ESL Grammar and Writing- English 0326

Austin Community College
Summer 2011 Syllabus
ESOL 0384/COMG 3063
Writing and Grammar 5
Office Hours:
Office Phone:
Class Meetings:
ESOL Assessment or C or better in ESOL 0383 or COMG 3042
Required Textbooks:
1. Refining Composition Skills: Academic Writing and
Grammar, by Regina L. Smalley (ISBN 978-1-111-22119-5)
2. Understanding and Using English Grammar, Fourth Edition
by Betty Azar, (Student Book ISBN 978-0-13-233333-7)
3. Understanding and Using English Grammar, Fourth Edition
by Betty Azar, (Workbook ISBN 978-0-13-241543-9)
4. Merriam-Webster’s Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary (ISBN
Required Materials:
Blue or black ink pens, #2 pencils, loose leaf binder with loose leaf paper and a spiral
notebook and a folder to hold all returned work.
Course Description:
This course is designed to help non-native speakers of English achieve the grammatical
and writing skills necessary for successful college work. It includes editing work,
grammar, the essay, and practice in taking writing tests.
Course Requirements: Students must not use cell phones in class. If your cell phone rings in
class, you will leave the class for the remainder of that day’s class period regardless of the
activity in progress and receive a “0” for that activity. You will not have the opportunity to
makeup any work/quiz/exam missed as a result of your not being in class.
Learners are expected to ATTEND, BE PREPARED FOR, and PARTICIPATE in all
classes. No absences are excused absences. A learner will lose attendance points for each
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Summer 2011 Syllabus
absence and points for each late arrival and/or early departure from class. Three early departures
or three late arrivals will equal one absence. I will not (WILL NOT) accept late assignments;
homework not completed on time will receive 0 (zero) points.
Assignments will be given in class. Note: All work must be turned in on 8 ½ inch x 11 inch size
notebook paper. Any assignments that are not done on this size paper will be returned without a
This is an advanced, exit-level composition course designed to prepare you for regular
college composition. Therefore, you must expect to write, write often and revise what
In order to pass this course and exit the writing program you must do the following:
1. Have an average of 75% or better in your class work
2. Pass the grammar final with a 75% or better; pass the final essay with a score of 87 on
the composition profile.
Please note: Your final essay will be graded by at least two other instructors.
For those students who meet these exit criteria, the following categories and percentages
represent how your final grade will be determined.
Grade Percentages for the course:
Preparation/Homework is 20 % of the total grade.
Quizzes/Tests are 10% of the total grade.
Mid Term Exam is 15% of the total grade.
Final Exam is 20% of the total grade.
Attendance is 15 % of the total grade.
Essays are 15 % of the total grade.
Participation is 5 % of the total grade.
90 – 100 points
80 – 89 points
70 – 79 points
< 70 Points (In Progress)
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Summer 2011 Syllabus
ADA Statement:
"Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented physical or
psychological disabilities. Students with disabilities must request reasonable
accommodations through the Office for Students with Disabilities on the campus where
they expect to take the majority of their classes. Students are encouraged to do this three
weeks before the start of the semester" (Student Handbook, 2002-2003, p. 14).
Academic Honesty
"Acts prohibited by the College for which discipline may be administered include
scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating on an exam or quiz,
plagiarizing, and unauthorized collaboration with another in preparing outside work.
Academic work submitted by students shall be the result of their thought, research or
self-expression. Academic work is defined as, but not limited to tests, quizzes, whether
taken electronically or on paper; projects, either individual or group; classroom
presentations, and homework" (Student Handbook, 2002-2003, p. 32).
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copies from the texts without the publisher’s written permission.