INTRO TO COLLEGE WRITING LAB

 

Instructor: Regina Popper

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INSTRUCTOR'S OFFICE: C-154 SEMESTER:

 

INSTRUCTOR'S PHONE: 595-2263*

*Current students, please call me at home.

 

OFFICE HOURS: Before and after class or by appointment.

 

 

TEXT: BUILDING SENTENCES by Mackie and Rompf (Purchase Immediately)

 

COURSE CONTENT: This course offers instruction and practice in grammar, sentence-combining and sentence writing. This is a companion course to the composition course Eng.. 030. Homework and tests will determine your mastery of grammar skills in 032. Only A,B, C or F grades (No grade of D) will be given. A passing grade is 75. Any student who does not have a passing grade but has attended class consistently and completed all tests and assignments will receive a "PR" or "Progress" grade. With a "PR" or an "F" in Eng. 030 and 032, the courses must be repeated.

 

SUPPLIES: You will need your textbook, loose paper for class writing, dark pencil or pen, and a highlighter to underline key ideas in the chapters you read.

 

HOW TO LEARN: You will succeed in this class if you do all the reading and exercises that are assigned. Even strong students will be kept on their toes, so expect to fully and carefully read the chapters and do the exercises along the way as you are reading. Be warned that many students take this course too casually in the beginning and find it very difficult to catch up.

 

Most class notes can be written in your textbook margins to simplify studying for tests. Underline or highlight important parts of each chapter as you read. Attend class regularly, participate, ask questions, and keep up with the homework schedule. (It is very difficult to catch up later because more work will keep coming !) Get help from me or the tutors in the Writing Center if you have a problem or feel lost. We are here to help you succeed!

 

TEXTBOOK EXERCISES (HOMEWORK): Expect to spend about two hours of homework for each hour of class. Follow the "Homework/Test Schedule" and come to class with the exercises already completed for the class date listed. Stick to the Schedule even if you are absent or if school is closed for bad weather. All material must be covered in the same week it is scheduled.

Read the chapters and do the exercises after each section in the chapter. Write directly in the textbook since the book cannot be resold.

 

HOMEWORK AND BOOK CHECK: In the beginning of every class, I will "check" your completed homework. If you are absent, late to class or did not do the homework, you will get an "F" grade for that day's homework. At the end of the semester I will drop two "F's" from your homework grades to allow for illness; confer with instructor if you are confronting some emergency. NOTE: If you know you are going to be absent, you may show me your

completed homework early to avoid getting a grade of F for that day's work.

 

I will also check your books on the day of a test to see that all assigned work has been completed (or corrected), so if you do not complete the homework on the day it is due, you should complete it before the next test. If you are having difficulties with an assignment, you are encouraged to get help from me or a tutor in the Writing Center. The Writing Center in Room C-l38 is staffed from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. (M-TH), 8 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.

 

TESTS: We have a test every two or three chapters. You will be given the opportunity to retake two tests which you have failed and to make up two tests which you miss because of absence. These retakes/make-ups should be saved

for emergencies because it is very hard to learn new material, plan for a new test, AND study for an old test all at the same time. Your grade will suffer.

 

For any retake, the instructor will give you a special green form which you then take to the Writing Center where the test will be held for you. You will have one week to retake the test (a different version).

 

ATTENDANCE: Students who attend regularly enjoy class more because they settle into a comfortable schedule and their questions are answered. To encourage your presence, attendance counts as l0% of your grade:

1-2 absence = A as l0% of your grade

3 absences = B as l0% of your grade

4 absences = C as l0% of your grade

5 or more = F as l0% of your grade

more than 5...you may have to withdraw

 

This attendance policy is meant to reward good attendance and discourage spotty attendance. Of course if you are sick you should stay home. If you are ill or have an emergency, stay in touch with your instructor. Good communication is important.

Students who are frequently absent seldom pass the course. The only excused absences are for extended medical absences (which require a doctor's official note) or official campus-sponsored obligations, such as sports, etc., which require faculty-signed permission slips.

 

WITHDRAWAL: If you must stop attending for any reason, be sure to complete a Withdrawal Form in the Counseling office to avoid receiving an F on your record. You must withdraw before Nov. 13 to get a grade of W (withdrew) instead of F. (Remember, however, that this course is required with Eng. 030.)

