High quality ESL instruction to non-native speakers of English
This course builds upon foundation English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday situations and academic purposes. The class is taught using a student-centered communicative approach to English language learning. The total time of the course is 216 hours.
Length of Study
Listening & Speaking (C102)
Students will be able to communicate with and understand basic II level written, spoken, and aural English. Students read short texts, write short paragraphs about various topics introduced in class, and actively participate in class discussions. In this course, the focus is on improving students’ ability to understand written and spoken English, and improving their ability to communicate in real-world situations. Students practice listening skills through various types of audios. In addition, students discuss and present information to their classmates. The core competencies of reading, writing, listening, and speaking will be given equal importance.
Students will …
- Read several short articles in a textbook.
- Gather information and ideas to write various types of writing such as:
- Describe the job you want and explain why you think it is a good job.
- Describe how you study.
- A short paragraph about the best way to relax.
- A paragraph about one way laughter is good for you.
- A paragraph about your favorite sport.
- An opinion paragraph about when choice is a good thing.
- A paragraph about two or more important changes in your life due to technology.
- One or more paragraphs about a common fear.
- Listen to a various types of audio such as:
- Radio program
- Class discussion
- Town meeting
- Classroom lecture
-Use information and ideas to
- Interview a classmate. Then introduce him or her to the class.
- Give a presentation about a perfect school
- Design a survey and interview a classmate.
- Have a group discussion about fun places in the area.
- Design a perfect home.
- Make a health survey and discuss it with a partner.
- Give a presentation about where you want to travel.
- Give a presentation about how a classmate uses technology.
Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of Basic II level, students will be able to
- Skim a text and find important information.
- Read charts, graphs, and tables.
- Identify the topic sentence in a paragraph.
- Identify supporting sentences and details.
- Identify pronoun referents.
- Identify facts and opinions in an article.
- Write a main idea and supporting sentences.
- Connect sentences with but and so.
- Correct paragraph structure.
- Write a topic sentence, supporting sentences and details and concluding sentences.
- Write contrast ideas with however.
- Identify key words and phrases.
- Identify main ideas and details.
- Understand numbers and dates while listening.
- Identify specific information.
- Identify signal words and phrases.
- Make inferences.
- Identify different opinions.
- Identify examples.
- Ask for repetition and clarification.
- Present information from notes.
- Introduce topics in a presentation.
- Use eye contact, facial expressions and body language.
- Ask for and give opinions.
- Source information.
- Check for listeners’ understanding.
- Express emotion.
- Pronounce simple past -ed endings correctly.
- Pronounce the schwa sounds correctly.
- Use the reduced pronunciation of be going to correctly.
- Pronounce the simple present third-person -s/ -es correctly.
- Use correct intonation in questions.
- Link consonants to vowels.
- Use content word stress in sentences.
- Link vowel sounds with /w/ or /y/.
- Use words that are both nouns and verbs correctly.
- Use modifying nouns correctly.
- Identify parts of speech and use them in sentences correctly.
- Use prefix un- correctly.
- Use collocations correctly.
- Use the suffixes -ful and -ing correctly.
- Use synonyms in a sentence correctly.
- Use percentages and fractions correctly.
- Use verb-noun collocations correctly.
- Use idioms and expressions correctly.
- Use verbs + infinitives (like, want, and need) correctly.
- Use the simple present and simple past correctly.
- Write sentences with because.
- Use sentences with when correctly.
- Use prepositions of location correctly.
- Use infinitives of purpose correctly.
- Use clauses with before/ before that and after/ after that correctly.
- Use comparative adjectives correctly.
- Use should/ shouldn't and it’s+adjective+infinitive correctly.
- Use be going to correctly.
- Use the simple present for informal narratives correctly.
- Use gerunds as subjects or objects correctly.
- Use the conjunctions and and but correctly.
- Use the imperative of be+adjective correctly.
- Use so and such with adjectives correctly.