ESL 222 (Formerly 224)

Course Description:
ESL 222 is a 1/2 unit reading practice and comprehension class. We will meet for 8 weeks, starting week 3, and each small group session will last for 1 1/2 hours. You will use your English actively in a small group setting to discuss stories in the news and world events. Each week you will be assigned a different news story to read and you may also be asked to bring in news stories of your own for class discussion. Through oral and written practice, you will become more comfortable talking about what you read and picking out the main ideas. You should put in about 2 hours of preparation a week for this class. You will have a chance to do the following activities:

• Respond to questions asking you to think critically about what you read.
• Share your response to what you read in group discussion and in note form.
• Practice identifying and paraphrasing main ideas.
• Practice giving short summaries of what you read both orally and in writing.
• Express your opinions about issues in the news with members of a small group.
• Learn to guess the meanings of new vocabulary from the context of the reading.
• Keep a vocabulary notebook where you can practice using new words.

Grading Criteria: ESL 222 is a pass/no pass class
1. 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.
2. You will need to participate in class activities and prepare homework assignments.
3. Your teacher may give you oral and/or written quizzes to evaluate your progress.

Listening and Speaking Center Hours
The Listening and Speaking Center is open 5 days a week so take advantage of our recording equipment and computers to assist you with your academic studies.

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.

Resources: Live Radio and Television from around the World
• Explore different perspectives on the news and report back to the class what you learn from the international media:

Conversation Practice Ideas!
• Join a student club at De Anza to make new friends!
Check out De Anza College Student Activities:

• Cross Cultural Partners
Join Cross Cultural Partners to get acquainted with a student from another class at De Anza. For more information, talk to an LSC staff member or visit the CCP website:

Tutoring & Other LSC Programs in ATC 304:
We offer a variety of programs to help you with your speaking and listening including 25 minute tutoring sessions and 50 minute workshops. Please contact LSC staff members with your questions about our programs or visit our website. *

Improve your Writing and Study Skills
• Academic Skills Center (L47)

Contact Information:
• LSC 864-5385
• MaryAnne Ifft 864-8576


Last Updated: 4/25/16