COURSE SYLLABUS    FOR          ESOL 12R D826/24016                                       

Mon &Wed  2:30-3:45 pm

 Instructor:  Rachel Gertzog          email:                                                                      

Office Hour:  TBA

Required Text: WORLD of READING 3 A Thematic Approach to Reading Comprehension     by Joan Baker-Gonzalez and Eileen K. Blau

PEARSON Longman        ISBN  978-0-13-600214-7


Required items:1)   A college level English dictionary

2)  A vocabulary notebook


This is a reading class.  The goal of the class is to improve your reading comprehension skills. This will be achieved by mastering the lessons in the text book.  By the end of the term you should be able to identify the main idea of a reading passage; distinguish major from minor details; recognize patterns of organization; understand the author’s purpose, and other things that will help you read faster with better comprehension. The class will also focus on developing your English vocabulary.


Course workwill include the following:

  • textbook readings and exercises
  • vocabulary exercises and maintaining a vocabulary notebook
  • group discussions and working in pairs
  • quizzes
  • a midterm exam
  • a final exam


Your final grade will by computed as follows:

20%    from the departmental final exam grade

20%   from the midterm exam grade

20%   from the quizzes

20%    from classroom participation

20%  from vocabulary notebook


Your final grade will be one of the following.

   “S”  if your final grade is at least 65

   “R”  if your final grade is less than 65

“WU” if you have failed to complete the course


DAILY COURSE WORK: The daily course work will follow the format of our textbook, WORLD OF READING  3. The text consists of six units, and each unit has 4 chapters. Each unit has a theme, and the reading in its chapters relate to that theme.  The authors of the textbook strongly encourage vocabulary development as an essential to being a better reader. We will strive to cover the twenty-four chapters of the textbook in the thirty sections of this course.


OPEN LAB: Open Labis an open-source, digital platform designed to support teaching and learning at New York City College of Technology (NYCCT), and to promote student and faculty engagement in the intellectual and social life of the college community. We will explore the many ways to make use of it in our class.


Homework : Some homework assignments will be done in your text book and reviewed in class; others will be given a due date to be submitted.  Due date assignments will notbe accepted after the due date.


Accessibility Statement: City Tech is committed to supporting the educational goals of enrolled students with disabilities in the areas of enrollment, academic advisement, tutoring, assistive technologies and testing accommodations. If you have or think you may have a disability, you may be eligible for reasonable accommodations or academic adjustments as provided under applicable federal, state and city laws. You may also request services for temporary conditions or medical issues under certain circumstances. If you have questions about your eligibility or would like to seek accommodation services or academic adjustments, please contact the Center for Student Accessibility at 300 Jay Street room L-237, 718 260 5143 or

College Policy on Academic Integrity:  “Students who work with information, ideas, and texts owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting, and citing sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the College recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in CUNY and at New York City College of Technology, and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion. The complete text of the College policy on Academic Integrity may be found in the catalog.”

Attendance:  When you make every effort to attend all your classes on times, you are more likely to complete this course successfully. Excessive lateness will count as an absence.


How to do well in this class:

  • Come to class on time every day. (see Attendance)
  • Buy the text book and dictionary and bring them to class.
  • Pay attention to the class lessons and participate in discussions.
  • Ask questions and/or make comments.
  • Spend time doing your assignments
  • Ask for help if you are having problems.


I hope you will enjoy this class.