ADVANCED GRAMMAR & WRITING COURSE

Fremont Adult and Continuing Education - Summer 2021

Welcome to My Class!

Dear Students,


I am happy to welcome you to my Online Advanced ESL Grammar and Writing Class in Summer 2021! I hope you will get a better grasp of English grammar, enrich your vocabulary, and become more proficient language users, effective communicators, and skilled writers with all the fun and interactive practice in this course. Let's start learning together!


Your teacher, Yelena Zimon

CLASS SCHEDULE

Zoom Class Meetings: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm.

Office Hours on Zoom: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:15 pm - 9:45 pm.

Summer Session classes start: Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

Summer Session classes end: Thursday, August 12, 2021.

CLASS RULES & EXPECTATIONS

Guaranteed to Be Interesting, Challenging, and Fun!

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HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN ZOOM MEETINGS?

Click here to find out.

HOW TO WORK IN GOOGLE DRIVE?


If you have provided a valid Gmail address at registration, I will share the Summer 2021 Google Folder with you before the first Zoom Session. If you don't have a Gmail account, please create one and email me at yelzimroom3@gmail.com. Then I will share the Summer 2021 Google Folder with you, and you will be able to start learning without delay.



In your Google Apps, click on Google Drive. Then click "Shared with Me" in the left-hand menu. You will see you shared folder titled Summer 2021. Double click to open the folder. You will see three folders: Homework Assignments, Writing Projects, and Resources.


You will complete your assignments only in the Writing Projects folder. Once there, you will click on "New" in the top left corner and select Google Docs. Write your full name in the title field. Now you are ready to start your project following the teacher's instructions.


Enjoy!

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How to Manage Study Time?

Good time management is the most important condition for success in language learning. Consistency and regularity will help you stay on track with your assignments and build strong communication skills. Plan to spend 40-45 minutes a day practicing English in addition to your Zoom classes. Assignments will be posted in the shared G-folder after each Zoom meeting. The assignments for Thursday will include mostly grammar and vocabulary practice and some reading, which should take no more than 60-90 minutes. The 4-hour weekend assignments will also include individual writing projects, which are due on Monday at 7 pm. Putting in about an hour a day on average Friday through Monday should help you enjoy your learning experience stress free and achieve steady progress. Take advantage of the office time after each Zoom meeting (9:15 pm - 9:45 pm) to get help with assignments. Complete them by the deadline in order not to lag behind.

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WEEKLY ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE

When you participate in our classes, we want to see your progress. This is why it is very important to take and pass the required tests and assessments. There will be a few this summer:


Week 1 CASAS pre-testing (for students who have not been pre-tested yet); grammar and writing pre-assessments for all students

Weeks 3-4 EL Civics assessments

Week 6 CASAS post-testing for all students


We will also ask all students to complete the Student Satisfaction Survey at the end of the Summer Session. Your thoughtful responses will help us improve our program.

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IMPROVING COMPUTER SKILLS

For our online projects, we are going to use various computer technology tools - Google Apps, Email, MS Office, Zoom, Quizlet, Kahoot, to name a few. To some of you, all of these are familiar and easy, while to others, they may be new and seem scary. Never fear! You just have not used them yet! You will be able to help each other and have fun using these incredible technology tools. And your teacher will be by your side and learning with you. Resources for technology users of different levels will be provided.

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GRAMMAR TOPICS

During this 6-week summer session, we will focus on prepositions and conjunctions. These two parts of speech serve as connectors between words, phrases, clauses, and sentences. Their correct use is the key to fixing "broken English" and to achieving clarity of expression.
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DISCUSSION TOPICS

There are so many interesting topics to discuss with classmates! This summer our main focus will be on communication skills in various situations. This will allow us to touch upon a wide range of topics and practice the appropriate language in live interactions and in writing.
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ACHIEVING COMMUNICATION FLUENCY AND ACCURACY

Our main objective in this course is to be able to communicate clearly, fluently, and appropriately in various situations, both orally and in writing. This requires clear goals, consistent practice, thoughtful reflection, as well as grit and determination. It would also help to love learning and to have curiosity about how language works. And how about having some fun and making friends while learning? This couldn't hurt, right?
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ABOUT YOUR TEACHER


I have been teaching English for 45 years. Fremont Adult School has been my second home since 1994. I have taught all ESL levels, designed many new courses, and trained future English teachers and interpreters. Since 2004, I have been leading the ESL Program as ESL Department Chair.

My goal is to help you express yourselves freely in this beautiful language so you can excel in your education and succeed in your professional and personal life. I love my students! My favorite people are those who like to work hard, think deeply, and have fun. Are you one of those?

Fremont Adult and Continuing Education ESL Program is Here for You!