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Professor:Dr. Samuel Otoo
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Dr. Sam Otoo

Greetings and welcome to ESL 090!

My name is Dr. Samuel Otoo, and I’ve been an English/ESL instructor at College of the Canyons since August,1992. I'm glad you'll be sharing a learning environment with me this semester. The first day of ESL 090--#60524 is Monday, February 7 at 11:00am (PST). This class is ONLINE LIVE; the class will meet live via ZOOM from 11:00am to 1:25pm (PST) every Monday. All students have to log in on February 7 at 11pm (PST) to begin the course. Students will have access to our Canvas shell a few days earlier to enable them to read the syllabus and obtain any required materials before class starts. You'll have a great learning experience in this class; you'll be taught at a pace you can handle. If you have any pertinent questions before the first day, please feel free to email me at

Course Description

In this course, you will write academic paragraphs and essays. You will also read short stories and non-fiction articles. At the end of the semester, all successful students will be able to--

  1. Research and write extended non-personal paragraphs at the low advanced level showing clear structure, unity, coherence, and complex grammatical structures allowing for minimal errors
  2. Interpret college-level fiction and non-fiction articles and texts, and articulate ideas in clear, coherent English at the low advanced level.

What to Expect in this Course

To be successful in this 100% online course--

1. you need to obtain a computer with internet access-

(I understand how functional smart phones are in enabling students to communicate effectively, but they’re not compatible with numerous types of activities on Canvas. It’s your responsibility to obtain the technical tools that will help you to be successful in the class. Sorry, I can't help you with technical issues).

2. all assignments must be submitted to me via Canvas.


Types of Assessments

Students will be engaged in multiple graded assignments. Final grades will be determined by each student's performance in the following: 

a. Quizzes b. Online Discussion Board  c. Paragraphs and Essays   d. Quizzes   e. Final Exam

Textbook Information

These are the required textbooks for the course:

1. Longman Academic Writing Series 4 (5th Edition) by Alice Oshima & Ann Hogue.

2. Beyond True Stories: A High Intermediate Reader by Sandra Heyer

3. Making the Most of Your Life by John Langan

Other Relevant Course Information

You'll find this class beneficial to the development of your English Language skills. With hard work and determination throughout the semester, you'll be successful. Schedule significant amounts of time to prepare for class. Pay attention in class and do your best to complete all your homework assignments. 

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 01/20/2022 Sub#: 385