Syllabus

Intermediate Listening-Speaking

Spring 2016

 

COURSE SYLLABUS

ESL 232A (24682)/232B (24683) Intermediate Listening & Speaking

Hours: Mon-Thurs 12-1:40pm, Laney College Room E201A

 

Instructor: Deborah Brooks

Office: Tower, 405   Office hours Tues/Thurs 5:15-5:45pm or by appointment

Email: dbrooks@peralta.edu or  GrammarByDeborah@outlook.com

Class Website:  grammarbydeborah.wordpress.com

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION
ESL 232 is an intermediate listening/speaking class. This class introduces the topics, vocabulary and grammar you need to communicate in the United States. You will practice listening and speaking through dialogues, presentations, interviews, games, songs, grammar practice, spelling and listening quizzes, computers, discussions, videos and pronunciation drills. You will also learn how to participate in an American classroom. You will have homework for each class.

 

 

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Express ideas fluently, accurately, and appropriately in spoken American English at an intermediate ESL level.
    2. Comprehend and respond appropriately to spoken American English at an intermediate ESL level.
    3. Demonstrate intermediate ESL knowledge and use of American cultural conventions in oral communications.

 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of ESL283B (High Beginning Listening and Speaking) or placement by Peralta College counselor.

 

 

BOOKS AND MATERIALS

No Textbook.  You may be required to purchase songs/movies throughout the semester.

You will need a computer or smartphone for listening and grammar exercises.
Bring to class:  Paper and a notebook/folder, pen/pencil, dictionary, smart phone or tablet.

 

 

CLASS RULES

  • No children or pets
  • Drinks are OK, but no food or gum please
  • Use your cell phone as a dictionary, but do not text or answer calls during class
  • Be there, be on time, be prepared to learn
  • SPEAK ONLY ENGLISH WHEN YOU ARE IN THE CLASSROOM

GRADING AND EVALUATION: Your final grade will be based on the following:

  • Listening and spelling quizzes 20%
  • Oral Presentations 20%
  • In class work, worksheets 20%
  • Homework & Preparation 20%
  • Midterm and Final Exam 20%

Your final grade will be figured on a standard 100% scale: 90-100% (A), 80-89% (B),
70-79% (C), 60-69% (D), below 60% (F). You must get a “C” or better to pass the course. You must complete all assignments to get a “C” or better.

 

Homework will go down 10% for each day it is late.  There will be no make-up quizzes if you don’t tell me you will be absent in advance.

 

All homework and handouts will be posted on the website.  It is your responsibility to turn in assignments on time even if you missed a class.

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY:

You should attend the class every day and come on time. If you are absent from class more than 6 times, you will be dropped. You will be considered late if you arrive to class after 12:10 pm. If you are late 3 times, that counts as one absence. If you are absent, check the website and do the homework.

 

SUCCESS: If you want to be a successful student in this class:
– Don’t be afraid to speak up.
– SPEAK ONLY ENGLISH IN CLASS.
– Listen to the teacher or other students when they’re talking.
– Participate actively in pair, group and whole-class activities.
– Come to class on time and prepared (homework completed).
– Set goals for yourself. For example, how many new words will you learn every week?
– Use English outside of class. Speak to friends, neighbors, co-workers in English. Listen to American TV and radio.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Jan 25  Start classes

Feb 7   Last day to add, last day to drop with a refund

Feb 11  Last day to change to pass/no pass grading

Feb 12-15  PRESIDENTS DAY HOLIDAY – NO CLASSES

Mar 21-27 SPRING BREAK – NO CLASSES

Mar 29 MIDTERM EXAM

Mar 31   CESAR CHAVEZ HOLIDAY – NO CLASSES

April 23 Last day to drop with a “W” instead of an “F”

May 19  FINAL EXAM

May 24  No class

May 26  Last Class (return and review exam)

 

 


 

CLASS PLAN(Subject to change)

 

Weeks 1-4  Musical Grease

Watch movie, learn songs, vocabulary, idioms

Contact assignment (interview and report back)

Grammar: Verb tenses, future plans

Debate: School bullying

Pronunciation: Basic phonics

American Culture: School discussion (small group and whole class)

 

Weeks 5-8  Love and Friendship

Learn songs, vocabulary, idioms

Contact assignment (interview and report back)

Grammar: count-noncount/singular-plural

Pronunciation: linking sounds, consonant clusters

American Culture: greetings and small talk

Presentations

 

Weeks 9-10  Spring Break and Midterm

 

Weeks 11-14  Musical Wizard of Oz

Watch movie, learn songs, vocabulary, idioms

Contact assignment (interview and report back)

Grammar: hopes and wishes

Debate: Work Styles

Pronunciation: stress patterns

American Culture: formal and informal

 

Weeks 16-18

More songs, vocabulary, idioms and conversation

Final presentation

Final exam

 

 

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