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NC.ESL-070 - College Reading, Writing, & Grammar II - Nandini Patnaik

Course:College Reading, Writing, & Grammar II
Professor:Nandini Patnaik
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Dear students,

Welcome to Non-Credit ESL 070. This is your instructor, Professor Nandini Patnaik. 

A Writing course may look like challenging and boring to many, but it is actually interesting to see how much fun it can be. I have been teaching Writing & Grammar courses for many years, and I try to make writing an enjoyable activity for my students. I think there are two major benefits of learning college-level writing: One, it makes you more confident when you interact with others; & Two, it takes away your deeper stresses of life as you pour yourself out.

NC ESL 070 is a Reading, Writing, & Grammar course that will teach you how to write non-personal (academic) paragraphs. You will also learn how to organize your content in different paragraphs with good vocabulary and in correct grammatical sentences.

However, do not presume that you will only be writing in this class. There will be plenty of grammar practices, vocabulary building activities, reading, and discussion with class mates. You will also be watching videos, reading texts, and learning from my online presentations. Reading is beautiful when you read and discuss with friends what you learned. Writing is fun when you show friends what you feel inside. Grammar and vocabulary work like magic when you realize that, day by day, you understand more and express better. On the whole, this Non-Credit Reading/Writing/Grammar course is a great opportunity to love to be yourself.

One key aspect of this class is - you will learn and use plenty of grammar rules and use them through practice.

If you have any questions, please email me:

As you might know, this class will be held live via Zoom. Once we start this course, I will show a few other ways to contact me outside of our live online classes.

Course Description

NC ESL 070 is a high intermediate level course that focuses on the reading, writing, and grammar skills necessary for college level preparation. Students in this class will read non-literary text materials to learn how to comprehend, analyze, and identify key ideas in a given text and present their views in writing. The grading for this class will be Pass (P) or Non Pass (NP).

What to Expect in this Course

This course is online live, which means you will meet with your teacher during class periods, and the meeting will be online.

Some of the requirements of this class are that you will:

  • Attend Zoom meetings regularly during class periods, the details of which will be given in the course syllabus.
  • Access and work on Canvas (Your teacher will help you with this).
  • Participate in the online class discussions.
  • Take the mid-term examination and Final examination in order to be graded.
  • Do homework.

Types of Assessments

  1. One mid-term examination, towards the middle of the semester, will include composition and /or grammar.
  2. One final examination, at the end of the semester, will include composition and / or grammar.
  3. Class participation.
  4. Practices grammar quizzes to help you with examinations.

Textbook Information

There are no textbooks for this class. All study materials will be provided by the teacher in class.

Other Relevant Course Information

  • You should have the Internet connection to access Zoom meetings and COC Canvas portal.
  • You should know how to type in a word document (in your computer).
  • You will be guided to use Canvas for uploading/turning in your 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: 09/16/2021 Sub#: 659