English as a Second Language


  2. A. Course Title: English as a Second Language
    B. Course Number: TS 126 - 10244
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: T Th 9:30:00 AM - 12:15:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 6
    F. Instructor: Mitchell, Marlea
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours:
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Compass ESL Testing
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: MH125

    English as a Second Language II is a continuation of TS 116. The emphasis of this course is on academic writing skills and the grammar of written and spoken English. This is a six credit hour course. Prerequisite: TS 116


    English as a Second Language II is a course designed to give the student oral and written communication skills in English. This course is considered a transitional course. Therefore students will not receive college credit for taking it. It is unlikely that this course will transfer for college credit to other institutions. Information concerning articulation agreements with regional colleges and universities can be obtained at the New Mexico Junior College Counseling Office. Planning for course credit transfer is ultimately the studentís responsibility. All students are encouraged to keep all course syllabi to help determine the transferability of the courses for credit to another institution.



    Grammar in Context Book 2
    Sandra N. Elbaum
    Thomson and Heinle

    The Heinle Picture Dictionary
    Thomson and Heinle
    5th Edition


    A dictionary in the student's native language

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    The grading policy for this class is based on a percentage scale. This scale is as follows:

    75-100% Satisfactory
    Below 75% Unsatisfactory
    This grade is not considered passing.

    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:


    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.

    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 successful 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 successful student should, with adequate development, possess the ability to correctly demonstrate oral language skills and interaction strategies, Standard English pronunciation and intonation, and idiomatic English expression.

    3. At the conclusion of this course, the successful student should be able to 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 successful student should possess the skills necessary to be able to organize and write a meaningful essay 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 a 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.

    Make up Work
    Make up work will only be given in case of illness or emergency. Students must notify the instructor PRIOR TO OR ON the date of the exam to be able to make up the work. Otherwise, no make up work will be given.


    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 Thursday, April 18, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Week 1 First Graded Assignment: Students will give an oral presentation about themselves which includes their name, where they are from, and their interests/hobbies.

    The Simple Present Test; Frequency Words
    Forms and Uses of Be with contractions and questions

    Week 2
    The Present Continuous Test; Action and Nonaction Verbs; The Future Tense

    Week 3
    Habitual Past with Used to; The Simple Past Tense

    Week 4
    Possessive Forms; Object pronouns; Reflexive pronouns; Questions

    Week 5
    Singular and Plural; Count and Noncount Nouns; There+Be; Quantity Words

    Week 6
    Adjectives; Noun Modifiers; Adverbs;
    Too/Enough/Very/A Lot Of

    Week 7
    Time Words and Time Clauses; The Past Continuous Tense

    Week 8
    Modals; Related Expressions
    Must/Have to/ Have got to/ Be supposed to

    Week 9
    The Present Perfect; The Present Perfect Continuous Tense

    Week 10
    Gerunds; Infinitives

    Week 11
    Adjective Clauses

    Week 12
    Superlatives; Comparatives

    Week 13
    Passive Voice and Active Voice

    Week 14
    Articles; Other/Another; Indefinite Pronouns

    Final Exam:
    Students will prepare a portfolio and give an oral presentation in English to demonstrate proficiency.