ESL 182 LS Syllabus
Fremont Fall 2015

Class Information


Schedule: M,W 11:00 AM-12:45 PM Hybrid

Instructor:  Vicki Curtis

Office: FP-20 Office Hours: M,W 8:00-9:00 AM, 12:45-1:00 PM (Regular office hours may be replaced with some online hours.)

Calendar: Academic Calendar Fall 2015


Course Description

In this course you will develop and improve your overall communication skills in American English. You will practice English speaking, listening, reading and writing with an emphasis on fluency, vocabulary development, verb tenses, and basic sentence structure. The skills you learn will be applied in oral, aural and written assignments and in natural communication tasks.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  1. Produce sentences and chunks of discourse in speech of 200­-250 words on assigned topics or topics of your own choosing with a particular focus on basic sentence structure, sentence mechanics, verb tenses, and essential modal verbs.
  2. Respond to questions and discuss topics in comprehensible speech
  3. Identify main ideas and specific details in given listening passages.
  4. Grow in grammatical accuracy of speech and/or be able to recognize and correct some of your own speech errors while speaking.


  1. Identify and use main idea to organize spoken passages
  2. Develop main idea for spoken discourse using specific supporting details
  3. Use correct sentence patterns with increasing accuracy.
  4. Increase expressive and receptive personal and academic vocabulary in speaking and listening through the use of common prefixes, collocations, synonyms, antonyms and word forms.
  5. Use present timeframe with simple, progressive, and perfect aspects spoken discourse with increasing accuracy.
  6. Use past timeframe with simple and progressive aspects in spoken discourse with increasing accuracy.
  7. Use future timeframe with simple, progressive, and perfect aspect in spoken discourse with increasing accuracy.


  1. Identify main idea in a listening passage.
  2. Isolate specific details in a listening passage.
  3. Identify supporting details in a listening passage.
  4. Make inferences based on listening texts.
  5. Make predictions of future content or organization based on material read or heard with increasing accuracy.
  6. Produce simple spoken or written summaries and paraphrases of information from a listening passage.
  7. Develop a familiarity with the conventions of at least 3 different auditory sources of English.


  1. iPad, smartphone, other tablet, or laptop. (This class will use mobile technology, so you will need one of these devices. If you do not have one or are not able to buy one, please see me for a loaner device.)
  2. English Central Access Code Card in Ohlone Bookstore
  3. Internet Access
  4. Computer/Mobile Device headphone/microphone

Class Activities and Content

There is no textbook for this class. We will be using a variety of online materials with Haiku Learning serving as the home of all your materials and assignments. However, you will be using English Central, a web program for improving your English listening and speaking skills. You will be involved in a variety of listening and speaking activities in pairs, groups, and individually. There will be given topics, and you will also be able to choose topics that are of interest to you. As we work through the projects and assignments for these topics, you will be further developing your English vocabulary, grammar, listening comprehension, speaking fluency, and overall confidence in using English though using English and studying about it.

Hybrid Class/Contact Hours

This is a hybrid class which means you will be required to complete at least 1 hour and 45 minutes of online work each week. In addition to the 3 ½ hours of weekly class time, your instructor will have regular weekly contact with you online via email, Facebook chat, and/or VoiceThread and instructor videos.

You are expected to do all homework assignments and to take all quizzes. You should do your homework before coming to class. You need to come to class prepared to discuss the assignments. Meeting deadlines on time is an important part of American academic culture; therefore, I will not accept late assignments unless you talk to me in advance. Do not assume a late assignment will be accepted. If you know that you will be absent for a quiz or test, tell me before, so we can make other arrangements.


We will be using a private Facebook group as a place for you to find class information and for communication. It is important that you understand how to keep yourself and your information safe online, so I have included a link to the Facebook safety page.Please read it and make your privacy choices carefully.

Here is a link to the Facebook Help Centerwhere you can learn more about the features of Facebook and how to use them.


You are expected to come to every class on time. Attendance will be taken the first few minutes of class. If you are absent from class more than 3 times, I may drop you from the class. There will be a sign-in sheet for every class which will include the time you signed in. If you are more than 8 minutes late, it will count as an absence. Additionally, class participation will be a part of your effort grade. Even if you are absent, you are responsible for all work. Contact one of your classmates, contact your instructor, or check on Facebook if you have questions.


To pass this class you must score an average of 70% on assignments and tests in both areas of listening and speaking. If you do not have an average of 70% in either area, you might not pass the class. Your class grade will be determined by assignments and tests in two categories, Content Quality and Effort. For most assignments, you will receive two grades, one grade for the content, or how well you completed the assignment, and one grade for effort, which includes completing the assignment on time and how well you followed the assignment requirements. You will also be graded for participation in the effort category.

Content-Homework, Listening/Speaking Projects, Tests/Quizzes      35%

Effort-Homework, Listening/Speaking Projects, Tests/Quizzes          50%

Final Exam      15%    Final Exam Schedule                                               

Withdrawal Policy

The last day for dropping the class with a “W” is Thursday November 19, 2015. You are responsible for dropping the class by that date if you wish to receive a “W”. If you do not drop by that date and fail to complete the course requirements, you will receive a grade of “F”.

Language Policy

As this is a class designed to help you improve your written/oral/aural English skills, only English will be spoken in class. Exceptions will rarely be made and then only for absolutely necessary translation purposes. You will have your class participation percentage reduced if you use other languages in class.

Academic Dishonesty

In American colleges, cheating on tests, copying other students’ homework, and copying other people’s papers are unacceptable and grounds for failure. You are expected to turn in only your own work. See Academic Dishonestyfor more information.

Degree and Certificate Completion

Earning an associate degree or certificate from Ohlone can increase your likelihood of getting hired for a new job, increase your earning potential as an employee, and decrease your chance of being unemployed. Ohlone has almost 200 associate degrees and certificates from which you can choose–ranging from Certificates of Accomplishment (7+ units) to an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science with 60+ units. See a counselor and go online to consider available degrees and certificates.

Ohlone College Certificate and Degree Programs

Mental Health and Stress Management Services

The staff and faculty of Ohlone College are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the many confidential (private) student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health Center in building 7 or STEPUP Ohlone.


If you have any questions about policies that are not answered in this paper, please read your Student Handbook or the college catalog. If you have any questions about English, this class or if you just want to talk, please come by my office. I would be glad to help you in any way I can. I hope you enjoy the class and feel more comfortable with English as we go along.