EI101 Beginning Reading and Writing I

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EI 101 Beginning Reading and Writing I


FA 2011 HO


Greenlaw, Cybelle


Adjunct Faculty


PhD/Classical Art and Archaeology, Trinity College Dublin
TESOL/TESL Certification/Oxford Seminars
MA/Library Science, University of Missouri-Columbia

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Semester Dates

August 15, 2011-December 9, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 8:50 AM

Credit Hours



Beaumont, John. NorthStar Focus on Reading and Writing, 1. Pearson, 2009.
ISBN: 0-13-233645-6

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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Course Description:
EI101 Beginning Reading and Writing I: This course introduces the beginning level speaker of English to basic reading texts and elementary writing tasks. Students learn to identify topic sentences, main ideas, and conclusions; various methods of building vocabulary; and to recognize basic sentence constituents. Writing tasks will be based mainly, but not exclusively; on the readings. Students compare and analyze each others work for errors and strengths. As beginning writers of English, they practice and become familiar with simple grammatical structures. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The teacher's role is to help students become effective learners. Language acquisition should be an organic process that allows individuals to work at their own pace, and the teacher must respect each learner's abilities and needs.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and construct text constituents: topic sentences, support sentences and conclusions
  2. Apply methods acquired in class to build vocabulary
  3. Recognize and construct basic sentence constituents
  4. Construct well-formed pieces of writing, i.e., paragraphs and short reports
  5. Demonstrate cultural and academic expertise in presenting assignments in prescribed form and in a timely fashion
  6. Identify strengths and weaknesses through critiques of their own work and that of others
Class Assessment:
1. Writing portfolio: Students will collect a selection of 10 writing assignments, according to their choice, and submit it at the end of the semester. The portfolio should reflect a variety of of types of writing and should show progress and improvement. This should include drafts and final versions. 30% of grade.
2. Quizzes: Students will have frequent vocabulary and reading comprehension quizzes. 20% of grade.
3. Essay test: During the last period of class, students will write an essay on a prearranged subject. 10% of grade.
4. Journal: Students will write weekly journal entries on subjects provided. 20% of grade.
5. Homework: Weekly homework assignments will be given. 10% of grade.
6. Participation: Students are expected to attend class, participate in all activities and discussions, and prepare as requested. 10% of grade.


The grading scale is as follows:

90 – 100: A

80 – 89%: B

66 – 79%: C

50 - 65%: D

Below 50%: F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will not be accepted, except by prearrangement or for extenuating circumstances.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please come to class with a positive attitude and a willingness to participate. Respect the opinions of contributions of your classmates. Please turn off cell phones during class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Aug. 15-19
Exercises provided by instructor
First journal entry: ME

Week 2: Aug. 22-26
Unit 1, text

Week 3: Aug. 29-Sep. 2
Unit 2

Week 5: Sep. 6-9 (No class Sep. 5, Labor Day)
The Arts
Unit 3, text

Week 5: Sep. 12-16
The Arts
Unit 3, text

Week 6: Sep. 19-23
Special Possessions
Unit 4, text

Week 7: Sep. 26-30
Special Possessions
Unit 4, text

Week 8: Oct. 3-7
Strength in Numbers
Unit 5, text

Fall Break: October 10-15

Week 10: Oct. 17-21
Unit 6, text

Week 11: Oct. 24-28
Unit 6, text

Week 12: Oct. 31-Nov. 4
Famous People
Unit 7, text

Week 13: Nov. 7-10 (No class Nov. 11)
Famous People
Unit 7, text

Week 14: Nov. 14-18
Driving Problems
Unit 8, text

Week 15: Nov. 21-23 (No class Nov. 24-25 for Thanksgiving)
Unit 9, text

Week 16: Nov. 28-Dec. 2
Unit 10, text
final essay

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 .



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