College of the Marshall Islands

P.O. Box 1258 Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands MH

+692 625-3394

Developmental Education

Welcome

The Department of Developmental Education was created in fall 2007. It provides a program for students who aspire to a college education, but do not yet have the English language, quantitative and student engagement skills necessary for college level-work. The Developmental Education Program helps students develop the skill level necessary for a successful college experience.

 

The Developmental Studies Program and the associated First Year College Experience Program at the College of the Marshall Islands offer a multi-faceted approach to facilitate and support learning among all CMI students. Developmental Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) are driven by the need to develop and integrate courses to bridge under-prepared students to college-level courses, to provide outreach from the entire college community to students, and to implement best teaching practices in the classroom so as to fully engage students in their learning.

  

Developmental Education Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of Developmental Education courses, students will in their credit courses will be able to:

 

1. Understand lectures and class discussions.

2. Communicate clearly and effectively in classroom discussions, activities, and presentations.

3. Write coherently.

4. Read with understanding.

5. Recognize, construct and use equivalent mathematical expressions in order to simplify or solve quantitative problems.

6. Formulate and solve algebraic equations and inequalities.

7. Through the creation and analysis of graphs, demonstrate the abilities to both compare and quantify change.

8. When solving word problems, demonstrate the ability to

(i) understand the conditions,

(ii) formulate a plan appropriate to the conditions,

(iii) execute the plan, and (iv) logically examine the solution.

9. Use appropriate study skills to learn effectively.

10. Access college resources.

 

As part of the admissions process all prospective CMI students take Placement Exam which is used to determine academic eligibility to take college classes and also to determine the appropriate level of English and mathematics courses in which to begin academic studies at CMI. The English test includes an objective assessment of the student's grammar, vocabulary, and reading skills. The Mathematics test assesses the student's quantitative skills from simple arithmetic through beginning algebra. In addition, a basic technology skills test (CAP test) that determines students’ technology level and places them in a CAP 066 class or ISC 101 class is given during new students' orientation.

 

The criteria for Math and English placement levels are determined by course learning outcomes. Students receiving satisfactory scores on the tests will be placed on one of the three levels of developmental English and/or Math, or they may be placed in first-semester freshman credit courses.

 

Developmental Studies is divided into a three-tiered program. The first level is an intensive five-day a week, designed to give students daily exposure to spoken and written English.  They also have math, and technology classes. There is a required study hall that requires Level 1 students to fulfill three hours a week of study hall period by signing into any of the labs on campus to do homework, assignments or online activities.

 

The second level of the Developmental Studies Program meets five days a week for English Skills classes in 75-minute periods every day of the week. Subjects at this level include: Reading/Writing, Speaking/Listening. Mathematics meets in 75-minute periods three days a week, and First Year Experience (CMI 101) meets one hour and fifteen minutes two days a week. The third level also meets five days a week for English skills classes in 75-minute periods, math classes in 75-minute periods three days a week, and includes a choice from a list of elective classes.

 

Diagnostic Placement Test

Developmental Level I (intensive program)

English 067: Speaking, Listening, Reading,  Writing

MATH 066 Pre Algebra,

CAP 066 Computer Applications

Developmental Level II  

English 086/089: Intermediate Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening                                      

MATH 086 Beginning Algebra and

CMI 101 First Year Experience

Developmental Level III  

English 096/099 Academic Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening

MATH 096 Intermediate Algebra, and

Elective courses

Credit Level Classes: Degree and Certificate Programs

 

First Year College Experience Program

All entering students participate in the College's First Year College Experience Program offering a range of support services to promote students' academic and personal success. The First Year Experience program combines course work with tutor support and student life programs for all entering students, whether at credit or developmental placement levels. The First Year College Experience involves members of the college community-faculty, staff, and administration in engaging students in their program of study at CMI.

 

Components of the First Year Experience Program

Skills and Information Component

The First Year Experience builds:

Academic, Written, and oral communication skills

Academic support skills for the use of Technology (internet/email), the Library, and Student Life programs

Personal skills for improved Study habits, note taking, time management, and test taking

Goal oriented skills for program completion and career exploration

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Level 1 Communities

The focus is building communities in the Level 1 cohorts and providing them with the academic and college support that will enable them to survive and succeed in their first semester in college. The first level is an intensive five-days a week, designed to give students daily exposure to spoken and written English.  They also have three days a week of math, and two days a week of technology classes. There is an obligatory study hall that requires Level 1 students to fulfill three hours a week of study hall period by signing into any of the labs on campus to do homework, assignments or online activities. Level 1 English, Math and Technology faculty meet on regular basis through-out a given semester to discuss integrated assignments and raise early warning of the at-risk students.

