EI 301 Academic Reading and Writing
SP 2009 HOA
Cunningham, Darren Joseph
Instructor, English as an International Language
Master of Arts in Teaching Foreign Languages
Herr House 19
Wednesday, 2:00-5:00 pm
January 12-May 8, 2009
8:45 - 10:00 AM
Nutall, G. (2006) College Writing 3. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.
Smith, L.C. (2004) Topics for Today. (3rd ed.) Boston: Thomson Heinle.
In addition to the textbooks, students are also required to purchase and use a standard 3-ring binder.
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This advanced course introduces students to increasingly more sophisticated reading selections, such as they will encounter in academic courses. Students continue to increase their vocabulary and develop advanced reading skills such as skimming. Writing tasks are based mainly, but not exclusively, on the readings and include essay-length compositions of different rhetorical categories, as well as an autobiography.
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.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Your core assessment in this course will consist of two portfolios, one due at the midterm and one due at the end of term. These portfolios will consist of grammar exercises and quizzes, vocabulary exercises, written work such as journal entries, and essay drafts and final versions. For each portfolio, a complete list will be furnished one week before it is due. DO NOT DISCARD ANY OF YOUR WORK. Portfolios should be presented neatly organized in a binder, with name and date of submission clearly marked on the front.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Vocabulary log 10%
Vocabulary quizzes 10%
Writing assignments 30%
Below 55%: F
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will be accepted up to one week after the assignment is due. Note that assignments submitted late will lose one letter grade; for example, an 'A' becomes a 'B', etc. If a student is ill (with a doctor's note) or there are other extraordinary circumstances, no grade deduction will take place.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Introductions and course overview
Writing: Academic formatting standards
Writing focus: Language Learner History (LLH)
Vocabulary: How to make a vocabulary log
Writing: Introduction to the writing process
LLH due Tuesday, January 20
Writing: Pre-writing techniques
Writing focus: Academic Paragraph
Writing: Controlling ideas and
Vocabulary log due Thursday, February 6
Reading: “Middle Children and Their Position in the Family”
Writing: Revising and editing paragraphs
Academic Paragraph (first draft) due Tues., Feb. 10
Vocabulary quiz Thursday, February 13
Writing: Journal 1
Academic paragraph (final draft) due Tues., Feb 17
Reading journal entry 1 due Thurs., Feb. 12
Writing: Opening paragraphs and thesis statements
Writing focus: Website evaluation essay (Essay #1)
Reading: “Small Wonders”
Writing: Body paragraphs
Introductory paragraph (draft) due Tuesday., March 3
Writing: Using citations correctly
Vocabulary log due Thursday, March 20
Writing: Concluding paragraphs
Essay #1 (first draft) due on Tuesday, March 24
Vocabulary quiz on Thursday, March 26
Reading: “Predators on the Prowl”
Writing: Journal 2
Essay #1 (final draft) due on Tuesday, March 31
Reading journal entry 2 due Thursday, April 2
Reading: “Sight Lines”
Writing: Analyzing an essay assignment
Writing focus: Sensory loss essay (Essay #2)
Writing: Paraphrasing and summarizing
Vocabulary log Thursday, April 16
Writing: Wrap up Essay #2
Vocabulary quiz Thursday, April 23
Essay # 2 (draft) due on Tuesday, April 28
Submit Essay #2 and Portfolio on Thursday, May 1
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Plagiarism: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
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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