Course: ESL 0975Division: Humanities
Department: English/Second Language
Title: Level 4 Conversation
Semester Approved: Summer 2015
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2020
End Semester: Summer 2021
Catalog Description: This eight-week course is designed to give ESL students at the advanced level practice using English. They will improve their use of the language through small group work, problem solving activities, information gap activities, and roleplaying. The ratio of students to tutor is four-to-one.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1; Lecture: 5; Lab: 0
Clock/Hour Requirements: 0
Prerequisites: Placement in ESL 0975 through the department
Justification: The ESL Department at Snow College houses the intensive ESL program. The four-level program provides instruction for students at Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 (elementary through exit levels). This course is a core course for Level 4. It is a prerequisite for entry into fully-matriculated coursework at Snow College. Placement in ESL 0975 through the ESL department placement exam or successful completion of ESL 0970 with a B (85%) or better.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Successful ESL 0975 students will be able to communicate more fluently in English rather than focusing on error correction. Students will know appropriate vocabulary for various communicative and cultural situations in the academic setting and for current events. Course activities will improve their listening and speaking skills. They will have an increased confidence when talking with native speakers outside the ESL classroom because of exposure to native speakers through class activities.
Students will demonstrate the mastery of the above skills through class activities and oral presentations.
A typical instruction approach will be the introduction of information via student-tutor oral presentation. Students will then be given an opportunity to practice the new information in small groups with their peers and a native speaker. Cooperative learning techniques are used extensively.
At a minimum, the following level 4 language areas will be introduced:
o proverbs, slang, current events, etc.
o giving opinion, persuasion skills, etc.
o maintaining conversation, asking questions, defending position, etc.
o current events, expletives and gestures, holidays, etc.
o interviewing famous people in history and current event news makers, etc.
o presentations of news items found in newspapers, on the Internet, etc.
Key Performance Indicators:
In order to pass the course and exit the ESL program, students must demonstrate a B (85%) mastery of course materials. Students who earn a grade below B will be required to repeat the course. Mastery at this level further prepares students for a departmental oral language proficiency exam (OLPI).
At the instructor's discretion the following will be used for the purpose of assessment:
oral presentations and participation in activities (35%-45%)
Representative Text and/or Supplies:
The ESL Department has developed a series of more than 150 lessons. Teachers may supplement departmental materials as appropriate.
Maximum Class Size: 20
Optimum Class Size: 10