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EN 041 - Listening/Speaking I

Credit Hours: 4 Not for degree credit

This is the first in a two-level series of speaking/listening courses for students whose dominant language is not English. The course focuses on the grammar and phrases needed in English for successful oral communication in academic and everyday settings. Includes language lab.

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

  • understand standard American conversational English consisting of the 2,000 most common words of the language;
  • speak English with a fluency approaching 135 words per minute using the 2,000 most common words of the language with 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;
  • decode spoken English reduced forms such as /ju/ = did you;
  • listen to spoken English with an ear not only to meaning, but also grammar, usage, and pronunciation;
  • be aware of some basic differences between American non-verbal communication (includes body language) and the non-verbal language of his/her native culture;
  • improve his/her ineffective speaking and listening habits in English;
  • present information effectively in English to a small group of people;
  • use socially appropriate phrases in academic and everyday situations such as questioning a professor, dealing with bureaucrats, 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 the student’s native language; and
  • use a computer to access self-study materials in order to practice his/her English speaking and listening skills.

Prerequisites: Appropriate placement test scores.
F/S (C)

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