Syllabus: Information Technology for ESL Students-3 Spring 2010 Page 1 of 10

Syllabus: Information Technology for ESL Students-3 Spring 2010 Page 1 of 10

Syllabus: Information Technology for ESL Students-3
Spring 2010
Page 1 of 10

Division of Basic & Transitional Studies
Division of Business, Information Technologies and Creative Arts


Course Title: ESL for Information Technology 3
Course Number: ESL070
Item Number(s):4917
Quarter Year:Spring 2010
Meeting Times:ESL Monday & Wednesday 5:00 p.m. – 8:25 p.m.
ESLThursday 7:00 p.m. – 8:25 p.m.
MIC 160E Tuesday & Thursday 5:00 – 6:50 p.m.
MIC 297 Tuesday 7:00 – 7:50 p.m.
Instructor(s):Dan Loos (ESL) and Ray Spizman (Information Technology)
Room:BE 3168

Office Location:Dan: BE3112
Office Hours: Dan: 8:30 – 9:20 p.m. or by appointment
Spizman: (Consult your MIC160Eand MIC 297 syllabi.)

Office Phone:Dan: (206) 587-5418
Email addresses:Dan:
However, use the email system in Angel to contact Dan Loos. (You can’t email Ray Spizman through the Angel email system.)

Class Website:

Angel Online
Learning Site:

Prerequisites:CASAS reading and listening scores above 211 and basickeyboarding skills.
No class:Monday, May 31st (Memorial Day)
Last Day:Monday, June 14th

Special Needs: If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with your instructors as soon as possible.

Course Description: This course integrates Washington State Adult Basic Education ESL level 5 and 6 reading, writing, listening, and speaking standards and indicators with a college-level information technology course, e.g. MIC 160W.


  1. Elbaum, Sandra N. Grammar in Context 3. 4th ed. Boston: Thomson- Heinle, 2006. Lesson 8 Adverbial Clauses and Lesson 10 Unreal Conditions: $4.49
    (New students: You buy your copies of these chapters at the SCCC Copy Center, Room 3105A)
  2. 3-ring binder notebook
  3. Index tabs (dividers) for your notebook (These will help you to keep organized!)
  4. A USB flash drive (You need this for your ESL & MIC 160E class.)
  5. You keep your computer files on it. Buy an inexpensive one ($15 - $20). You can buy them many places: Target, Best Buy, Staples, Costco, etc.
  6. Earbuds/earphones (You need these so that you can work on listening exercises in class.)


The audio portion of your listening and dictation exercises can be found at this web site. Sometimes students are not able to listen to these exercises if they try to link to the web site through Angel. If you are unable to get to this site through Angel, then go directly to this site by typing the address in the address box of your browser.

Instructors’ Philosophy:
Both instructors stress the achievement of ESL and technology skills through “learning by doing” and extensive practice. Learning is a collaborative effort involving all participants in the classroom: teachers, other students, and guest speakers. The instructors will provide learning opportunities and guidance, but it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to take advantage of the learning opportunities and many learning resources.


1.SCCC Computer Center:

2.Library: Please visit the library on campus and the library’s website:

3.Visit Dan’s web site: Go to the Resources link for many other useful ESL learning resources.

4.The Career Services Center inBE 1102 provides up-to-date career information from a database of all careers in Washington State, books, periodicals, and other current career resources. If you are undecided about your career, there are career assessments available at no fee to assist with career planning. Scholarship information is also available in the Career Information Center. Scholarships for specific majors or interests, high school seniors, minorities and special populations are in binders and separated by deadline dates for your convenience. The staff is available to help students use the resources and assistance with scholarship applications.
The Career Services Center BE 1102 also provides information and resources to help facilitate job searches. This includes part-time, full-time, seasonal, temporary, internship and volunteer postings, and free printed materials on the job search process. You can also find information on earning credit for work, internship, and volunteer experiences through the office. Individual assistance and guidance on job search techniques, resumes, letters and mock interviews is available by appointment.

5.Make sure that you also keep physically fit! You can keep in shape at the Student Activity Center for only $21 per quarter.