 

BEHAVIOR: Any rudeness or lack of respect for the instructor or the other students will require a conference with the instructor and possibly with the head of the English Department

 

EVALUATION: Grades for the course will be based on an average of test scores (70%), homework exercises (20%) and attendance (l0%). The final test is counted twice.

The school-designated grade scale is: 93 - l00% = A

84 - 92% = B

75 - 83% = C

Since this is a mastery course, any grade below 75 is failing.

 

STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: Please inform me of any special needs you may have so that I may make your learning experience more comfortable and successful.

The college has an office to guide, counsel, and assist students with disabilities. It is called the Access Office. If you have accommodation needs, you will need to get them approved by the Access office. Call 513-4549.

 

REMEMBER: Do your best! Be your best!

 

 

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INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING - Grammar Segment - Eng: 032

Summer '94

 

Ms. Regina Popper

Office in Room C - 154, available Mon. through Thurs. from 9 a.m. to l0:20 a.m.

Office phone: 595-2252 or home 962-1287

 

Text: BUILDING SENTENCES by Mackie and Rompf (Purchase Immediately)

 

Course Content: This course offers instruction and practice in grammar, sentence-combining and sentence writing. Homework and tests will determine your mastery of these skills. Only A,B, C or F grades (No grade of D) will be given. A passing grade is 75.

 

Supplies: You will need your textbook, loose paper for class writing, dark pencil or pen, and a highlighter (ideally).

 

How to Learn: Do all the assignments in your book (omitting "Suggestions for Writing"). Most class notes can be written in your textbook margins to simplify studying for tests. Underline or highlight important parts of each chapter as you read. Attend class regularly, participate, ask questions, and keep up with the homework schedule. (It is almost impossible to catch up later because more work will keep coming !). Get help from me or the tutors in the Writing Center if you have a problem or feel lost.

 

Textbook Exercises (Homework): Expect to spend about two hours of homework daily for each hour of class. Follow the "Homework/Test Schedule" and come to class with the exercises already completed for the class date listed. Stick to the Schedule even if you are absent or if school is closed for bad weather. All material must be covered in the same week it is scheduled.

Read the chapters and do the exercises after each section in the chapter. Write directly in the textbook since the book cannot be resold.

 

Homework and Book Check: In the beginning of every class, I will check your workbook to see if you have completed the homework. If you are late to class or if you did not do the homework, you will get an "F" grade for that day's homework. I will also check your books on the day of a test to see that you are doing the exercises. If you know you are going to be absent, you may show me your completed homework early to avoid getting a grade of F.

If you are having difficulties with an assignment, you are encouraged to get help from me or a tutor in the Writing Center. The Writing Center in Room C-l38 is staffed from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. (M-TH) and 8 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Fridays during summer.

 

Tests: We have a test every two or three chapters. You will be given the opportunity to retake two tests which you have failed or missed because of absence. These two retakes/make-ups should be saved for emergencies

 

 

Eng. 032 Syllabus (continued)

 

because it is very hard to learn new material, plan for a new test, AND study for an old test all at the same time. Your grade will suffer.

 

For any retake, the instructor will give you a special blue form which you then take to the Writing Center where the test will be held for you. You will have one week to retake the test (a different version).

 

Attendance: If you are absent, you may need to come to campus during the week to make up a test or retake a test that you have failed.

Attendance counts as l0% of your grade:

0 absence = A as l0% of your grade

1 absence = B as l0% of your grade

2 absences = C as l0% of your grade

3 or more = F as l0% of your grade

4 or more = you must withdraw from the course

 

If you must stop attending for any reason, be sure to complete a Withdrawal Form beginning in the Counseling office and then on to the Registration office to avoid receiving an F on your record. You must withdraw before July 25 to get a grade of W (withdrew) instead of F. (Remember, however, that this course is required with Eng. 030.)

 

Behavior: Any rudeness or lack of respect for the instructor or the other students will require a conference with the instructor and possibly with the head of the English Department.

 

Evaluation: Grades for the course will be based on an average of test scores (70%), homework exercises (20%) and attendance (l0%):

The school-designated grade scale is: 93 - l00% = A

84 - 92% = B

75 - 83% = C

Since this is a mastery course, any grade below 75 is failing.