Course Content and Outcome Guide for ESOL 44N

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Level 4 Communication
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Course Description

The fourth level of ESOL and the first of a five-course sequence that focuses on communication. Identification and production of English stress and intonation; certain vowels and consonants; reductions. Listening comprehension for main idea and important details, grammatical structures, questions, and key vocabulary words. Discussion skills. Speaking using important language functions including asking for clarification, agreeing, and negotiating meaning. Short, prepared presentation. Communication taught in the context of communicating in adult life roles. Prerequisites: ESOL placement test OR successful completion of ESOL 30; AND concurrent placement in ESOL 40/40N and ESOL 42/42N or higher.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Student is able to comprehend and communicate in a variety of settings 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 topic
2. Use a topic outline to deliver a presentation.
3. Demonstrate comprehension by listening for specific 
     information, taking notes, and asking and answering questions
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. Perform skits utilizing language functions, pronunciation skills, and 
     new vocabulary

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

A. Stress, Intonation, Reductions, Consonants, Vowels,
B. Grammar and Vocabulary
C. Critical Thinking Skills
D. Group presentations, Conversation, and Discussion
E. Listening Comprehension
F. Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
Competencies and Skills
A. Stress, Intonation, Reductions, Consonants, and Vowels
1. pronounce word endings
2. recognize common sound substitutions
3. recognize common reductions
4. understand and use stress patterns in relation to the meaning
5. understand and use intonation patterns
6. identify syllables
B. Grammar and Vocabulary
1. choose appropriate words and word forms
2. understand common 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, negative forms, and tag questions correctly
6. listen for grammatical structures and key vocabulary
C. Critical Thinking Skills
1.  use supplemental or textbook readings, or internet to obtain ideas and vocabulary for speaking assignments
2.  utilize information learned in class for interviews and surveys of others outside of class
3. avoid plagiarism
4. distinguish between formal and informal speech
D. Public Speaking
1. give one or more informative prepared speech on level-appropriate topics.    
1. two-three minute time limit
2. gathering information
3. one topical speech outline
      a) preparation outline: topical outline with introduction, main  
        points of speech, 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 cards with topical key words may be used in  
        the extemporaneous group presentation. These are also
        turned in to the instructor after the presentation.
·       appropriate delivery: delivery includes nonverbal skills, voice projection, direct eye contact, facial expressions,
        posture and stance appropriate to a presentation with focus on the audience, not the visual aids
·       answer questions from the audience at the conclusion of the presentation
E. Listening Comprehension and Note-taking
1. understand and record main ideas of oral presentations and
2. understand English stress, intonation, and reduction patterns
F.   Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
1.   begin to initiate questions
2.   begin to develop strategies to achieve intelligibility
3.   answer questions raised by the audience
4.   negotiate meaning