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Syllabus

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Course:
IEP 464 A TOEFL Preparation
 
Instructors:
Christine Bauer-Ramazani
Wendy Uncles
Classroom: SE 121
Regular Class Time: T TH 1:00-3:30 (incl. 30-min lab time per day)
Special Note: no class on TH, April 3;
Class Time on March 25, 27, April 8, 10, 12: 1:00-4:00
(with a 10 min. break)
Office:
SE 127
SE 111
Session: 
Spring 3, 2008
Spring 4, 2008
Phone:
654-2642
654-2300 (leave a message)
Email:
Office Hours:
MWF 3:45-4:45 (and by appointment
 

MATERIALS:   
            Required Text: Solorzano, Helen S (2006). NorthStar: Building Skills for the TOEFL iBT—High-

                                    Intermediate. New York: Pearson Education.

            Recommended Text: (for vocabulary and grammar study mainly)

            Lab/Homework:
1.       CD accompanying the class text.
2.       Christine’s TOEFL Preparation Web page: http://academics.smcvt.edu/cbauer-ramazani/cbr/IEP/TOEFL.htm
3.       Software: LanguEdge (available in the Language Learning Resource Center, SE 215)
4.       Christine’s Useful Links to TESL/CALL Web Sites (for grammar, writing, reading, vocabulary, dictionaries, and TOEFL on the Web): http://academics.smcvt.edu/cbauer-ramazani/Links/useful_sites.htm > English Language Teaching and Learning > Grammar, etc.
Other materials: Bring to every class          
            1 three-ring binder, standard (8 1/1 x 11") filler paper; highlighters, pens, pencils, eraser, 1 stapler; make a separate vocabulary section for words on one half and definitions/examples on the other; 1 hole punch (for your room)
 
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed to help you improve your score on the TOEFL, using academic language skills and test taking strategies. The class will practice for specific sections of the test.
 
COURSE OBJECTIVES: By the end of the course, students will be able to
1.       approach the Listening, Structure/Written Expression, and Reading/Vocabulary sections of the paper-based TOEFL (PBT) with appropriate test-taking strategies;
2.       approach the Listening, Reading, Integrated Skills, and Independent Skills sections of the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with appropriate test-taking strategies;
3.       approach the integrated skills Academic English Language Skills Assessment Test (AELSAT) with appropriate test-taking strategies;
4.       use appropriate strategies to expand their vocabulary in reading and listening.
 
EXPECTATIONS:
1.       Attendance: Attendance and punctuality is required for all classes (see the Student Handbook for a statement on the IEP absence policy). One absence per four-week session is allowed without penalty. After the second absence the student is required to meet with the instructor to discuss attendance and performance problems. Further absenteeism is reported to the IEP Director.
2.       Homework: Homework is given to reinforce or apply concepts learned in class. Written homework must be submitted the day after it was assigned. It is graded on a 5-point scale (5=excellent, 4=good, 3=adequate, 2=not passing; 1=repeat; 0=not turned in). Late homework will be marked down by 10% for each day late. Homework marks are part of the grade. Absence is not an excuse for submitting homework late; students must check with the instructor and/or classmates about homework and class work missed in case of absence due to illness and be prepared for the next class.

GRADING:
            Grades will be based on test/quiz performance, homework, and participation. Students are expected to discuss homework, exercises, and checkpoint tests in class. STUDENTS MUST BE PRESENT FOR ALL QUIZZES OR TESTS
            Important notes:
·         No make-up tests will be given, except in documented medical cases. 
·         Missed quizzes, tests, and homework will be recorded as 0 and entered into the average. 

            Grading criteria:
1.       Participation                                          10%
2.       Homework                                             20%
3.       Performance:
·         Quizzes, Tests, Rubrics              70%
                                                                                   100%                                                    
SMC Grading scale: 
100-94% A; 93-91% A-; 88-90% B+; 87-84% B; 83-81% B-; 80-78 C+; 77-74 C; 73-70 C-;

69-67 D+; 66-60 D; 59 and below: F

 
Syllabus
Week 1:            Introduction to the course; Purpose for taking the TOEFL course and areas needed to improve; differences between the paper-based (Institutional) TOEFL, the new TOEFL iBT, and the in-house test for the Academic English Program (AELSAT); General Strategies for improving the TOEFL score; Vocabulary Strategies, Reading Strategies, Note-taking Strategies
Unit 1: Media—Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, Skill Focus: Skimming and Scanning;

GRAMMAR, G√12 (Prepositions & Prep. Phrases)

VOCABULARY, V√6 (Latin and Greek roots, Groups 1-3)

 
Week 2:            GRAMMAR, G√13 (Main and Subordinate Clause Markers)

VOCABULARY, V√6 (Latin and Greek roots, Groups 4-6)

Unit 2: Overcoming Obstacles-- Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, Skill Focus: Paraphrasing

 
Week 3:            GRAMMAR, G√14 (Prepositional Phrases & Subordinate Clauses)

VOCABULARY V√6 (Latin and Greek roots, Groups 7-9)

Unit 3: Medicine-- Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, Skill Focus: Identifying and Using Main Ideas and Details

 
Week 4:            GRAMMAR, G√15 (Appositives and Noun Structures), GRAMMAR & VOCABULARY review tests

Unit 4: Natural Disasters--Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, Skill Focus: Making Inferences

LanguEdge practice tests

 
Week 5:            GRAMMAR, G√25 (Standard Word Order), G√26 (Word Order in Subordinate Clauses)

VOCABULARY V√ 7 (Prefixes—negation, number and size, very small, very large)

Unit 5: Conservation—Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, Skill Focus: Using Detailed Examples

 
Week 6:            GRAMMAR, G√27 (Inverted S-V Word Order)

VOCABULARY V√ 7 (Prefixes—time, where)

                                    Unit 6: Philanthropy—Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, Skill Focus: Identifying and Using Rhetorical Structure
 
Week 7:            GRAMMAR, G√28 (Parallel Structure), G√29 (Paired Expressions)

VOCABULARY V√ 7 (Prefixes—amount, relationship, judgment, other)

                                    Unit 7: Education—Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, Skill Focus: Comparing and Contrasting

LanguEdge practice tests; TOEFL test

 
Week 8:            GRAMMAR, G√30 (Confusing Words and Expressions), GRAMMAR & VOCABULARY review tests

practice test

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