Course Content and Outcome Guide for ESOL 154

Course Number:
ESOL 154
Course Title:
Level 5 Communication
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Course Description

The fifth level of ESOL and the second of a five-course sequence that focuses on communication. Identification and production of English consonants and vowels; common sound substitutions; stress and intonation. Listening comprehension and discussion skills. Public speaking, including at least one prepared speech and written outline on an academic topic. Communication taught in the context of communicating in academic and adult life roles. Prerequisite: ESOL placement test OR successful completion of ESOL 44/44N; AND concurrent placement in ESOL 40/40N and ESOL 42/42N or higher. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Student is able to comprehend and communicate in complete sentences in an academic setting and can be understood, with some repetition, by native speakers.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1. Present a minimum of one satisfactory prepared informative public speech on a
     level-appropriate academic topic
2. Use a complete-sentence speech outline for direct speaking (as opposed to indirect speaking) and apply it to written and speaking assignments
3. Demonstrate comprehension by taking notes, and asking and answering questions during
     class discussions, lectures, and student speeches. Such activities should be assessed and
     feedback shared with students.
4. Complete written assignments to show understanding of communication skills & concepts
5. Conduct brief oral interviews and surveys to gather information and summarize results
     in class.
6. Use and apply the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) in pronunciation strategies
7. Evaluate their own and peers€™ speeches.


Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

A. Consonants, Vowels, Reductions, Stress and Intonation
B. Grammar and Vocabulary
C. Critical Thinking Skills
D. Public Speaking, Conversation and Discussion
E. Listening Comprehension
F. Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
Competencies and Skills
A. Consonants, Vowels, Reductions, Stress and Intonation
1. pronounce word endings
2. recognize native language sound substitutions
3.recognize common reductions
4. understand and usestress patterns in relation to the meaning
5. understand and use intonation patterns
6. identify and orally produce all of the sounds in the IPA (consonants, vowels, diphthongs)
7. use the IPA to improve speaking skills
B. Grammar and Vocabulary
1. choose appropriate words and word forms
2. develop use of idioms and two-word verbs
3. recognize and use correct word order most of the time
4. recognize and use verbs and modals in the past, present, and future
5. use question and negative forms correctly
6. use articles, helping verbs, and prepositions
C. Critical Thinking Skills
1. use supplemental or textbook readings, or internet to obtain ideas and vocabulary for speaking assignments
2. avoid plagiarism
3. develop an awareness of audience and purpose
4. distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information
5. distinguish between formal and informal speech
6. utilize information learned in class for interviews and surveys of others outside of class and
  summarize results in class
D. Public Speaking
1.  give short, informal presentations to a group with guided peer feedback
2. give at least one satisfactory* informative prepared speech on level-appropriate
     academic topic.    
1. three to fourminute time limit
2. selection and narrowing of an academic topic
3.  research
4.  two speech outlines (preparation outline and presentation outline) for each speech
      a) preparation outline: complete-sentence speech outline with introduction, body, and a conclusion. This outline must be turned in to the instructor and copied for the class, and may not be used during the actual speech presentation.
b) presentation or speaking outline: (usually no more than three index cards with key words and delivery prompts) may be used during presentation and must also be turned in to the instructor.
·         appropriate delivery: delivery includes nonverbal skills, voice projection, direct eye contact, facial expressions, posture and stance appropriate to public speaking with focus on the audience.
·         leading class discussion at the end of the speech, exhibiting knowledge of subject of speech
*Criteria for Satisfactory Speeches:
A. speech contains grammar and vocabulary appropriate to the audience and topic
B. speech is in complete sentences with generally correct word order
C. speech can be understood with some repetition by a native speaker
E. Listening Comprehension and Note-taking
1. understand and record main ideas and important details of oral presentations
     and conversations
2. understand English stress, intonation, and reduction patterns
3. distinguish between vowel and consonant sounds in minimal pairs and sentences
F.   Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
1.   initiate questions without being prompted
2.   develop strategies to achieve intelligibility
3.   answer questions raised by the audience
4.   negotiate meaning
5.   participate by contributing and connecting ideas

6.   begin to use proper vowel and consonant sounds in spee