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ENSL 0072

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Academic Communication Skills I
Prerequisite(s) Placement by examination
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
Speaking and listening skills are developed at the low-intermediate level. Listening comprehension, pronunciation, and presentation skills are emphasized.

Expected Educational Results
By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
A.    Communicate effectively by
1. Participating in communicative tasks such as asking/answering questions, role plays, interviews, group discussions
2. Making five-minute oral presentations that are clear and well-organized

B. Improve their awareness of pronunciation problems by
1. Demonstrating improvement or proficiency in pronunciation, especially in areas that hamper intelligibility
2. Identifying IPA symbols with the sounds they represent
C.    Improve their listening comprehension by
1. Demonstrating aural comprehension of factual information presented in mini-lectures on cultural and college-preparatory topics
2. Taking dictation with reasonable accuracy on material dealing with cultural and social topics

General Education Outcomes
A.    All English as a Second Language courses at Georgia Perimeter College directly address the first General Education Outcome, "Students will communicate effectively through speaking, listening, reading, and writing." This course specifically addresses this General Education Outcome in the following manner.
1. Students develop their speaking skills through pronunciation activities, if necessary, and oral presentations.
2. Students develop their listening skills by listening to mini-lectures, taking dictations, and watching selected videos.
3. Students develop writing skills through listening comprehension activities.

Course Content
A.    Speaking Activities
1. Communicative tasks such as role plays, interviews and group discussions
2. Five-minute oral presentations on cultural or academic topics
B.    Pronunciation Activities
1. An introduction to the quality and placement of primary word stress and sentence rhythm, and the quality and duration of American English vowel, diphthong and consonant sounds
2. Individual pronunciation practice as needed
3. An introduction to the IPA phonetic alphabet
C.    Listening Activities
1. Comprehension and information gathering activities based on mini-lectures
2. Dictations on material dealing with cultural and social topics

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
A. Course Grade
The course grade will be computed as follows:
1. Graded dictations, speaking and listening activities          40%      
and notetaking exercises
2. Speeches and/or Presentations   30%
3. Final Exam
Speech or Oral Presentation 15%
Listening/Written Component 15%

B.    Departmental Assessment
This course will be assessed, as part of the ESL Program Assessment, one semester out of every five years.
C.    Use of Assessment Findings
The ENSL Executive Committee will analyze the information gathered from the assessment and revise the course outline and course syllabus accordingly. The assessment findings also may be the subject of professional development discussions regarding instructional improvement and curriculum change.

Revised 11/2007

Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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