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Course Description

This is the first in a series of integrated skills courses designed to develop the listening, speaking and pronunciation skills of beginning ESL students. Activities, which include listening exercises, role-play, pair work, small and large group discussions, interviews, oral presentations and pronunciation drills (focusing on English sounds and rhythm), are presented in the context of relevant, contemporary and intellectually challenging themes. This course is designed especially for students with academic objectives but is highly appropriate for students with personal language goals, as well. PREREQUISITE: ESL 510B or ESL 503 or ESL Assessment recommendation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and use key aural information, including main ideas, details and inferences to recognize aural passages.
  • Recognize and use new topical vocabulary in various situations.
  • Recognize and use stressed words and reductions in aural passages.
  • Demonstrate basic ability to articulate English vowel and consonant sounds.
  • Demonstrate basic ability to distinguish syllables and use syllable stress so that meaning is understood.
  • Demonstrate ability to do basic guided research for use in oral presentations.
  • Demonstrate basic fluency of spoken English in individual and group presentations.
  • Use English outside of the classroom.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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