Term and Dates:  Spring 1, 2014
Instructor:  Rick
Office Hours:  Mondays 1pm – 3pm
Office:  14-4

Course Description:

To gain the confidence to deal with college-level academic content in a variety of subjects, this course will provide intensive work on reading skills and strategies. You will also learn the necessary specific critical thinking skills and strategies for reading and analyzing fiction by reading a short novel.

Course Materials:

  • Textbook: Making Connections: Intermediate (McEntire & Williams), 2013. Units 1-3.
  • Novel: The Giver, by Lois Lowry
  • Website:
  • Handouts: The teacher will provide additional materials

Supplementary materials:

  • Extensive Reading books
  • Online Reading Materials
  • University of Victoria English ELC Study Zone
  • Quizlet

 Instructional Methods:
The HELP Program emphasize active learning. Among the instructional methods used in this course are: pair and small group work and mini-presentations. Also, Rick’s 331R classes use a blended learning approach; this means that you will work and communicate with Rick and other classmates via the class website (this website), and also work with your class in person, during normal class time.

Course Outcomes:

  • 1. Increase reading rate, measured by timed readings’ chart
  • 2. Recognize main ideas in longer modified and authentic materials, measured by textbook exercises, homework from the textbook, textbook tests or quizzes, and graded reading circle assignment
  • 3. Increase knowledge of academic vocabulary and guessing meaning by analyzing prefixes and suffixes, measured by vocabulary quizzes and Quizlet assignments
  • 4. Summarize and paraphrase reading passages, measured by textbook exercises, homework from the textbook, textbook tests or quizzes, and graded reading circle assignment
  • 5. Utilize higher order critical thinking skills to distinguish fact from opinion and to identify and make inferences, measured by textbook exercises, homework from the textbook, textbook tests or quizzes, and graded reading circle assignment


  • Participation is 35%
  • Reading Circles Work is 25%
  • Vocabulary Study is 20%
  • Other Assignments are 15%
  • Smiling, Sleeping Well, & Eating a Healthy Diet is 5%
  • (These may be changed until the end of week 2)

Advancing Policies:
To advance to the next level, students must have the recommendation of all teachers based on fulfilling the outcomes above.

Attendance and English-Only Policies:
Remember that you signed an agreement to follow these policies when you entered HELP! You are impeding the learning experience of your classmates when you speak to them in their native language.

There are no excused absences from HELP classes. Any hour that you are not in class will be counted as an absence. This includes illness, TOEFL or other exams, religious services, visits from friends and relatives, etc. If you have more than five hours of absences in any one class, you will receive a letter of probation. If you have any additional absences, you receive a letter of imminent dismissal.

Please make every effort to be on time for every class. Your teacher keeps a record of each minute you are late. Your tardies my accumulate to one full class absence in the following ways:

  • Three tardies equals one absence.
  • If you are more than 30 minutes late to a class, either at the beginning or at the end, you will also receive one absence.

English-Only Policy:
In order to ensure that students make the best use of their time at HELP, all students must speak, write, listen to, and read ONLY in English at school and on school activities.

Your Instructor:

Rick cares about you and wants for your education at HELP to be valuable and enjoyable. If you have questions, concerns, or worries of any kind about your studies in 331R, you must meet with Rick and communicate these feelings. Rick will do everything within his power to help you. He will work hard for you because he cares about you. He is your friend now and always.  If he can help you in any way with any other problems, please ask him.

Please sleep well and eat well! Your health is very important! 


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