name:                  Judy Marasco

office hours:        Tuesday & Thursday 12:30-2:00 pm , Friday 10-11 online

office location:     Library Village 101 (LV 101)



ESL 11A is a 6 unit, 6 hour per week intermediate multi-skills course for non-native speakers of English who place at the "C" level on the SMC ESL Placement Exam.  ESL 11A is the first semester of a year course called ESL 11A/B.


Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

1.    write well-organized, well-supported, grammatically correct  sentences and paragraphs;

2.    identify and edit grammatical, mechanical, and organizational errors;

3.    read for main ideas, specific details, and structure in writings;

4.    write and read under time constraints;

5.    acquire academic vocabulary and idioms;

6.    listen for main ideas and specific details in listening passages;

7.    analyze and discuss topics in pairs/small groups and prepare in-class presentations.


Wegmann & Knezevic   Mosaic 1 – Reading, Silver Edition (ISBN: 0-07-340641-4)

Hanreddy & Whalley      Mosaic 1 – Listening and Speaking, Silver Edition (ISBN: 0-07-332862-6)

Werner                           Mosaic 1 – Grammar, Silver Edition (ISBN: 0-07-3332857-X)


English-English dictionary for learners of English (e.g. Longman’s Dictionary of American English, The Newbury House Dictionary, or Oxford Dictionary of American English)


1.    Three-ring notebook to keep your papers in during the semester

2.    8½”  X 11” college-ruled notebook paper

3.    Pencils and good erasers (a small pencil sharpener is handy too)

4.    Mini-stapler


Reading:     Analyze readings from Mosaic 1 and other sources for main ideas, inference, details, vocabulary, idioms, structure, and style.

Writing:       Write sentences and paragraphs using exemplification, narration, comparison/contrast, cause/effect, and persuasion.

Grammar:   Review of sentence elements, sentence types, coordination & subordination, stative verbs, irregular verbs, verb tenses, fragments, run-ons, subject-verb agreement, count/non-count nouns, comparatives/ superlatives and social modals.

Mechanics: Use capitalization and punctuation in a variety of sentence types.

Listening:    Listen to passages from Mosaic 1 and practice identifying main ideas and specific details, drawing inferences, and identifying vocabulary, idioms, structure and style.

Speaking:    Practice speaking in pairs, small groups, and in front of the class using ideas from Mosaic 1 and other sources.



Writing Assignments

v  Graded writing assignments will be written in and outside of class. Late assignments will be given a lower grade.

Tests & Quizzes

v  Students will take at the end of each Mosaic chapter. Tests will assess listening, reading, vocabulary, writing, and grammar.

v  Short quizzes on reading, vocabulary, and/or grammar will be given periodically.  Quizzes may or may NOT be announced.

v  There are no make-up quizzes.  You may make up a missed test only in the case of a medical emergency with a doctor’s note.


v  Students must complete homework to succeed in the class.  Classroom activities depend on completion of the assignments.  Although not every assignment will be graded, many assignments will be collected or checked in class.

v  Plan to study one to two hours outside of class for every hour in class.  Studying includes completing homework assignments, reviewing work done in class, meeting with a study partner or group, making an appointment with a tutor, creating flashcards and other study guides, listening to assignments, and practicing new vocabulary in speaking and writing.

v  Make sure you have access to a computer (at home or on campus) and an SMC email account so that you can check your email regularly, access e-companion, and download documents as necessary.


v  Oral presentations may be assigned periodically throughout the semester.

Final Exam

v  Monday December 20th from 12-3 pm.  If you have a conflict with another final exam, please let your instructor know.  Otherwise, all students need to take the final at the scheduled time.  Note: You must take the final exam in order to pass the class.

v  The final exam will cover all the material studied throughout the semester.  The first part of the exam will be given on the last day of class. The remainder of the final will be given at the schedule final exam time.


Successful students receive an "A", "B", or "C" grade which places them in ESL 11B. Students with "D" or "F" repeat ESL 11A.





Final Grade


Course Recommendation

Writing Assignments



90 - 100%




Tests & Quizzes



80 - 89%




Homework & Presentations



70 - 79%




Final Exam



60 - 69%



Repeat ESL 11A




50 - 59%



Repeat ESL 11A/Take ESL 10W



v  Attending class regularly is imperative, especially during the summer session. Students who miss more than 12 hours of class need to drop the class.

v  If you miss a class, you are responsible for the content that was covered in class as well as any homework assignments. It is your responsibility to find out what was missed in class.  You should contact a classmate. It is a good idea to have contact information for 2-3 classmates in case you need it. You should also e-mail your professor to let her know why you were absent.

v  Arriving to class on time is important.  Students who arrive late often disrupt the flow of the lesson.  Therefore, two “tardies” will equal one absence.  If you arrive late, please come in quickly and quietly and do your best NOT to disrupt class.  Students who arrive late for class, late after break, or leave early more than 5 times may be dropped from the course.


v  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.

v  Speak English in class. Students must make every effort to communicate in English during class time.  Sitting next to someone who does not speak your first language will help you accomplish this goal and improve your speaking and listening. If you continue to speak a language other than English in class, you may be sent to our campus disciplinarian, Judith Penchansky, for disrupting the learning environment of the class.

v  Cheating on tests or any other assignment 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. (See the last page of the syllabus for more information regarding Santa Monica College’s Code of Academic Conduct.)



1.    Free tutoring is available in the ESL Center. You may schedule a ½ hour appointment online at .  You may see a tutor a maximum of two times a week.

