EC1 Speaking Goals & Objectives

The main aim of EC1 Speaking is very modest: to try to ensure that Ss are able to answer a number of simple questions about themselves with a high degree of accuracy and reasonable fluency. Another aim is to ensure students can express some very simple but practical language structures (such as saying the date, expressing numbers, etc.) with accuracy. To these ends, most of the activities are structured and guided. However, a Question, Answer Response (QAR) conversation pattern is taught to encourage the beginnings of authentic interaction. Additionally, there is also some scope for speaking more freely, so that the Ss have a balance of accuracy-focused work and more fluency-based work.

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

Goal 1: Gain greater control of a number of high-frequency language items.

Objective 1.1: Use specific language items with accuracy by planning and using these items in a series of sequenced tasks.
Objective 1.2: Become more fluent in the use of these items, through the repetition of the whole or parts of these tasks.
Objective 1.3: Be able to express with both accuracy and fluency basic practical language items, such as expressing the time, using dates and numbers, and asking and answering about frequency.

Goal 2: Develop their ability to use a number of practical language items.

Objective 2.1: Be able to produce language items accurately through learning phrases, sentences and dialogues by heart.
Objective 2.2: Use memorization to become more accurate, fluent and confident.

Goal 3: Develop an ability to exploit language models for their own purposes.

Objective 3.1: Use a Question Answer Response (QAR) pattern to maintain discussions.

Updated 2018.02.15