EC4 Listening Goals & Objectives

Course Description

The main aim of this course is to develop students’ ability to understand simple academically-related talks and conversational exchanges. While an emphasis will remain on developing knowledge and control of language items, students will be exposed to more challenging texts, and learn how to apply note-taking strategies to make sense of input. In addition, students in the course will participate in speaking activities requiring the understanding and use of the target language items.

Goals and Objectives

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
Objective 1.4: Become better at inferring meaning from more challenging texts


Goal 2: Develop and apply a basic knowledge of the organization of discursive texts
Objective 2.1: Develop an understanding of how ideas are developed in detail (i.e., identifying the main idea & purpose of a text), identifying how the topic is developed through examples, repetition, re-phrasings, expansions)
Objective 2.2: Develop basic note-taking strategies


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