EI111 Beginning Listening & Speaking I

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EI 111 Beginning Listening & Speaking I


FA 2011 HO


Greenlaw, Cybelle


Adjunct Faculty


PhD/ Classical Art and Archaeology, Trinity College Dublin
TESOL/TESL Certification/Oxford Seminars
MA/Library Science

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Class Days


Class Time

9:00 - 9:50 AM

Credit Hours


Merdinger, Polly and Laurie Barton. NorthStar Focus on Listening and Speaking, 1. Longman: 2009.

ISBN:   0-13-613335-5

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Course Description:
EI111 Beginning Listening and Speaking I: This course introduces the beginning level speaker of English to basic listening, speaking, and pronunciation skills. Students learn the elements of phonetics to facilitate the development of superior pronunciation skills as well as self-monitoring techniques. They are exposed to graduated (in terms of difficulty) selections of aural English. They also practice routinized and common patterns of speech such as may be found in the classroom, in the cafeteria, in stores, in the dorm, and so on. Finally students acquire strategies to improve their comprehension of them. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The teacher's role is to help students become effective learners. Language acquisition should be an organic process that allows individuals to work at their own pace, and the teacher must respect each learner's abilities and needs.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Produce and respond accurately and appropriately to routine phrases in everyday contexts.
  2. Interpret and reproduce the basic sounds and sound combinations of English.
  3. Compare the sound system of their own languages with that of English to self-assess and enhance comprehensibility and comprehension.
  4. Practice listening to passages of natural spoken English and speaking in context, using the same or similar structure and vocabulary.
  5. Apply communicative strategies to clarify and disambiguate.
Class Assessment:
1. Oral/aural portfolio: Students will complete a checklist of social situations in which they feel comfortable and demonstrate their proficiency at the end of the semester in an oral session with  the instructor. 30% of grade
2. Quizzes: Students will have regular listening quizzes based on course material. 30% of grade
3. Participation: Students will be expected to participate in all class activities. 20% of grade
4. Homework: Students will be assigned listening and speaking tasks outside of class, for which they must provide reports. 20% of grade


The grading scale is as follows:

90 – 100: A

80 – 89%: B

66 – 79%: C

50 - 65%: D

Below 50%: F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will not be accepted, except with prior approval or because of extenuating circumstances.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please come to class with a positive attitude and a willingness to participate, respect the opinions and contributions of others, and turn off cell phones during class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Aug. 15-19
Greetings, introductions, elementary phonetics

Week 2: Aug. 22-26
Unit 1, text, recordings

Week 3: Aug. 29-Sep. 2
Unit 2, recordings

Week 4: Sep. 6-9 (No class Sep. 5, Labor Day)
The Arts
Unit 3, text, recordings

Week 5: Sep. 12-16
The Arts
Unit 3, text, recordings

Week 6: Sep. 19-23
Special Possessions
Unit 4, text, recordings

Week 7: Sep. 26-30
Special Possessions
Unit 4, text, recordings

Week 8: Oct. 3-7
Strength in Numbers
Unit 5, text, recordings

Fall Break: October 10-15

Week 10: Oct. 17-21
Unit 6, text, recordings

Week 11: Oct. 24-28
Unit 6, text, recordings

Week 12: Oct. 31-Nov. 4
Famous People
Unit 7, text, recordings

Week 13: Nov. 7-10 (No class Nov. 11)
Famous People
Unit 7, text, recordings

Week 14: Nov. 14-18
Driving Problems
Unit 8, text, recordings

Week 15: Nov. 21-23 (No class Nov. 24-25 for Thanksgiving)
Unit 9, text, recordings

Week 16: Nov. 28-Dec. 2
Unit 10, text, recordings
Oral/Aural Portfolio

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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