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ESL 33: Oral Communications I (5 Credits)

Helps students practice and improve listening and speaking skills as needed for functioning successfully in academic, professional, and personal settings. Assesses students' oral skills and includes, as needed, practice with pronunciation, rhythm, stress, and intonation. Provides exercises, practices, small and large group activities, and oral presentations to help students overcome problems in oral communication. Credits are not applicable toward graduation. Lecture 5 hours per week.

To give intermediate or advanced ESL students intensive practice in listening and speaking in large and small group situations as well as practice in giving oral presentations.

Prerequisite: An English placement test recommendation for ESL Level 3 or successful completion of ESL 24.


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. plan presentation
  2. express ideas and opinions successfully in large and small group discussions
  3. generate ideas, focus on a main idea in formal and informal presentations
  4. deliver ideas clearly with emphasis on correct pronunciation, stress, rhythm, intonation, eye contact in formal and informal presentations
  5. give appropriate responses to oral instructions
  6. convey different language functions such as agreeing, disagreeing, and asking for clarifications
  7. interpret native speakers' speech at a normal rate
  8. recognize cues given in academic lectures
  9. take notes on academic lectures
  10. use the information on the lecture notes to respond to questions on a given topic

This course requires students to use a web cam and headset.


Possible Assignments Include: (Subject to change each semester. The actual assignments are available in the Syllabus in the Blackboard course site on the first day of classes.)

Percentage of Grade
2 Exams 30
Speeches 30
Other Assignments 40

Here is an explanation of final grades in ESL classes:

Your final grade in this course will be S, R, U, or W. Basically, ESL classes are pass/fail, and there is one passing grade, which is S.

A grade of "S" means Satisfactory: To receive a grade of S, students must satisfactorily complete assignments, have satisfactory attendance, and maintain a 75% grade average on assignments, speeches, and exams. Students may register for the next level after receiving a grade of "S." A grade of "R" means Re-enroll:

A grade of R is given to students who have completed all assignments, had satisfactory attendance but who do not demonstrate mastery of skills and objectives. Students may not register for the next level, but must re-enroll in the same level.

A grade of "U" means Unsatisfactory: A grade of U is given to students who have failed to complete all assignments, have not had regular attendance, or have stopped attending classes without officially withdrawing from the course.

A grade of "W" means Withdraw: Students receive a grade of W only if they have officially withdrawn from the course. Students should see a counselor if they need to drop the course and to make sure they follow the correct procedure for withdrawal.


There are 2 exams in this course.

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Last Updated: February 19, 2016