6.Evening Parking
Flat Rate$75.00

The evening permit is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The evening permit is valid for classes beginning at noon and after only (including evening classes). Students may purchase an evening permit directly at the Cashier Office, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please make sure to complete the Student Evening Parking Application and prepare to show your picture ID when purchasing your parking permit. A student must be enrolled and have paid all tuitions before being able to purchase a parking permit.

Evening parking permits are usually available for purchase two weeks prior to the start of the quarter. Students are encouraged to buy their parking permits as early as possible to avoid the long wait lines during the first week of the quarter.

Parking and Bus Passes

GOPASS RATES(based upon credit hours or equivalent)

10 or more credits / $ 110.00
Less than 10 or non-credited / $145.00

Learning Outcomes

During each quarter of the Information Technology Program for ESL students you will be completing homework exercises, taking quizzes, doing writing assignments, giving oral presentations, and creating a portfolio of your work to demonstrate how well you have achieved the following reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills and competencies:


  1. Recognize essential software and hardware vocabulary and abbreviations using word analysis or inference
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with business and technology vocabulary and documentation organization
  3. Locate important information (in both digital and print forms) in MIC textbooks, business and technology reference books, reports, memos, charts, and graphs using strategies such as skimming and scanning, listing, outlining, taking notes, text and database queries, etc.
  4. Monitor and enhance comprehension of MIC textbooks, business and technology articles, and college study skill and support service materials through a variety of strategies such as brainstorming, on-line discussions of readings, student generated test questions, timed on-line reading quizzes, etc.
  5. Organize information to manage programs, files, databases and spreadsheets using strategies such as categorization and sequencing.
  6. Actively evaluate and apply prior knowledge to assist in understanding information in texts to learn new software programs and skills and to integrate learned skills to pass the Microsoft Office Specialist exam.


  1. Determine the purpose (e.g. business letter, email message, advertisement, invitation, etc.), audience (friend, colleague, boss, client, etc.) and appropriate software program and features for communicating in writing.
  2. Use software templates and formatting features and pre-writing activities to plan and organize writing ranging from simple paragraphs to multiple paragraphs.
  3. Use advanced table formats and Excel Spread Sheets to create graphs, tables, and charts to support concepts and main ideas in the creation of writings: memos, basic research reports on general interest or business and technology related topics.
  4. Use MSWord thesaurus, grammar check, and on-line searches to enhance word choice and sentence variety.
  5. Use MSWord editing tools and on-line discussion tools to revise drafts (teacher feedback and peer editing) and make final proofs for grammar, spelling, sentence structure and language use.


  1. Understand and respond appropriately to detailed instructions and lectures of college instructor and comments by native English speaking classmates.
  2. Take lecture notes to review main ideas and record homework exercises and due dates in MIC courses.
  3. Use strategies to repair gaps in understanding of lectures, conversations, news reports.
  4. Apply linguistic, socio-cultural, and other background knowledge and strategies to understand fully the literal and implied intent of the speaker (e.g. instructor, client and classmates), to respond appropriately, and to meet the listening purpose.


  1. Recall oral vocabulary and possess control of basic grammar and sentence variety in a range of communicative tasks including unfamiliar and unpredictable ones by using technology such as PowerPoint to make class presentations, teaching technology skills to others, or participating in service learning projects.
  2. Select, organize, and relay oral information for specific purposes by using technology such as email and online discussions to apply strategies to predict audience needs and interest to prepare for formal oral presentations.
  3. Apply a wide range of strategies to monitor and enhance effectiveness of spoken communication through video recordings and production of video clips of student presentations.

Service Learning
Room BE 1103
(206) 587-6997
Service learning is an opportunity for you to learn and apply skills in real work environments. It is an optional opportunity for you to gain experience and contribute to the community in which you live. It can also help strengthen your resume for a job or your applications to attend college or requests for scholarships and financial aid. Service learning involves volunteering your time and skills to a non-profit organization. Your volunteer work will benefit the community. If you are currently working, your job does not count as a service learning experience.

It is highly recommended that you participate in service learning if you can. You will need to spend at least two hours per week at your service learning site, a minimum of 16 hours per quarter.. If you do it during class time, you will need to do it on a Monday or Wednesday evening.The Service Learning program at SCCC will provide an orientation that will give you all the information you need to secure a location. By week three you will need to have found and secured a site, having made arrangements with the Service Learning office and the site. More information will be given in class.

