EC1 Listening Goals & Objectives

The main aim of this course is to use listening texts to help students improve their listening skills and language competence. The emphasis will be on developing understanding of short texts containing features of authentic native-speaker speech, and developing knowledge and control of high-frequency language items, using listening texts as support. The course also aims to build engagement and confidence in listening through the use of recordings of graded readers.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to do the following:

Goal 1: Develop better comprehension of (largely controlled).

Objective 1.1: Students will be able to identify and correct common grammatical errors: subject-verb agreement, word forms, verb forms, and countable and uncountable nouns.
Objective 1.2: Students will be able to define and use high frequency vocabulary (from the AWL sub-lists 1-10) that are common to academic writing.
Objective 1.3: Students will use capital letters with greater accuracy.

Goal 2: Develop language competence – “listening to learn.”

Objective 2.1: Use listening texts as sources for language input through listening to short, controlled texts containing high-frequency language items (BNC top 1000 words).

Goal 3: Develop listening confidence.

Objective 3.1: Develop confidence through listening to extensive graded input (from recordings of graded readers).

Goal 4: Develop the ability to identify difficult sounds, words and phrases to support listening comprehension.

Objective 4.1: Develop a greater awareness of features of the speech stream (weak sounds, linking, elision).

Updated 2018.02.15