AESL105 Oral Communication Skills for International Students
Department of Language & Literature: American English as a Second Language
- I. Course Number and Title
- AESL105 Oral Communication Skills 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. Transferability determined by the transfer institution.
- AESL105 is a required course for international students.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- AESL105 is a required course for advanced intermediate international students that improves their conversation and speaking/listening skills. Group and individual work will build American English vocabulary and further the understanding and usage of idiomatic expression. Oral skills will be reinforced through reading and writing assignments.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
In this AESL course, students will
- develop competence in communication by utilizing opportunities to refine and practice oral American
- English skills and the use of idiomatic expressions; advance their overall language development through practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing;
- improve their pronunciation by listening carefully and imitating native speakers/li>
- develop vocabulary to improve self-expression and academic skills.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
In order to learn the above skills, students will
- read selections from the textbook and other appropriate sources;
- use American English to participate in class and group discussions;
- interview classmates and native speakers to acquire information and solicit opinions;
- utilize the media as source of discussion and analyze content for fact and opinion; write summaries, critiques, and personal responses based on their discussions, interviews, and readings;
- give short oral presentations both individually and as a group;
- engage in mock debates to present contrasting viewpoints;
- listen to live and recorded lectures in order to improve speaking, listening, and note-taking skills;
- role play to practice and refine social speech and idiomatic expression use in a culturally appropriate manner;
- practice pronunciation exercises to improve discrete sounds and intonation patterns;
- become familiar with the vocabulary necessary to express themselves in a variety of situations and in topics suggested by the texts.
Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:Choice of Departmentally-selected textbooks. Students will use other printed sources, such as newspapers, magazines, and journals. See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 3/06; Revised 4/06; New Core 8/2015