EI245 Advanced American Culture

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EI 245 Advanced American Culture


SP 2013 HOA


Meinhardt, Gretchen


Instructor, English as an International Language/Adjunct Faculty


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

Office Location

Herr House

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone




Class Days


Class Time

11:00 - 11:50 AM

Credit Hours


Broukal, Milada and Milhomme, Janet. All About the USA 4 (ISBN-10: 0-13-234968-X)

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Additional materials will be provided 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.
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Course Description:
EI 245 Advance American Culture: This course broadens and deepens students exposure to American culture through examination and analysis of American music, movies, TV, literature, art, and other media. Students in this course put their English into practice and demonstrate knowledge of American culture by producing a project elucidating an aspect which interests them. It is designed to build upon the skills of cultural analysis taught in EI145, American Culture, but may be taken on its own.

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:

Attendance: 5%
Participation: 5%
Quizzes: 10%
Culture Hour: 8%
Homework Assignments: 12%
Essays: 30%
Oral Presentations: 30%

Presentations: You will have 3-4 presentations to do this semester. Some will be solo and some with a partner.

Compositions: You will have 3-4 essays this semester. These include writing about movies we watch or writing about the topic we are studying. You will be given a chance to revise your compositions in order to get a higher grade.

Culture Hour: Culture Hour meets every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Thompson. It is MANDATORY that you attend 8 of these sessions and report on them the next day. If it is absolutely impossible for you to attend 10 Culture Hour sessions, please speak to me as soon as possible to discuss other options. I will not discuss any other options after March 18.

Homework: There will be homework exercises assigned in the book that are due the next day of class. Some homework assignments may be on eCompanion. All homework due dates will be posted in eCompanion.

Participation: Attendance is extremely important as we cover a lot of material in class. If you are late to class or miss a class (without an excuse), you will lose your attendance points for the day. If you miss class, you will also lose your participation points for the day. If you come to class without or book or handouts or without having your homework done, you will lose your participation points for the day.

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 40 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 present a brief synopsis of the event orally to the class. 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 quizzes cannot be made up.
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% final participation grade.
Group presentations are accorded one grade, which is shared by all students in the group. If a student fails to participate in a group presentation, the other group members should notify the instructor IN ADVANCE in order that appropriate steps be taken to redress the situation.
Students who wish to work alone for all presentations should make that wish known to the instructor at the beginning of the semester.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

1/14 - 1/16 - Introductions, Syllabus, Pre-reading activities
1/14 - 1/25 - Mini-unit: Missouri and Kansas City
   Reading: "A Cub-Pilot's Education" by Mark Twain
1/21 - No Class - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/25 - Group Presentations on Missouri
1/30 - 2/15 - Unit 1: Civil Rights
   Readings: "The Ingrate" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
                  "Hope Deferred" by Alice Dunbar-Nelson
   Movie: "The Help"
2/15 - Civil Rights compare / contrast essay due
2/18 - No Class - President's Day
2/20 - 3/8 - Unit 2
3/8 - Unit 2 presentations
3/11 - 3/15 - No Class - Spring Break
3/18 - 4/5 - Unit 3
3/22 - No Class - Good Friday
4/5 - Unit 3 presentations
4/8 - 4/26 - Unit 4
4/19 - Last day to turn in extra credit
4/26 - Unit 4 Presentations
4/29 - 5/3 - "Year of Your Birth" project
5/3 - "Year of Your Birth" compare / contrast final essay due
**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 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
NOTE: Students are expected to arrive on time to class each day. For purposes of grading, three (3) tardies will equal one unexcused absence.

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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