Intermediate Listening & Speaking 1
ESL 034 is a lower intermediate listening and speaking course (Canadian Language Benchmarks 4- 5). It is intended to complement ESL 031, the focus of which is reading, writing and grammar. The course is designed for students exiting from ESA 030 or ESL 008. Listening skills progress from understanding the gist to starting to comprehend key words and details in extended exchanges or spoken texts. Speaking skills focus on participating in a variety of complex activities or situations involving multiple purposes and participants (e.g. group work, discussions and debates), and participating outside ESL classes in informal, predictable social contacts. The course concentrates on the process of communication and stresses the importance of communicative strategies and the functional use of English. It provides learners with functional phrases that they can incorporate into their active language as they interact with their classmates in pair or group work, as well as outside the classroom in daily life. Themes are relevant to the learners' personal experience, like family life and adjusting to a new country, as well as to present classroom experience, such as study skills.
- Certified CLB 4, or ESL 008, or Assessment by ESL Department.
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