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Ms. Kavalauskas

Course Content
This course consists of an ongoing review of grammar structures that you have already studied and an introduction to more complex ones such as the past perfect, gerunds and infinitives, modals, and reported speech. You will learn to improve your writing through practice composing compound and complex sentences. You will also study many mechanics involved in writing correctly in English, including the rules of punctuation. In addition, you will practice expressing yourself in formal, academic English through writing single paragraphs, eventually progressing to five-paragraph essays. Your reading activities will focus on building comprehension skills and vocabulary. Continued work on speaking and listening will help you to develop greater comprehension and fluency.

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In-class and out-of-class writing of paragraphs and essays In-class and out-of-class reading of articles, essays, and graded readers Grammar and vocabulary exercises: oral, written, and in the language lab In-class listening activities Oral presentations of group work and reading assignments. Topic-centered discussions

Materials that you must have in class every day:

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Two-ring binder with loose-leaf paper Writing portfolio Pens, pencils, erasers

Textbooks that you must have in class every day:

Focus on Grammar Intermediate NorthStar Focus on Reading and Writing Intermediate First Steps in Academic Writing Assorted adapted readers and videos

Tests: 20%: Quizzes: 20%

Written Work (including homework): 60%

The final exam at the end of the semester is worth 20% of the semester grade. At years end, your grade will be calculated as follows: Fall Semester 45%; Spring Semester 55%.

Expectations and Attendance Policies

Please arrive on time and be in dress code. Consistent late arrivals will be noted and
communicated to the Grade Dean. As a general rule, three reported late arrivals of at least five minutes will be combined and reported as one unexcused absence. In a similar manner, a single late arrival of 20 minutes or more is treated as a single unexcused absence.

Your homework must be completed for the class and at the time during which it is checked. You must bring your binder, all class notes and hand-outs (neatly organized), all
pencils, pens, erasers, liquid paper, etc. and all textbooks that are not stored in the classroom to every class. Your notes may be checked and graded periodically. If you are missing materials, this will be noted and your grade will suffer.

If your absence is unexcused and you have missed a quiz or a test, you will either fail
that assignment or schedule a make up with the grade lowered by a letter grade or the equivalent number of points. If you have missed any other assignment, the grade is usually lowered by one full letter grade. If your absence is excused, it is your responsibility to inform me without delay that you need to make up a test or quiz.

If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find the nature of the homework assignment from a classmate or the class blog and get the work done before you return to class. You will get a failing grade for written work not turned in within 24 hours of the due date. If you have extenuating circumstances and need an extension on an assignment,
you must ask my permission at least 24 hours before the due date and time. If you have an unexcused absence and are not on campus to turn in your work, then please email it to me. My email address is:

You must re-write all marked written work. Re-writes of major essays will count as
three homework assignments. Re-writes of assignments are due the next class day.

Classroom Conduct: One Simple Rule

If you behave in a way that prevents the teacher from teaching effectively or the students from learning effectively, you will face disciplinary action and your grade may be affected.

Office Hours

On Mondays and Thursdays from 16:00-17:00, I will be available in M 11 with the Peer Tutors to answer any questions you may have. You may also email me and set up an appointment.

Academic Integrity
Your integrity with regard to academic work is of utmost importance. It is better to do poor work than dishonest work. The penalty for academic dishonesty is a failing grade on the work in question and warrants the intervention of the Academic Dean, your Grade Dean, and your Advisor. Please remember the following in all of your courses:
1. On homework assignments, you may not copy another student's work. You are on your

honor to be truthful if your teacher asks whether or not you've completed an assignment on your own. If you have had help or worked with another student, please write this on your paper.
2. On in-class tests and quizzes, you must not look at other students' papers. If I see you

doing so, I will assume you are cheating and you will suffer the penalty.
3. You are on your honor not to discuss the contents of tests and quizzes to those who have not

taken them. Do not ask students in other classes what is on the test or quiz if they have taken it before you have.
4. Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of others without giving proper credit to the source.

When you use sources, make sure that you document them in your paper. If you use a direct quotation, use quotation marks. Please see me if you have any questions about attribution of sources or plagiarism.

If you have any questions or are unsure about these guidelines, please ask.