SRJC Course Outlines

2/17/2020 5:38:08 PMESL 373 Course Outline as of Fall 2019

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ESL 373Title:  ADVANCED  
Full Title:  Advanced Academic Reading and Writing for ESL Students
Last Reviewed:10/12/2015

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum9.00Lecture Scheduled9.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled157.50
Minimum9.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total9.00 Contact Total157.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  315.00Total Student Learning Hours: 472.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Non-Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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An advanced-level academic reading and writing course focusing on the development of academic English skills with emphasis on reading comprehension, critical analysis, vocabulary development, essay writing, editing and revision techniques, and research. Designed for non-native speakers of English.

Qualifying Test Score on ESL Placement Test; OR Course Completion of ESL 316, ESL 372 or ESL 372B

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An advanced-level academic reading and writing course focusing on the development of academic English skills with emphasis on reading comprehension, critical analysis, vocabulary development, essay writing, editing and revision techniques, and research. Designed for non-native speakers of English.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Qualifying Test Score on ESL Placement Test; OR Course Completion of ESL 316, ESL 372 or ESL 372B
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Apply critical thinking skills to respond to and to analyze unadapted selections of fiction and nonfiction
2.  Apply the writing process to produce an essay that demonstrates level-appropriate organization and content, critical thinking, vocabulary and fluency, and grammatical accuracy
3.  Comprehend advanced reading passages by identifying organizational strategies, paraphrasing, summarizing and synthesizing
4.  Access and evaluate information on the Internet and library databases and use appropriate and reliable source material to support writing, including using correct MLA format to cite sources
5.  Utilize metacognitive thinking skills in learning and studying processes

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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Employ level-appropriate critical reading skills such as making inferences, identifying point of view, and recognizing author bias
2. Identify main ideas, supporting details, and organizational patterns
3. Summarize and paraphrase unadapted selections of fiction and nonfiction
4. Use contextual clues, high-frequency affixes and roots, and the dictionary to determine the meaning, pronunciation, and connotation of new vocabulary
5. Analyze works of fiction
6. Read with increased speed and comprehension
1. Employ a multi-draft writing process to craft, edit, and revise extended essays with an introduction, a detailed thesis statement, well-developed supporting paragraphs, and a clear conclusion
2. Recognize various audiences and purposes of writing to produce different genres of academic writing, including descriptive/narrative, expository, and argumentative modes
3. Apply level-appropriate critical thinking skills to writing, editing, and revising
4. Complete in-class, timed essays in response to an unadapted academic reading passage
5. Write and edit sentences demonstrating level-appropriate knowledge of clause structure, academic vocabulary, fluency, and grammatical accuracy
6. Write an essay that effectively incorporates source materials, documented in MLA style
Information Competency and Research
1. Utilize the Internet, library, and online databases for research
2. Evaluate source material for reliability and validity
3. Use online language development resources
4. Avoid plagiarism and take responsibility for originality of their written work through use of online tools such as Turnitin
Metacognitive Skills
1. Demonstrate awareness of thinking processes while reading and writing
2. Take responsibility for their own learning

