Syllabus

HELP 331R Syllabus

Hawai’i English Language Program
1395 Lower Campus Road, MC 13-1
Honolulu, HI 96822

Fall 1, 2013

Ohana 1: 8am to 9am; Monday to Thursday

Ohana 2: 9:05am to 10:05am; Monday to Thursday

Course Description:

  • In this course you will read authentic material in a textbook with a focus on academic subjects, such as history or sociology, which you would find in any college or university. The class will focus on developing the important reading skills of finding the main ideas and supporting details, distinguishing fact from opinion, and increasing academic vocabulary.

Course Materials:

  • Required textbook: Mosaics 1: Reading, Silver Edition
    (Wegmann and Knezevic), 2012, Chapters 1, 3, 4, & 5.
  • Short Stories Handout
  • This website and its materials
  • Supplementary handouts from the teacher

Instructional Methods:
The HELP Program emphasizes active learning. Among the instructional methods used in this course are: pair and small group work and mini-presentations. This course will also include a blended learning component; students will carry out work on this website.

Course Outcomes:

  • 1. Increase reading rate, measured by timed reading exercises
  • 2. Recognize main ideas in longer modified and authentic materials, measured by textbook exercises, homework from the textbook, reading circle assignment, online reading exercises, and in-class reading activities
  • 3. Demonstrate understanding of text organization to recognize main ideas and find specific pieces of information, measured by textbook exercises, homework from the textbook, reading circle assignment, online reading exercises, and in-class reading exercises
  • 4. Increase knowledge of academic vocabulary and guessing meaning by analyzing prefixes and suffixes, measured by vocabulary quizzes and Quizlet assignments
  • 5. Summarize and paraphrase reading passages, measured by textbook exercises, homework from the textbook, reading circle assignment, online reading exercises, and in-class reading exercises
  • 6. Utilize higher order critical thinking skills to distinguish fact from opinion and to identify and make inferences, measured by textbook exercises, homework from the textbook, reading circle assignment, online reading exercises, and in-class reading exercises

Your Grade  =  100% Participation

  • Group Work = 15%
  • Homework = 15%
  • Vocabulary Study = 15%
  • OER Project & Presentation = 10%
  • Online Reading Work = 15%
  • Classwork = 15%
  • Short Story Work = 15%

Your Teacher

Your instructor is Rick Schoonmaker. He cares about you and wants for this course to be valuable and enjoyable for you. If you have any concerns or worries about the work that you are doing in this class, you must meet with Rick and talk with him about these concerns. Please contact Rick at any time; you have his email address and telephone number.

His office is room 14-4 at HELP.
His office hours are 2pm to 5pm on Thursdays. 

Incidental Learning and activities:

  • Students will learn vocabulary for academic reading and methods for vocabulary study. They will master vocabulary learning resources.
  • Students will learn the value of Extensive Reading, do Extensive Reading, and find Online Extensive Reading resources for themselves.
  • Students will discover a variety of online resources for improving their reading skills.
  • Students will master a variety of technologies for second language reading practice.

Attendance:
There are no excused absences from HELP classes. Any hour that you are not in class will be counted as an absence. This includes illness, TOEFL or other exams, religious services, visits from friends and relatives, etc. If you have more than five hours of absences in any one class, you will receive a letter of probation. If you have any additional absences, you receive a letter of imminent dismissal.

Have Fun !  (^_^ )
Learning a foreign language is a wonderful, amazing thing! 

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