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Advising Component

Each student works with a faculty advisor to track progress, identify needs, and provide support.

 

Program Review for Developmental Education Program

Program Review Developmental Education 2012-2015

Program Review Report SP15-SP16

  

Course Offerings

College Experience (CMI)

CMI 101 First Year Seminar (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: ENG 067 or Placement in higher level English

Introduces students to higher education and first year college experiences to better prepare students to be successful in their college careers. Emphasis is placed on acquiring skills for college work. Students also are introduced to college resources to learn how to effectively take advantage of those resources.

CMI 101 PDF

 

English (ENG)

ENG 067 Basic English Communication (6 Credits)

Prerequisite: Placement testing

This course focuses on the development of proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English in order to be able to perform day-to-day communication tasks. The course includes instruction in the use of basic communication skills to develop and transmit ideas and thoughts.

ENG 067 PDF

 

ENG 086 Intermediate Listening and Speaking (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: ENG 060s or Placement in higher English level

Develops intermediate level listening comprehension and speaking skills through a variety of task-based exercises designed to help students gain greater experience and confidence in listening to and speaking English.

ENG 086 PDF

  

ENG 089 Intermediate Reading and Writing (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: ENG 060s or Placement in higher English level

Designed to further expand vocabulary and reading skills. Emphasis is on building intermediate level vocabulary through reading and writing. Students will interpret relationships between words and ideas, improve reading comprehension, and write multi-paragraph pieces.

ENG 089 PDF

  

ENG 096 Introduction to Academic Listening and Speaking (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: ENG 80s or Placement in higher English level

Provides advanced instruction in oral and aural English skills designed to prepare students for college credit courses. Emphasizes listening comprehension, note taking skills, as well as oral proficiency at a reasonable level of complexity.

ENG 096 PDF

 

ENG 099 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: ENG 80s or Placement in higher English level

Designed to prepare students for academic reading and writing. Facilitates appropriate strategies for improving reading comprehension and critical reading skills for success in academic reading. Develops writing, grammar, and vocabulary skills needed for success in college courses. Emphasizes the development of organizational and rhetorical strategies students may use as they engage in academic essay writing.

ENG 099 PDF

 

Mathematics (MATH)

MATH 066 Pre-Algebra (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Placement testing

This course is a comprehensive study of foundational mathematical skills which should provide a strong mathematical underpinning for further study. Topics include principles and applications of decimals, fractions, the number line, ratio, signed operations, properties of operations, order of operations, numerical factoring, measurement, unit conversion, perimeter, and area. Upon completion, students should be able to perform fundamental computations and solve multi-step mathematical problems using the four problems solving steps in Polya's How To Solve It.

MATH 066 PDF

 

MATH 086 Introductory Algebra (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: MATH 60s or Placement in higher Math level

This course establishes a foundation in algebraic concepts and problem solving. Topics include signed numbers, exponents, order of operations, variables, algebraic expressions, proportions, introductory planar geometry, simplifying, linear equations, graphing lines in the plane, formulas, polynomial operations, and factoring. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the above concepts in problem solving using Polya's four steps.

MATH 086 PDF

 

MATH 096 Intermediate Algebra (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: MATH 080s or Placement in higher Math level

This course strengthens students' understanding of algebraic concepts and problem solving. Topics include an introduction to statistical analysis, systems of equations, rational exponents and radical expressions and equations, rational expressions and equations, Quadratic Equations & Inequalities, and Functions.

MATH 096 PDF

 

CAP 066 Basic Computer Applications

Prerequisite: Placement

Provides a general introduction to computer use and terminology.  Includes instruction in keyboarding skills, the use of a learning management system, and internet based communication and personal organization.  Focuses on using software and internet resources to support learning across classes.  Familiarizes the student with word processing and electronic presentations. 

