ESL 099

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ESL 098, Writing for Non-Native Speakers II
Winter 2013
Monday - Friday, 9:00-9:50

BE 4185

Wednesday, 6:00-9:00
BE 3209

Jacquie George, ESL
BE 3103

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The thematic focus of ESL 099 is on contemporary issues in US society. Designed for English as a Second Language students, the course contains information vital to success in college and the workplace. In this class we will examine, explore, discuss and write about music, with a focus on vocalists, including Madonna, Camaran De La Isla, Billie Holiday, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, Luther Vandross, Amalia Rodrigues and Kitty Wells among other notable voices. All the various materials we use in class will help us explore this topic. My expectation is that you will develop the writing skills (organization, structure, word choice and usage) most common in colleges in the US.


All Jacquie's section of ESL 099 will be using the Canvas learning management system. All of your assignments will be online and everything, except in-class work, will be submitted via the Canvas website. In addition, if you need to contact me with questions about the course, use the Inbox E-mail function in Canvas, not my Seattle Central e-mail address!


The emphasis in this class will be on active learning, which includes participation in small and large group discussions. We will be reading newspaper and magazine articles and various essays, which we will explore in seminars. Writing assignments will vary in length and complexity but will reflect the different kinds of writing prevalent in college level classes. MY GOAL IS NOT TO PREPARE YOU ONLY FOR ENGLISH 101, BUT FOR ALL COLLEGE LEVEL COURSES YOU WILL BE TAKING. The development of listening and speaking skills will also be integrated in order to improve both oral and written communication.

Determine the purpose for communicating

Organize and present information to serve the purpose

Attend to conventions of English usage, including grammar, spelling, and sentence structure, to minimize barriers to readers' comprehension

Seek feedback and revise to enhance the effectiveness of the communication

Demonstrate information literacy skills: “Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” (ALA)



If you need course adaptation or accommodation because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with your instructor, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with your instructor as soon as possible.


Very simply, I love learning, and like any other kind of zealot, I want you to love it, too. As a teacher, it is my intent to facilitate your becoming an independent learner and critical thinker. I treat education as a lifetime activity, which includes all of your previous experiences as well as those to come. I want you to integrate your life experiences outside of school with your more intentional, formal classroom experiences. While education is a product that is tangible, it’s also a process – a lifelong process.

Classroom activities will be more student-centered than instructor-centered. As a teacher, I believe that you are responsible for your own learning. I can’t make you learn, but I can provide you with opportunities to do so. You are encouraged to reflect upon your own experiences, challenge your preconceived notions, listen attentively to the discourse of peers and instructor, and promote active learning and critical thinking beyond the classroom experience.



SCCC Computer Center:

SCCC Library (the most useful spot you’ll ever find!):

Evacuation: In the case of an emergency evacuation, please head to the nearest exit and cross the street.

Career Services Center: BE1102

Student Activity Center: Join for only $21 a quarter!


In case of emergency, such as very bad weather, please do one of the following:


You are expected to comply with college policies & procedures. For a complete description, see

Seattle Central Community College and the Basic and Transitional Studies Division are committed to creating and protecting a diverse learning environment that includes everyone who studies or works here. That means everyone of any race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, Vietnam-era or disabled veteran status, political affiliation or belief, or disability. Students are obligated to respect the rights of others and to refrain from any actions that harm the health, safety, and welfare or property of others. Discrimination will be not tolerated. This policy is found at



ESL 099 Grammar Packet

The grammar packet is available now in Canvas. I suggest that you not print the entire document. Instead, print only the materials that we will be working on in class -- unless you will be bringing a laptop to class daily. If you do choose to print the entire packet, DO NOT print it in any of the SCCC computer labs, including the library lab.  Other materials will be available online; however, those should be printed.

50 Great Voices from National Public Radio

You will want to Bookmark or Favorite this website:
I also encourage you to sign up for the free podcast so that you can listen to them wherever you may be.

Madonna. (1990). The Immaculate Collection. [CD]. New York: Sire.







A = 96-100% = 3.9-4.0

A- = 90-95% = 3.5-3.8

B+ = 86-89% = 3.2-3.4

B = 83-85% = 2.9-3.1

B- = 80-82% = 2.5-2.8

C+ = 76-79% = 2.2-2.4

C = 73-75% = 1.9-2.1

C- = 70-72% = 1.5-1.8

D+ = 66-69% = 1.2-1.4

D = 63-65% = 1.0-1.1

F = 0-62% = 0.0

In order to register for English 101, you must receive at least a 2.5 in ESL 098 and ESL 099.

In order to register for English 096, you must receive at least a 2.0 in ESL 098 and ESL 099.

If you receive a 1.9 or below in ESL 099, you must retake it before registering for English classes.


Attendance and class participation are an integral part of the learning process. Class discussions enable you to demonstrate your knowledge of the material and to express what you think. It shows that you have read and reflected on the subject, and it allows us all to share perspectives that might otherwise remain hidden.

You are expected to come to class ON TIME and be prepared to participate every day. If you must be absent, it is YOUR responsibility to leave a telephone message or e-mail me and to get homework assignments from one of your classmates. IT IS NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY TO CALL YOU AND GIVE YOU ASSIGNMENTS AND TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED IN CLASS!! Although attendance is not part of your grade, I can’t stress to you enough the clear correlation between attendance and the final grade achieved in this class. No late tests or quizzes will be given, and late papers will be severely penalized (-10 points a day!).


Plagiarism is very, very serious. Not only is it cheating, it is also theft, which is a punishable offense. If you plagiarize in any form, you will receive a “0” (F) for that assignment; I will also file an official complaint with the college. If it happens again, you will receive a “0” (F) for your final grade in this class. Examples of cheating are copying and pasting from the internet, a book, a magazine, a friend, or someone who has taken the class before. It is also cheating to buy a paper or to have someone else, including a tutor or family member, rewrite your papers for you.



If you are no longer planning to continue the class, you must take the responsibility to officially withdraw from the class. If you DO NOT OFFICIALLY WITHDRAW, you can anticipate an “O.O” in the class.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Last day to withdraw with 100% refund (-$5)
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 Last day to withdraw without a “W”
Monday, January 21, 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; no classes, school open
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Last day to withdraw with 50% refund w/ instructor permission
Monday, February 18, 2013 President's Day Holiday; no classes, school open
Friday, February 22, 2013 Last day to withdraw with a “W” w/ permission
Wednesday, March 20, 2013  50 Great Voices presentations -- 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (5289)
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Portfolios Due by 5:50 PM (5289)
Thursday, March 21, 2013 Portfolios Due by 7:00 PM (5287)
Thursday, March 21, 2013 50 Great Voices Presentations -- 8:00 AM-10:00 AM (5287)
Friday, March 22, 2013 Last Day of the Quarter!!!