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    Erie Community College
  Dec 15, 2017
Fall 2017 Catalog

EN 142 - Oral/Aural III

Credit Hours: 3

This is the third in a series of speaking/ listening courses for students whose dominant language is not English. Students will improve these language skills so that they can successfully function in a culturally appropriate manner in mainstream American business and academic settings. This course and EN 132 could also help students prepare for the TOEFL exam. The course satisfies Liberal Arts or general elective requirements. It is restricted to non-native speakers of English.

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  • have basic proficiency in the understanding and use of a foreign language;
  • have knowledge of the distinctive features of culture(s) associated with the language they are studying;
  • research a topic, develop an argument, and organize supporting details;
  • develop proficiency in oral discourse;
  • evaluate an oral presentation according to established criteria; identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own or other's work; develop well-reasoned arguments;
  • perform the basic operations of personal computer use;
  • understand and use basic research techniques;
  • locate, evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of sources;
  • question an English speaker about words or phrases which were not understood;
  • guess the meanings of unfamiliar English words and phrases from context clues;
  • decode spoken English reduced forms (e.g. "chee" = "did she");
  • use and understand different levels of diction in English;
  • take comprehensible notes at a college-level lecture of an introductory course taught in English;
  • participate effectively in English in small group discussions or meetings;
  • present information in English to a group of people;
  • listen to spoken English with an ear not only to meaning, but also grammar, usage, and pronunciation;
  • understand American nonverbal communication;
  • communicate in English in a manner appropriate to mainstream American culture;
  • use presentation software; and
  • articulate the basic cultural and linguistic differences between his/her native country and the United States.

Prerequisites: EN 041 or appropriate placement test scores.
F/S (C, N)