Course Syllabus

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course id 7217 ESL 062 and 7226 ESL 063                            
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Monday - Friday

8:30 - 10:20 AM (Extra help Monday-Thursday 10:30-11:20)

January 3 - March 21, 2017

No classes: 1/16, 2/9, 2/20, and 3/7


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For security purposes, your password must comply with the following requirements:

  • must be changed at least every 120 days
  • must be at least 8 characters long must contain a variation of at least 3 of the following: lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers, and/or symbols (allowed– ` ~ ! $ ^ & *( ) _ + – = { }| [ ] : ” ; < > ? . –all other symbols and characters may cause conflicts with operating system and network software)
  • may not contain any part of your real name or NetID username, or be a variation of those names
  • For example, a user with the user name “jill.s0-mith” cannot use “jsmith” as a password




Examples of valid passwords: You may take a phrase like ‘greatidea” which is at least 8 characters long and modify it to meet our password complexity standards by:

  • replacing letters with symbols and using upper and lowercase letters: Great!dea
  • adding symbols and replacing letters with numbers: gr3at;id3a
  • using lowercase letters, uppercase letters and adding symbols: GReatIDEA?
  • using lowercase letters, uppercase letters and adding numbers: 1GreaTidea



*Please call or email your teacher when you cannot come to class. Please do this before the class if possible.


Gurpreet Erickson





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tech coach

Nan Jiang and Hong Wang 

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Course Description

This class will help you to improve your English skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. You will learn new skills to help you in your everyday life. You will learn about technology by using a computer to do some of your schoolwork.

I-DEA is a flipped course; half of your class time will be face-to-face (in the classroom with teacher and students), and half will be online (on the computer). Your teachers can help you with online work during lab time, after the face-to-face class time.

We will learn about these topics/themes this quarter:

  • Intro to I-DEA

  • Time Management

  • Personal Inventory

  • Career Exploration

  • Cross-Cultural Communication

  • Contemporary World Problems 

  •  Creating Powerful Presentations

  • End of Quarter Project


There is no textbook for this class.  Your teacher will give you handouts in class, and you will do half of your work online.



  • notebook (or paper in a 3-ring binder) for in-class work and notes

  • folder or 3-ring binder for handouts – please keep all handouts

  • pencil and eraser

  • laptop computer & modem
    *You will check a laptop out from the Bellevue College Library.


  • padded bag to keep laptop computer safe and dry

  • USB flash drive, 4 GB (or more) 
    *You can buy a flash drive from the BC bookstore, or at a local store (such as Target or Fred Meyer).


You Need To


  • Class meets on Monday - Friday

  • Come to class on time everyday; class starts at 8:30 AM, and you may stay after class Mondays - Thursdays if you need help with your online work.

  • Do your online activities and assignments, and your other homework – these are very important parts of the class.

  • Use English as much as possible in class.

  • Work with partners and groups in class.

  • Do your own work; do not copy work from another student – you will get a zero (0).

  • Be very careful with your laptop computer, and take good care of it.


Also, please note:


  • Children are cannot go to class with their parents, and they cannot wait alone on campus.  Please do not bring children to school.

  • Smoking is only allowed in areas with smoking signs.  Please do not smoke near classrooms.

  • Please do not wear perfume or cologne to school.  These can make some people very sick.


What browser should I use?

Chrome and Firefox are good browsers for Canvas.  Internet Explorer is not a good browser for Canvas, so please do not use it.

Read about browsers in the Canvas Guides at Which browsers does Canvas support?

If something on a page does not appear, look for the light grey shield icon in the URL address bar of the browser.  It is located on the left side in Firefox and on the right side in Chrome.  In Firefox, click on the shield icon and then select Disable Protection on this Page from the drop down menu.  In Chrome, click on the Shield icon and then select the link that says Load Unsafe Script.


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Technology Requirements

A laptop computer and wireless internet is provided to I-DEA students by the college.  If you experience problems with the internet or Canvas, tell your teacher or tech coach know.  Please do not try to fix the problem yourself.
Do not worry if you are not sure how to use the computer.  Your teacher and tech coach will help you learn how to use the technology.  




  • If you have any questions about this course, please ask your teacher or tech coach.  You can ask your question in class or send us a message using the Canvas inbox or you can send us an email.

  • Your teacher and tech coach will try to respond to your messages within 24 hours Monday - Friday, however, there may be days when it takes longer.  Please know that we will answer every question as soon as possible.  


Netiquette |net·i·quette|

Netiquette is the “manners” for online interactions.  All student-to-student, student-to-teacher and teacher-to-student communications (including emails and discussion postings) should be polite and respectful.  Please keep all interactions professional.



Here are some useful phone numbers and websites to access support while participating in I-DEA:

IT (Information Technology) Services - help with NetID, computer problems, password problems, etc.

Campus eLearning Office - help using Canvas and online class tools

  • Go to: A109

  • Call: 425-564-4211

  • Online help request: 


Click the link for Live Chat on the right side of your screen. 