2.   Students may use computers in the Cayton Center, the Library, the Science Building, or Drescher Hall 203 & 204.

3.   Academic counselors can be reached in the ISC (434-4217) and in Counseling (434-4210 or 434-4589).  

4.   Psychological counselors can be reached at 434-4262 or through Student Health.



The best way to contact me is in person after class or via e-mail.  Please do not telephone or email me for homework assignments.  You should telephone OR email a classmate to get the next day's assignment or check eCompanion.   If you send me an email, please allow me 24 hours to respond to you.   If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me as soon as possible.



Thursday, September 9, 2010      Deadline to drop & be eligible for a refund

Monday, September 20, 2010      Deadline to drop & avoid a “W”

Monday, September 27, 2010      Deadline to apply for Pass/No Pass grading option

Sunday, October 24, 2010           Deadline to drop & receive a guaranteed “W”

Sunday, November 21, 2010       Deadline to drop with required faculty approval (You must be earning a grade of C or better in the course.)

ESL 11A – Fall 2010

Weekly Schedule


Week 1


Diagnostic testing and introductions

Mosaic Chapter 1: New Challenges

Basic Sentence Structure / Parts of Speech / Word Order


Week 2

9/6 (no class)


Mosaic Chapter 1: New Challenges

Basic Sentence Structure / Parts of Speech / Word Order

Week 3


Writing Process / Paragraph Structure


Test 1, Paragraph 1

Week 4


Mosaic Chapter 2: Cooperation & Competition

Present Tense / Stative Verbs


Week 5


Mosaic Chapter 2: Cooperation & Competition

Present Tense / Stative Verbs / Information Questions


Test 2 / Paragraph 2

Week 6


Mosaic Chapter 3: Relationships

Past Tense / Past Habitual


Week 7


Mosaic Chapter 3: Relationships

Past Tense Time Clauses



Week 8


Mosaic Chapter 3: Relationships

Present Perfect Tense


Test 3 / Paragraph 3

Week 9


Mosaic Chapter 8: Creativity (Grammar, Reading-Part 2, Listening - NO)

Coordination / Subordination / Sentence Types

Punctuation / Capitalization


Week 10


Mosaic Chapter 7: Remarkable Individuals (Grammar – NO, Reading Part 2, Listening)

Past Perfect (Mosaic Grammar pp. 112-116)


Week 11


Mosaic Chapter 7: Remarkable Individuals

Sentence-level Errors: Run-ons, Fragments, Comma-splice Errors


Test 4 / Paragraph 4

Week 12


Mosaic Chapter 6: Money Matters

Count and Noncount Nouns / Articles & Quantifiers

Subject-Verb Agreement


Week 13


Mosaic Chapter 6: Money Matters

Comparatives, Superlatives & Equatives


Week 14


Mosaic Chapter 4: Health and Leisure

Modals – Present Time

Test 5 / Paragraph 5

Week 15


MosaicChapter 4: Health and Leisure

Prepare for final exam


Week 16



Final Exam: Part I MONDAY, DECEMBER  13th in class (the writing portion of the exam)




Final Exam – Part II:  MONDAY, DECEMBER 20th 12-3 pm

Please note: The schedule may change at the instructor’s discretion.  Students are responsible for keeping all material handed in for grading.  Returned journals, in-class essays, and revisions must be kept until the end of the semester.




Santa Monica College cannot and will not tolerate academic dishonesty.


Definition and Examples of Academic Dishonesty:

SMC defines academic dishonesty as the act of or assistance in deceiving in any academic exercise.  This includes:


§  copying or allowing another student to copy from one’s paper or answer sheet during a quiz or an examination.

§  giving and/or taking information during an examination by any means

§  representing the words, ideas or work of another as one’s own in any academic exercise (plagiarism), including the use of commercial term paper companies.


Responsibility of SMC Students:


§  to conduct him/herself in a manner which encourages learning and prohibits academic dishonesty.

§  to act with fairness towards other students in the classroom.



Consequences for Infractions of Academic Dishonesty:

Given an alleged violation of academic honesty, any or all of the following actions may be imposed:


§  The instructor may assign a failing grade to the examination or assignment in which the alleged cheating or plagiarism occurred.

§  In more serious instances, the instructor may assign a failing grade for the course, upon consultation with the department chairperson.

§  The instructor may dismiss the student from the class or activity for the present and/or following class session.


What does this mean?


1.    Do not copy someone else’s paragraph, quiz, or exam.

2.    Do not allow someone to copy your paragraph, quiz, or exam.

3.    Do not ask someone else for answers when writing a paragraph or during a quiz or exam.

4.    Do not give someone answers when writing a paragraph or during a quiz or exam.

5.    Do not present someone else’s work, or that from a textbook or article, as your own.

6.    Do not pretend that work done outside of class was done in class.

Editing Symbols for ESL 11A


verb tense – make sure you have chosen the right tense. Think about when the action takes place and if it is a generalization. Make sure your verb tenses are consistent throughout your writing.


verb form – the tense is correct, but it is formed incorrectly.  Check for passive vs. active construction


incorrect subject-verb agreement  – check if the subject is singular or plural and make sure your verb agrees


incorrect word form – the word is correct, but you need a different part of speech


incorrect word choice – use your dictionary to find a better word


incorrect or missing article


problem with the singular or plural of a noun


pronoun reference unclear or agreement incorrect


sentence structure – the sentence is not constructed accurately


missing word – insert a word to make the sentence clear (especially if you are missing a subject or a verb)


incorrect or awkward word order


sentence fragment – incomplete sentence


run-on sentence – two or more sentences are incorrectly joined or need to be separated


comma-splice error – two complete sentences are separated with a comma (try using a period, adding a coordinating conjunction or a subordinating conjunction)


spelling error - word incorrectly spelled


incorrect punctuation - period, comma, semicolon, etc.


capitalization – capital letter needed or not needed


awkward – the meaning is comprehensible but the way it is presented is not very common in English


I don't understand the intended meaning