AESL085 Oral Communication Fundamentals for International Students

Department of Language & Literature: American English as a Second Language

I. Course Number and Title
AESL085 Oral Communication Fundamentals for International Students
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Placement by the Department of Language and Literature only
V. Other Pertinent Information

This course will not satisfy the general elective category for students who entered their program or study in or after the 2007 Fall semester.

  • To meet course objectives, students are expected to spend a minimum of six hours a week completing homework assignments. These six hours are in addition to the three hours of class time.
  • Students are expected to visit the Tutoring Center as needed.
  • Approximately eighty-to-ninety percent of the final grade for the course will be based upon a student's performance on tests of oral proficiency, presentations, interviews, and other listening/speaking assignments. Class participation and attendance will account for the remaining ten-to-twenty percent of the student's overall grade.
  • The transfer institution determines transferability.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is designed for international students who need to learn the fundamentals of oral communication. Students develop their ability to understand spoken English and express themselves clearly in conversation and academic discourse. Individual and group work, as well as reading and writing assignments, build students' American English vocabulary.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Speaking: In this AESL course, students will be able to

    1. develop competence in communication by utilizing opportunities to practice oral American English skills and the use of idiomatic expressions;
    2. develop their overall language proficiency through practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing;
    3. develop accurate pronunciation through the production of phrases and whole sentences;
    4. read phonetic script as an aid to the accurate pronunciation of unknown words;
    5. recognize common spelling patterns to produce words with similar pronunciations;
    6. speak American English clearly by listening carefully and imitating native speakers; and
    7. develop vocabulary that shows improvement in comprehension and self-expression.

    Academic Integrity:

    1. identify examples of plagiarism; and
    2. adhere to the principles of honesty and academic integrity in their own work.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    In order to learn the above skills, students will

    1. read selections from the textbook and other appropriate sources;
    2. effectively use American English to participate in class and group discussions;
    3. interview classmates in order to orally present responses to the class as a whole;
    4. write short expository paragraphs and playful dialogue for oral presentation;
    5. develop rhythm and stress patterns using chants, poetry, and songs;
    6. interpret the international phonetic alphabet for accurate word pronunciation;
    7. develop self-monitoring skills by listening for specific pronunciation features;
    8. take notes and summarize lectures to develop listening comprehension skills;
    9. complete out-of-class assignments that encourage students to effectively use American English outside the classroom;
    10. identify examples of plagiarism through teacher-prepared quizzes;
    11. and
    12. effectively utilize the Tutoring Center as needed.
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students will demonstrate what they have learned through tests of oral proficiency and listening comprehension; participation in class discussions and oral exercises; conferences with the instructor; and a final oral presentation.

    Students will complete numerous pronunciation and listening comprehension exercises on tape and in their textbooks and/or workbook. These exercises will be evaluated on a consistent basis.

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Choice of Departmentally-selected textbooks and/or workbooks. Students will also use other printed sources, such as newspapers, magazines, and journals. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 4/07; New Core 8/2015