San Jose City College

Welcome to the ESL 312 and ESL 313 Learning Community~Spring 2012!
ESL 313: Instructor Sue Wilson
8:00-9:20 A.M. Tuesday/Thursday in GE 213
ESL 312: Instructor Kathleen Hanson
9:40-12:05 A.M. Tuesday/Thursday in GE 213
Contact information:
Office Hour: GE 119 Tues 11:30-12:30 or by appointment

Phone Message 298-2181 Ext 2581

Contact Information:
Office Hours: L-111 Tues 12:30-1:30 & Wed 11:30-12:30
ESL Lab: Mon 9:00-9:30 & 2:00-4:00; Tues 9:00-9:30 & 1:00-2:30; Wed 9:00-9:30; TH 9:00-9:30 & 2:30-3:30;
Phone: 298-2181 ext. 3315
Theme: The theme of our learning community is Making it in America. This theme will be tied to the immigrant experience and the struggles of various ethnic groups in their efforts to obtain equal rights and opportunities, thereby contributing to the building of a more humane and just society that more completely reflects liberty and justice for all.

Required Texts for both courses:

  Destinations 2: Writing for Academic Success (METAS Grant provides it).
 Breaking Through by Francisco Jiménez (Please buy it).

Additional Materials:

Focus on Grammar 4 Online with the loan of a laptop computer (Provided by METAS Grant)
Selected readings about the life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
Selected video from Eyes on the Prize, a documentary on the Civil Rights Movement - Click the link for a timeline of events from modern to earlier times
Selected Internet articles related to our learning community theme

Required Supplies: (To be acquired by students)

8½ X 11 inch lined white paper with three-hole punch
A three-ring binder with dividers
Blue or black-ink pen 
A yellow highlighter

Prerequisites: Successful completion of ESL 322, 323, and 324 or placement by assessment into ESL 312, 313, and 314.

Co-Requisites: to participate in this learning community, students must be enrolled in ESL 313 (Reg ID#64333), ESL 312 (Reg ID #64328), and ESL 312L (Reg ID #64331). Students must complete each course in order to remain in the learning community. Dropping ESL 313 or ESL 312 will result in an automatic drop from the other.

Counselor: For students who do not have a primary counselor, Metas counselor Alex Lopez can provide academic guidance by helping students with education plans, major and career exploration, assistance with college success skills, referrals to student services, and personal counseling. Office: METAS Program Center L-114 (first floor of the César E Chávez Library and Learning Resource Center), 408-288-3124.

Course Descriptions:

ESL 313: Introduction to College Reading is a high-intermediate academic reading course that will prepare English language learners in this learning community to read and respond to college-level texts. Students will demonstrate literal and critical comprehension of written material in a variety genres and expand their academic vocabulary.

ESL 313 Course Content:

Pre-reading strategies: previewing a book, chapter, or article to set reading expectations and to anticipate new vocabulary
Literal reading of texts: topics and main ideas; signal words and types of support; comprehension and recall of directly stated information; vocabulary expansion focusing on context clues, synonyms and antonyms, word forms, word choice, word roots and affixes
Inferential/interpretive reading of texts: identifying themes; recognizing figurative language and connotative meanings of words; recognizing indirect (implied) information and making inferences; interpreting tone and mood
Critical reading of texts: analysis, evaluation, synthesis, and application of ideas, values, events, issues, and circumstances central to the texts read

ESL 313 Student Learning Outcomes:

Use pre-reading strategies to enhance the reading experience
Apply literal and inferential reading skills to increase reading comprehension and to analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and apply information from multiple sources
Use academic vocabulary in class discussion and writing, employing effective word choice and correct word forms
Outline main ideas in a reading, create reflective journal entries that demonstrate comprehension and critical evaluation of a reading, and develop well-paraphrased summaries of reading passages

ESL 312: Introduction to the Essay is a high-intermediate writing course three levels below English 1A that will prepare English language learners to write expository essays on academic topics and themes that will be addressed in the linked section of ESL 313. Students will demonstrate the ability to to plan, organize, and write short essays that develop a clearly stated thesis and use proofreading, editing, and revision strategies to produce a polished essay.

