ESL 401 Schedule


Fall '12 ESL 401 Schedule

Section #





3:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.         M

167 BSB

Loebel, V.


10:00 a.m.  -  11:50 a.m.  W

167  BSB

Gallant, S.


3:00 p.m.  -  4:50 p.m.       H

167  BSB

Taylor, J


2:00 p.m.   -  3:50 p.m.      F

135  BSB

Coldewey, R


DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF ESL 401 –Teaching/Communication strategies for ITAs

Students in ESL 401 Fall Semester practice presenting information and language compensation strategies, conduct instructional pieces, and evaluate/analyze communication and information exchanges from both the perspective of the audience and the student instructor. Some of the skills practiced are using notes effectively, creating effective handouts, monitoring the pace of speaking and information presented, dealing with miscommunication, asking appropriate and clear quiz questions, and listening to students' questions attentively. The students also sign up to do ~4 presentations in small groups throughout the semester that are in the same format as the Performance Evaluation that will be done at the end of the term. Students also record soundwork pieces that are posted on Blackboard where they receive feedback and guidance from their instructors to improve their intelligibility. The focus of ESL 401 during the Spring semester is focused more on improving fluency and becoming more effective in back and forth communications, such as discussion groups and interactive activities. There is more focus on individual language improvement during this term and the class is open to ITAs that have met their oral English certification requirement but realize that there is still a lot more to communication than the minimum score requirements. Clear, efficient, and comfortable is the goal of the ITA Program, not necessarily perfect sound or grammar. Students are expected to do independent soundwork which is designed to improve their sound/rhythm/intonation and overall intelligibility. This work is done outside of class. The soundwork is designed to assist students to improve their production and language use and to assist them to meet the language standards of the Performance Evaluations at the end of the term, in order to meet the oral certification proficiency requirement of the university. The students' certification status is evaluated and adjusted at the end of each term based upon their score on a Performance Evaluation (see above).