Please consult the MIC 160E course syllabus for grading information about that component of the Information Technology for ESL Students program. However, you must successfully complete the ESL course work to receive credit for your MIC 160E course.

Categories / Value
Grammar Exercises / 15%
Reading & Writing Exercises / 30%
Dictations / 15%
Quizzes/Presentations / 25%
Excel Exercises or Service Learning Experience / 15%

Your ESL homework exercises, quizzes and other assignments will be graded according to the following scale:

4 / = / Exceptional / 90 – 100% / S = Satisfactory
3.5 / 85 - 89%
3 / = / Competent / 80 – 84%
2.5 / 75 – 79%
2 / = / Developing / 70 – 74%
1.5 / 65 – 69% / Y = Continue at the same level
1 / = / Beginning / 10 - 64 %
0 / = / 0 – 9%
Assignment or Test not completed or not submitted / NC = No credit

For each quarter in the Information Technology for ESL Students program, you need an average score of 2.0 to successfully pass the ESL component.

Basic & Transitional Studies
Student Rights and Responsibilities

To pass this class and be able to register for the next quarter, you must:

  1. Attend class 80% of the time or more. Don’t miss ESL class more than 7 times!
  2. Do the class work that is on your syllabus and assigned in class.
  3. Take all CASAS tests. Test dates are on your syllabus and announced in class. Our program receives money based on students taking CASAS tests. If you miss the test, you will not be allowed to register for the next quarter.

Repeating a level:

Your teacher will tell you if you need to take the level again, and what you need to be able to do to pass the level. If you do not pass the second time, you may not be able to register for the third time in that same level. Your teacher may request a meeting with the Dean to discuss your progress.

CASAS Testing (Government Reading and Listening Tests)

To be in this program, you must take the CASAS tests. CASAS tests are mandatory; our program receives funding (money) based on students taking the tests. If you do not take the tests, we do not have the money to keep you in class.

Your teacher will inform you of the dates for the CASAS tests. They are usually near the end of the quarter. If you do not take the CASAS tests, you will not be allowed to register for winter quarter.

College policies

You are expected to comply with college policies and procedures. For a complete description, see

Seattle Central Community College and the Basic and Transitional Studies Division are committed to creating and protecting a diverse learning environment that includes everyone who studies or works here. That means everyone of any race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, Vietnam-era or disabled veteran status, political affiliation or belief, or disability. Students are obligated to respect the rights of others and to refrain from any actions that harm the health, safety, and welfare or property of others. Discrimination will not be tolerated. This policy is found at

Attendance and Grading:
You must attend class at least 80%, so you can’t miss more than 7 classes. Coming to every class session is important because concepts from the lectures and textbook exercises will often be completed in class. Your class participation in activities will also be used to evaluate your listening and speaking abilities. If you must be absent because of illness or a work or family emergency, please email your instructors to let them know. Make sure that you find out and complete any assignments that you have missed. For some in-class assignments, it will not be possible to make them up. Incomplete assignments will count as a “zero” and you do not want to have many zeroes; they will quickly bring down your grade average. Your score may also be reduced for turning work in late.

Microsoft Certification Exams

As part of the IBEST Technology program, you are required to take a Microsoft Certification Exam at the end of each of your MIC 297/160 courses. You are not required to pass the test, but, of course, it is our hope that you will. Certification increases your chances of finding a job and it can also increase your salary potential. Please visit the Certiport web site to find out more information. Click on the link above. The test is not free; that is why you need to buy a voucher in the bookstore. The voucher allows you to take the online test. During the final three weeks of the quarter we will be scheduling you to take the test at Seattle Central Community College.

Counselor: Sometimes you need to talk to someone other than your instructors. If you have questions about school, getting more education, getting a job, or if you have concerns about your class, or if you need to talk to someone about a problem, a good person to see is Fran Kato, counselor for Basic Studies. Her room is BE3125. There is a sign-up paper on her office door. Choose the day and time that you want to see her and write your name on the paper.
In Case of bad Weather or Snow: If it snows, please listen to the weather reports to see if the school is closed. If the weather is very bad and snow is expected, please do one of the following:

  • Check the Seattle Central website:
  • Check — click on the “college” tab at the left and then on SeattleCentralCommunity College.
  • Call theSeattle Central closure line: 206-587-5464 (587-KING). This is a new, dedicated line that has been set up for the college (including students). The KING line will make it easier for you to get through, as the 587-3800 line is not equipped to handle high-traffic calls. The school will use both lines this winter, but will eventually switch to the KING line. Please begin to use the KING line for closure information.
  • Check the announcements section in our Angel online classroom. If there is no special message about the cancellation of class, you should assume that we are having class.

