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Writing: ESL Levels 4, 5 and 6

Fall Quarter 2011 (September 20 – December 6)




Instructor Information

Name:  Jayashree Pulacode                E-mail:

Office:  R 130                                       Phone Number:  (425) 564-2050        

Office Hours:  By Appointment             School closure Line:  (425) 401-6680


Course Schedule

Dates:  September 20 – December 6, 2011

Time:  Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Room:  C167


WA Standards

We will learn and practice how to convey ideas in writing.  At the end of this quarter, successful students should be able to:

·         Decide the kind of writing you need in your daily life

·         Determine the kind of writing you want to improve

·         Plan before you write

·         Revise your writing

·         Find and correct mistakes in your writing

·         Decide and use the correct grammar for your sentences

·         Spell better

We will review verb tenses and work on building better sentences with better vocabulary. 

We will write in the present, past, future, and present perfect tense.

We will keep journals to practice free-writing for organization and fluency.


You need to come to class every time.  If you are sick, call or email your teacher.  If you leave class and cannot come back, tell the teacher.  Students who miss 20% (7.2 hours) will not make progress.  Attendance is important to progress to the next level.  It is very important.


About Class

·         Turn off all cell phones during class.

·         You will need paper, pens, and pencils.  Bring them to each class.

·         Come to class on time.

·         Do all homework and participate in class (work in groups/pairs, ask questions).

·         Be polite and respect your classmates.  We learn from each other.  We can help each other.  We must treat one another with respect, even when we have different ideas.  We will use professional student behavior that does not disturb others.



Your first drafts will not be graded.  Your work will receive a grade after it has been edited and revised.  Record your grades in your folder.  Your homework is due the following class session in which it is assigned.

On some of your tests and on your edited homework, you will receive these numbers:


                                                        4 or + . . . . . . . . . . Excellent

                                                        3 or  . . . . . . . . . . .Good

             2 or - . . . . . . . . . . Needs more work

                                                       1 or - . . . . . . . . . . . .Beginning




Each student will keep a folder.  The papers in the folder will help show you how much English you learn.  Always keep these papers in your folder:

  1. Attendance sheets
  2. Writing goals for this class
  3. All of your writing assignments from the class

We will be using a class set of:

Great Writing 1 – Great Sentences for Great Paragraphs, Folse, Keith; Muchmore-Vokoun, April; Vestri Solomon, Elena et al. (2010), Third edition, Heinle:  Boston.  It is not necessary for you to purchase this book.

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


Affirmation of Inclusion

Bellevue College is committed to maintaining an environment in which every member of the campus community feels welcome to participate in the life of the college, free from harassment and discrimination.

We value our different backgrounds at Bellevue College, and students, faculty, staff members, and administrators are to treat one another with dignity and respect.


Academic Honesty

Plagiarism (using the ideas or words of another as one’s own without crediting the source) will not be tolerated.  Taking papers in whole or part from the internet is unacceptable.  This website gives more information:

Student Code

“Cheating, stealing, plagiarizing and inappropriate/disruptive classroom behaviors are violations of the Student Code of Conduct at Bellevue College.  Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to: talking out of turn, arriving late or leaving early without a valid reason, allowing cell phones/pagers to ring, and inappropriate behavior toward the instructor or classmates.  The instructor can refer any violation of the Student Code of Conduct to the Vice President of Student Services for possible probation or suspension from Bellevue College.  Specific student rights, responsibilities and appeal procedures are listed in the Student Code of Conduct, available in the office of the Vice President of Student Services.”  The Student Code, Policy 2050, in its entirety is located at:

Important Links

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Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center serves students with a wide array of learning challenges and disabilities. If you are a student who has a disability or learning challenge for which you have documentation or have seen someone for treatment and if you feel you may need accommodations in order to be successful in college, please contact us as soon as possible.


If you are a person who requires assistance in case of an emergency situation, such as a fire, earthquake, etc, please meet with your individual instructors to develop a safety plan within the first week of the quarter.


The DRC office is located in B 132 or you can call our reception desk at 425.564.2498.  Deaf students can reach us by video phone at 425-440-2025 or by TTY at 425-564-4110. Please visit our website for application information into our program and other helpful links at


Public Safety

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Policy Statement

We respond only to direct inquiries from students.  We discourage third parties (parents, spouses, and friends) from involving themselves because this can slow student growth and progress.  We do this because we are committed to student self-advocacy and independence.  We also do it because federal law (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) mandates that we protect the privacy of student education records, and BC policy mandates that we keep academic performance as a matter between the institution and the student.  Requests by students to include third parties in any instructor-student discussion of academic performance will be considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the instructor.  You may see the full text of this entire policy Arts and Humanities Commitment to Student Growth and Development at