EC3 Listening Goals & Objectives

Course Description

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.

Course Goals & Objectives:

Students successfully completing this course will …

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 (i.e. identifying the main idea & supporting points, identifying how topics 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 extensive & intensive listening activities