EC3 Listening Goals & Objectives

The main aim of this course is to develop students’ ability to understand simple academic talks and simple conversational exchanges and to develop their language competence. While an emphasis will remain on developing knowledge and control of high-frequency language items (grammar, vocabulary, phonology), students will develop an understanding of the organization of simple academic texts. The course will also provide opportunities for extensive listening using recordings of graded readers.

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

Goal 1: Develop better comprehension of spoken English.

Objective 1.1: Develop lexical and grammatical knowledge to support listening comprehension.
Objective 1.2: Develop better and more consistent sound-word matches.
Objective 1.3: Improve both sentence-level and holistic understanding of listening texts.

Goal 2: Develop and apply a basic knowledge of the organization of discursive texts.

Objective 2.1: Increase understanding of how ideas are developed in detail (i.e., identifying the main idea & supporting points, identifying how ideas are developed through examples, repetition, re-phrasings, & expansions).

Goal 3: Develop language competence – "listening to learn."

Objective 3.1: Improve receptive & productive language competence through listening & reading input, as well as discussion & writing activities.

Goal 4: Develop listening confidence.

Objective 4.1: Develop confidence in understanding spoken English through intensive & extensive listening activities.

Updated 2018.02.15