Listening/Speaking Course Outcomes

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Listed below are the skills students should master by the end of each course. Please contact the ELI Director, Julie Mowrer, at jmowrer@hawaii.edu, if you have questions.

Expected Student Learning Outcomes

ESL 081 - Academic Communication Skills

By the end of this course, at the advanced level, successful students should be able to demonstrate the following language skills:

Listening: All conversations and academic lectures are based on advanced and 100-leve texts and authentic materials.

  • Identify and comprehend  main ideas and supporting details in academic lectures of longer-lengths, using authentic vocabulary and presented at a natural pace
  • Identify complex numerical information and dates
  • Use abbreviations and symbols in note taking consistently and accurately
  • Recognize signal words and phrases that introduce organizational structures within lectures, new concepts or vocabulary
  • Take and organize  notes of longer-length authentic academic lectures and informal listening passages using a variety of appropriate outlining techniques introduced in advanced level texts
  • Use information from academic and informal listening passages to both create and take tests and quizzes that include objective and subjective questions, make inferences, summarize, discuss and debate

Speaking: All conversations and academic lectures are based on advanced and 100-level texts and authentic materials.

  • Interview classmates using self-created questions; present interview results to group
  • Express opinions and support them with examples and facts; agree and disagree with others using techniques introduced in advanced texts
  • Communicate with professors or other professionals by phone to set up appointments for which to later conduct interviews; present interview results to the class
  • Use appropriate vocabulary and grammar in speaking at the advanced level
  • Use information from authentic academic and  informal listening passages to summarize orally and discuss and/or debate critically
  • Participate in whole class and small group discussions by using appropriate discussion strategies such as keeping the discussion going, turn-taking, asking for clarification or confirmation, paraphrasing, keeping the discussion on topic, and trying to reach a consensus
  • Speak comprehensibly at the advanced level
  • Prepare and give well-organized and well-delivered 8-12 minute presentations, both in groups and individually, on academic subjects requiring research, with and without visuals
  • Debate on local and global issues

ESL 071 - Basic Communication Skills

By the end of this course, at the high-intermediate level, successful students should be able to demonstrate the following language skills:

Listening: All conversations and academic lectures are based on high-intermediate level texts and authentic materials.

  • Identify and comprehend  main ideas and supporting details in academic lectures of medium-length, mostly authentic vocabulary and presented at a pace slightly slowed by pausing and repetition of key points
  • Identify numerical information and dates
  • Use some abbreviations and symbols in note taking
  • Recognize signal words and phrases that introduce new concepts or vocabulary
  • Take and organize  notes of medium-length academic lectures and informal listening passages using a variety of appropriate outlining techniques introduced in intermediate level text
  • Use information from academic and informal listening passages to answer questions, infer and summarize

Speaking: All conversations and academic lectures are based on high-intermediate level texts and authentic materials.

  • Interview classmates using wh- questions; present interview results to group
  • Express opinions; agree and disagree with others using techniques introduced in high-intermediate texts
  • Give advice
  • Make phone calls of 2-4 minutes.
  • Conduct interviews of 5-10 questions of persons outside class.
  • Use appropriate vocabulary and grammar in speaking at the high-intermediate level
  • Use information from academic and  informal listening passages to summarize orally and discuss
  • Participate in whole class and small group discussions by using appropriate conversation and turn-taking skills
  • Speak comprehensibly at the high-intermediate level
  • Organize and give 5-10 minute presentations on academic subjects, using limited notes and appropriate visuals and high-intermediate presentation skills

ESL 061 - Listening and Speaking in English

By the end of this course, at the intermediate level, successful students should be able to demonstrate the following language skills:

Listening: All conversations and academic lectures are based on low-intermediate to intermediate level texts and authentic materials.

  • Identify and comprehend the main idea and supporting details of short academic lectures with some simplified vocabulary and presented at a pace slowed by pausing and repetition
  • Use stressed words to identify key details from conversations and short lectures
  • Use intonation to make inferences
  • Identify numerical information and dates
  • Comprehend and follow directions on simplified maps
  • Take notes using a partial outline of short academic lectures and informal listening passages
  • Use completed outlines to answer questions and summarize

Speaking: All conversations and academic lectures are based on low-intermediate to intermediate level texts and authentic materials.

  • Introduce self and classmates.
  • Greet and respond to greetings
  • Ask and answer wh- and y/n questions
  • Make statements; agree and disagree with others’ statements
  • Ask for clarification with techniques introduced at the intermediate level
  • Make short phone calls of 1-3 minutes seeking specific information.
  • Conduct simple interviews
  • Ask for and give directions using common phrases introduced in intermediate-level texts
  • Use appropriate vocabulary and grammar in speaking at the intermediate level
  • Participate in whole class and small group discussions
  • Speak comprehensibly at the intermediate level
  • Organize and give presentations of 3-8 minutes on academic subjects, using  notes and intermediate level presentation skills