EngWr 59

Intermediate English Skills

Sacramento City College

FALL 2007

MW 1:00 – 1:50, Section 18718, Room RS 332

TTH 11:00 – 11:50, Section 18717, Room RS 332


Ann Doersch, Professor                                                                     Office Hours in RS319:

Voice Mail: (916) 650-2777                                                                     MTWTH 8:10–8:50

Email: doersca@scc.losrios.edu                                                                   MW 12:00–1:00

Mailbox: RS226                                                                                            or by appointment



Course Description:

The focus of this course is on English grammar, punctuation, and sentence skills.


Required Co-requisite:

EngWr 59 is a co-requisite for EngWr 50; therefore, students enrolled in EngWr 50 or those trying to change an Incomplete grade in EngWr 50 will get priority for enrollment in this course. Students in other English classes or those taking the course for review or enrichment are also welcome, but Eng Wr 50 students must be enrolled first.  By our second meeting of class, please bring documentation to show your status in EngWr 50.



            In order to be eligible for this course, you must have ONE of the following:

                        • a transcript showing a “C” or better in EngWr 40

                        • an assessment test placement in EngWr 50

                        • a counselor’s recommendation (not merely a “course plan”)

By the second class meeting, please have documentation to show that you have met one of the prerequisites, or you may be dropped from the class.


Course Expectations:


Class Attendance:

Regular attendance is essential. Assignments  or pop quizzes worth points may be assigned and collected on the same day, and such assignments may not be made up. According to the Sacramento City College attendance policy, students may be dropped from a course after missing 6% of the total class hours. You will be dropped on the day of your 4th absence. Please be on time to class. Late arrivers break the momentum of a productive learning environment; therefore, each time you are late, it will count as a half of an absence on your record – being late twice will count as one full absence, so keep track. Technically, you could be dropped after being late eight times. Finally, if you are going to miss class, please notify me by leaving a message on my voice mail or email in advance. Phone and email information are listed at the top of this syllabus.







            Class Participation:

                        Discussion of grammar exercises in class

                        Workshops, presentations, activities



                        This class is Credit/No Credit. In order to receive credit, you must:

                                    • not have excessive absences/tardies (as described above)

• complete 75% of the in-class and out-of-class assignments  

                                    • pass the Unit Tests and Final Exam with an average of 70%


Additional Information:


Please turn off pagers and cell phones during class.


  Civil, respectful behavior should be expected from all people in our classroom. No one should be asked to tolerate rude or disruptive behavior. Violators will be asked to leave.


You are responsible for staying current even if you have missed a class. I suggest that you exchange phone numbers with at least two other people in the class so that in the unlikely event that you miss class, you may stay current and remain prepared for the next class meeting. I check email daily, so there is no reason to fall behind.


• You are allowed to make-up or re-take two tests only on days designated as make-up days at the end of the semester.


• Papers or assignments not picked up by the end of the following semester will be discarded.


Required Text and Recommended Materials:

Basic Grammar and Usage, 7th edition, by Choy.  This text is available in the LRC, and you can borrow a copy for a couple of hours at a time by using the following call number: PE1112.C48 2006.


• Black “composition book” sold in our bookstore to be used for exercises in this class only



During the course of this class, some students will utilize prearranged accommodations. If you are a student with a learning disability, physical disability, or have other special needs, please let me know as soon as possible if you need special accommodations. These kinds of confidential discussions are best handled during my office hours or by special appointment. You can expect confidentiality and cooperation regarding any circumstances and needs that have been verified through the disability centers on campus.