Course Content and Outcome Guide for ESOL 265

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ESOL 265
Course Title:
Level 8 Academic Communication
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Course Description

Students develop strategies to improve spoken intelligibility, critical thinking, and listening and note taking skills in public speaking with written outlines on academic topics, including those requiring basic argument and persuasion. Prerequisites: ESOL placement test OR successful completion of ESOL 254; AND concurrent placement in ESOL 250 and ESOL 252 or higher. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • Comprehend and communicate clearly and appropriately in a variety of academic settings, including those which require basic argument and persuasion.


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 note-taking 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. Evaluate their own and peers€™ speeches

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

A. Critical Thinking Skills
B. Public Speaking
C. Critical Listening
D. Grammar and Vocabulary
E. 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 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 summaries

D. Grammar and Vocabulary

1. Consistently speak appropriately and accurately using present, past, and future time frames.
2. Use vocabulary consistent with the Upper Advanced level

E. 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)