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Fall 2012

English Second Language Courses:

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ESL110 - Adv ESL Listening and Speaking
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Establishes competencies in listening, speaking, note-taking and pronunciation for non-native speakers of English. Prepares students for academic activities across the curriculum. In order to receive a passing grade of A, B, or C a student must achieve a final average of 70% or higher. A final grade of F will be assigned for averages below 70%. Prerequisite: By placement test or permission of instructor.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course as documented through writing, objective testing, case studies, laboratory practice, and/or classroom discussion, the student will be able to:

1)Restate key points and broad themes from at least two courses which relate to the student's major, conveyed in short conversations, group work, mini-lectures, and extended lectures;

2)Take notes using one of five recommended methods (outlining, key words, paragraphs, word maps, or the Cornell method);

3)Employ academic-level vocabulary words and discourse markers in integrated speaking tasks and independent and prepared speaking tasks;

4)Demonstrate improved pronunciation skills on the oral exit interview compared to the oral entrance interview after practicing personalized exercises based on the International Phonetic Alphabet;

5)Construct well-organized, formal and informal spoken and written presentations for at least three academic settings;

6)Complete a final project which applies all of the listening and speaking skills taught throughout the course;

7)*Show an increase of 10% or more on the listening comprehension post-diagnostic test score compared to the original diagnostic test score.




* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.




Content Outline:
1. Diagnostic testing, academic word list and phonetic alphabet review, speaking survey

2. Standard American English stress and pitch patterns, outlining, discourse markers and commonly used expressions, summarizing

3. Stress for meaning, note-taking strategies, discourse markers and commonly used expressions, extemporaneous speech

4. Pauses, note-taking, discourse markers, interviews

5. Modals, note-taking, discourse markers, explaining a visual

6. Vowel and syllable length in stress and pitch, note-taking, discourse markers and commonly used expressions, debate

7. Modal auxiliaries, note-taking, discourse markers, group presentations




Effective Term: Fall 2012