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ESOL 164
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Level 6 Academic Communication
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Course Description

Presents oral communication as a process that involves determination of purpose, selection and adjustment of strategies, comprehension checks, and integration of prior with new knowledge to address the purpose. Covers listening comprehension, note-taking, and discussion of academic topics at the high intermediate level. Includes public speaking, such as prepared speeches on academic topics with written outlines. Reviews English consonants and vowels, word endings, intonation, phrasing, linking, reductions and stress patterns. Prerequisites: ESOL placement test OR successful completion of ESOL 154/154N; AND concurrent placement in ESOL 150/150N and ESOL 152/152N or higher. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1.  Understand the development of oral communication skills as a process that involves determination of purpose, selection and adjustment of strategies, comprehension checks, and integration of prior with new knowledge to address the purpose.

2. Use knowledge about language, culture, and context to prepare for and accomplish high intermediate-level academic communication tasks.

3. Identify and correct pronunciation problems to produce mostly understandable English in an academic setting.

4. Identify communication barriers in vocabulary and syntax and employ strategies to overcome them.

5. Take notes on and respond to a variety of medium-length oral texts to demonstrate comprehension of academic topics, such as the environment and technology.

6.  Deliver an intelligible, well-organized academic presentation to communicate information or opinions about a relevant topic or issue.

Course Activities and Design

Class time includes a combination of lecture, listening/note-taking, pronunciation activities, student speeches, discussion and vocabulary/grammar review. Other activities, such as skits and group projects reinforce content and language topics. Homework includes preparation for all the above as well as background reading and study for quizzes and tests.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The following assessment strategies may be used to determine a student’s competency in communication:


  1. Grade a minimum of  two satisfactory extemporaneous (prepared) informative public speeches of three to five minutes OR one five-minute public speech and a similar prepared academic activity, such as panel presentation, news team, debate, etc., on a level-appropriate academic topic using a rubric incorporating delivery, content, organization, grammar and pronunciation
  2. Assess students’ ability to ask and answer questions about speeches.
  3. Assess impromptu speaking assignments
  4. Evaluate pronunciation, grammar, organization, vocabulary, etc. using online voice recording applications, such as Blackboard Wimba.
  5. Assess student communication in group work, such as discussions, debates and group presentations.
  6. Conduct one-on-one oral interviews of each student.
  7. Assess assignments requiring communication with fluent speakers of English, such as surveys, interviews or conversation groups.
  8. Evaluate student skits or role plays.
  9. Assess students’ in-class participation.


  1. Evaluate students’ comprehension of academic lectures
  2. Assess comprehension of other authentic material, such as TED Talks and Public Broadcasting
  3. Evaluate lecture notes and outlines.
  4. Evaluate students’ assessment of their own speeches as well as other students’ speeches.
  5. Assess complete sentence and fill-in-the-blank dictations
  6. Test students’ ability to distinguish English phonemes (sounds) using the International Phonetic Alphabet.


  1. Grade student speech outlines.
  2. Evaluate comprehension of readings related to lectures/class discussion
  3. Test vocabulary assigned for review
  4. Factor in attendance/tardiness as part of the grade

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

A.  Consonants, Vowels, Stress and Intonation

B.  Grammar and Vocabulary

C.  Critical Thinking Skills

D.  Public Speaking

E.  Listening Comprehension

F. Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication

Competencies and Skills

A.  Consonants, Vowels, Stress and Intonation

1.  pronounce word endings and link correctly

2.  recognize common sound substitutions: e.g. i/I, ʌ/æ, θ/s and l/r sounds

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

4.  understand and use intonation patterns

5.  use the IPA to improve speaking skills

6.  identify and orally produce all of the sounds in the IPA (consonants, vowels, diphthongs)

B.  Grammar and Vocabulary

1.  recognize idioms including phrasal verbs

2.  choose appropriate words and word forms

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 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.  read and follow directions

D.  Public Speaking

1.   give two satisfactory* informative and/or persuasive extemporaneous (prepared) speeches of three to five minutes on level-appropriate academic topics OR one five-minute public speech and a similar prepared academic activity, such as panel presentation, news team, debate, etc.

This includes:

1.  three-minute and five-minute time limits

2.  selection and narrowing of an academic topic

3.  a presentation outline with introduction (includes attention-getting material and specific purpose statement), body, and conclusion

4.  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

E.  Listening Comprehension and Note-taking

1.  understand and take notes on main ideas and important details of short lectures and student speeches

2.  use notes for quizzes on lecture material

3.  listen and use information from other authentic sources, such as TED Talks and news reports

4.  listen and respond appropriately (agree, disagree, etc.) during class discussions

5.  use prior knowledge of culture, language and context to understand and interpret message

6.  distinguish between different registers (e.g. formal, casual)

      7.  use strategies to set purpose and check comprehension (e.g. clarification, repetition)

8.  apply knowledge of complex grammar structures, vocabulary, idiom and syntax to aid comprehension

9.  distinguish between the sounds of American English

10.  recognize intonation, stress, and phrasing patterns

F.   Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication

1.   initiate questions without being prompted

   2.   participate by contributing and connecting ideas

   3.   begin to develop strategies to achieve intelligibility

    4.   begin to depart when necessary from the prepared text and answer questions raised by the audience

   5.  begin to backtrack and restructure smoothly

   6.  understand the culturally appropriate use of the five channels of nonverbal communication (time, touch, facial expressions and gestures, eye contact, and physical proximity)

   7.  recognize and practice tone and pitch drop

* Explanation of satisfactory speeches and academic presentations

A.  Presentation contains grammar and vocabulary appropriate to the audience and topic.

B.  Presentation is in complete sentences with generally correct word order.

C.  Presentation is understood by a native speaker most of the time.