ESL10W is a low-intermediate multi-skills course designed to improve the English
language skills of non-native speakers. This course concentrates on reading,
writing, and computer assisted language learning (CALL). It is recommended that
students take this course concurrently with ESL10G. *Course credit may not be
applied toward satisfaction of Associate in Arts Degree requirements.
Required Books and Materials
Kirn, Elaine and Pamela Hartmann. Interactions 1: Reading, Silver
Edition. NY: McGraw-Hill ESL/ELT, 2007. (ISBN 0-07-332964-9)
Other book TBA
-A good portable English-English dictionary such as the Cambridge Dictionary
of American English or The Newbury House Dictionary of American English.
(Electronic translators may not be used in class; only English-English
dictionaries may be used.)
-A composition notebook for journal writing and vocabulary
-Loose-leaf binder paper and a loose-leaf binder
-Other web-based materials will be assigned throughout the semester
and use correct word order in various sentence types (SV, SVO, SVIOO,
-Construct simple, compound (with and, but, or so),
and complex sentences (with time clauses, because and if)
reading comprehension by writing complete sentences
-Choose appropriate synonyms and definitions for paraphrasing reading
main ideas, supporting details, facts, and opinions in reading passages
contextual clues, transition words, word forms in reading passages and
use them to determine meaning
-Choose when to
consult an Eng-Eng dictionary in print and online
edit for: statement and question formation; count/noncount nouns;
pronouns; singulars and plurals; subject-verb agreement (including
there is/are); prepositional phrases of location, direction, and
time; simple modals; present, past, and future time (simple and
6-10 thematically-related sentences based on a reading or personal
experience in 30 minutes
and discriminate among web pages (focusing on SMC homepages)
basic information competency (including email, eCompanion, and Word
Method of Presentation
Small Group and Pair Activities 40%
Audio-Visual/Guest Speakers 10%
Language Lab 20%
Students must complete homework to succeed in the class. Classroom
activities depend on completion of the assignments. Although not every
assignment will be graded, most assignments will be collected or checked in
Written Work and Journal Writing
We will have regular, formal, graded writing assignments.
Journal writing is less formal. The purpose of journal writing is to give
you practice getting ideas down on paper quickly and to help you develop fluency
in writing. Sometimes journal topics are given to allow you to practice using
the new vocabulary and grammar. Therefore, you should make an effort to use the
new vocabulary and grammar correctly.
You are required to keep a vocabulary (or word) journal. In the journal you
will write new words from the readings. Each entry should contain:
1) the word
2) the part of speech (and if it is a noun, whether it is countable or
3) a definition and synonyms (an antonym) in English
4) the word used in the context of a sentence
5) other forms of the word
These journals will be collected and graded on the same days that you have a
test. The purpose of the vocabulary journals is to help you learn new words and
how to use them. You should have a minimum of 10 entries in
your vocabulary journal per week.
You will have a comprehensive final exam for ESL 10W, which means it covers
material from the entire semester.
Method of Evaluation for ESL 10
Chapter Tests (8 @ 50 points each) 400
Writing Assignments (10 @ 20 pts each) 200 points
Homework, Classwork, Vocabulary Notebook,
Journal Writing, &
Lab Assignments 200 points
Final Grade (Final course grades of A, B, or C qualify students for ESL
900-1000 points =A
800-890 points = B
700-790 points = C
600-690 points = D
0-590 points = F
1) Attend class regularly. If you miss class, you will miss important work,
and your grades will suffer.
2) Come to class on time. Roll call is taken at the beginning of class,
important announcements are made at that time, and homework is often checked at
3) Turn in papers when they are due. No late papers will be accepted.
4) If you miss class, call a few classmates to find out what you missed.
Have a friend or relative turn in your assignment. Call or e-mail the instructor
to let her know why you missed the class. A missed class is no excuse for an
5) No food or drinks are permitted in the classroom. All pagers and
cell phones should be shut off during class. Electronic dictionaries are
not allowed in class. Students must make every effort to communicate in
English during class time. Disruptive students will be asked to leave.
6) To improve your English, do homework, read, and study everyday.
7) You will be assigned to work in groups to facilitate interaction. Much
of what you learn will be from working with classmates. Cooperation and
collaboration are expected. In the lab you may sit where you wish, but you must
sit next to someone who does not speak your first language.
8) Cheating on tests, quizzes, homework, and writing assignments is not tolerated.
If you talk or copy from someone, you will receive a 0. If someone else talks
to you, ignore that person to prevent cheating or getting a 0 on the assignment.
9) No smoking is allowed on campus. If you need to smoke during
the break, you must walk off campus, away from other students.
Tutoring & Support Services
1. Free tutoring is available in the ESL Center; sign up by going to the SMC
ESL Department homepagehttp://www.smc.edu/apps/comm.asp?Q=74
and click on the link to
Make a tutoring appointment
2. Students may use computers in the Cayton Center, the library, the Science
Building, Drescher Hall 203 & 204.
3. Academic counselors can be reached in the ISC (310-434-4217) and in Counseling
(310-434-4210 or 434-4589). Counselors are available in the ESL Building Mondays. No appointment is necessary to see these counselors.
4. Psychological counselors can be reached at 310-434-4262.
See my homepage
for extra practice with language skills and for reference materials.
Communication with Instructor
The best way to contact me is in person after class or via e-mail.
Telephone calls generally cannot be returned as easily or quickly as e-mail. If
you have any questions or concerns, please contact me as soon as possible.