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______SEATTLE CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE_______________________________________

ESL 099, Writing for Non-Native Speakers II Winter 2011

Monday-Friday, 9:00-9:50 BE 4179

Jacquie George, ESL BE 3103 587-5432

e-mail address: website:

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The thematic focus of ESL 099 is on contemporary issues in US society. Designed for English as a Second Language students, the course contains information vital to success in college and the workplace. In this class we will examine, explore, discuss and write about the Pacific Northwest, with an emphasis on the Puget Sound area. All the various materials we use in class will help us explore this issue. My expectation is that you will develop the writing skills (organization, structure, word choice and usage) most common in colleges in the US.

ANGEL Learning

This section of ESL 099 will be using the ANGEL Learning course management software. All of your assignments will be online and everything, except in-class work will be submitted via the ANGEL website.


The emphasis in this class will be on active learning, which includes participation in small and large group discussions. We will be reading short fiction and novels as well as newspaper articles and various essays, which we will explore in seminars. Writing assignments will vary in length and complexity but will reflect the different kinds of writing prevalent in college level classes. MY GOAL IS NOT TO PREPARE YOU ONLY FOR ENGLISH 101, BUT FOR ALL COLLEGE LEVEL COURSES YOU WILL BE TAKING. The development of listening and speaking skills will also be integrated in order to improve both oral and written communication.

  • To improve writing, listening and speaking skills through vigorous practice and directed assignments

  • To learn to listen attentively, recognize main points in a lecture and take effective notes

  • To improve students’ abilities to function effectively in small groups, sharing ideas in a constructive way and accepting suggestions from others

  • To provide a solid basis from which to analyze grammar

  • To enhance the students’ confidence in their abilities to analyze, in writing, short fiction, novels and other pieces of writing

  • To introduce writing as a process: prewriting, drafting, editing and revising

  • To introduce different rhetorical styles used in academic writing, such as narration, argumentation, persuasion, critical analysis and review

  • To increase students’ ability to support an idea with textual as well as personal examples

  • To learn to write well-developed, effective essays that have clearer focus and well-supported arguments

  • To encourage use of writing groups and peer editing

  • To develop information literacy skills

  • To facilitate use of SCCC’s Reflect-Learn-Connect model for research and inquiry


If you need course adaptation or accommodation because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with your instructor, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with your instructor as soon as possible.

Very simply, I love learning, and like any other kind of zealot, I want you to love it, too. As a teacher, it is my intent to facilitate your becoming an independent learner and critical thinker. I treat education as a lifetime activity, which includes all of your previous experiences as well as those to come. I want you to integrate your life experiences outside of school with your more intentional, formal classroom experiences. While education is a product that is tangible, it’s also a process – a lifelong process.
Classroom activities will be more student-centered than instructor-centered. As a teacher, I believe that you are responsible for your own learning. I can’t make you learn, but I can provide you with opportunities to do so. You are encouraged to reflect upon your own experiences, challenge your preconceived notions, listen attentively to the discourse of peers and instructor, and promote active learning and critical thinking beyond the classroom experience.


SCCC Computer Center:

SCCC Library (the most useful spot you’ll ever find!):

Evacuation: In the case of an emergency evacuation, please head to the nearest exit and cross the street.

Career Services Center: BE1102

Student Activity Center: Join for only $30 a quarter!

In case of emergency, such as very bad weather, please do one of the following:

  • Check the Seattle Central website: or

  • Check — click on the “college” tab at the left and then on Seattle Central Community College or

  • Call the Seattle Central closure line: 206-587-5464 (587-KING). 

You are expected to comply with college policies & procedures. For a complete description, see

Seattle Central Community College and the Basic and Transitional Studies Division are committed to creating and protecting a diverse learning environment that includes everyone who studies or works here. That means everyone of any race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, Vietnam-era or disabled veteran status, political affiliation or belief, or disability. Students are obligated to respect the rights of others and to refrain from any actions that harm the health, safety, and welfare or property of others. Discrimination will be not tolerated. This policy is found at


ESL 099 Grammar Packet

ESL 099 Materials, as available

Madonna. (1990). The immaculate collection. [CD]. New York, NY: Sire.

