ADVANCED GRAMMAR & WRITING COURSE

Fremont Adult and Continuing Education - Fall 2022

Welcome to My Class!

Dear Students,


I am happy to welcome you to my Online Advanced ESL Grammar and Writing Class in the Fall Quarter 2022! I hope you will get a better grasp of English grammar, enrich your vocabulary, and become more proficient language users and effective communicators, 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, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm.

Office Hours in Zoom: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 pm - 10:00 pm.

Fall Quarter classes start: Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

Fall Quarter classes end: Thursday, November 3, 2022.

My Teaching Assistant

Para-educator Edith Chiang is my assistant. She will be giving you tests and assessments and helping us in many other ways. Please welcome Edith! Please respond to her messages when she tries to reach you by email.

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 Fall Quarter-22 Google Folder with you after the first Zoom meeting. If you don't have a Gmail account, please create one and email me at yelzimroom3@gmail.com. Then I will give you access, and you will be able to start learning without delay.


How to Find the Shared Folder in Your Google Drive?


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 Fall Quarter-2022. 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, 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 to build strong communication skills. Plan to spend about 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 (9:30 pm - 10:00 pm) to get help with assignments. Complete them by the deadline not to lag behind.

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 fall:

Weeks 1 Grammar and writing pre-assessments

Weeks 2-5 Oral Presentations based on written samples

Weeks 6-7 EL Civics oral and written Assessments

Weeks 8-9 CASAS post-tests

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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, Newsela, Padlet, 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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Fall Quarter Theme: My Education Pathways

In the Fall Quarter, we are going to discuss life long learning, among other topics. Alvin Toffler famously said, " The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." Since you have made a commitment to come back to school and pursue challenging goals, you will have to learn, unlearn, and relearn a lot of things. How can you do it effectively? Will you be able to make the right choices and find your path? We are going to read and discuss articles, watch and discuss video clips, do presentations, and write on a variety of topics. By completing these activities, you will be building stronger communication skills and move closer to reaching your goals.

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GRAMMAR TOPICS

This quarter we are going to learn the functions of nouns and review verb tenses. As always, you will be expected to utilize the grammar lessons in your writing projects.
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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, and thoughtfulness, as well as grit and determination. It would also help to love learning and to have curiosity about how language works. And what about having some fun and making friends while learning? This couldn't hurt, right?

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 and designed many ESL courses. 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!