The Academic ESOL Oral Communications courses are divided into four levels. Courses prepare students to communicate effectively through spoken English. Class activities focus on group discussion, conversation skills, formal presentations and public speaking, and practice of correct pronunciation, stress, and intonation.
Level One: 0031
Class will focus on beginning conversation and listening skills to improve social communication. Students will practice listening with understanding and informal speaking to improve pronunciation, stress, and intonation.
Level Two: 0032
Class concentrates on intermediate listening and speaking skills. Students will express ideas in small group communication activities, listen to dialogue and information for meaning, and focus on specific pronunciation and intonation patterns in spoken English.
Level Three: 0033
Intermediate/advanced speaking skills will be emphasized. Students will develop public, oral communication skills through presentations and group projects. Specific pronunciation skills will be refined in areas of need.
Level Four: 0034
Advanced academic speaking skills are the focus of this class. Students will learn formal public speaking techniques through presentations of argumentation and debate. Pronunciation and articulation will be refined in specific areas of need.
Every ESOL Oral Communications course has required lab assignments that constitute 10% of the lecture grade. The purpose of the lab assignments is to help provide students with supplemental practice with their listening and pronunciation and to reinforce what they learn in the lecture course. The assignments include using the Internet and computer software programs, watching videos and listening to authentic academic lectures.
ESOL 0036: Communication Skills/Pronunciation/Accent Reduction
This course is designed for ESOL students who have intermediate to advanced speaking skills and who would like to reduce their accent and improve the pronunciation of their spoken English. It may be taken for credit or non-credit. Instruction will focus on improving sound articulation, voice projection, stress, intonation, and overall clarity of their spoken English. While working on these areas, students will focus on creating habits that they will incorporate into their everyday lives. The format of the course will consist of lecture and informal instruction to include one-on-one work with the instructor as well as group work with other students. Students will also have hands-on practice with computer software that is specially designed for ESOL accent reduction. Students enrolling in this course will be expected to be committed to out-of-class practice at a minimum of one hour a day. Textbook and tapes are required.