Cellular phones: Please turn off your cellular phones during class sessions.
Food & Drink: School policy states that there shall be no food or beverages in the classroom.
Children: Children are not allowed to be with you during class. It is a school policy.

Safety: When in class on campus and you hear an alarm or voice command to leave the building, please gather your coat and personal belongings (if time), and move quickly to the nearest exit to evacuate the building.

(All Activities Are Subject to Change!)

Week 1
April 5, 2010 / MIC 160E: Course Intro, Syllabus, Network, Windows and File Management
ESL: Introduction to ANGEL
ESL: Introduction to Service Learning
ESL: Reading/Writing: My Classmate
ESL: Grammar in Context 3: Lesson 8 Adverb Clauses
ESL: Listening/Dictation
Friday, April 9, 2010: Last day to withdraw with 100% refund (less $5.50).
Week 2
April 12 / MIC 160E: Word Processing Fundamentals
ESL: Grammar in Context 3: Lesson 8 Adverb Clauses
ESL: Reading/Writing: Paragraph Development
ESL: Excel Exercises (Substitute Service Learning Exercises)
ESL: Listening/Dictation
Friday, April 16, 2010: Last day to add/register; instructor permission required. Last day to change audit/credit status without instructor permission. Last day to withdraw without a "W" appearing on transcript and without instructor permission
Week 3
April 19
/ MIC 160E: TBA
ESL: Grammar in Context 3: Lesson 8 Adverb Clauses
ESL: Reading/Writing: Paragraph Development
ESL: Excel Exercises (Substitute Service Learning Exercises)
ESL: Listening/Dictation
Friday, April 23, 2010: Last day to withdraw with 50% refund. Instructor permission required.
Week 4
April 26 / MIC 160E: TBA
ESL: Grammar in Context 3: Lesson 8 Adverb Clauses
ESL: Reading/Writing: Paragraph Development
ESL: Excel Exercises (Substitute Service Learning Exercises)
ESL: Listening/Dictation
Week 5
May 3, 2010 / MIC 160E: TBA
ESL: Grammar in Context 3: Adverb Clause Review and Test
ESL: Reading/Writing: Paragraph Development
ESL: Excel Exercises (Substitute Service Learning Exercises)
ESL: Listening/Dictation
Week 6
May 10
/ MIC 160E: TBA
ESL: Grammar in Context 3: Lesson 10 Conditional Clauses
ESL: Reading/Writing: TBA
ESL: Excel Exercises (Substitute Service Learning Exercises)
ESL: Listening/Dictation
Week 7
May 17 / MIC 160E: TBA
ESL: Grammar in Context 3: Lesson 10 Conditional Clauses
ESL: Reading/Writing: TBA
ESL: Excel Exercises (Substitute Service Learning Exercises)
ESL: Listening/Dictation
Registration for Spring Quarter 2010 begins.
Week 8
May 24 / MIC 160E: TBA
ESL: Reading/Writing: Prepare for Final Project
ESL: Grammar in Context 3: Lesson 10 Conditional Clauses
ESL: Excel Exercises (Substitute Service Learning Exercises)
ESL: Listening/Dictation
Friday, May 28, 2010: Last day to withdraw (no refund) or change audit/credit status; instructor permission required.
Week 9
May 31 / MIC 160E: TBA
ESL: Reading/Writing: Prepare for final project
ESL: Grammar in Context 3: Lesson 10 Conditional Clauses
ESL: CASAS Testing
ESL: Listening/Dictation
Week 10
June 7 / MIC 160E: TBA
Be ready to take your MCAS Certification Exam for MS Word
ESL: Reading/Writing: Work on Final Project
ESL: Grammar in Context 3: Lesson 10 Conditional Clauses Review & Final Test
ESL: Listening/Dictation
Week 11
June 14 / MIC 160E: TBABe ready to take your MCAS Certification Exam for MS Word
ESL: Submit Final Project

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