar - Final draft classifying essay due; Unit 7 Test
Weeks 12-13 (30 Mar - 10 Apr)
Unit 8: Eat to Live or Live to Eat?
10 Apr - Final draft narrative essay due; Unit 8 Test
Weeks 14-16 (13-27 Apr)
Unit 9: The Grass is Always Greener
27 Apr -  Final draft comparing and contrasting essay due; Unit 9 Test 
29 Apr -  Review for Final
1 May - Final Exam

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
Students who plagiarize will receive an "F" on the plagiarized assignment.  Repeat plagiarists will be reported to the appropriate university authorities.

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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