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Course Syllabus

Course: ESL 1161

Division: Humanities
Department: English/Second Language
Title: Level 4 Introduction to Research

Semester Approved: Spring 2021
Five-Year Review Semester: Fall 2025
End Semester: Fall 2026

Catalog Description: This course is designed to give students a basic foundation in gathering information for a research paper. Students will use both the library and the Internet. The course will focus on recording and documenting research information and completing a writing project from the research.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1.5; Lecture: 3; Lab: 0

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Level 3 in the ESL Department or placement in ESL 1161 through the department

Justification: The ESL Department at Snow College houses the intensive ESL program which is accredited through the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP). The four-level program provides instruction for students at Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 (elementary through exiting levels). This course is a core course for Level 4.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Successful ESL 1161 students will be able to use the library and the Internet as sources of information. They will use the information collected to prepare and write a research project properly citing sources. Students will demonstrate the mastery of these skills through homework assignments, quizzes, tests and a final research paper.

This course will introduce ESL students to library and Internet research. Students will learn how to collect and organize information that will be used in completing a written research paper on current diverse topics (including cultural, social and political themes). They will learn how to collect and organize information, and cite sources in their papers.

Key Performance Indicators:
The following ranges will be used for the purpose of assessment. In order to pass the course, students must demonstrate a B mastery of course materials. Students who earn a grade below B (85%) will be required to repeat the course.

Attendance and participation 10 to 15%

Homework 20 to 25%

Quizzes 15 to 20%

Tests 10 to 15%

Research paper 25 to 35%

Representative Text and/or Supplies:
The Little Seagull Handbook with Exercises, by Bullock, Brody, & Weinberg, Norton, W.W. & Company, Inc. current edition

Pedagogy Statement:
ESL courses consist of students representing diverse cultural, linguistic, and background knowledge which serves as a resource, strength, and benefit. All students are welcomed to share their unique backgrounds and experiences while giving feedback to peers’ work, working in small groups or pairs, contributing to class discussions, or writing research paper with personal approaches. Moreover, various learning needs of all students, regardless of their age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sexuality, and socioeconomic status are acknowledged and accommodated through uses of various types of teaching methods, learning activities, and modes of evaluation.

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Maximum Class Size: 20
Optimum Class Size: 12