ESL 216 - Advanced Book Reading Club

Place: LSC/ATC 304

*All 1/2 unit classes start week 3. Register online or come to the first class meeting week 3 to register.

Prerequisites: Qualifying score on the English placement test or completion of ESL 252

Course Description: ESL 216 is a 1/2 unit class which emphasizes the development of vocabulary and critical thinking skills through the discussion and analysis of an extended text while working in a small group. We read The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, fall quarter 2009. Some of the other books that we have read include Almost a Woman and Funny in Farsi. To find out more about these books, click on the titles listed on the sidebar.

We will meet for 8 weeks, starting week 3, and each small group session will last for 1 1/2 hours. Each week, we will focus on different topics connected to the book we are reading.

You will have a chance to do some of the following activities:

* Share your response to the ideas of the author in small group discussion. Read passages aloud from the book.
* Learn how to participate actively in a group by asking and answering questions.
* Practice giving oral summaries of the text and analyzing difficult passages.
* Improve your vocabulary by keeping a record of new words, idioms, and key ideas.
* Explain the meanings of vocabulary and new expressions to your classmates.
* Practice connecting your cultural experiences to those of the author.
* Practice writing short responses to what your read through the use of a double entry notebook to prepare for class discussions.


Grading Criteria: ESL 216 is a pass/no pass class
* To get credit for this class, you will need to attend class regularly. If you miss more than 1 class, you may be dropped by the instructor.
* You will need to participate in class activities and prepare homework assignments: Each week you will be asked to read about 35 pages and during the quarter may be asked to lead small group activities.
* At the end of the class, you will have a chance to participate in the evaluation of your own reading experience and get feedback from your instructor through individual conferences.

Listening and Speaking Center Hours
LSC is open 5 days a week. Use the lab for tutoring and for workshops or for another activity to help you improve your English.

* Monday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
* Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
* Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m.
* Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
* Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Conversation Practice Ideas!
* Join a student club at De Anza!
What's your favorite activity? Find a De Anza group that is doing what you enjoy and join them. For example, clubs, like the International Student Volunteers, get involved with community service projects and have fun together at the same time!

* Volunteering Resources

* Cross Cultural Partners
Join the CCP program and meet regularly with a student from another class at De Anza to practice your English. For more information, talk to an LSC staff member!

* Join Workshops in LSC and Practice your Conversation or Learn a Song!
Check out our schedule of 50-minute workshops this quarter. 30-minute tutoring sessions are available too. You can find the workshop times on MaryAnne’s website!

Improve your English and Study Skills
* Academic Skills Center (L47)
For help with your English classes and other needs, check out the Academic Skills Center at

For More Information: Please contact LSC staff members with your questions about our programs and for assistance with your needs.


Last Updated: 4/25/16