EI201 Intermediate Reading and Writing

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EI 201 Intermediate Reading and Writing


FA 2012 HO


Swender, Janet


Adjunct Faculty


MA(Teaching&Leadership:TESOL) University of Kansas, Lawrence
BSE (Curr&Instr) University of Kansas, Lawrence

Office Hours

By appointment



Semester Dates

August 20 - December14, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 8:50 AM

Credit Hours


Barton, L. and C. Duaquier Sardinas,  NorthStar 3 Reading and Writing (3rd ed.) New York:  Pearson Longman ISBN9780136133681

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Additional reading material provided by 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.
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Course Description:
EI 201 Intermediate Reading and Writing: This course introduces the intermediate level speaker of English to readings of more challenging vocabulary and more varied type, such as newspaper articles, short stories, and brief technical selections. An emphasis is placed on vocabulary building skills, and reading skills such as scanning for detail. Writing tasks are based mainly, but not exclusively, on the readings and include short essay-length compositions of different rhetorical categories as well as summaries, outlines, paraphrases, and letters.

Educational Philosophy:
Learning is a social activity accomplished best through open and spontaneous interaction.  Every voice should be heard and valued as a part of the whole learning process.  Conscientious listening, critical contemplation, and candid responses will provoke deeper understanding of issues, ideas, and challenges. 

Class Assessment:

Preparation and Participation - 25%
               Study assigned material
               Complete homework and/or turn-in assignments
               Listen and actively participate in class
Writing Portfolio - 25%
               Accumulation of 4 paragraphs and 4 essays that show evidence of writing improvement
Reading Folder- 25%
               Accumulation of reading and vocabulary-building skills and evidence of understanding
Quizzes, Tests, Exams - 25%
               Weekly Quizzes
               3 Cumulative Tests
               Final Exam


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

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All assignments are due and must be turned in at the beginning of class on the specified date.  Missed quizzes or in-class work cannot be made up. 
         (NOTE:  The only exceptions to this are valid medical reasons and pre-scheduled games (athletes)
                         or performances (musicians).  In these 
cases the instructor must be informed well in advance
                         in order to schedule 
early submission of assignments.  Missed quizzes can be made up after
                         the Final Exam is turned in.)

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Arrive and leave on time. (Lose 1 pt for each minute late...and, gain 1 pt. for each minute overtime)
Be polite to everyone...listen to them, speak to them, smile at them, laugh with them, encourage them, empathize with them 
No unauthorized use of electronics. (In fact, turn them off and put them away...out of sight, out of mind!) 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

8/20             Intro to class

8/22-29       Unit 1: Reading: inferences/Writing: Opinion

8/31-9/10    Unit 2: Reading: supporting opinions with reasons/Writing: Narrative

                              (NOTE: No Classes Monday, 9/3 (Labor Day)

9/12-21       Unit 5: Reading: differentiate main ideas from details/Writing Opinion Essay

9/24            Test 1

9/26-10/3    Unit 6: Reading: general →Specific/Writing: Description ¶

10/5-12       Unit 7: Reading: inferences/Writing: Parallel Construction Essay

                               (NOTE: No Classes 19/13-10/21 (Fall Break)

10/22          Test 2

10/24-11/5  Unit 8: Reading: organize and synthesize 2 readings/Writing: Point-by-Point Essay

                           (NOTE: No Class Friday, 10/26 (Instructor at KSDE)

11/7-19       Unit 9: Reading: creating causal chain/Writing: Cause & Effect Essay

                           (NOTE: No Classes 11/12 (Veterans’ Day)

11/21-12/3   Unit 10: Reading: facts and data (graphs and charts) /Writing: Persuasive Essay

                           (NOTE: No Classes 11/22-11/25 (Thanksgiving Holiday)

12/5            Test 3

12/7            Review for Final Exam

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 95-96

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 95

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 98

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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