EC2 Listening Goals & Objectives

EC2 Listening Course Description

The main aim of this course is to consolidate and build on the two main aims of EC1 Listening – to help students improve their listening skills and language competence. The emphasis will be on developing knowledge and control of high frequency language items (grammar, vocabulary, phonology), using listening texts as support. The course will also provide opportunities for extensive listening using recordings of graded readers.

Course Goals & Objectives:

Students successfully completing this course will …

Goal 1: Develop better comprehension of (controlled) spoken English
Objective 1.1: Use lexical and / or grammatical knowledge developed through pre-listening & post-listening exercises to support listening comprehension
Objective 1.2: Develop better and more consistent sound-word matches through repeated listening
Objective 1.3: Listen to a wider range of genres than those of EC1 Listening: i.e., short monologues or short conversational exchanges, in addition to interviews


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 2000 words)


Goal 3: Develop listening confidence
Objective 3.1: Develop confidence through listening to extensive graded input (from graded readers)


Goal 4: Develop the ability to say and 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)