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Syllabus ESL 103

ESL 103  - English as a Second Language Ill

INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Lyn Neylon     Office #B355   660-4241  Hours: Posted on Door


CLASS:             Tuesdays 11:30AM - 12:20PM  B 268
                                       12:30PM - 2:20PM F407
                        Thursdays 11:30AM - 2:20PM, F407

TEXTS:             Grammar Explorer 3 by Amy Cooper
                        Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Course Content

1) Reading skills include comprehension of grammatically complex readings and readings on personal to academic topics; summary, paraphrasing and quoting exercises; discussion of cultural and historical references, assumptions and allusions; vocabulary development through contextual and structural clues as well as reading strategies to develop speed and accuracy.

2) Sentence skills include using subordination, adjective and adverb clauses, correct comma usage and sentence variety.

3) Writing skills include incorporating well organized paragraphs with topic sentences, supporting details and transitions into short essays with thesis statements. Development of the writing process will continue with a focus on revision. Topics move from personal to academic with integration from outside sources. More emphasis is placed on audience.

4) Grammar skills include a review of the simple, progressive and perfect forms of verbs, more present and past forms of modals, more gerunds and infinitives, conditional sentences, and common punctuation.                                            

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1) Produce complex sentences that show accurate structure (punctuation and clause connectors).

2) Accurately use the past, present, and future tenses in writing.

3) Compose original paragraphs and multi-paragraph compositions which are well organized and developed.

GRADING:        Students will be graded on a  point scale.                                

                        A = 90-100 %    (279-310)           Excellent work

                        B = 80-89 %      (248-278)           Superior work

                        C = 70-79 %      (217-247)           Good / Average work

                        D = 60-69%       (186-216)           Poor

                        F = 0-59%         (0-185)              Fail -NO PASS

                        Paragraph 1                                                      =          20pts
                        Essay 1                                                            =          40 pts
                        Essay 2                                                            =          50 pts
                        3 tests @ 30 pts each                                        =          90 pts
                        homework / journals / peer reviews                      =          50 pts
                        Final exam - Essay 3                                           =          60 pts

Expectations  ESL 103

Attendance:      Being in class is very important because some assignments will not come from your book. Students who attend class regularly, answer questions, work in groups, and come prepared (always bring your book, paper, and pen or pencil) may receive bonus points towards their grade. If you are absent for more than 4 days you will be dropped!!!

Homework:  You are expected to give or show your homework to the teacher on the date due. Late work is not accepted! You must find out about homework and turn it  in on time even if you are not in class. To help you do this, call another student when you are absent. Homework assignments are worth 2 points each.  Remember, you will have a minimum of 6 hours of homework a week!!


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Tests: There are no make-up tests! If there is a problem, you must notify the teacher 1 week before the test is given. Tests may consist of multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching, true/false questions, complete sentences and short paragraphs.


You will be expected to complete 10 full page journals. Five will be collected by the mid-term, and the last five will be collected on the final day of class. Journals may be based on idioms or readings we do in class. Journals are worth 2 points each.

Paragraphs and Essays

We will be working on our academic writing skills in creating fully formed paragraphs with topic sentences, transitions, main points and clear examples. Then we will be incorporating these paragraphs into four and five paragraph essays with solid introductions [that include a hook, transitions statements and a clear thesis] as well as a thorough conclusion [that restates the thesis, uses multiple ending strategies and concludes on a solid sentence].


A zero tolerance policy for cheating or plagiarism! 

According to the Cuyamaca College Catalog, Student Code of Conduct, Academic Dishonesty such as cheating or plagiarizing, is grounds for instructional and administrative sanctions. That means that if you present the words (even three or more in a row), ideas, or work of someone else as your own, or if you have your work heavily rewritten by someone else and turn it in as your own, your instructor has the right to fail the assignment. The same is true if you are seen or otherwise caught cheating on a quiz, exam or other non-collaborative assignment.   In addition to whatever penalty the instructor applies to your graded work, he/she will report your misconduct to the Department Chair, the Instructional Dean and the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. The Associated Dean of Student Affairs will keep a master list of cases of student misconduct. Any student who is reported to have cheated or plagiarized twice will be called in for a meeting with that dean. It will be up to the dean's discretion to determine what action to take, but students may be SUSPENDED FROM THE COLLEGE OR PERMANENTLY EXPELLED for repeated acts of cheating or plagiarism. Please feel free to consult the college catalog for further information or visit

Students with disabilities who may need academic accommodations should discuss options with their instructors during the first two weeks of class.  It is also recommended that you contact Disabled Students’ Programs & Services (DSP&S) in A-114.  You may also call DSP&S at 660-4576 to schedule an appointment.

This course adheres to the policies outlined in the Cuyamaca Catalog. For further information, see Academic Policies stated in the catalog.

ESL 103 - Calendar

Calendar Subject to Change at Teacher’s Discretion

Day     Date               Class Focus

T          8/23                  Intro to class, getting to know you - computer lab

TH        8/25                 Review review present & progressive, stative verbs  / Fairy Tales / Lewis Carroll

T          8/30                   past, past progressive & Introduce present perfect - Lab

TH        9/1                    Present perfect progressive /  Chapter 1 Alice / characters 

T          9/6                  Past Perfect & Past perfect progressive - Computer Lab

TH        9/8                 Review for Exam 1 –Chap 2 Alice - characters

T          9/13                  Exam #1

TH       9/15                  Review exam, Chap 3 Alice,  Pre-writing & Writing Processs

T          9/20                  Review Future  - Computer Lab

TH        9/22                  Future Perfect and Perfect Progressive  - Chap 4 Alice - Perfect Paragraph

T          9/27                    More on future,  Computer Lab

TH        9/29                    Gerunds & Infinitives / Chapt 5 Alice / Rough Draft Paragraph #1

T         10/4                  More Gerunds Infinitives - Computer Lab

TH        10/6                  Peer Review Paragraph #1 - Parts of an Essay, Essay Types - Comparison Contrast , Chapt 6 Alice

T          10/11                  Modals of Necessity , Lab

TH        10/13                  Modals Ability-– Writing a good introduction, Chapt 7 Alice

T          10/18                 Modals Advice,  lab

TH        10/20                Review for Exam  , Chapt 8 Alice, writing a conclusion

T          10/25                    Exam #2

TH        10/27                    Review Exam, Chap 9 Alice  , Peer Review Essay #1               

T          11/1                  Descriptive Essay,  Computer Lab [ESSAY 1 DUE IN LAB]

TH        11/3                  Modals Possibility – Settings, chap 10 Alice

T          11/8                  More on Modals - Computer Lab

TH       11/10                  Phrasal Verbs, Peer Review essay 2, chap 11 Alice

T          11/15               Essay 2 Due in  Computer Lab,  More Phrasal Verbs

TH        11/17                Clauses, Writing an opinion essay  -  themes, Alice Chapt 12

T         11/22                    LAB, More on Clauses

TH        11/24                    Happy Thanksgiving no class today

T         11/29                  Computer lab, writing an in-class essay

TH        12/1                 More on in-class writing and your final essay 

T          12/6                Review for Exam #3 / Computer Lab

TH        12/8                  Grammar Exam #3  


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