ESL 312 Course Content:

Pre-writing strategies: free writing, planning (listing, outlining, clustering or mapping), and organizing paragraphs and short essays
Paragraph writing: review of paragraph structure and development: topic sentence, supporting points, conclusion
Essay Writing: introductory paragraph with thesis, body paragraphs in support of thesis, concluding paragraph
Paragraph and essay unity and coherence: using academic vocabulary and lexical and transitional devices to clearly express meaning and writer's purpose
Grammatical fluency and accuracy: Using simple, compound, and complex sentences correctly with appropriate verb tense, and word forms.

ESL 312 Student Learning Outcomes:

Use pre-writing techniques to organize paragraphs and essays
Write well-developed paragraphs and short analytical essays
Use lexical and structural devices for rhetorical patterns of organization
Demonstrate fluency and accuracy in writing a variety of sentence types

ESL 312L: ESL Skills Development Lab is a .5-unit lab course that will help students acquire grammatical accuracy and fluency in written discourse by analyzing the function and use of grammatical elements in reading passages, practicing them in interactive exercises, and applying them in their own writing. Focus on Grammar 4 will be available online for students enrolled in this learning community. The software is also available in the ESL Lab (L-120). Students will be given specific lab assignments and are encouraged to use learning materials independently to plug the gaps in their grammar competency. Students may conference with a lab instructor in the lab and use the computers to type their papers.  Click for additional recommended practice activities for ESL 312L (required course) and for ESL 194 for ESL 313 (optional course).

ESL 312L: SJCC Student Learning Outcome

Students will utilize technology effectively for academic, personal and professional needs.

Background information for browsing before and during the course.

Abolition: Learn about the roots of the anti-slavery movement and how it gained support over time.

The Emancipation Proclamation : Read about this important proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. Which slaves benefited and in what ways?

The Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: What is the debate over the 14th amendment? What steps have federal and state governments taken "to fulfill the promise of equal protection under the law"?

The UFW Foundation: Keep abreast of the latest articles on the issue of immigration provided by the United Farm Workers Foundation.

The DREAM Act: Read about the DREAM Act to learn what the acronym stands for. Listen to what our local Representative Zoe Lofgren had to say on the floor of the House of Representatives about this important piece of legislation. What will it do for young undocumented immigrants? How will it benefit our country? Do you know how close it is to becoming law?

President Obama's State of the Union Address (January 25, 2011): Listen for his position on the Dream Act when you have an hour to spare.

Course Policies for Linked ESL 312 and ESL 313:

Assignments and Grading: Policies for turning in assignments and grading criteria will be distributed in each course by the instructor of that course. A final average of 70% is required to pass ESL 312 and ESL 313. Late assignments will be accepted the following class period only and not later, barring illness. Points will be deducted for late assignments. In general, writing assignments will relate to the content covered in ESL 313 and/or ESL 312 or in Focus on Grammar 4.

Withdrawal/Drop Policy: It is the student's responsibility to officially drop a class. Because these courses comprise a learning community, if you drop one, you must drop both. You may drop by phone (223-0300), online at, or by completing a drop form in the Admissions & Records office. Please speak with an instructor before dropping so that every possible accommodation can be made to help you remain in the class.

College Honesty Policy: You learn by doing your own work. Therefore, you must write your own papers and must not copy the assignment/homework/quiz/test of another student or author or have another person complete the assignment for you. You may not allow another student to copy your work. Those who break this policy will receive a zero for the assignment in question and will be dropped after a second offense.

Special Needs: If you have a learning or physical disability that will require special accommodations in the class, please contact the Disabled Students Program, room SC106, phone: 288-3746. This program can provide specialized testing, instructional programs, and support services.

Important Dates:

January 30 (Monday) Spring Session Begins
February 10 Last day to drop a class and be eligible for a refund and last day to apply in writing for a refund
February 12 (Sunday) Last day to use add codes via MYWEB or STAREG
February 13 (Monday) Census Day
February 17 & 20 Veterans Holidays - no classes held
February 24 (Friday) LAST DAY TO APPLY for a refund of enrollment fees if classes were dropped on or before February 10, 2012.
February 24 (Friday) LAST DAY TO DROP fall session classes without receiving a "W" on record
April 1-8 Spring Break - No classes held
April 26 (Thurs.) LAST DAY TO DROP a fall session class and receive a "W" on record
May 18
 ESL 312 Final Exam:  9:00 - 12:00.
May 22
ESL 313 Final Exam at regularly scheduled class time.
May 24
Final group meeting for donuts and grades

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