LISTENING - The students will:
1. Understand majority of conversational speech including many common
idioms and phrasal verbs.
2. Distinguish between main ideas and supporting details relating to
3. Understand some abstract topics when presented in a familiar context.
4. Understand descriptions and narrations of factual material and
5. Discuss cultural and contemporary issues.
6. Understand the use of register.
7. Infer meaning from context.
8. Acquire new vocabulary from context.
9. Pronunciation: understand most common reduced forms, inflectional
endings, and stress and intonation patterns in statements and
SPEAKING - The students will:
1. Narrate and describe in present, past and future time.
2. Use simple argument and persuasion.
3. Participate in casual conversations using many common idioms.
4. Give instructions and informational reports.
5. Use Spanish for warning, refusing, complaining, complimenting,
agreeing, disagreeing, advising, and requesting assistance.
6. Express feelings such as humor, happiness, sadness, anger gratitude,
7. Use discussion strategies: getting and holding the floor, changing
and returning to the topic, and reaching consensus.
8. Pronunciation: Produce most common reduced forms and inflectional
endings, correctly use most intonation patterns and word stress,
self-monitor for pronunciation and oral grammar, and demonstrate
an understanding of register.
The topics and scope of this course vary slightly from semester to
semester due to the selection of various conversation texts and/or
CONTENT - Listening:
1. Conversations: taped, telephone, and face to face.
2. One way communication: directions, narratives, academic lectures,
descriptions, radio and television broadcasts, announcements,
3. Content widens to include additional social and academic topics:
current events, media, politics, cultural and moral issues, history,
health, medicine, general science, economics, education, leisure,
domestic and world issues, life, death, and afterlife, love and hate,
male and female roles, geography, demography and technology, humor,
literature and the arts, the world market, drugs and dependency,
belief and ideologies, jobs, and professions, law and free will.
CONTENT - Speaking:
1. Content widens to include additional social and academic topics:
current events, health and medical issues, politics, economics,
education, leisure, cultural and moral issues, history, general
science, print and electronic media, domestic and world issues,
life, death, and afterlife, love and hate, male and female roles,
geography, demography and technology, humor, literature and the
arts, the world market, drugs and dependency, belief and ideologies,
jobs and professions, law and free will.
TASKS - Listening:
1. Comprehension checks, dictation: variations such as cloze.
2. Listen to taped and live lectures, radio, television and films.
3. Clue searching, graphic fill-ins.
4. Paraphrasing, summarizing and note taking.
5. Selective listening, story rebuilding and party line, logical
6. Inferential listening, identifying sociolinguistic factors.
7. Information gap, listen to authentic sources such as Tel-Med or
directory assistance to extract specific information.
8. Conduct a questionaire or poll in or out of the classroom.
TASKS - Speaking:
1. Generate appropriate questions and responses.
2. Paired interviews, conduct survey and report to class, dialogues.
3. Story telling and completion, chain stories, picture stories:
individual or in a group.
4. Small group consensus and problem solving, spontaneous response
to an assigned topic, give a descriptive or process speech.
5. Give a short formal report supported with research, oral response
current events, films, guest speakers, and field trips.
6. Monitored small group discussions, pose questions and respond
appropriately to speakers.
7. Spontaneous and prepared debates.
8. Situations with complications, role plays.