ESL 272

"Learning is a continual and effortless process, as natural as breathing." ---Frank Smith

ESL 272.01 Information Sheet Winter 2013
This class meets twice a week on Monday and Wednesday from 1:30 PM-3:45 PM in L33.

Prerequisites: Reading 201 (or Language Arts 200) or English as a Second Language 261,262,263 or a qualifying score on the English as a Second Language placement test. ESL 272 may be taken concurrently with English as a Second Language 273.

Required Texts:
(a) New Directions (Second Edition) by Peter S. Gardner (Cambridge University Press second edition)
(b) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Penquin Books)
Recommended Texts: An English-English dictionary-e.g.,Advanced Longman English Dictionary or Merriam-Webster

Course Description:
In ESL 72 you will have the opportunity to explore short reading selections on a variety of different topics presented in New Directions and to focus on the reading of the novel, The Secret Life of Bees. In all the reading work we do this quarter, you will be encouraged to ask meaningful questions and to expand your understanding of what you read. You will do this sometimes by reading beyond the text and at other times by sharing your ideas with your peers both in class discussions and in writing. In these ways, you will find yourself naturally developing your academic vocabulary and reading skills while we build a community where everyone feels comfortable sharing their ideas.

Expanding your reading ability also will help you to become a more confident and proficient writer as you analyze what you read and think critically about the writer's ideas. The best learning experiences require commitment and hard work; my commitment to you is to encourage a process of learning which seems "as natural as breathing" and to create a classroom environment where you always feel supported and challenged to do your best work.

• Summary Response Journals and Reading Notes: 20%
• Midterm/s: 20%
• Final: 20%
• Novel Presentations/Research: 20%
• Homework, Participation in Class Activiites, and Quizzes: 20%

Attendance Policy: In-class group activities and quizzes cannot be made up, so it is important not to miss classes. If you do miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed and complete the homework assignments that are due. Being on time is important too if you expect to get credit for group work activities. You may be dropped by the instructor if you are absent more than 3 times.

Dates to Remember:
1. Saturday, January 19--last day to add
2. Saturday, January 12--last day to drop for a refund for out-or-state or international students
3. Saturday, January 19--last day to drop for a refund for resident students
4. Monday, January 21--last day to drop a class with no record of grade
5. Friday, February 1--last day to request P/NP grade
6. Friday, March 1--last day to drop with a "W"
7. Final Exam: Wednesday, March 27 (1:45-3:45 /L33)

Useful Information:
I want to get to know each one of you, so take advantage of my office hours to spend time with me individually. After your novel presentation groups are formed, I will also ask you and your other group members to set up meeting times with me to review your work.

Regular Office Hours in F-61M (or by appointment)
Monday 3:45-4:45
Wednesdays 3:45-4:45

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• For useful background materials on the novel, try out The Secret Life of Bees link.


Last Updated: 4/25/16