New Mexico Community College
Educational and Career Advancement
Introductory English and ESL
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Catalog Course Description:
(Prerequisite: ENG 0750 or
equivalent) Prepares students for first-year college
composition by providing practice of the rhetorical and grammatical
skills necessary to write purposeful, reader-centered essays.
Covers effective use of a writing process in out-of-class essays and
in timed, in-class situations. Incorporates readings for discussion
of ideas and for information to be used in studentsí writing. (45
theory hours + 15 lab hours per term)
end of the semester, as an English 0950
student, you will be able to . . .
effective use of a writing process in essays both with and
without a limit of the amount of time spent on them.
- demonstrate an
ability to understand readings and to use ideas or information
from these readings within your own writing.
- write an essay
that . . .
- has a clear
main idea that focuses the essay and is meaningful to the
- develops the
main idea with adequate, specific, and logical support that
makes an impact on the reader;
choices based on your consideration for the readers'
knowledge level, experience, opinion, and interests;
- takes the
reader from one idea to another and organizes the ideas both
within and between paragraphs;
-- with reasonable correctness -- in standard written
Textbook and Materials:
- Models for
Writers: Short Essays for Composition, 9th Edition, by
Alfred Rosa and Paul Eschholz (Bedford/St. Martins, 2007).
- You must have
plenty of access to a fairly new computer -- a PC or
Mac -- and the Internet. Your internet access
speed needs to be at least 56K. If you
have computer problems during the term, you can take advantage
CNM's open computer labs to keep from getting behind.
All the essays will be word processed. Mac users:
you will need to be able to (1) open PC files, and (2)
convert your files to a PC-compatible format (either .doc Word
files or .rtf Rich Text Format).
software: 1. You need a web browser to get
around on the internet and to use Blackboard. The browser that
works best with Blackboard is Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
However, I use Mozilla Firefox, which is a free browser. And 2. word processing software. If you don't have
MS Word, you need another application that will allow you to
open the Word files as well as let you save your documents as
Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf). If you have MS
Vista (Word 2007) you will need to save your essays in Word 2003
format so that I and other students can read them.
skills: You need to be comfortable using computers and
word-processing software, and finding information on the
Internet. If you've taken keyboarding, great! If
not, it doesn't matter as long as you can type reasonably fast.
Without these minimal computer skills, you will find that you
must spend many more hours per week on this course on top of
the hours required to complete weekly assignments. In
addition, you will have to complete a two-hour timed essay in
CNM's Testing/Assessment Center on Main Campus. If you are
a slow typist, you may have a problem completing this
- A 3-ring
binder, 5-6 tabbed dividers, 14 numbered dividers, three-hole
punch, and access to a printer so you can print out instructions to follow as you are working on your
THIS is how you can organize the printouts. I don't
grade you on your notebook, but this has been a major factor in
the success of my online students.
|You will write a minimum of five
using multiple drafts, revise all of them, and turn
in a portfolio of three of your best works. In addition, you
will be writing several "mini-essays" to be posted on the discussion
board. Your Portfolio
will be graded only if you complete all minimum course requirements
satisfactorily. This means . . .
- you have
completed all five essays,
- out of five
essays, at least three essays must receive a score of a 4 or
above. (If you receive a 3 or below on any of your
essays, you must revise it and submit it within one week to get
a better score. Submitting it late will get you a zero.
However, you have a chance to redeem yourself by revising it
immediately for a better grade.) And
- you have a 75% or
better on participation and quizzes. Part of your
participation will be submitting a peer response to two students
for each essay. That means a total of 10 peer responses.
The discussion board postings and self-evaluations and anything with points
attached to it can affect your grade.
drafts of the essays will receive a number grade from 0 to 6.
- 6 -- excellent
essay; improvement still useful, possibly needed; revision of
sentence style, organization, or minor editing may be needed.
- 5 -- fine essay;
definitely needs revision, beefing up examples, cutting
wordiness, some editing.
- 4 -- okay essay;
may need more development, definitely needs careful revision and
editing, may not be on a level to pass to English 101.
- 3 -- struggling
essay; needs substantial improvement in the right direction,
like a clear main idea and/or better and more support; needs
- 2 -- extremely
weak essay, contains major sentence level errors, wanders, is
- 1 -- did not deal
with the assignment; needs to be tossed and the whole thing
- 0 -- more than
one week later than the due date. Must be revised quickly
for a better grade.
on this scale are not meant to be equivalent to traditional letter
grades in any way, and you are advised not to interpret them as
such. Instead, the scale roughly denotes the amount of
revision work required if the essay is to meet the course
Other English 0950
teachers, not I, will grade your portfolio of your
three best essays. They will assign a grade of pass or fail to the portfolio,
which then determines your final grade for the course (which is a
particular hour and day you
"attend" isn't so important, but you
must attend regularly. I expect you to show participation at
least three times a week -- though preferably every day -- through
posting on discussion boards, submitting
your essays, reviewing the essays of the other students, and
completing quizzes as assigned. If
you do not participate online for a full two weeks, do not expect to
pass English 0950. Also, I may
drop you for "non-attendance."
