Speaking and Listening 3C
Instructor: Jason Surendranath E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: Room R-230 Hours: by appt.
Class: Mondays – Fridays Room:
This course will help you improve your speaking and listening skills so that you can achieve your academic, professional, and personal goals. You will learn how to participate in small group discussions, make strong oral presentations, listen to lectures, take notes, and strengthen your pronunciation and communication skills.
Required Text and Materials
▪ Contemporary Topics 1, 3rd ed. by Solorzano and Frazier, Pearson Longman. No used books!
▪ A folder or binder to keep all papers and assignments for this class.
▪ A good English-English dictionary.
Cell Phone Policy
Cell phones are NOT ALLOWED at any time during class for any reason, this includes cell phone dictionaries. Turn off your cell phone before you enter the classroom and do not use your cell phone at all during class. If I see you using your cell phone at any time during class, I will take it and keep it until the end of class. If I see you using your cell phone during a test, you may receive an F for that assignment.
- Ask for and express likes, preferences, and expectations
- State opinions and beliefs
- Explain a sequence of past events in chronological order
- Initiate casual conversations
- Initiate and participate in small and large group discussions
Demonstrate oral proficiency of the grammatical structures listed in
corresponding writing level
- Apply vocabulary appropriate to more complex topics (e.g. current events, controversies)
Oral Presentation Skills
- Explain main points and vocabulary
- Organize in outline form the ideas which will be presented
- Summarize main points and form a conclusion
- Use visual aids to convey information as part of an oral presentation.
Demonstrate mastery of elements of pronunciation practices in class (emphasis
- Take simple notes from live speech or audio/video tapes useful for test preparation and review
- Demonstrate appropriate eye contact and listening signals
- Recognize stress (normal and emphatic)
- Summarize orally
It is important for you to come to every class session, come to class on time, and stay for the entire class period. Attendance will affect your final grade.
▪ Students who miss class 12 times or more will receive a grade of “F.”
▪ Students who miss class 10 or 11 times will receive a grade of “D.”
▪ Three (3) tardies* of 5 minutes or more will equal one (1) absence.
(*tardies = times you come to class late)
Your final grade in this class will be based equally on your speaking and listening skills. In order to advance to Level 4, you must earn a 75% (C-) or higher.
Your grade will be based on the following:
1). Listening / Note-taking Tests (40%)
No make-up tests allowed. If you are absent on the day of a test, you will receive a “0”.
2). Oral Presentations (20%)
If you are absent on the day of your presentation, you must give your presentation on the day you return to class. Make-up presentations must be completed within 2 days of your original presentation day.
3). Speaking Activities (20%)
If you are absent on the day of a speaking activity, you will receive a “0”.
4). Final Listening & Speaking Tests (10%) NOTE: No early or late exams will be given.
5). Daily Homework Assignments (10%)
93 – 100% A (excellent)
84 – 92 % B (good)
75 – 83% C (satisfactory)
0 – 74% D (repeat class, good effort)
0 – 74% F (repeat class, unsatisfactory effort)
Additional Course Policies and Tips for Success
- Get your book and set up your Bellevue College computer account as soon as possible.
- Come to class prepared every day. This means: bring a pen or pencil, paper for taking notes, your book, and your dictionary to every class.
- Finish your homework before class. Late assignments will not receive full credit.
Listen carefully in class, take notes, answer questions, work with your
classmates, and ask
questions when you don’t understand.
- Do NOT miss class on the days we have tests or speaking activities. No make-ups allowed.
Statement on Plagiarism and Cheating
Students are in ELI classes to learn English and ELI teachers are here to help them. Cheating makes that harder for both the students and the teachers. There are different kinds of cheating: plagiarism, “borrowing” a classmate’s homework (partially or wholly), using an essay or a presentation from a previous quarter, using “cheat notes,” copying answers from classmates’ papers or giving answers to classmates during tests.
Plagiarism is using someone else’s words or ideas as your own in both writing and oral presentations. It is cheating and is not acceptable in American classes.
Examples of plagiarism are:
- Copying from a Web page, book or article
- Buying papers
- Copying from another student
- Using a friend’s paper from a previous quarter
If you plagiarize:
First time: Your teacher will work with you so that you understand what not to do.
Second time: You will fail the assignment.
Third time: You will fail the class and be reported to the Associate Dean of Student Services. You will possibly be asked to leave the school.
Student Code of Conduct
Cheating, stealing and plagiarizing (using the ideas or words of another as one’s own without crediting the source) and inappropriate/disruptive classroom behavior are violations of the Student Code of Conduct at Bellevue College.
Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to: talking out of turn, arriving late or leaving early without a valid reason, allowing cell phones/pagers to ring, and inappropriate behavior toward the instructor or classmates.
The instructor can refer any violation of the Student Code of Conduct to the Vice President of Student Services for possible probation or suspension from Bellevue College. Specific student rights, responsibilities and appeal procedures are listed in the Student Code of Conduct, available in the office of the Vice President of Student Services. The Student Code, Policy 2050, can also be viewed on-line at: http://bellevuecollege.edu/policies/2/2050_Student_Code.asp.
Affirmation of Inclusion
Bellevue College is committed to maintaining an environment in which every member of the campus community feels welcome to participate in the life of the college, free from harassment and discrimination.
We value our different backgrounds at Bellevue College, and students, faculty, staff members, and administrators are to treat one another with dignity and respect. For more information, go to: http://bellevuecollege.edu/about/goals/inclusion.asp.
If you need special help because of a documented disability, have emergency medical information to share, or need special help in case of an emergency, please make an appointment with the Disability Resource Center (DRC). If you would like to ask about becoming a DRC student, you may call (425) 564-2498 or TTY (425) 564-4110 or go to their office in B 132. Information is also available on their website at http://bellevuecollege.edu/drc/.
Arts and Humanities Student Procedures and Expectations
Please refer to “Student Procedures and Expectations” on the Arts and Humanities website for all other information: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/artshum/studentinfo.asp.