ESL 91 D01B--INTERDISCIPLINARY ENGLISH AND THE INTERNET

Fall, 2001

 

Dr. Loretta Kasper

 

Office: C-219

Phone: 368-5373

 

Email: esl91@yahoo.com

 

Course Web Site: http://kccesl.tripod.com

 

Online Course: http://www.blackboard.com/courses/esl91

 

10:20AM - 12:30PM Mon M 111 (COMPUTER LAB) Tues C 215 Thurs C 215

Writing Center Lab with Tutors Wed 10:20AM-12:30PM L-219

 

REQUIRED COURSE TEXTS AND MATERIALS:

 

         Interdisciplinary English by Loretta F. Kasper (publisher: McGraw-Hill)

 

         What You Need to Know about Developing Your Test-Taking Skills: Reading Comprehension by Robert S. Boone (publisher: NTC Publishing Group)

 

         Two 3 FORMATTED floppy disks for computer lab work

 

         Recommended grammar reference: Understanding and Using English Grammar by Betty Azar.

 

Please note that you WILL NOT be admitted to class without your textbooks.

 

ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION:

 

Regular attendance and participation are REQUIRED. If you are excessively absent and/or late, you will be asked to drop the course. You are expected to be in class ON TIME every day. Class begins promptly at 10:20 AM. You will be considered excessively absent if you miss more than eight hours of class--please note that this is eight HOURS not eight classes (each class is 2 hours). In addition, if you are late 3 times, it will count as ONE absence.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

 

The theme of this ESL 91 course will be "Interdisciplinary English and the Internet." In this course you will be reading and writing about the variety of academic disciplines represented in your textbook.

 

Computers and the Internet will be an integral part of this course. We will meet in Computer Lab every Monday. Please note that we are in M108 from 10:20-11:20 and in M220A from 11:30-12:30. You must bring 2 formatted floppy disks to computer lab.

 

During the first week of classes, you will each choose a discipline to study in-depth for the semester. You may choose from any of the 10 subjects in your textbook. The discipline you choose is called your FOCUS DISCIPLINE. You will read, research and write about topics of interest in your focus discipline.

 

You will work with classmates who have chosen the same focus discipline. You will use the Internet to communicate with other students and to find information for your research projects.

 

Each student in the course will set up a free e-mail account with YAHOO. These accounts will allow you to send messages to each other and to me. You will also be able to send me your essays, as well as ask questions that may come up as you do your research.

 

COURSE INTERNET HOME PAGE:

 

The ESL 91 Home Page can be found on the Internet at http://kccesl.tripod.com/

On this page, you can find the course syllabus, a schedule of assignments, and links to many different language learning resources. Please visit this page regularly and use the resources provided on it to practice grammar, listening, reading, and writing.

 

THE ONLINE COMPONENT:

 

This ESL 91 course has an online component, which can be found on the Internet at http://www.blackboard.com/courses/esl91

You will go to this web site every Monday when we are in computer lab. On this site you will find all of the necessary course information.  It also gives you a forum for online discussion with the instructor or with other course participants. During the course of the semester, I will be adding lectures and readings to the Blackboard course interface. PLEASE CHECK THE BLACKBOARD COURSE INTERFACE REGULARLY FOR UPDATED COURSE INFORMATION.

 

READING AND WRITING ASSIGNMENTS:

 

Reading: You will be assigned readings and exercises in your textbooks. In addition, you will read texts that you find on the Internet. There will also be texts placed on reserve in the college library. You must keep up with the reading or you will not pass the course.

 

Writing: You will be doing a great deal of academic writing in this course. Your written assignments will report on the reading and the research you have done in your focus discipline.

 

You will be doing several drafts of each written piece. You will work with your classmates and with me to improve your writing. Writing assignments will be collected and graded every week.

 

PLEASE NOTE: YOUR ASSIGNMENTS MUST BE HANDED IN TO ME ON THE DAY THEY ARE DUE. NO EXCEPTIONS! NO EXCUSES!

I will not accept nor read late assignments.

 

READING AND WRITING EXAMINATIONS:

 

You will be reading college-level material and you will be writing academic college level papers. The readings and the exercises are designed to prepare you both for college-level assignments and for the English Departmental Reading Exam, which you will take in December. The English Departmental Test gives you two reading passages and then asks you questions related to each one and to both together.

 

As part of your focus discipline study, you will be writing several research papers and a longer research project. These pieces will form your writing portfolio. The writing portfolio is very important because you must receive a passing score on your portfolio to pass the writing portion of this course.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are excessively late or absent, or if you do not hand in your assignments on time, you WILL NOT be allowed to submit a portfolio and you will need to repeat ESL 91.

 

You must pass BOTH READING AND WRITING to advance to the next level. Otherwise you must repeat ESL 91.

 

You will take the ACT exams in the next level course. You must pass the ACT exams before you may register for ENG 12. To give you some advance preparation, we will do some practice for both the reading and the writing ACT tests.