ESL 200 -AMERICA: A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS

Intensive English Program – Juniata College

Fall 2001

 

Instructor: Prudence Ingerman                Office phone – 3186          Home -  641 0477

Office – 2nd floor, the Oller Center            Email – ingerman@juniata.edu

Office hours –most afternoons and by appointment

 

Overview

This content-based class focuses on American values and the changing influence of immigrants to America.  Students will use their own cultural identity as a spring- board and by comparison thus deepen their understanding of the different immigrant cultures presented. The language focus will be on learning and refining reading and writing skills, develop group interaction skills, improve listening and speaking skills.  Throughout the semester, students will refine many of these language skills and broaden their knowledge of American culture as they participate in a self-directed volunteer service project called Service Learning.

 

Course Objectives:

Content

·        To explore and identify their own cultural identity

·        To understand the values of mainstream American culture

·        To learn how these values were formed.

·        To analyze why certain cultures were easily assimilated in early America and certain others were not.

·        To analyze today’s wave of immigrants and their unique challenges.

·        To maintain weekly response journal of the Service Learning experience.

 

Language

·        To improve reading and comprehension rates by 25%

·        To increase vocabulary of content related words (eight per week, plus any derivatives) in order to be able to participate fully in class discussions

·        To improve writing skills by producing short papers and by editing each other’s work.  They will also be introduced to the skills necessary to produce one correctly formatted research paper, including paraphrasing, summarizing and citing references.

·        To participate in a ten week volunteer community service experience and present this experience in a final presentation

 

Materials:

Saroyan, W. The Human Comedy, or Wilder,T., Our Town,   Yezierska,A. The Bread Givers, or McBride,J. The Color of Water,   Kingston, M. Woman Warrior(portions),  Cisneros,S. The House on Mango Street,   . Angelou,M. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.(optional),   Steinbeck, J. Of Mice and Men (optional )   Datesman,M. American Ways


 

Grading Criteria:

Grading Scale:

Attendance and class participation

20

A

93 – 100

C

73 – 76.9

Units Assignments: (Accept or Revise)

 

A-

90 – 92.9

C-

70 – 72.9

 

Social Identities

4

B+

87 – 89.9

D+

67 – 69.9

 

Core Values

5

B

83 – 86.9

D

63 – 66.9

 

Protestant Work Ethic

5

B-

80 – 82.9

D-

60 – 62.9

 

Native Americans

4

C+

77 – 79.9

F

Below 60

 

African Americans

4

 

 

 

 

 

Immigration

5

 

 

 

 

 

Asian Americans

4

 

 

 

 

 

Latin American

4

 

 

 

 

Unit Tests

 

20

 

 

 

 

Service Learning

 

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

100%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Criteria Descriptions:

Attendance and class participation: You are required and expected to come to class, to be prepared (completion of homework assignments and any related reading), and to actively participate in class activities.  Each unexcused absence, after the first, will lower the final grade by one point. Three late arrivals to class equal one absence. Arrivals after half the class time are marked as absent. Assignments are due in class on the due date. Each late assignment will be marked down one half point per day

 

Unit Assignments: You are responsible for organizing your assignments for each unit in a pocket folder, to be handed in as a unit, on the unit test date. Details will be provided in class.  Evaluation of assignments will be based on completion of written assignments demonstrating original and critical thinking.  Units will receive full marks (Accept) or partial marks (Revise). One revision is possible. If you revise, submit both drafts.

 

Unit Tests:  There will be short ( 3/4 hour) tests on content ( including vocabulary)  and language in weeks 3,5,7,9,11 and 13. These scores will be averaged.

 

Service Learning:  Once a week, from week 4 through week 14, you will have the opportunity to interact with the Juniata/Huntingdon community in a one-hour volunteer service experience.  You will be expected to hand in a Ύ page typed reflection each week. Details will be provided in class. Assessment will be based on 1) Assignments done completely and on time, 2) Feedback from on-site counterpart and 3) Final individual or group presentation.

 

Academic Integrity: Students are expected to be academically honest.  All work must be your own and cheating may result in an F for the course.