50 Great Voices from National Public Radio (NPR)

You will want to Bookmark or Favorite this website:

I also encourage you to sign up for the free podcast so that you can receive new episodes as they are aired.
The grammar packet is available now on the Jacquie’s Fun House Google website; just follow the links. I suggest that you print a copy unless you will be bringing a laptop to class daily. Other materials will be available online; those should be printed, as well.


Writing Assignments: You will be writing four (4) 3-5 page out-of-class essays this quarter, two of which will be selected for inclusion in the portfolio. You will be receiving more details about the portfolio in the 2nd week of class. You will have the opportunity to develop your information literacy skills while in this class. You will be researching a topic that interests you and that is related to the topic of “film”.

In-Class Writing: You will have several in-class essays of varying lengths, the topic of which will be the various readings, discussions, videos, speakers and other activities from this class – also, some “cold” topics. Each in-class writing will be worth 50 points.
10 Perfect Sentences: This represents the "grammar" portion of our class. After we've discussed a particular sentence type, you must write 10 perfect sentences using that structure. However, everything in the sentence must be perfect before you get credit for it. We will do 5 (or 6) structures; it doesn't sound like much, but it adds up!

  • Community Activity Reports: You will be required to attend and write-up five (5) campus or community activities; these include lectures, plays, some films, and the like. For the report, you have to write at least one paragraph which summarizes the event and at least one paragraph that discusses your reaction to the event and that assesses your ability to understand what's going on. In other words, about how much do you think you understood? What are things that kept you from understanding?

Portfolio: The portfolio is a collection of writings which best demonstrates your abilities in written English. It is designed to show your growth as a writer over the entire quarter; your evaluation and choice of what you feel is your best work; and, the variety of your written work this quarter.

  • Research Guide: The research guide will count as an independent grade, but will also be part of the final portfolio. Instead of writing a research paper in this class, we will focus on learning effective research techniques. You will choose from a list of topics and prepare a guide that details information sources. You will receive more information in the 5th week of class and will be able to see student samples both in class and online.


Portfolio = 30%

Out-of-Class Writings = 25%

In-Class Writings/Homework/Presentations = 15%

10 Perfect Sentences = 10%

Research Guide = 10%

Community Activity Reports = 10%

GRADING: A = 96-100% = 3.9-4.0

A- = 90-95% = 3.5-3.8

B+ = 86-89% = 3.2-3.4

B = 83-85% = 2.9-3.1

B- = 80-82% = 2.5-2.8

C+ = 76-79% = 2.2-2.4

C = 73-75% = 1.9-2.1

C- = 70-72% = 1.5-1.8

D+ = 66-69% = 1.2-1.4

D = 63-65% = 0.9-1.1

D- = 60-62% = 0.7-0.8

F = 0-59% = 0.0-0.6


Attendance and class participation are an integral part of the learning process. Class discussions enable you to demonstrate your knowledge of the material and to express what you think. It shows that you have read and reflected on the subject, and it allows us all to share perspectives that might otherwise remain hidden.

You are expected to come to class ON TIME and be prepared to participate every day. If you must be absent, it is YOUR responsibility to leave a telephone message with me and to get homework assignments from one of your classmates. IT IS NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY TO CALL YOU AND GIVE YOU ASSIGNMENTS AND TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED IN CLASS!! Although attendance is not part of your grade, I can’t stress to you enough the clear correlation between attendance and the final grade achieved in this class. No late tests or quizzes will be given, and late papers will be severely penalized (-10 points a day!)


If you are no longer planning to continue the class, you must take the responsibility to officially withdraw from the class. If you DO NOT OFFICIALLY WITHDRAW, you can anticipate an “O.O” in the class.


Monday, January 10, 2011 Last day to withdraw with 100% refund (-$5)

Monday, January 17, 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; no classes, school closed

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Last day to withdraw without a “W”

Monday, January 24, 2011 Last day to withdraw with 50% refund

Monday, February 21, 2011 President’s Day; no classes, school closed

Friday, February 25, 2011 Last day to withdraw with a “W” w/ permission

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 8-10AM Portfolio Due

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Last Day of the Quarter!!!

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