English as a Second Language


  2. A. Course Title: English as a Second Language
    B. Course Number: TS 126 - 30168
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: T Th 9:30:00 AM - 12:15:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 6
    F. Instructor: Jimenez, Diana
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129D
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2824
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 5:00:00 PM-7:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 1:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST); 1:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 1:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    If you would like to meet at a different time, please contact me.
    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 student’s responsibility. All students are encouraged to keep all course syllabi to help determine the transferability of the courses for credit to another institution.





    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:
    Participation 20% - You are expected to attend class and Participate. Your participation grade will be based on your contributions during class.

    Homework 30% - It can be a written activity or to be ready for an oral presentation that will take place during the following class.

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

    Final exam 20% - The final exam has two parts: a portfolio 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.


    New Mexico Junior College’s 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 paragraph 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.


    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 it’s 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.


    The following is a general outline (tentative) and may be adjusted as the semester progresses for holidays and at the discretion of the instructor to best meet the needs of the students. 

    Online students see “Modules” in Canvas for specific and up-to-date assignments.



    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.

    Week 2

    Read Aloud, Sentence Structure, Walk

    Week 3

    Habitual Past with Used to; The Simple Past Tense

    Singular and Plural Nouns 

    House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

    Week 4

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

    House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 

    Week 5

    Possessive Forms; Object pronouns; Reflexive pronouns; Questions

    House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 

    Week 6

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

    House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 

    Week 7

    Time Words and Time Clauses; The Past Continuous Tense

    House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 

    Week 8

    Modals; Related Expressions

    Must/Have to/ Have got to/ Be supposed to

    House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 

    Week 9

    The Present Perfect; The Present Perfect Continuous Tense

    House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 

    Week 10

    Gerunds; Infinitives

    House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 

    Week 11

    Adjective Clauses

    House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 

    Week 12

    Superlatives; Comparatives

    House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 

    Week 13

    Passive Voice and Active Voice 

    House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 

    Week 14

    Articles; Other/Another; Indefinite Pronouns

    House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 

    Week 15

    Articles; Other/Another; Indefinite Pronouns

    Week 16

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

    Week 17

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