English as a Second Language I


  2. A. Course Title: English as a Second Language I
    B. Course Number: TS 116 - 10241
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: T Th 9:30:00 AM - 12:15:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 6
    F. Instructor: Cavitt, Tami
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: I will meet you virtually during the summer session by appointment. I will respond to emails within 24 hours.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: MH128

    English as a Second Language I is designed to teach English to the non-native speaker and is based on the development of oral language skills and interaction strategies. Emphasis will be given to English pronunciation, grammar, and intonation, as well as to idiomatic English expression. This is a six credit hour course.


    English as a Second Language is a course designed to give the student oral and written communication skills in English and is designed to prepare the student for college-level work. This course is a transitional course and does not count as a departmental nor elective requirement on any degree plan.



    Grammar in Context I
    Fifth Edition
    Sandra N. Elbaum
    Thomson and Heinle
    ISBN: 978-1305075375

    The Heinle Picture Dictionary
    International Student Edition
    2nd Edition


    The following supplemental study aids are suggested:
    1. English Dictionary: There are many good dictionaries available for purchase. (I recommend Vox by McGraw Hill)
    2. Tutoring: Students may sign up for free personal tutoring at the NMJC Learning Assistance Center in Mansur Hall Room 121.
    3.Writing Reference Book: Writing Reference Book: Harbrace Essentials w/Resources for Writing in the Disciplines
    4. Brainfuse: NMJC provides an online tutoring service free to students. You will find a link to Brainfuse under "Distance Learning" on the NMJC homepage.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grade Values:
    Daily Grades 25% of the total grade
    Quizzes 25% of the total grade
    Exams 25% of the total grade
    The final exam is worth 25% of the total grade


    New Mexico Junior Collegeís institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    The State Education Matrix has the following objectives:

    1. Students will analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.

    2. Students will express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.

    3. Students will use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.

    4. Students will employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.

    5. Students will integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.

    6. Students will engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


    1. At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to utilize acceptable standard American English pronunciation of the vocabulary of the text as well as supplementary material presented.

    2. At the conclusion of this course, the student should demonstrate oral language skills and interaction strategies, English pronunciation and intonation, and idiomatic English expression.

    3. At the conclusion of this course, the student should demonstrate an understanding of English grammar and sentence structure through activity-based in and out of class assignments.

    4. At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to organize and write a meaningful paragraph and essay in English.


    English as a Second Language is a course designed to assist the non-native English speaker and writer to develop improved skills in the proper use of written and oral presentation in English.

    Basic grammar identification and use will be the primary focus of this course. The text integrates a competency based approach with systematic grammar presentation. It covers the fours skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

    A lab is also part of this class. This lab is used as reinforcement for the material taught in class. This lab includes conversation groups, practice on ESL software on the computer, and individual work with tutors. Attendance is required.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether itís a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    During the semester, the course instructor will incorporate oral and written activities designed for students to utilize skills learned from the text and lab.

    Week 1: The syllabus will be explained. The language skills of the students will be evaluated based on the ESL Compass test and informal evaluation. Students will receive instruction on lab procedures.

    Week 2: Unit 1: Community College Life
    The present tense of the verb Be; Grammar: prepositions of place, demonstrative pronouns, contractions with b and what/how questions will be covered

    Week 3: Unit 2: Time and Money Grammar: Possessive nouns, possessive adjectives, irregular plural forms, yes/no questions and short answers, information questions, articles a/an will be covered.

    Week 4: Unit 3: Filling out Forms Grammar: Imperatives, letís form of verbs, and object pronouns will be covered.

    Week 5: Unit 4: American Lifestyles Grammar: The simple present tense including affirmative statements, negative forms, information questions, and high frequency words will be covered.

    Week 6: Unit 5: Driving Grammar: Modal verbs can, should, and have will be covered. Information questions with modal verbs and questions words as subjects will also be presented.

    Week 7: Unit 6: School Grammar: The verbs must and have to, noncount nouns and quality expressions will be covered.

    Week 8: Unit 7: Shopping Grammar: Prepositions, information questions with there is/there are, and quantity words will be presented.

    Week 9: Unit 8: Errands Grammar: The present continuous tense, time expressions, and question words as subjects will be covered.

    Week 10: Unit 9: Making Changes Grammar: The future tense with be going to, expressions of time in the future, questions with how long and be going to, and information questions in the future form will be presented.

    Week 11: Unit 10: Choices Grammar: Comparatives, superlatives, and spelling changes of both forms will be covered.

    Week 12: Unit 11: Getting a Job Grammar: The past tense of be, regular verbs in the simple past tense, irregular verbs in the past tense, and time expressions with the past tense will be presented.

    Week 13: Unit 12: Giving Back Grammar: Verb review, simple present tense, present continuous tense, future tense, simple past tense, and model verbs can, should, must, and have to will be reviewed.