CAP 066 PDF

 

Faculty

SERU, Jennifer. Chair, Developmental Education

M.A., Education, University of the South Pacific

B.A., Geography, University of the South Pacific

Certificate, G.I.S, University of the South Pacific

Professional Cert in Online Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Primary Teaching Certificate, Lautoka Teacher’s College

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GOOD, Catherine

M.A., Education TESL, University of Kansas

B.A., Anthropology, Kansas State University

A.A., Liberal Arts, Butler County Community College

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ISHIGURO, Amanda

M.Ed., Literature and Technology, Walden University

B.A., Language Arts, Warner Pacific College

Professional Cert in Online Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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HAZZARD, Andrea S.D

M.A., English as a Second Language, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

B.A., Psychology, Case Western Reserve University

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SAVU, Silipa

M.Ed., Education, University of the South Pacific

Post-Graduate Diploma in Education, University of South Pacific

Certification in Teaching English as Second Language, University of South Pacific

Post-Graduate Certificates in Education, University of South Pacific

B.A., Linguistics/History Politics, University of South Pacific

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WILLSON, Nikolas

M.A., Linguistics, Wayne State University, Michigan

B.A., English Language and Literature, Lake Superior State University, Michigan

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BOJOS, Rosalie

M.A., English, University of Bohol, Philippines

B.S.E., English, Bohol Institute of Technology, Philippines

B.A., English, Bohol Institute of Technology, Philippines

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ENRIQUEZ, Emiliana

M.A., English Literature, Ateneo The Manila University

B.A., English Literature, Far Eastern University, Manila

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MANASE, Manase

M.Ed., Education, University of South Pacific, RMI

B.A., Education, University of South Pacific (Fiji)

Primary Teaching Certificate, Lautoka Teacher’s College

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CAMERON, Morgan

M.Ed. Lifelong Learning(Adult Education), Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Canada

B.A. Political Science/Sociology, Acadia University, N.S. Canada

Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, TESL, Bow Valley College, Calgary, Canada

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COOKE, Richard

M.A. TESOL, Oxford Brookes University

B.A.(Hons.) Tourism Studies, Bournemouth University

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DI LELLA, Joseph

Ph.D. Education, Claremont Graduate University, California & San Diego State University

M.A. Sociology, San Diego State University

B.A. Sociology, University of California

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WILLIAMS, Amanda

M.A in Education, Dominican University, Illinois

Cert. of Advanced Graduate Study: Educational Leadership, University of New England, Maine

B.Sc. in English & Education, Dickinson State University, N.Dakota

B.A. Spanish, Dickinson State University, N.Dakota

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MAITOKANA, Gade

M.A. Applied Linguistics, Griffith University (Aust.)

B.Ed., University of the South Pacific (Fiji)

Dip. Ed., Fiji College of Advanced Education (Fiji)

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KRAWCZYK, Ewa

Ph.D. Bilingual Education, New Mexico State University

M.A. Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Massachusetts

B.A. American Studies, University of Massachusetts

B.A. Teaching English as a Second Language, Teacher Training College, Raciborz, Poland

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BALEIKOROCAU, Waisiki

M.S., Pure Mathematics, University of South Pacific

B.E., Secondary - Mathematics, University of South Pacific

Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Mathematics, University of South Pacific

Diploma in Information System Management, APTECH Computer Education

Diploma in Education (Mathematics & Basic Science), Fiji College of Advanced Education

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CORPUZ, Michael

M.Ed. in Mathematics, Philippine Normal University, Manila

B.Ed. in Secondary Education, Cagayan State University, Philippines

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SUMAOANG, Rosalinda

Ph.D., Educational Administration, Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines

M.A., Education / Mathematics, Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines

B.A., Education / Mathematics, St. Peter’s College, Philippines

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FRANDSEN, Cassandra

Ph.D., Health Science, Idaho State University

M.S., Physics, Idaho State University

B.S., Biology, Idaho State University

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LIWAGON. T.Elgie

M.S., Mathematics, MSU-ILIGAN Institute of Technology, Philippines

B.S., Mathematics, MSU-ILIGAN Institute of Technology, Philippines

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LEHMAN, Fern

M.S. Ecology, University of Georgia

B.S. Biology, Goshen College 

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VILA, Curtis

B.S.C, Banking & Finance, University of Pangasinan

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WILLIAMS, Edward

M.B.A., Southern New Hampshire University

B.S., Business Administration, Dickinson State University

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KENDALL, Meitaka. Chair, Business Studies

M.B.A., Accounting, Chaminade University of Hawaii

B.S., Accounting, Chaminade University of Hawaii

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