EI340 Study Skills:Internatl Students

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EI 340 Study Skills:Internatl Students


FA 2009 HO


Meinhardt, Gretchen


Instructor, English as an International Language/Adjunct Faculty


M.S., Adult Education -- English as a second language
B.S., Journalism -- photojournalism and news-editorial

Office Location

Herr House

Office Hours

By appointment

Other Phone




Semester Dates

Aug. 17, 2009 -- Dec. 4, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

12:00 - 1:15 PM

Credit Hours


Advanced Listening Comprehension: Listening and Notetaking Skills 3, Third Edition, Thomson Heinle, by Patricia Dunkel and Frank Pialorsi

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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

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

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues and writings.  The classroom should be a safe, creative, and respectful environment where all are encouraged and expected to participate.  The instructor's role is not only to help students improve their academic skills, but also to further develop the critical thinking and independent learning skills students will need throughout their lives.

Class Assessment:

Active participation and evident class preparation         15%
Note-taking/observation assignments                             20%

Quizzes and Tests                                                            20%

Final presentation and research report                             20%

Portfolio                                                                            25%

Extra Credit:  Several extra credit opportunities will be offered throughout the semester. Students may complete up to 2 extra credit assignments (20 points each), for a total of 20 points. Extra credit will count for no more than 2% of the total class grade. Extra credit will ONLY be offered to those students completing ALL COURSE ASSIGNMENTS. No extra credit will be given or received during the final 3 weeks of the semester, so plan accordingly.

To qualify for the extra credit, you must attend the event in its entirety and bring to class proof of your attendance (a program, ticket, etc.). In addition, you will write a brief synopsis of the event. Events for which extra credit will be considered include attending guest lectures, sporting events (except for athletes participating in the event), music recitals (except for musicians playing in the event), Culture Hour, and plays. If you wish to obtain extra credit for any other type of event, you must clear it with me in advance.


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

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All assignments are due the following class, with the exception of oral presentations which are due according the the schedule posted.  The instructor will NOT accept assignments submitted late, except by pre-arrangement, or under extenuating circumstances.
Attendance is mandatory and has a big influence on your grade.  Advance notification of an absence may qualify you for an excused absence.  Students providing a legitimate excuse for their absence (doctor's note or medical certificate) may submit work when they return to class without penalty.  All athletes are expected to submit game schedules prior to any absences, as well as permission slips from coaches stating when and for how long they will be absent from class.  Late work due to unexcused absences will be docked 1 letter grade per day late. 
Missed daily quizzes cannot be made up.
If a student is 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.
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.

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:

8/17 - 9/14: Unit 1 -- Anthropology
      Note-taking assignment (due on or before 9/21)
9/7:  Labor Day -- No Class
9/16: Unit 1 test
9/18 - 10/7:  Unit 2 -- History
      Choose research topics and submit outline (due on or before 10/9)
10/9:  Unit 2 test
10/12 - 10/16:  Fall Break - No Class
10/19 - 11/13:  Unit 3 -- Sociology
      Class observation assignment (due on or before 11/16)
11/11:  Veteran's Day - No Class
11/16:  Unit 3 test
11/18 - 12/4:  Unit 4 -- Communication
      Class presentations
      Research paper and portfolio (due Dec. 2)
11/27:  Thanksgiving Break -- No Class
** All topics/dates/assignments are 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 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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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