EI202 Intermed Reading & Wrtng II

for SP 2009

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EI 202 Intermed Reading & Wrtng II


SP 2009 HOA


Weddle, Donna

Office Hours

9:30 - 10:00 T/Th

Other Phone

913 952-7411




Semester Dates

1/13/08 - 5/8/08

Class Days


Class Time

1:00 - 2:15 PM

Credit Hours



North Star High Intermediate Reading and Writing Student Book
, Second Edition, Pearson Longman, by Andrew K. English and Laura Monahon English


North Star High Intermediate Reading and Writing Writing Activity Book
, Second Edition, Pearson Longman, by Margot Gramer and Helen S. Solorzano

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Additional materials will be furnished by the instructor.

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Course Description:
Students continue to develop their reading and writing skills and expand their vocabulary in preparation for advanced level classes. Students will read longer and more challenging texts of varying types; writing assignments will be based mainly, but not exclusively, on these readings. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues and writings.  Each and every student has something to offer and is expected to share their expertise with others in the class.  Group work is a fundamental part of this course and is vital to its successful outcome; all students are expected to participate fully and cooperatively in these group learning sessions. 

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. • Identify and construct text constituents such as introductions, thesis statements, supporting points/paragraphs, conclusions, and cohesive elements
  2. • Recognize and practice different rhetorical forms of writing in short essays, such as classification, cause and effect, and argument, and different styles
  3. • Practice reading techniques such as word grouping, prediction, text analysis, and skimming to improve reading speed and comprehension • Apply vocabulary expansion techniques such as contextual analysis and recognition of collocation • Analyze and critique their own work and that of others • Apply information gained through course and outside readings to inform and enrich their writing
  4. • Demonstrate cultural and academic expertise in presenting their assignments in prescribed form and on time; and recognizing and avoiding plagiarism
Class Assessment:

Attendance is mandatory and counts as 10% of students' grades.  Unexcused absences will count against the final grade in the class.  Unexcused absences during four consecutive class periods will result in an automatic withdrawal from the course.

Participation in the class and in group work in particular is critical and counts as 5% of the final grade.  There will be daily quizzes, unit tests, and two major examinations (midterm and final).   Students will also be evaluated on a number of writing assignments.

Attendance: 10%
Participation: 5%
Quizzes: 5%
Unit Tests: 25%
Midterm Exam 10%
Final Exam 10%
Writing Assignments: 35%

Several extra credit assignments (worth 20 points each) will be offered during the course of the semester.  NO extra credit assignments will be offered during the final 2 weeks of the semester.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All assignments are due the following class, with the exception of long-term writing assignments which are due according the the schedule posted. 

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.  Advance notification of an absence may qualify you for an excused absence.  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.  Earphones must be removed and put away prior to the start of 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.  Unkind or derogatory comments about other students will not be tolerated.  Class and group discussions are expected to be conducted in English.  You are in this class to improve your English; I assume you do not need improvement in your own languages.

Students are expected to actively contribute to their education and the education of others in the class by sharing their ideas and expertise.  Passive attendance in class and in group work will result in a 0 for the 5% participation grade.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
1/13 - 1/15   Introductions, Syllabus, Pre-reading activities
1/20 - 1/29  SB&WB Unit 1: Untruth and Consequences
   1/29: Final draft opinion paragraph due; Test Unit 1
2/3  - 2/13  SB&WB Unit 2: Dreams Never Die
  2/13:  Final draft biographical paragraph due; Test Unit 2
2/17 - 2/26 SB&WB Unit 3: Dying for Their Beliefs
  2/26:  Test Unit 3
  3/3:  Final draft opinion essay due; Review for midterm
  3/5:  Midterm Exam
3/10 - 3/12: Spring Break: No Class
3/17 - 3/26: SB&WB Unit 7: Homing in on Education
  3/26: Final draft classifying essay due; Test Unit 7
3/21 - 4/9: SB&WB Unit 8: Eat to Live or Live to Eat?
  4/9:  Final draft narrative essay due; Test Unit 8
4/14 - 4/23: SB&WB Unit 9: The Grass is Always Greener
  4/23:  Test Unit 9
  4/28:  Final draft comparing and contrasting essay due; Review for Final
  4/30:  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
Plagiarism will NOT be tolerated in this class.  Any plagiarized papers--including those which are only partially plagiarized--will receive an automatic F.  Repeat offenders will be reported the 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
Missing work will receive a grade of 0.  Zeroes carry significantly lower scores than an F.  It is in the best interest of your final grade to complete all course assignments.

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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