Intermediate High 8 (ESLN 3800)

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    City College of San Francisco

    Course Outline of Record 


    A. Date March 2005

    B. Department English as a Second Language

    C. Course Number ESLN  3800

    D. Course Title Intermediate High 8

    E. Course Outline Preparer ESL Non-credit Curriculum Committee

    F. Department Chairperson _________________________________

    G. Dean _________________________________ 


      A. Hours    180 hours

      B. Units    Noncredit

      C. Prerequisites   None

      Corequisites   None

      Advisory    Completion of Intermediate High 7

      D. Course Justification  This course complies with the California        Adult ESL Model Standards.  

      E. Field Trips    No

      F. Methods of Grading  No grade

      G. Course Repeatability  As needed 


    High intermediate 8 language skills.  Understand essential points of discussions or speeches in special fields of interest. Communicate about a variety of topics using appropriate syntax.  Read authentic material on a variety of topics identifying the main idea including drawing conclusions.  Write brief compositions about previously discussed topics. 


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

    1. Demonstrate understanding of essential points of discussion or speeches of familiar or unfamiliar topics.
    2. Demonstrate ability to communicate with appropriate syntax and control of grammatical patterns in most extended conversations and interviews.
    3. Apply word analysis and vocabulary skills to determine the meaning of new words in the context of familiar scenarios.
    4. Demonstrate understanding of authentic reading materials on common topics and interpret the meaning of readings on specialized topics.
    5. Demonstrate ability to write brief compositions on previously discussed topics and exhibit control of basic grammatical patterns.
    6. Use Intermediate High 8 structures and forms.


      A. Listening skills

    1. Accurately responding to common requests for assistance or information and recording important facts, directions and appointments discussed in person or on the telephone
      1. In face-to-face conversation, employing active listening techniques such as nodding
    2. Identifying main ideas and most supporting details in factual material relating to everyday topics
      1. Recognizing changes in syllabic stress that change meaning
    3. Identifying essential information on a familiar subject in an observed conversation about the subject
      1. Listening without understanding every word of an extended conversation
    4. Understanding a narrative passage read aloud and being able to repeat the main actions in sequence (e.g. personal and fictitious stories)
    5. Understanding everyday conversation when speakers make some adaptations for English learners (e.g. repeating or slowing down)
      1. Understanding of English spoken at normal rate in restricted subject areas (e.g. topics covered in class or other familiar events)
    6. Differentiating between the use of formal and informal language, including reduced speech and slang, even when no visual context or clues are present
    7. Detecting the mood of a message, determining to a limited degree such components as the attitudes and feelings of the speakers or the urgency of the message
      1. Understanding of implicit information (e.g. consequences) 

          B. Speaking skills

    1. Generating new utterances based on previously learned language patterns
      1. Displaying some spontaneity and creativity in producing language patterns not

         previously learned or memorized with some errors

    1. Participating in face-to-face conversations on some topics beyond immediate survival needs, such as people and places
      1. Using appropriate register
      2. Using common interruption words and turn-taking in conversation
      3. Repeating or rephrasing questions, requests and statements to gain time
      4. Participating in "small talk".
    1. Clarifying utterances by rewording or repeating in order to be understood by the general public.
    1. Adjusting language forms to the level of formality required to fulfill basic courtesy functions in face-to-face conversations
      1. Using projection, pitch, intonation, stress, and elision
    1. Engaging in increasingly extended conversations on familiar and unfamiliar topics with some errors
      1. Passing on information obtained aurally
      2. Participating in group discussions
    1. Participating in extended telephone conversations on familiar subjects with clarification
    1. Preparing and delivering a short oral presentation on a familiar topic
    2. Giving a short interview on familiar and partly unfamiliar topics (e.g. employment history, educational history, opinions about a variety of topics)

      C.  Word Analysis and Vocabulary Development

    1. Identifying common roots of words used in familiar contexts and expanding knowledge of prefixes and suffixes
    2. Identifying an increasing number of homonyms, synonyms and antonyms
    3. Interpreting common phrasal verbs and idioms in familiar contexts
    4. Using contextual clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary and phrases
    5. Using a dictionary to determine the basic meaning of unfamiliar words

