Course Content and Outcome Guide for ESOL 264

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ESOL 264
Course Title:
Level 8 Academic Communication
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Course Description

Develops upper-advanced English communication skills. Focuses on listening and note taking, pronunciation, discussion, academic presentation skills, and public speaking. This is the fifth course of a five-course sequence. Prerequisite: ESOL placement test OR successful completion of ESOL 254 within the past 12 months AND concurrent enrollment in ESOL 260 and ESOL 252 or higher. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
1. Comprehend authentic academic lectures on topics ncluding culture, environment, social issues, and technology.
2. Synthesize information from academic readings and multi-media sources as well as life experiences in order to discuss and present.
3. Discuss social and ethical issues, both global and local, sharing opinions in a multi-cultural setting.
4. Present fluently and in an organized way on issues of cultural and social significance using outside sources, and respond to comments and questions.
5. Communicate fluently, using appropriate American English sound, rhythm, and intonation patterns.
6. Communicate in appropriate ways, including how to agree, disagree, and express opinions respectfully.

Outcome Assessment Strategies


1.  Present a minimum of two satisfactory extemporaneous (prepared) informative public speeches on an academic topic

2.   Learn the framework (complete-sentence speech outline) for direct speaking (as opposed to indirect speaking) and apply it to written and speaking assignments

3.   For a significant amount of time (for example 10-15 minutes after the five-minute speech presentation), each speaker will satisfactorily respond to thought-provoking essential/critical questions (as opposed to questions that merely ask for a yes/no answer or simple clarification). Each speaker will exhibit satisfactory listening comprehension skills and adequate, understandable (for this level) speaking skills that include developed complete-sentence answers (a statement and an example or explanation) in this question/answer dialogue. The speaker is graded on the quality of response, similar to having several short impromptu speeches.

4.   As active members of the class, students will demonstrate critical listening through active participation with notetaking skills. Especially after a student has presented his/her speech, each member of the audience will initiate and engage in civic dialogue with the speaker. Audience members will ask essential questions while thinking critically. During the question/answer period after each speech, all students will be exposed to the process of persuasion€”how to ask questions while arguing in a civil manner.

5.   Apply the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to English pronunciation. Instructors actively correct pronunciation, grammar, sentence construction in connection with students€™ speeches and classroom discussion.

6.   Evaluate their own and peers€™ speeches


Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course Content - Themes, Concepts, Issues


A.  Critical Thinking Skills

B.  Public Speaking

C.  Critical Listening

D.  Pronunciation

E.  Grammar and Vocabulary

F.   Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication


Competencies and Skills


A.  Critical Thinking Skills


1.  use linear reasoning in all academic contexts

2.  use research to obtain ideas for speaking assignments

3.  effectively analyze and synthesize information from a variety of sources and form clarifying questions and/or a well-supported thesis

4.  avoid bias, stereotyping, and inappropriate  or emotional language in speaking

5.  distinguish among facts, opinions and beliefs

6.  consistently demonstrate an awareness of audience and purpose

7.  avoid plagiarism


B.  Public Speaking


1.   introduce persuasion and argument through academic discussions

2.   give two or more satisfactory* informative speeches 



1.  approximate five-minute time limit

2.  includes:

    • selection and narrowing of an academic topic

    • research

    • two speech outlines (preparation outline and presentation outline) for each   speech

      a) preparation outline (complete-sentence speech outline with introduction that includes attention-getting material, specific purpose statement, pre-summary; body with developed main points, supporting materials, citations, transitional statements, internal summaries; conclusion including summary of main points and concluding statement; and bibliography.) This outline must be turned in to the instructor 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 such as €œsmile€ or €œpause here€) 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 speaker, not the visual aids

• leading class discussion at the end of the speech, exhibiting knowledge of subject of speech


* see explanation of satisfactory speeches below


C.   Critical Listening


1.   demonstrate critical listening through active classroom participation by asking appropriate questions that show analysis of topics

2.   understand main ideas and important details of oral presentations

3.   take notes on academic presentations/lectures and give oral/written summaries


D.  Pronunciation


1.   pronounce word endings consistently

2.   avoid common sound substitutions: e.g. i/I "th" and "r" sounds

3.   understand and use stress patterns and phrasing in relation to the meaning

4.   understand and use rhythm and intonation patterns

5.  use the I.P.A. to improve speaking skills


E.  Grammar and Vocabulary


1.  consistently speak appropriately and accurately using present, past, and future time frames

2.  use vocabulary consistent with Level 8 Academic Communication


F.   Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication


1.   initiate questions without being prompted

2.   participate by contributing and connecting ideas

3.   develop strategies to achieve intelligibility

4.   depart when necessary from the prepared text and follow up on points raised by the audience

5.  backtrack and restructure smoothly


Explanation of Satisfactory Speeches


A.   speech is understood without extra effort by the instructor

B.   speech contains clear detailed descriptions of complex subjects

C.  speech demonstrates a level of fluency that reflects correct use of structure and vocabulary appropriate to the audience and topic


SUGGESTED GRADING: 40% delivery, 20% outline, 40% follow-up discussion (including listening comprehension)