School Closure Information


Campus Security

For help from campus security--if there is an emergency on campus:

  • Call: 425-564-2400

  • Or, Call:  9-1-1


Disability Support Services

The Disability Resource Center serves students with learning challenges and disabilities. If you are a student who has a disability or learning challenge for which you have documentation or have seen someone for treatment and if you feel you may need accommodations in order to be successful in college, please contact the DRC as soon as possible. 

 If you are a person who requires assistance in case of an emergency situation, such as a fire, earthquake, please meet with your teacher to develop a safety plan within the first week of the quarter.

The DRC office is located in B132 or you can call our reception desk at 425.564.2498. Please visit the website for application information into our program and other helpful links at



The online elements of this course are designed to be welcoming to, accessible to, and usable by everyone, including students who are English-language learners, have a variety of learning styles, have disabilities, or are new to online learning. Be sure to let me know immediately if you encounter a required element or resource in the course that is not accessible to you. Also, let me know of changes I can make to the course so that it is more welcoming to, accessible to, or usable by students who take this course in the future.


Affirmation of Inclusion

Bellevue College is committed to maintaining an environment in which every member of the campus community feels welcome to participate in the life of the college, free from harassment and discrimination. We value our different backgrounds at Bellevue College, and students, faculty, staff members, and administrators are to treat one another with dignity and respect. For more information, see


College Anti-Discrimination Statement (Title IX)

Bellevue College does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity; color; creed; national origin; sex; marital status; sexual orientation; age; religion; genetic information; the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability; gender identity or veteran status in educational programs and activities which it operates. For more information, see


Student Code of Conduct and Academic Integrity

Any act of academic dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism (using the ideas or words of another as one’s own without crediting the source), and inappropriate or disruptive classroom behavior are violations of the Student Code of Conduct at Bellevue College.  Examples of unacceptable behavior include, talking out of turn, arriving late or leaving early without a valid reason, allowing cell phones to ring, and inappropriate behavior toward the instructor or classmates.  The instructor can refer any violation of the Student Code of Conduct to the Dean of Student Success for investigation.  Specific student rights, responsibilities, and appeal procedures are listed in the Student Code of Conduct at





Your grade for the class will be based the activities you complete and tasks listed on the Objectives page at the beginning of each module.  Your skills will be measured by homework, quizzes, writing assignments, and presentations.

To pass this class, you must:

  • earn a final grade average of at least 75%

  • attend at least 80% of the classes (face-to-face and online)

  • do at least 75% of the assignments (face-to-face and online)

I-DEA is a 3-quarter class; you may take it for three (3) quarters, with new information each
quarter.  When you finish I-DEA, you will be placed in the next class that will be best for you.



You need to come to class every time. Attendance is part of your grade and a minimum class attendance of 80% is important to progress to the next level. When you are sick or absent, email or call your teachers. If you leave the class and cannot come back to Bellevue College, you must tell the teacher.  It is very important.



To continue in the ESL program, you must make progress with your English.  The teacher will decide your progress by looking at your grades for attendance, homework and tests. You can check your progress in Canvas. 80% or higher is successful completion. You must take the tests including the CASAS reading and listening tests at the end of the quarter to be able to register for the next quarter. The teacher will tell you during and at the end of the quarter what actions you need to do to make progress. 


Students progress at different rates. You may advance to the next level after one quarter, after two quarters or after three quarters. If you don’t make progress to the next level by the end of threequarters, you will need to take a break from classes at Bellevue College. After a one-year break, you can apply again and take the CASAS test, but you must place in the level higher than your last class at Bellevue College.


Attendance Hours

You will earn credit for completing each I-DEA module.  The amount of credit you earn will be based on a percentage of the points you earn in the module. This is the scale that will be used to determine the credit you will earn:


Percentage of Points

Credit Earned

80 -100 %

10 hours

60 -79 %

8 hours

40 – 59 %

6 hours

20 - 39 %

4 hours

1 - 19 %

2 hours


This is a required test for all ESL students. You will take the test when you register and again at the end of class.  It is very important. If you miss the test, you cannot take I-DEA or other ESL classes next quarter. We will tell you the date before the test.




Student Concerns

If you have a problem with this class, I hope you will come to me and tell me your problem.  If you don’t feel comfortable talking to me, you should speak to Nancy McEachran, the ESL Program Chair of Developmental Education in R 130  at 

You can also talk to Tuan Dang, Associate Dean of Basic Studies and ELI at tuan.dang@bellevuecollege.eduor Maggie Harada, the Arts and Humanities Division Dean at Also, you and to talk to Ombuds Office


Privacy Policy

We do not wish other people (parents, spouses, and friends of students) to speak for students about school performance because this can slow student growth and progress. We do this because we would like students to speak for themselves and be independent.  We also do it because federal law (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act or FERPA) says that we must protect the privacy of student education records.  It is BC policy to keep school performance between the school and the student. If a student asks for a parent, spouse, or friend to be at any instructor-student discussion of academic performance, instructors will look at each situation and make the final decision. You can see all of this policy, Arts and Humanities Commitment to Student Growth and Development, at:





  • Please check the syllabus for a list of assignments and due dates.  

  • Your teacher and tech coach will also give you information on assignments and dates.


How to Print the Syllabus

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