      D. Reading skills

    1. Interpreting a variety of charts, graphs, tables and forms
    2. Skimming a form or short letter to determine the organization and general idea
      1. Recognizing graphic format of business letters
    3. Scanning a form or short passage to find particular details
      1. Travel ads
      2. Employment forms
      3. Rental contracts
    4. Identifying the main idea of a paragraph on a familiar topic
      1. Reading for enjoyment
    5. Interpreting simple authentic material on familiar topics (e.g. newspaper articles on current events, public information notices, Web pages)
      1. Skimming and scanning increasingly difficult reading passages
    6. Identifying relationships within a passage by using syntactic clues, such as transitional words (e.g. therefore, on the other hand)
      1. Finding information that requires drawing from different sections of a reading passage
      2. Increasing speed in silent reading
    7. Drawing meaning from passages by using syntactic clues, such as pronoun reference

      E. Writing skills

    1. Taking notes on information transmitted orally on familiar topics with supporting material (e.g. previously discussed topics, biographical details, dates, times)
    2. Writing an academic or practical composition of at least two paragraphs, with a main idea and supporting details (e.g. a detailed accident report, daily activities or past events, using chronological order)
      1. Editing for style and meaning
      2. Writing under a time limit
    3. Editing writing for content, spelling, capitalization, punctuation of varied sentence types and grammatical form
      1. Proofreading for errors
    4. Filling out increasingly complex authentic paper and online forms (e.g. authentic job application, medical forms)
    5. Writing personal letters or e-mails for various purposes
    6. Writing a simple business letter (e.g. request information about a product, resume)

      F. Language structures and forms

    1. Sentence Types 
      1. Adjectival clauses (e.g. The book which is on the table is mine.)
      2. Complex sentences
      3. Relative clauses with who, which, that, including deletion of the relative pronoun
      4. Embedded questions (e.g. Do you know what time it is?)
      5. Noun clauses, statements, and questions with who, what, how, where, when
      6. Indirect speech (e.g. He said he was going.)
    2. Verbs
      1. Past perfect
      2. Past perfect continuous
      3. Passive simple present
      4. Passive simple past (e.g. The report was written last year.)
      5. say  vs. tell
      6. Conditional contrary-to-fact (e.g. If I were rich, I would buy a house.)
      7. Inseparable verbs of more than two words
    3. Nouns
      1. Appositives
      2. Nominalizations of possessive proper nouns
      3. Comparison of nouns
    4. Adjectives
      1. Comparative expressions:, similar to, the same as, different from
      1. Superlatives: regular and irregular
      2. Present and past participles as adjectives
      3. Present vs. past participle meanings
      4. Adjective phrases, including word order
    1. Adverbs and Adverbials
      1. anymore, still
      1. Adverbials with by  and reflexive pronoun
      2. Superlative adverbs
    1. Prepositions
      1. in spite of, besides  and other prepositions used with the structures taught at this level
    2. Conjunctions
      1. until
      2. not only...but also


      A. Assignments

    1. Listening activities (e.g. recordings from authentic sources such as airline terminals and telephone information lines; conversations, story-telling)
    2. Video presentations on familiar and unfamiliar topics (e.g. short, specific news programs or other video presentations)
    3. Student generated conversations on a variety of topics, prompts given by the teacher or other students
    4. Short oral presentations
    5. Reading of short fictional passage and group participation in a discussion about it
    1. Writing a personal letter or business letter detailing a problem or complaint
    2. Writing one or two paragraphs responding to a written prompt
    3. Complete a writing portfolio showing evidence of brainstorming, note-taking, multiple drafts, self and peer editing, the final draft

      B. Evaluation

    1. Retell details from a presentation or discussion regarding a process.  Include the main ideas, supporting details and sequence of actions (e.g. how to set up an e-mail account)
    2. Listen to an extensive dialog and identify the moods, attitudes and feelings of the speakers
    3. Engage in an extended face-to-face conversation, interview or telephone conversation using the following skills: turn-taking, asking for and providing information, clarifying by rewording or repeating and active listening techniques such as nodding
    4. Prepare and deliver a short oral presentation including summarizing information, presenting information with details or examples, appropriate opening and closing and sequencing of information using pictures or an overhead projector to illustrate the presentation
    5. Read a short fictional or practical passage and be able to summarize the main sequence of events or the main ideas, identify the main characters and summarize the main conflict or outcome
    6. Write one or two paragraphs with a time limit  responding to a written prompt that includes topic sentences, supporting details, a conclusion    

      C. Texts and Other Materials

    1. Richards, Jack C. and Chuck Sandy, Passages Student Book 2,  Cambridge University Press, Boston, 2000
    2. Molinsky, Steven J. and Bill Bliss, Side by SideBook 4, 3rd Edition, Pearson Education, New Jersey, 2002.
    3. Teacher-developed material


    Non-credit [meets all standards of Title V, Section 55002 (c)]

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