Sometimes students expect
that taking an online class allows them to "disappear" for a week or
so, and they can take a vacation. Unfortunately, this class
doesn't work that way. We have so much to accomplish that you
need to deal with taking a vacation the same way you would if you
were in a class-room class; that is, plan ahead, talk with me, get
your work in early -- and even then, you might check in once or
twice while on vacation.
Certain assignments have
participation points attached to them. These points are given
to encourage students to complete these assignments ON TIME.
For example, giving peer responses and publishing essays on time
earn points because when these assignments are completed after
the due dates, they can affect the ability of the other students to
complete their assignments on time. Other students are
dependant on you to complete your assigned task ON TIME. To get credit for points
you've earned during a particular week, submit a Points Assessment
on or before Monday, the day after the last day of our academic week.
To be eligible to pass the course, you must earn at least 75% of the
participation points available for the term.
Claiming more points than you have earned will result in loss of
ALL points for that week. I will audit individual Points
Assessments randomly throughout the term.
Please don't ask me to
give you the full number of points for work submitted late, however
worthy the reason. The points serve as an incentive to complete
assignments on time.
If some personal
emergency or work situation prevents you from completing all the
Discussion Board postings for a week, don't stress. Keep in
mind that you need only 75% of the total number of points available
in order to be eligible to pass the course. That means that
you don't have to earn all the points available to you; you
have some "wiggle room." Participation points won't improve
your grade, whether you earn 75% or 100% of them. However,
earning less than 75% of these points will keep you from
passing the course. You can keep track of your participation
points in Blackboard's My Grades.
If there is any student in this class who has special needs
because of learning disabilities or other disabilities, please
discuss your needs with your instructor or contact Special Services
(Main 224-3259, JMMC 224-5946).
If you have any concerns about your school work or other problems
that are interfering with schools, our school ECA
has achievement coaches, Ann Lynn Hall and Rhoda Strode, to help
you. You can call them at 224-4285 or 224-4286. Please
take advantage of what we have to offer.
Students are expected to contribute to a classroom environment that
is respectful and conducive to learning. Inappropriate behavior in
the classroom may result in a request to leave class.
I will not tolerate any language within this course that
excludes or disparages people because of their race, skin color,
religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or
political preference. Please be sensitive to how your language
may be perceived by your classmates because of these differences.
I expect you to complete your course work with honest and
integrity. If I find any evidence of academic dishonesty,
which includes cheating on a test, or helping other students cheat,
plagiarism, falsification, fabrication, unauthorized collaboration,
or submitting a piece of work from another course for credit, I will
have to report it to the dean. For more information on this,
please read the Codes and Policies section of the
If you need help:
Here are some ways you can get some help.
- To Contact Me:
Once you've gained access into Blackboard, please use Blackboard's Class
Mail to email me. I will respond to your email in 48-72
hours. I may respond sooner than this, but I can't
guarantee it. You students who plan to do most of your
course work during the weekends should read the Weekly Learning
Maps and assignments well ahead of time so that, if you have any
questions, you can email me before the weekend. If you
can't get in touch with me, email your fellow students in
I am almost always available during my office hours to help
students with their assignments. If my office hours do not
fit your schedule, please email me to arrange for an
appointment. My office is on Main Campus, Max Salazar,
Line: For problems with Blackboard, such as the
Discussion Board, uploading files into your assignments, etc.
-- Embanet has a
support center specifically for CNM students. Or you
can call the 24-hour Blackboard Embanet helpline at
1-888-560-4927. Or call CNM's technical help line at
224-HELP. (Use this number to find out if the Blackboard server
note: Problems with a home computer or internet access
are not an excuse for late assignments. Such problems
should be expected to occur at some time during the
semester, so you need to have an alternate plan in order to
complete the assignments on time. One possibility is
to use CNM's computer labs or use a family member's or a
friend's computer in a pinch.
SmarThinking online writing help is available free to
all students taking English 0950 online. This tutoring
service is available not just for English but for other courses
you're taking, as well. Students in past online English
0950 courses have told me that the SmarThinking tutors -- most of
whom are current or past English instructors -- gave them useful
help with their essays.
When you get
there, you need to enter your Username and Password.
your complete CNM email address
Password: cnm (lowercase)
The Writing/Reading Assistance Center (WRAC) is
located in the East Atrium, 1st floor, Jeanette Stromberg on the Main Campus, and in J-110
Montoya Campus. Tutors in the WRAC are available to help
students one-to-one, and it offers a variety of useful handouts
that you can download. I strongly encourage you to take
advantage of this free service, especially if you're having
problems with your essays assignments.
Online Writing Lab (OWL): The WRAC tutors also can
give you online tutoring and essay help.
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This page last updated,
Tuesday, May 18, 2010,
by Connie Gulick.