EI340 Study Skills:Internatl Students

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EI 340 Study Skills:Internatl Students


FA 2011 HO


Osborne, Deborah


Coordinator of English as an International Language Program


B.A., Linguistics and French: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver B.C. Canada
Ph.D., Linguistics : SFU

Office Location

Herr House 210

Office Hours


Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

Aug. 15 - Dec. 9, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

12 - 1:15 p.m.

Credit Hours



Lebauer, Roni S. (2010). Learn to Listen, Listen to Learn 2 (3rd ed). White Plains, NY: Pearson Longman
ISBN: 0138140006

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

Educational Philosophy:
Learning is the result of a collaborative interaction between teacher and student. Teachers engage in the process by making information available, raising students' awareness of salient points, and training in the use of skills, both mechanical and intellectual, in as interesting and stimulating a manner as possible. Students engage by practicing, participating, and embracing new knowledge and skill-sets. In an atmosphere of patience, tolerance, and respect, and with concentration on the task, anything can be learned: even the English language.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Practice and demonstrate advanced listening and note-taking skills using academic lectures
  2. Practice and demonstrate mastery of the word families on the Academic Word List
  3. Analyze, compare and contrast different types of research sources, and practice referencing them
  4. Demonstrate organizational and time management skills
  5. Practice and demonstrate academic skills such as summarizing, paraphrasing, and citing
Class Assessment:
Active participation, evident class preparation  timely submission of work:        20%
Student portfolio                        :                                                                    35%
Homework:                                                                                                    20%
Quizzes and tests:                                                                                           25%


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

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work of any kind will only be accepted under the following conditions:  valid medical reasons, accompanied by a doctor's note; in the case of athletes or musicians, pre-scheduled games or performances. In these cases the student must inform the instructor well beforehand in order to arrange for either early submission or makeup assignments. Outside of these circumstances, missed quizzes, assignments, presentations, and so on, may not be made up.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Be punctual.
Turn cell phones off (they are subject to confiscation if found in use).
It is expected that you will listen to the opinions and thoughts of others with the same respect you would like to receive yourself.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


EI 340 Fall 2011



Assignments, Quizzes, etc.

Weeks 1 – 3

Aug. 15 – Sept. 2

Course Introduction

Time Management

Goal/Priority Setting

Homework assignments: goals; schedules; reflection paper

Week 4

Sept. 5 – 9

Monday Sept. 5: Labor Day- HOLIDAY

Text unit 1


Note-taking practice


Exercise C, p. 8, text

Contact professor for Assignment 1, make appointment to visit class

Week 5

Sept. 12 - 16



Text unit 2

Lectures vs. written text

Paraphrase, repetition, exemplification, digression

Prediction from context

Homework: conversational cue collection

Visit class; write up Assignment 1 (due week 6)

Week 6

Sept. 19 - 23

Text unit 3

Lecture content and direction

Recognizing lecture ‘parts’

Quiz 1, text units 1-2

Homework: Read lecture transcript and identify cues for introduction, conclusion, main points

Week 7

Sept. 26 - 30

Text unit 4

Note-taking skills & styles

In-class: Exercise E (note-taking- to be handed in

Week 8

Oct. 3 - 7

Text unit 5



Quiz 2, text units 3-4

Midterm wrap-up

Week 9

Oct. 10 – 14




Week 10

Oct. 17 - 21

Text unit 6

Listening for organization, part 1: Defining, listing subtopics, giving examples

Contact professor for Assignment 2, make appointment to visit class BEFORE THANKSGIVING

Week 11

Oct. 24 - 28

Unit 6, continued

Vocabulary skills

Vocabulary exercises

Week 12

Oct. 31 – Nov. 4

Text unit 7

Listening for organization, part 2: Description, process, classification

Quiz 3, units 5-6

Week 13

Nov. 7 – 11

Friday Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day


Text unit 7, continued

Referencing skills and practice: sources, different styles of referencing

MLA/APA exercise

Week 14

Nov. 14 - 18

NO CLASS Mon. Nov. 14


Text unit 8

Listening for organization, part 3: Cause and effect, comparison/contrast, evidence/prediction

Referencing evaluation

Text exercise

Referencing exercise

Week 15

Nov. 21 – 25

Thursday Nov. 24, Friday Nov. 25, Thanksgiving HOLIDAY

Text unit 9: Wrapup

Quiz 4, units 7-8

Week 16

Nov. 28- Dec. 2

Wrapup cont.

Quiz 5, units 7-9

Assignment 2 due
Portfolio due on or before Monday, Dec. 5


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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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 Assignments Fall 2011


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