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Fall 2014 Catalog 
Fall 2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

EN 040 - Oral/Aural I

Credit Hours: 4 Not for degree credit

This is the first in a three-level series of speaking/listening courses for students whose dominant language is not English. Students will learn basic grammar and practice conversational English in both classroom and language lab settings.

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

  • understand modified standard American conversational English with 90% accuracy in comprehension. Modified is defined as follows:
    • spoken very slowly (approximately 100 words per minute) and clearly;
    • containing only about the 2,500 most common words of the language;
    • spoken with only the occasional use of idioms or figurative language; and
    • spoken with more instances of repetition and paraphrase than would normally occur in spoken English.
  • speak English using at least the 2,000 most common words in the language with a fluency approaching 100 words per minute and a rate of comprehensibility of at least 90%;
  • question an English speaker about words or phrases which were not understood;
  • guess the meanings of unfamiliar English words and phrases from context clues;
  • listen to spoken English with an ear not only to meaning, but also grammar, usage, and pronunciation;
  • undo bad speaking and listening habits in English;
  • know how to correctly use a variety of English phrases in both every day and academic situations such as questioning a professor, participating in class discussions, making friends with other students, etc.;
  • be aware of some basic differences and similarities between the grammar and pronunciation of English, and the grammar and pronunciation of his/her native language; and
  • use a computer to access English language learning materials for self study and practice.

Prerequisites: Appropriate placement test scores.
Cycles (C)

This course does not apply toward an associate’s degree.