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Course Syllabus

Course: ESL 0270

Division: Humanities
Department: English/Second Language
Title: Level 1 Conversation

Semester Approved: Spring 2016
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2021
End Semester: Spring 2022

Catalog Description: This eight-week course is designed to give ESL students at the elementary 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 0270 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 1. It is a prerequisite for entry into Levels 2, 3, and 4 at Snow College. Placement in ESL 0270 through the ESL department placement exam.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to communicate more fluently in English rather than focusing on error correction. Students will know appropriate vocabulary for various communicative situations with regard to personal, familial and cultural situations. 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. 

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 1 language areas will be introduced:
• Vocabulary o personal and family terms, description family and home, etc.
• Explanation o likes and dislikes, problem solutions, describing, etc.
• Discussion o favorite movies, foods, abilities, etc.
• Culture o simple nonverbal gestures, holidays, etc.
• Interview o family and home, talking with parents, etc.
• Roleplaying o telling the truth, describing an event, etc.

Key Performance Indicators:
Inorder to pass the course and enroll in ESL 0470, students must demonstrate a B (85%) masteryof course materials. Students who earn a grade below B will be requiredto repeat the course. Mastery at each 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:

attendance (55%-65%)  

oral presentations and participation in activities (35%-45%)  









Representative Text and/or Supplies:
The ESL Department has developed a series of more than 160 lessons. Teachers may supplement departmental materials as appropriate.

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 20
Optimum Class Size: 10