Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ESOL 240
Course Title:
American Culture and Communication 2
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Course Description

Continued illustration of American cultural themes and values. Instruction through reading, discussion, journal- writing, film and speeches. Overview and application of academic study skills. May include a service learning component. Does not replace courses in the core curriculum. Prerequisites: Placement in ESOL 250 and ESOL 252 and ESOL 254 or higher. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students can identify and acknowledge cultural perspectives and values different from their own, respond in a variety of ways, and formulate and articulate ideas in written and spoken English about the culture of the United States.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Present a satisfactory prepared public speech
    • Receive 70% or higher score on prepared informative speech
    • Prepare a detailed outline for the speech
  2. Perform at a minimum of 70% on quizzes and tests
  3. Interview native English speakers and complete written survey
  4. Produce a written journal responding to cultural issues
  5. Produce and organize a portfolio of course materials

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  1. Cultural Themes and Values
  2. Public Speaking and Discussion
  3. Listening Comprehension
  4. Critical Thinking Skills
  5. Writing
  6. Reading Strategies
  7. Academic Study Skills
  8. Pronunciation

Competencies and Skills

A. Cultural Themes and Values:

Relate course materials to the following themes and values:

  1. Personal control over the environment
  2. Time and its control
  3. Individualism and privacy
  4. Competition and free enterprise
  5. Action and work orientation
  6. Change
  7. Equality
  8. Self-help concept
  9. Future orientation
  10. Directness, openness, honesty
  11. Materialism and acquisitiveness
  12. Practicality and efficiency
  13. Competition and free enterprise

B. Public Speaking and Discussion

  1. Contribute to and show satisfactory evidence of benefiting from small group and one-on-one discussion or exchanges
    1. Participate by contributing and connecting ideas
    2. Perfect strategies to communicate in a variety of ways
  2. Present information orally
    1. Give informative speeches
    2. Perform role-plays and skits

C. Listening Comprehension

  1. Comprehend presented audiovisual materials and apply information to cultural themes
  2. Outline main ideas and details of oral presentations and videos
  3. Improve listening skills by taking useful notes and asking clarifying questions that show evidence of critical thinking
  4. Contribute to and show evidence of benefiting from small group and one-on-one discussion or exchanges

D. Critical Thinking Skills

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of cultural values in course materials
  2. Distinguish among facts, opinions and beliefs related to American culture
  3. Relate course materials to personal needs and experiences
  4. Express ideas and opinions about cultural themes

E. Grammar and Writing

  1. Review and reinforce advanced level sentence structure
  2. Write level-appropriate journal entries regularly
  3. Prepare detailed speech outlines and reports

F. Reading Strategies

  1. Use a variety of resources to find information
  2. Identify main ideas and secondary details in written material
  3. Synthesize information from multiple sources as a basis for a response

G. Academic Study Skills

  1. Read, understand and follow directions
  2. Develop questions based on class materials
  3. Use note-taking techniques including outlining
  4. Work in groups to extract relevant cultural information
  5. Organize course materials into a portfolio
  6. Use a monolingual, adult ESL dictionary of American English and other references

H. Pronunciation

  1. Consonants, Vowels, Sentence and Syllable Stress
    1. Recognize and consistently use word endings
    2. Review vowel/ consonant pronunciation
    3. Continue to practice sentence and syllable stress
    4. Review problematic English consonants and vowel