EC5 Seminar Goals & Objectives

The primary aims of this course are to: develop learners’ speaking and discussion skills, strengthen discussion leadership abilities, develop Internet research skills, increase vocabulary knowledge, improve reading and listening comprehension, develop learner autonomy, & build confidence to use English for oral communicative purposes.

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

Goal 1: Participate in a small group discussion for an extended time (25 minutes)

Objective 1.1:Develop and improve discussion skills.
- Respond with extra information
- Ask follow-up questions
- Ask for clarification
- Ask for examples
- Evaluate ideas
- Reference and attribute sources
- Return to a previous point
Objective 1.2:Reflect and critically evaluate individual and peer effort and performance.

Goal 2: Develop discussion leadership abilities.

Objective 2.1:Facilitate a small group discussion.
- Introduce and change topics
- Manage timing of discussions
- Keep the group on topic and in English
- Ask discussion questions
Objective 2.2:Provide discussion support.
- Check for comprehension
- Ask for repetition
- Encourage participation
- Summarize what others have said

Goal 3: Comprehend, engage with, and respond to simple academic and journalistic texts.

Objective 3.1:Identify and comprehend main ideas, supporting ideas, and details.
Objective 3.2:Demonstrate the ability to perform close and critical readings.
Objective 3.3:Develop and respond to meaningful discussion questions based on texts.
Objective 3.4:Engage in tasks and discussions related to text topics.

Goal 4: Use new and high frequency academic vocabulary to clearly express ideas.

Objective 4.1:Demonstrate an understanding of topic-specific and general academic vocabulary.
Objective 4.2:Use new, topic-related vocabulary successfully in communication activities and discussions.

Goal 5: Demonstrate progress towards information literacy.

Objective 5.1:Perform a basic internet search strategy to fulfill an information need.
Objective 5.2:Attribute information to its source/author.
Objective 5.3:Develop and present opinions based on selected materials.

Updated 2018.02.15