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Spring 2004

ESL 201     Course Information

English as a Second Language: Advanced

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-Developing Composition Skills. Rhetoric and Grammar.  2nd edition 
Ruetten, Mary K.

This text is available at the College Bookstore. You may buy books in person or have them shipped to your home.   Contact the bookstore by phone, email or in person. 

Course Description

In this course you will focus on writing paragraph-length compositions of description, narration, enumeration, cause/effect, comparison/contrast, and process. You will learn to write complex sentences using appropriate connectors. In addition, you will learn to edit your paragraphs for grammar mistakes, and you will use the appropriate mechanics for paragraph writing.


Class participation is important to improve your academic writing skills. I expect you to be on time and ready for the class. If you have to miss a class, you should contact me. It is your responsibility to catch up with any assignments you have missed.

Classroom Expectations

I expect that everyone will act with a high level of maturity. Disruptive behavior interrupts learning and will not be tolerated.

If you have questions about the college policy on classroom behavior standards, please see the Student Handbook for a full description of the procedure.


·         You will have 4 graded writing assignments;  

·         You will have daily homework;  

·         You will have 4 grammar tests;

·         In the weekly lab sessions you will work on software that focuses on writing skills.


Writing Assignments   (1-2) 15%  
Writing Assignments   (3-4) 30%
Tests  (4)  35%  
Final Exam 20%  



Grading Scale:

90-100 = A     80-89 = B         70-79 = C       60-69 = D        Below 60 = F

You must have a grade of C or higher to pass this class

Language Studies Department Policies

ABSENCES: An instructor has the right to give a student an “F” if the student misses more than 25% of the class due to absence.

DISABILITIES: Students with known or possible physical, mental, or learning disabilities should contact the office of Disabled Student Services in M-1042 by calling 301-322-0838 (or TDD 301-322-0122) in order to register with a counselor at least a month before the start of classes, whenever possible.  PGCC complies with all local, state, and federal legislation regarding the accommodation of individuals with disabilities.

SNOW CLOSINGS: If it should be necessary for the college to close or have an early dismissal because of bad weather, this decision will be made as soon as possible, either the night before or by 5 AM of the closing.  Tune into local radio or TV for closing information.  Listen or watch for Prince George ’s Community College, not to be confused with announced closings for the Prince George ’s County Public Schools.  You may also consult the college’s Web site pgweb.pgcc.edu or call the college’s information line at 301-336-6000.

CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM: Copying or attempting to copy another student’s work, having someone else do your work for you, or reproducing textual materials of any sort, including those on the Internet, as your own will not be tolerated.  Allowing any of these activities to occur will be treated similarly.  An “F” on the specific assignment or exam will be the minimum punishment received up to and including a failing grade in the course or even expulsion from the college.