Miami-Dade Community College

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Miami-Dade Community College
Department of English for Academic Purposes & Foreign Languages
2008-1
2008-1
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EAP 0120 (Ref 481146)
EAP 0120 (Ref 481147)
MWF 11:00-11:50AM
TR 8:25-9:40AM
Prof. Mercedes Mont
1415-19, (305) 237-8811
[email protected]
MTWRF to be announced
Course Description
In this course, students develop the ability to comprehend limited written materials.
Required Textbook and Materials
 Basic Reading Power (2nd edition), Beatrice S. Mikeulecky & Linda Jeffries, Longman.
 A First Look at the U.S.A., Milada Broukal, Longman.
 A bilingual dictionary OR Longman Basic Dictionary, Pearson (recommended)
 loose leaf paper and a folder to keep your notes, exercises, and assignments
 pen, pencil, eraser, highlighter
Course Objectives
Students will:
 comprehend familiar words and/or phrases related to academic settings (e.g. signs, directions,
forms, and schedules)
 understand simple sentences that are clearly related/sequenced when context, background
knowledge, and /or visual information support meaning
 use a bilingual or basic dictionary to search for word meaning
Course Work
In this course, students read fluently in silence and out loud. They read in the classroom and at home.
Students scan different types of texts for important information (menus, schedules, etc.). They learn
common vocabulary, identify parts of the word (suffixes), and use a dictionary. Students work actively
in pairs or groups and exchange information about the reading passage.
Attendance and Punctuality
Come to class on time and attend classes regularly. If you are later or absent, your grade goes down. If
you are absent for 3 consecutive lessons, you will be dropped from the class. More than 4 absences in a
MWF class or 3 absences in a TR class can result in a drop or a failing grade. If you are not in class
during attendance check, you will be marked absent. You must see me after the class so that I mark you
late. In the final grade, 2 late arrivals will count as 1 absence. But you will be marked absent if you
arrive 20 minutes late.
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Grades
The final grade will be A (100-90), B (89-80), C (79-70), D (69-60), or F (59 or below), computed on:
Attendance and class participation
15%
Homework Assignments
15%
Tests and Final Examination
70%
100%*
*Exceptional initiative and contributions in class may be awarded extra credit.
NOTE: You cannot take tests or the examination before or after the scheduled day.
Cell phones
Turn off your telephones during the lesson. Cell phones and beepers may not ring nor be answered in
class.
Student conduct
The college regulations on the Student Code of Conduct is located at
http://www.mdc.edu/pdf/procedures/4071.pdf. Please read it.
Academic dishonesty
The College policy for dealing with Academic Dishonesty is located at
http://www.mdc.edu/pdf/procedures/4074.pdf The department will treat academic dishonesty according
to Miami-Dade Community College Procedure No. 4074. Students are advised that academic dishonesty
in any form will be penalized according to this procedure. The instructor may award a grade of “F” for
the course. Cheating or any form of academic dishonesty may also result in the student’s being placed on
academic probation, suspended from school, or dismissed from the College.
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SYLLABUS & SCHEDULE*
WEEK
TOPIC
1, 2, 3
Course Introduction
RPower: Scanning for Key Words (p43ff)
RPower: Reading to Understand (page 3ff)
Part I USA
4, 5, 6, 7
RPower: Looking for Topics (p87ff)
Rpower: Word Parts (p.116ff)
Part II USA
RPower: Scanning for Information (p53ff)
RPower: Fables & Stories (p5ff)
Test
8, 9, 10, 11
RPower: The 100 Words (p129ff)
RPower: Understanding Sentences (p77ff)Part III USA
RPower: Fables & Stories (continued)
Part IV USA
Test
11, 12, 13, 14
Part V USA
Part VI USA
RPower: Guessing Word Meanings (p147ff)
RPower: Inferences (p64ff)
15, 16
Catch up
17
Final Examination
* I reserve the right to change this syllabus and schedule as necessary for the benefit of the class
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