English as a Second Language I


  2. A. Course Title: English as a Second Language I
    B. Course Number: TS 116 - 30165
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: T Th 9:30:00 AM - 12:15:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 6
    F. Instructor: Dovalpage, Teresa
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 112
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2837
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 12:30:00 PM-3:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 9:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST); 12:30:00 PM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 12:30:00 PM-4:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 9:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST); 12:30:00 PM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    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.



    The Heinle Picture Dictionary
    Second Edition

    Picture Dictionary Beginning Workbook w/ 2 CDs
    Second Edition

    Grammar in Context I
    6th Edition
    Sandra N. Elbaum
    Thomson and Heinle


    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 located in the Library building.
    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

    Your grade will be calculated according to the following percentages:

    Participation (20%): You are expected to attend class and participate. Your participation grade will be based on your contributions during class and lab sessions. It will cover materials from the Picture Dictionary and Grammar in Context.

    Homework (30%): It can be a written activity or to be ready for an oral presentation that will take place during the following class. It will cover materials from the Picture Dictionary and Grammar in Context.

    Quizzes (30%): There will be several quizzes throughout the course. They will cover materials from the Picture Dictionary and Grammar in Context.

    Final Exam (20%): The final exam has two parts: a porfolio that will cover material from the units and the vocabulary studied in class and an oral presentation that will take place during the last two weeks of classes.
    The oral presentations can be done individually or in groups. Group presentations (like short dialogues) are encouraged because they help students to be prepared for real-life situations.


    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.

  11. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

    II. Basic Computer Skills: How to use an email account, how to attach, upload, and download files. How to view, save, rename, and print files. Have basic word processing skills and are familiar with using different web browsers

    III. Canvas Technical Requirements

    IV. Technology Requirements for Students: A Desktop or Laptop that is no more than five years old, has at least Windows 7 or MAC OSX 10.6 with 1 GB of memory, 2.4 GHz Processor, has a webcam and a microphone. The Internet speed is between 5 to 10 Mbps per second.

    V. Technical and Academic Support

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.


    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 at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    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 Tuesday, November 19, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


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

    The units described below correspond to chapters from The Heinle Picture Dictionary. The instructor will provide other materials and handouts when necessary. Videos and computer skills will be incorporated gradually into the class.
    We will also use Grammar in Context for the lab activities.

    Week 1: The language skills of the students will be evaluated based on the ESL Compass test and an informal evaluation. We will begin Unit 1: "Basic Words." Introductions, numbers, time, calendar and money. Syllabus discussion.

    Week 2: Unit 1: "Basic Words." Colors, prepositions, opposites.

    Week 3: Unit 1: "Basic Words." Telephone, personal information.

    Week 4: Unit 2: "School." Classroom. Listen, Read, Write.

    Week 5: Unit 2: "School." School, computers.

    Week 6: Unit 3: "Family." Family and life events.

    Week 7: Unit 4: "People." Face and hair, daily activities.

    Week 8: Unit 4. "People." Feelings, Wave, greet, smile.

    Week 9: Unit 4: "People." Documents, nationalities.

    Week 10: Unit 5: "Community." Places around town.

    Week 11: Unit 5: "Community." Shops and stores.

    Week 12: Unit 5: "Community." Bank, post office.

    Week 13: Unit 5: "Community." Library.

    Week 14: Unit 5: "Community." City Square.

    Week 15: Start working on the portfolio and prepare for the oral exam.

    Week 16: Prepare portfolio and do oral final exam.

    Final Exam: The portfolios (written part of your final exam) will be presented to the professor on the day of the final exam. Please refer to the Finals Schedule for exact date and time.