Upper Advanced General English Language

Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
English Language Learning and Acquisition
Course Code
ELLA 0435
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
20
Method Of Instruction
Seminar
Typically Offered
To be determined

Overview

Course Description
This course is designed for students wishing to upgrade their language skills for purposes of: 1) participating in day-to-day personal and social situations; 2) improving their employment opportunities; 3) preparing for further education or training. Students will practice strategies for listening, speaking, reading and writing to meet their personal, social, employment and/or educational needs. Course activities will include listening and speaking in a variety of communicative situations. Students will also complete both functional and skill-based reading and writing exercises. This course is offered at 4 levels. See attached appendix.
Course Content
  1. Language Functions
  • recognizing and using a variety of language functions (e.g. identifying, reporting, clarifying,)
  • recognizing and using a variety of structures to express each language function. (e.g. "Hi," "Hello," "Good morning," "How are you doing?")
  • Conversational Signals
    • responding
    • initiating
  • Appropriate Speech
    • informal (colloquial) speech
    • formal speech
  • Cultural Appropriateness
    • recognizing aspects of communication which are affected by cultural expectations
    • communicating in accordance with cultural expectations
  • Reading Skills
    • extracting information
    • developing reading strategies
    • developing vocabulary: (1) using word analysis, (2) guessing meanings from context
  • Writing Skills
    • expressing information
    • developing and combining sentences
    • developing vocabulary-diction
  • Grammar and Sentence Structure
    • grammatical elements (e.g. nouns, verbs)
    • parts of speech (e.g. subjects, adjectives)
    • correct grammatical form (e.g. tense)
    • sentence patterns (e.g. declarative)
    • sentence types (e.g. simple)
    • punctuation
    Methods Of Instruction

    The instructor will facilitate, observe and evaluate students' participation in class activities.  Whole and small group instruction will be combined with individual assistance and student directed learning.  Students will participate in the setting of goals by identifying their communicative and language development needs, and will participate in the selection of learning activities.

    Means of Assessment

    Students will be marked on a "Mastery/No Credit Granted" (MAS/NCG) basis.  Mastery will be granted to students who achieve 70% on the following:

    In-class assigned learning activities 25%
    Out-of-class assigned learning activities 25%
    Mid-term assessment 25%
    Final assessment 25%
      100%

     

    Learning Outcomes

    Within relevant personal, social, employment and educational contexts, students will improve their ability to:

    1. understand speech.
    2. use the language fluently and accurately.
    3. recognize and use formal and informal speech appropriately.
    4. communicate in culturally appropriate ways.
    5. use reading skills.
    6. use writing skills.
    7. understand and use grammar and sentence structure.
    8. develop and use vocabulary.
    Textbook Materials

    None

    Requisites

    Prerequisites

    Corequisites

    No corequisite courses.

    Equivalencies

    No equivalent courses.

    Requisite for

    This course is not required for any other course.

    Course Guidelines

    Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

    Course Transfers

    Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
    There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

    Course Offerings

    Winter 2021

    There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.