Instructor: Chris Hall
C230; Office hours by appointment
Class Hours: M-F, 3:30-4:20
This course will help you improve your speaking and listening skills to help you succeed in college credit level classes. In this class, you will learn how to effectively participate in small group discussions, make strong oral presentations, listen to lectures, take notes, strengthen your pronunciation, and use common communication strategies.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
· Ask for and express preferences and expectations.
· State opinions and beliefs.
· Explain a sequence of past events in chronological order.
· Start casual conversations.
· Start and participate in small and large group discussions.
· Demonstrate oral proficiency of certain grammatical structures.
· Apply vocabulary appropriate to complex topics and current events.
· Explain main points and vocabulary in oral presentations.
· Organize ideas, summarize main points, and form conclusions in oral presentations.
· Use visual aids as part of an oral presentation (optional).
· Take simple notes from live speech or audio/video.
· Demonstrate appropriate eye contact and listening signals.
· Summarize orally.
Demonstrate the ability to answer questions based on notes from a lecture.
V. Required Texts and Materials
The following text and materials are required for this course:
▪ What I Believe - NPR
▪ A binder or folder to keep all notes, handouts, and assignments.
▪ An English-English dictionary.
You will receive both mid-quarter and final grades. Grading will be based on the following:
Letter grades will be based on the following percentages:
92 -100% = A
83 - 91% = B
74 - 82% = C
Below 75% = D [Repeat level; Satisfactory effort]
F [Repeat level; Unsatisfactory effort]
The classroom is our learning environment. Please respect it by turning off your cell phone before class and from NOT doing ANY text messaging during class, speaking only English in class, not talking while others are speaking, not eating in class, behaving in a college appropriate manner, and actively participating in activities and discussions.
All homework is due at the beginning of class the day it is due.
Honor academic honesty. Do your work by yourself. Cheating or copying (classmate’s work/plagiarism) will result in a “0” for the assignment.
Because I have had difficulty receiving and responding to some e-mails, I prefer that you do your e-mail correspondence with me through a BCC e-mail account. You can set up your free account by taking your student number to the computer lab in the N-building. If I do not respond to one of your e-mails, it means that I did not receive it.
Letters of recommendation will be written only for students who have earned a “B” or better in class and who I feel have made a concerted effort in the class. Make sure to give me at least one week’s notice before you need your letter. No recommendations will be written before mid-quarter grades come out.
Challenge Test New students who feel S/L 3 is too easy should speak with me after the listening
No Classes January 19, February 16
Institutional TOEFL February 20
Final Exams March 17 and 18, 3:30
EOQ Celebration March 19