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ESL Level 6 - Spring Quarter 2010

Course Schedule

Dates:                     Mondays and Wednesdays            

Time:                      5:30-9:00 PM

Room:                     C155

No Class:                 05/31/2010


Instructor Information

Name:                     Marcela Pop

Office:                    R130

Office Hours:         by appointment


Contact Phone:                    (425) 564-2513

                                                                                                School Closure Line: (425) 401-6680                                                                       

Required Materials:

Linda Lee - ALL STAR 4 Textbook and Workbook, McGraw-Hill, ISBN #0-07-322343-3

Children of The River by Linda Crew ISBN# 0-440-21022-4

An English / English dictionary (Random House College, Webster’s or Longman)

A binder for your notes, your syllabus, and assignments


By the end of this quarter, successful students should be able to:


Speak So Others Can Understand

            use appropriate vocabulary, show control of basic grammar and use a variety of sentence types

            learn and use different strategies to help you be a better speaker

            learn about informal language, such as phrasal verbs and idioms


Listen Actively

            understand longer conversations, stories and detailed instructions that are at normal speed in


            learn and use strategies to improve listening and respond appropriately to conversations


Read With Understanding

            read common and unfamiliar words

expand your vocabulary

            find important information in texts

            use reading strategies (scanning, skimming, predicting outcomes, summarizing, main ideas) to

help you to understand the text better


Convey Ideas in Writing

            learn to plan before you write a paragraph

            write an organized paragraph with a clear topic and supporting details

            revise and edit your writing    



You need to come to class every time. Please call or email me if you cannot come to class. Students who miss 20% (4 days) or more of the total class time in one quarter will automatically receive a “No Progress” evaluation, even when other criteria for student progress (assessments, homework, participation, and attitude) are considered. The only reasons to miss class are for personal or family illness or death in the family. Please call me and leave a message if you cannot come or if you could not come the night before. Vacations, childcare problems, illness for a long time, other classes, and job problems are unexcused. In addition, students must be present for CASAS pre-and post-tests scheduled at the beginning and end of each quarter. Failure to do so will result in an automatic “No Progress” for that quarter. These tests are very important; you cannot continue to be a student in this program unless you take all the pre and post tests. Tardiness (late arrival) and early departure from class of more than one-half hour is part of the 20% maximum time you could miss and still continue to progress.


Important Information for you:

Be on time, do all the homework and participate in class. We all learn from each other. Please respect your classmates and the teacher; do not disturb others by having personal conversations in class. No cell phones on in class please! Progress and completion will be based on many things, including test/assessment scores, homework, attendance, class participation, etc. You will not be allowed to enroll next quarter if you:

            -Miss four classes, or 16 unexcused hours, this quarter

            -Do not make progress in class

            -Miss the pre or post test or other assessments.



I will write comments on the assignments and homework you hand in, and mark tests and quizzes with the following grades:

4  +/- ……………Excellent

3  +/-…………….Good

2 +/-……………..OK with problems

1 +/-……………..Needs a lot of work


Each student will keep a folder. The papers in the folder will help show how much English you have learned.

Include in your folder:

-attendance sheets from every quarter at BCC

-goal sheets from every quarter

-ARM sheets with your CASAS scores from every quarter

-tests, quizzes and feedback sheets from every quarter

-two samples of your writing from every quarter


Academic Honesty

According to the website  “The principle of academic honesty underlies all that we do and applies to all courses at Bellevue College.  One kind of academic dishonesty is plagiarism, which may take many forms, including, but not limited to, using a paper written by someone else, using printed sources word-for-word without proper documentation, and paraphrasing or summarizing the ideas of others without acknowledging the source.  Plagiarism can also occur when non-written ideas are taken without documentation-using someone else's design or performance idea, for example.  In short, plagiarism is passing off someone else's ideas, words, or images as your own; it amounts to intellectual theft-whether or not it was your intention to steal.  Bellevue College instructors have access to commercial plagiarism detection software, so please be advised that any work you submit may be tested for plagiarism.”


Plagiarism, which we will discuss in class, will not be tolerated. Plagiarism work will receive a grade of 0 without the possibility of make up. Cheating, stealing and plagiarizing (using the ideas or words of another as one’s own without crediting the source) are violations of the Student Code of Conduct at Bellevue College



Four Rules to Practice in Every College Class

1. Respect everyone in class and their right to learn.

2. Listen when the instructor is talking.

3. Listen when another student is talking.

4. Raise your hand when you want to speak. The instructor will call on you when the time is appropriate.


If disruptive behavior occurs, the instructor will speak to the student concerned and give a verbal warning. The student is then responsible for immediately ending the disruptions. If the behavior continues after a verbal warning has been given, the student will be asked to leave the class immediately and will not be allowed to return until they have met with the Dean of Student Services (Office B-125), or Tom Graham, Program Chair, Department of Developmental Education (R-130). If a student continues to be disruptive after a meeting, the student can be dropped from the class at the determination of the instructor and division head.



Students with mobility challenges who may need assistance in case of emergency situation or evacuation should register with Disability Resource Center, and review those needs with the instructor as well. Students in ESL classes at Bellevue College should make progress in their level. If there is no progress, students may not continue in the classes.  The teacher looks at your attendance, classroom work, and tests (including CASAS tests) to decide your progress. The teacher will tell you at the end of the quarter that you need to improve. If you don’t improve, you might not be able to register for classes in the future.

Students with disabilities must progress like other students. You should tell me about your disability, special illness, or your need for special arrangements in class. I can tell you about our Disability Resource Center (DRC), which is in Room B132, or you can call 425-564-2498, TTY 425-564-4110, or go to their website:

We do not wish other people (parents, spouses, and friends of students) to speak for students about school performance because this can slow student growth and progress. We do this because we would like students to speak for themselves and be independent.  We also do it because federal law (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) says that we must protect the privacy of student education records.  It is BC policy to keep school performance between the school and the student. If a student asks for a parent, spouse, or friend to be at any instructor-student discussion of academic performance, instructors will look at each situation and make the final decision.