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. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Placement by the Department of Language and Literature only
Corequisites
None
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
  1. 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;

    develop vocabulary to improve self-expression and academic skills.
  2. 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.
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    Not applicable
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Choice of Departmentally-selected textbooks. Students will use other printed sources, such as newspapers, magazines, and journals. See Course Format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Teaching methodology will include, but not be limited to, the following:

Lecture, class discussions, class presentations, role playing, simulations, demonstrations, collaborative learning activities, instructor/student tutoring, and/or conferences, audio-visual resources, and Tutoring Center visits.

Review/Approval Date - 3/06; Revised 4/06