North Seattle Community College Arts, Humanities and Adult Basic Education Division Spring 2010 Course Syllabus for IEP 052: Reading and Vocabulary 5 Time: 2:30 - 3:35 MTWTh Instructor: Melanie Baker Office: IB 2423 C8 Classroom: CC 3350 Phone: 527-3752 Email: [email protected] Required Text Making Connections, Intermediate: A Strategic Approach to Academic Reading by Jo McEntire and Jessica Williams (Cambridge University Press) Recommended Text (optional) Longman Advanced American Dictionary (Longman Publishing Group) Required Materials 3-ring notebook with loose-leaf paper Pens or pencils Highlighters Textbook & handouts Index cards (at least 100) Course Goals In this class you will improve your vocabulary and academic reading skills. We will focus on increased reading comprehension, library skills, and vocabulary skills. You will increase your ability to: Identify the main ideas and supporting details of reading passages. Identify word roots and affixes to understand the meaning of unknown words. Identify author bias and text credibility. Recognize figurative language. Make inferences based on what you have read. Increase your reading speed. Write short reports and summaries of what you have read. Access and evaluate information from the library and the Internet. Course Requirements Come to class prepared! Come to class on time! North Seattle Community College Arts, Humanities and Adult Basic Education Division Spring 2010 Come to class! (You should attend ALL classes… if you have 8 absences or more, you will FAIL this class! If you know that you must be absent on a specific day, tell me or e-mail me before the class. If you are absent on the day of a test or a quiz, it is your responsibility to talk to me about taking the test/quiz at another time). Be kind and respectful. Complete all assignments on time. I will subtract 5 points from your grade for each day that an assignment is late (1 day late = -5; 2 days late = -10, etc…). Grades Your grade for this class will be based on in-class participation and preparedness, homework, reading and vocabulary assignments, and scores on quizzes and tests. 10%: Participation, preparedness, and homework 20%: Reading & Vocabulary Assignments 20%: Quizzes 30%: Tests 10%: Final Reading Exam 10%: Final Vocabulary Exam Notes about Homework Completing homework assignments is an extremely important part of improving your English ability: All homework should be done BEFORE class begins. Do not do homework during class. Do not copy another student’s homework. Do not ask someone else to do your homework for you. Do not copy your homework off of the Internet! Notes about Plagiarism ‘Plagiarism’ is when a writer uses words that were written or said by someone else in their own writing or speech. Although some cultures consider this an honor, in the US this is considered cheating and is NOT okay. Some examples of plagiarism are: Copying someone’s homework or paper. Copying a paper (or PART of a paper) from a book, magazine, article, or the Internet. Letting someone else do an assignment for you. Important Dates Monday, April 5th: First day of class. Monday, May 31st: Memorial Day, no class. Friday, June 11th: Last day of class.