EI322 Academic Reading II

for SP 2010

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EI 322 Academic Reading II


SP 2010 HO


Joe Cunningham


Instructor, English as an International Language


Master of Arts in Teaching Foreign Languages

Office Location

Herr House 19

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday  10:00-11:00 am; Monday, Friday 2:00-5:00 pm

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6792



Class Days


Class Time

8:00-8:50 am

Credit Hours



"Topics for Today" 3rd. Edition by Smith, Lorraine and Nici Mare, Nancy (ISBN-10: 1413008119)
"Ender's Game" by Card, Orson Scott (ISBN-10: 0812519116)

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 322 Academic Reading I: This course concentrates on the skills advanced students require to be able to read academic texts such as articles and textbooks. Emphasis will be placed on the acquisition of academic vocabulary; fluency and efficiency of reading; and advanced comprehension strategies. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

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.

Class Assessment:

Sustained Silent Reading                                   10%

Google Reader Summaries and Reflection         15%

Ender's Game and Vocabulary Quizzes            20%

Vocabulary Lists                                               15%

Final paper                                                        20%

Active participation and attendance                    20%


90-100%: A

80-89%: B

65-79%: C

55-64%: D

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:

  • Please come to class prepared to learn and ready to participate. 
  • Turn off all cell phones while class is in session. 
  • English should be spoken while class is in session. 
  • Respect for others is essential in the classroom.  
  • Three tardies equal one day of unexcused absence.
  • Students are expected to check their Park University e-mail account regularly.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


In-class reading

At-home reading

Assignments/In-class work


Topics for Today (TfT): Hop, Skip…and Software?

Reading diagnostic



TfT: Program to Bring Laptop Computers to Rural Schools

Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game (EG) chapters 1-2 due

Get a library card!

Friday: EG quiz 1


TfT: My Husband the Outsider

EG chapters 3-4 due

Monday: Bring library books Friday: Chapters 1-3 vocabulary list


TfT: Unwelcome in Chinatown

EG chapter 5 due

Friday: Google Reader summary 1


Tft: Who Lives Longer?

EG chapter 6 due

Friday: EG quiz 2


TfT: More Senior Citizens, Fewer Kids

EG chapter 7 due

Friday: Chapters 4-6 vocabulary list


TfT: The Mindset of Health

EG chapter 8 due

Friday: Google Reader summary 2


TfT: How to Behave in a Hospital

EG chapter 9 due

Friday: EG quiz 3


Spring Break


TfT: Assisted Suicide: Multiple Perspectives

EG chapter 10 due

Friday: Chapters 7-10 vocabulary list


TfT: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Help Terminally Ill Patients Commit Suicide?

EG chapter 11 due


TfT: Trading Flesh around the Globe

EG chapter 12 due

Friday: EG quiz 4


TfT: Sale of Kidneys Prompt New Laws and Debate

EG chapter 13 due

Friday: Google Reader summary 3


TfT: Playing with Fire

EG chapter 14  due

Friday: Chapters 12-15 vocabulary list


TfT: Taking Two Steps Back

EG chapter 15 due

Select topic for final paper

Friday: EG quiz 5


In-class work on final paper

Course wrap up


Final paper due Thursday, May 6 at 5:00 pm

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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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