High quality ESL instruction to non-native speakers of English
The course is delivered through the integrated language skills, with a focus on making multifaceted descriptions and analyses. The class is taught using a student-centered communicative approach to English language learning. The total time of the course is 108 hours.
Length of Study
Listening & Speaking (C302)
Students will be able to communicate with and understand Advanced II level written, spoken, and aural English. Students utilize academic language and skills to participate in discussions, create dialogues, complete written compositions, read articles, and listen to conversations and lectures regarding current events, cultural values, personal views, and other aspects of contemporary life. In this course, students read authentic texts from several well-known publications and listen to several advanced talks and discussions. In addition, students participate in various kinds of speaking activities in order to develop fluency and accuracy.
Students will …
- Read a various types of text such as:
- Two articles with contrasting opinions on the value of learning a new language.
- Two articles that support and criticize the “gig economy”.
- The article from Fast Company and an excerpt from a textbook about the manipulation of images.
- The article from The New York Times and article from Maclean’s news magazine about global cooperation initiatives.
- Gather information and ideas to write the followings:
- A persuasive email about a new foreign language program in your school, university, or community.
- An article for your school or university career services newsletter arguing why a particular job is a good choice in the changing workplace.
- Create a proposal for a print or online advertisement.
- An essay about the importance of global cooperation.
- Listen to a various types of audio such as:
- A radio interview with a neuroanatomist.
- An excerpt from the audiobook of Hellen Keller’s autobiography, The Story of My Life.
- Watch video interviews with employees at Google and Bloomberg.
- A talk on a book about wilderness living.
- An excerpt from a National Geographic television documentary
- A history lecture.
- News story from American RadioWorks on the coffee trade.
- A report about the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.
- Gather information and ideas to:
- Develop a narrative about language challenges.
- Present the tipping point between work and fun.
- Give a group presentation on the uses of visual deception.
- Give a group presentation on a global problem.
Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of Advanced II level (first half), students will be able to
- Distinguish main ideas from details.
- Identify contrasting ideas.
- Write an effective email.
- Use evidence to support an argument.
- Write with unity.
- Organize supporting ideas in writing.
- Identify examples.
- Identify facts and figures.
- Use figurative language correctly.
- Discuss preferences and alternatives.
- Cite sources.
- Use emphatic word stress.
- Use intonation with choices.
- Use linking with final consonants.
- Use reporting verbs in a sentence correctly.
- Use prefixes in sentences correctly.
- Use negative prefixes correctly in sentences.
- Use compound nouns correctly.
- Use collocations in sentences correctly.
- Use contrast and concession connectors correctly.
- Use noun clauses in a sentence correctly.
- Use quantifiers correctly.
- Use parallel structure and ellipsis correctly.
- Use the passive voice to focus information.
- Use comparative structures correctly.
- Use reported speech in sentences correctly.