EI340 Study Skills:Internatl Students

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EI 340 Study Skills:Internatl Students


SP 2009 HO


Osborne, Deborah


Coordinator of English as an International Language Program



Office Location

Herr House 8

Office Hours

MF 9:00 - 10:30 , 12:30 - 1:30 or by appointment

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

Jan. 12 - May 8, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

11:35 - 12:50 PM

Credit Hours


Dunkel, Patricia and Frank Pialorsi (2005). Advanced Listening Comprehension, 3rd ed. Boston: Thomas Heinle.

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

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.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.

Course Description:
EI 340 Study Skills for International Students: 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

Class Assessment:

Active participation and evident class preparation:   15%
Note-taking and observation assignments:                20%
Quizzes:                                                                  20%
Final research report and presentation:                     20%
Portfolio:                                                                 25%


90 - 100%:  A
80 - 89%:    B
65 - 79%:    C
55 - 64%:    D
below 55%:  F

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

                                                   EI 340 Spring 2009



Assignments, etc.

Jan. 12 – Feb. 6

Unit 1: Anthropology

Writing: Paraphrasing and Summarizing

Vocabulary: Intro to morphology; prefixes, suffixes, and roots

Unit 1, text

Video: First Contact

Note-taking assignment

Unit 1 test Thursday, Feb. 5

Feb. 9 – Mar. 6

Unit 2: History

Connections and transitions in written academic English

Vocabulary: log from units 1 and 2

Unit 2, text

Video: The Murder of Emmett Till

Note-taking assignment due on or before Tuesday, Feb. 10

Vocabulary quiz 1

Unit 2 test Mar. 5

Choose research topics; submit outline by Mar. 5


Mar. 9 - 13



Mar. 16 – Apr. 3

Unit 3: Sociology

Acknowledging sources: referencing

Unit 3, text

Video: Boys Don’t Cry

Class observation assignment due on or before Apr. 2

Unit 3 test Apr. 2

First draft of research paper due Apr. 7

Vocabulary quiz Apr. 9

Apr. 6 – May 1

Unit 4: Communication

Presentation skills: PowerPoint

Unit 4, text

Class presentations

Research paper due with portfolio May 1

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

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 .

EI 340 Class Assignments spring 09.doc


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