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Overview



This course prepares students to use English with increasing fluency and accuracy in classroom and social situations. Students will develop the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills required for success in intermediate language tasks and projects. They will extend listening and speaking skills through participation in class discussions and preparing presentations that involve development of ideas. Students in this level will study and interpret a variety of graded texts and some authentic texts. Students will practice responding critically and writing different structures in response to a variety of texts.

SPEAKING
LISTENING
READING
WRITING
By the end of the course, students will be able to:

Can describe plans and arrangements, habits and routines, past activities and personal experiences.
Can cope with a limited number of straightforward follow-up questions.
Demonstrate the ability to understand, interpret, and evaluate spoken English for social and academic purposes.
Use speaking skills and strategies to communicate in English for group discussions.
Use accurate language structures in spoken conversation appropriate for this level.
Present ideas and information for academic purposes.
Use a variety of pronunciation, stress, and intonation patterns in social and academic speaking tasks.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

Demonstrate comprehension of specific information in more complex directions, instructions, and classroom presentations.
Understand the important points of a story and manage to follow the plot.
Identify the main point of TV news items reporting events, accidents, etc. where the visuals support the commentary.
Understand phrases and expressions related to areas of most immediate priority (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
Identify the topic of discussion and recognize when people agree and disagree.
Follow a simple, well-structured presentation or demonstration, provided it is illustrated with slides, concrete examples or diagrams.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

Understand the main points in news items on non-familiar topics.
Understand a short factual report with predictable details.
Understand assignment instructions without illustrations or templates.
Demonstrate an understanding of authentic texts in a variety of ways.
Use a wide variety of reading comprehension strategies before, during, and after reading to understand texts.
Use a variety of vocabulary acquisition strategies to enrich vocabulary.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

Interpret and describe simple visuals on familiar topics.
Identify and reproduce key words and phrases from a variety of texts.
Demonstrate written accuracy in grammar, spelling and punctuation appropriate for this level.
Write a mixture of simple and complex sentence structures to convey information and ideas.
Write a three paragraph essay on an assigned topic.
Revise, edit, and proofread drafts using instructor feedback.

Mode of delivery



The majority of instruction and class time will be spent on-site. In-person delivery will include lectures, workshops, small group work and partner activities. Occasionally, students will attend short field trips to nearby destinations such as libraries, museums and cultural events to immerse themselves in the English language and apply skills learned in the classroom. The outings will also serve as rich learning experiences in which debriefing will take place back in the classroom in various activities. Sessions can be divided into reading, writing, listening, and speaking, with skills overlapping when necessary or preferred at the discretion of instructors.

Textbooks



Learn to Listen, Listen to Learn by Roni S. Lebauer (click here)
Longman Academic Reading Series 2 by Kim Sanabria (click here)
Longman Academic Writing Series 2 by Ann Hogue (click here)

Assessments



Students will need 75% to continue on to Level 4. Students will be assessed on graded completion of formative weekly tasks and assignments assigned at the discretion of their instructor. In addition, there will be two scheduled summative exams students will complete midway through and at the end of term. All exams and assignments are assessed according to rubrics and answer keys. Student attendance and participation will be included in their final grade breakdown.

ComponentPercentage
Attendance and participation20%
Weekly tasks and assignments25%
Midterm Exam10%
Final Exam20%
Written Assessments15%
Speaking Assessments10%
Total100%