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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: ESOL 102
Course Title: Oral Communication Skills I
Number of:
Credit Hours 5
Lecture Hours 7
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This course helps students whose primary language is not English develop oral language skills necessary for academic work through an integrated program of listening and speaking with additional attention to improving grammar and vocabulary skills.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current edition of the following:

Q Skills for Success 3: Listening and Speaking
By Miles Draven and Kristin D. Sherman
Oxford American Dictionary for Learners of English

Course Objectives
  • To develop listening, note-taking, discussion and presentation skills necessary to succeed in U.S. academic/professional settings.
  • To improve comprehensibility of accent.
  • To learn select vocabulary from the Oxford 3000 and the Academic Word List (AWL).
  • To understand the importance of grammar in the context of language use.
Measurable Learning


  • Apply prior knowledge and personal experience to predict content.
  • Recognize inferences to more fully understand what someone says.
  • Understand and appreciate the role context plays in discovering the meanings of unfamiliar words or phrases.
  • Articulate the main ideas and details of recorded/live presentations.
  • Take notes, participate in group discussions and give presentations.
  • Recognize and use varying intonation, volume and other features to infer or convey information and/or attitudes.
  • Apply understanding of vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation to add variety to presentations, interviews and/or group discussions.
Topical Outline:

In connection with its counterpart (ESOL 101 Written Communication Skills I), this course covers the following high-interest topics and language skills:

  • First Impressions (making inferences, suffixes, auxiliary verbs "do, be, have", contractions with auxiliary verbs, taking conversational turns
  • Food and Taste (listening for causes and effects, adjective-noun collocations, quantifiers with count/non-count nouns, links with /j/ and /w/, giving advice
  • Success (listening for examples, prefixes, gerunds and infinitives as the objects of verbs, stress on important words, asking for and giving clarification)
  • New Perspectives (taking notes using a T-chart, using the dictionary, simple past and present perfect, variety of intonation to show interest, asking for and giving reasons)
  • Responsibility (inferring a speaker's attitude, using the dictionary, tag questions, intonation in tag questions, leading a group discussion)
  • Advertising (identifying fact and opinion, context clues to identify meaning, modals expressing attitude, intonation in questions, giving and supporting your opinions)
  • Risk (identifying amounts; cardinal and ordinal numbers, word families, past perfect, contraction of "had", giving a short presentation)
  • Cities (understanding figurative meaning, phrasal verbs, separable and inseparable phrasal verbs, links between consonants and vowels, recapping a presentation)
  • Money (listening for signposts, using the dictionary, types of sentences, intonation in different types of sentences, agreeing and disagreeing)
  • Keeping in Touch (recognizing and understanding definitions, idioms, comparatives, unstressed connecting verbs, expressing emotions)




Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Miranda Wilkerson Date: September 24, 2012
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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