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Basic Syllabus for Intermediate (A) Reading and Writing - Spring 2015

Instructor: John Curtis


Office: Memorial Hall 016
Telephone: 309-298-1107
E-mail: JA-Curtis@wiu.edu

Office Hours: Tuesday -Thursday 8:30 to 9:30


Monday Friday 12:30 to 1:30
Email me to make an appointment or
talk to me after class.

Class Times and Locations:


Monday, Wednesday and Friday:

Reading: 2:00 - 2:50 Writing: 3:00 - 3:50 a.m.

Tuesdays: Reading: 9:30 to 10:45


Thursday: Writing: 9:30 to 10:45
We will usually have class in Corbin/Olson 1032 (CO 1032). However, we will also use the computer lab in
Simpkins Hall.
Course Textbooks:
Reading: Interactions 2 Reading, 6th edition, by Elaine Kirn and Pamela Hartmann
McGraw Hill 2014 (ISBN 978-0-07-759510-4)
Writing: Longman Academic Writing Series 3, 4th edition, by Alice Oshima and Ann Hogue.
Pearson 2014 (ISBN 978-0-13-291566-9)

Assessment:
There will be two final grades, one for Reading and one for Writing, based on the following:

READING GRADE:
Midterm Exam
Final Exam
Quizzes/Tests
Homework/Class Participation

WRITING GRADE:
20%
25%
45%
10%

Midterm Exam
Final Exam
Tests/Papers
Homework/Class Participation
Journal/Blog

20%
25%
35%
10%
10%

WESL Grading Scale:


A (90-100%): Excellent
B (80-89%):
Above average.
C (75-79%):
Sufficient
U (74% or less): Unsatisfactory
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How to be a successful student:


1. Don't miss class and don't be late for class. Email me (John) when you need to miss class.
2. When you are having trouble, go to see your professor right away!
3. Use English as often as you can in and out of class. Make a habit of reading English media or literature
every day.
4. Come to class prepared. Keep a folder and notebook just for Reading and Writing. Make sure to have
several pens and/or pencils.
5. Make up missed assignments right away. If you miss class, email the professor and ask for the assignments.
6. Turn your phone off and have it put away during class time. You can check it between class periods.
7. Be open to working with the other members of the class. By being willing to work together, everyone will
learn more quickly and easily.

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