Topics and Scope
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ESL 373 instructional time focuses equally on reading and writing.      
I. Reading
A. Nonfiction Reading
  1. Pre-reading skills to survey, predict, skim and scan
  2. Identification of main ideas and supporting details
  3. Analysis of organizational patterns and rhetorical forms
  4. Differences between fact and opinion
  5. Critical evaluation of readings for point of view, bias and validity
  6. Inferencing skills
  7. Annotating, note-taking, paraphrasing, and summarizing
B. Fiction Reading
  1. Pre-reading skills to predict plot and theme
  2. Critical reading of unadapted short stories, poetry, and/or novels (for elements such as point of view, setting, characterization, protagonist, antagonist, plot, climax, theme, symbolism, foreshadowing, and irony)
  3. Analysis of figurative language such as simile, metaphor, hyperbole and personification
  4. Inferencing skills to determine author's meaning
C. Critical Analysis
  1. Summarizing, synthesizing, comparing, and contrast and information from one or more sources
  2. Analysis and use of reading material to support writing
D. Academic Vocabulary Study
  1. Inference of meaning through contextual clues
  2. Use of a dictionary to determine meaning, usage, and pronunciation
  3. Recognition of high frequency roots and affixes to determine correct word forms
  4. Explicit study of targeted academic vocabulary
II. Writing
A. Prewriting
  1. Brainstorming
   2. Journal writing
  3. Clustering
  4. Outlining
B. Drafting
  1. Thesis statement
  2. Topic sentences
  3. Body paragraphs
  4. Conclusion
C. Revision of essays for coherence, fluency, critical thinking, logical development of ideas, and academic vocabulary
D. MLA formatting and style
E. Strategies for timed writing
F. Grammar (with an emphasis on self-editing)
  1. Recognition and correction of run-ons, fragments, and comma splices
  2. Simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences
  3. Editing and proofreading for grammatical problems
      a. Subject-verb agreement
      b. Verbs (including perfect tenses and passive voice)
      c. Reported speech
      d. Conditional forms
      e. Punctuation: capitalization, quotation marks, apostrophes, commas, semicolons, and colons
      f. Word form and usage
      g. Parallel structure
III. Information Competency and Research
A. Use of the Internet and library databases to find information and research sources and to determine their reliability, validity, and credibility
B. Online citation resources such as NoodleBib for MLA format
C. Online language development tools
D. Thesaurus, dictionary, online databases, etc.
E. Online tools such as Turnitin to help avoid plagiarism and take ownership of research and writing
IV. Metacognitive Skills
A. Strategies to keep track of thinking processes while reading and writing (i.e., "metacognitive bookmark")
B. Techniques to encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning (i.e., double and/or triple entry journals, "metacognitive reading log template")

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The following represent the types of assignments that will be included and assessed:
Reading assignments of various lengths and complexity provide topics for analysis and discussion.  Assignments will include the following:
1. Reading comprehension and vocabulary exercises (weekly)
2. Summarizing and paraphrasing activities (3-4)
3. Discussing and analyzing readings (weekly)
4. Research using the Internet and online databases to support writing
5. Exams and quizzes (2-3 exams, 4-6 quizzes)
6. Metacognitive reading logs, double/triple entry reading journals (weekly)
Written assignments will result in a minimum of 3,500 words. Assignments will include the following:
1. Journals, summaries, and responses to assigned readings
2. At least one multi-draft descriptive /narrative or expository essay (500-word minimum)
3. At least one multi-draft analytical essay in response to course readings or to supplementary materials (750-word minimum)
4. At least one multi-draft research essay that effectively incorporates source material documented in MLA style (750-word minimum)
5. Vocabulary, writing, and grammar exercises (including technology-enhanced activities)
6. At least two in-class essay exams
7. Common assessment portfolio
Additional activities and assignments may include the following:
1. Oral presentations
2. Participation in peer editing sessions to explore and refine the process of drafting, revision, and proofreading
3. ESL 770 (tutorial) attendance

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
50 - 60%
Written homework, summaries, essays, journals, analysis of readings, and common assessment portfolios
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Essay revision, sentence combining, vocabulary, online exercises, and reading comprehension exercises
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
25 - 30%
Multiple choice, true/false, matching items, completion, quizzes, and in-class essay exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Attendance, participation, collaboration, oral presentations, timed reading charts, tutorial hours (ESL 770)

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Integrated Reading/Writing Texts:
Pathways 4: Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking with online practice, Blass, Laurie. Heinle Cengage: 2014.
Q:Skills for Success 5: Reading and Writing with online practice, Caplan, Nigel. Oxford University Press: 2011.
NorthStar 5: Reading & Writing with MyEnglishLab, Cohen, Robert. Pearson: 2015.
Grammar Reference Texts:
Pocket Keys for Writers, Raimes, Ann, Cengage. 2013
Grammar Troublespots, Raimes, Ann. Cambridge. 2004 (classic).
Top 20: Great Grammar for Great Writing 2nd Edition, Folse, Keith. Cengage Learning: 2008 (classic).
House Made of Dawn, Momaday, N Scott
A Thousand Splendid Suns, Hosseini, Khalid
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, Alexie, Sherman
Like Water For Chocolate, Esquivel, Laura
Instructor prepared materials

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