Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session

Course Description

This course is designed for high-intermediate ESL students who need to develop better listening comprehension and oral skills, which will primarily be achieved by detailed instructions on pronunciation. Our focus will be on (1) producing accurate and intelligible English, (2) becoming more comfortable listening to rapidly spoken English, and (3) learning common expressions, gambits, and idioms used in both formal and informal contexts.

Required Materials

Dauer, Rebecca. Accurate English. New Jersey: Longman Publishing Group, 1993. ISBN: 0130072613.

Numrich, Carol. Consider the Issues. 3rd ed. New Jersey: Pearson ESL, 2003. ISBN: 0131115936.

King, Kevin. The Big Picture: Idioms as Metaphors. Boston: Houghton Mifflin College Division, 1999. ISBN: 0395917123.

A blank audiotape (30 min. length is fine.)

Course handouts (distributed in class)

Recommended Dictionary

Houghton Mifflin Company Staff. The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms for Students of English. Boston: Houghton Mifflin College Division, 2000. ISBN: 0395976200.


Your course grade will be based on the following:

Attendance and Participation 20%
3 Pronunciation Quizzes (8/12/15) 35%
2 Idiom Quizzes 10%
3 Progress Report Memos 15%
Audiotape Assignment 10%
Final Project 10%