ESL039 - Speaking English Level 3

Outline info
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Subject Title
Speaking English Level 3

Subject Description
Students learn to use level appropriate conversational grammar in everyday situations, including reacting and responding within a Canadian cultural context.   Speaking, listening and decision making skills are developed through guided practice, communicative activities and short presentations.

Credit Status
Non credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.  express actions happening in the past, present and  future
2.  Express regular and irregular verbs in the past simple
3.  express ability, permission, advice, possibility, and opinions using appropriate modals
4.  communicate at an appropriate level in spoken English through class activities and active participation

Essential Employability Skills
Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

ESL029 or English Assessment and Placement (ELL100)

Topic Outline
·         Present simple and present continuous
·         Past simple: regular and irregular verbs
·         Object pronouns
·         Questions
·         Modals: can/can’t/should/have to/could/had to
·         Going to
·         Comparatives and superlatives 

Mode of Instruction
Conversational grammar structures are presented in context.  Through controlled activities and communicative practice, students will progress towards a more accurate production of spoken English.

The following methods may be used by the instructor:

  • conversations/dialogues
  • individual or group oral presentations
  • comprehension activities
  • individual/pair/group work
  • question and answer techniques
  • multimedia

Prescribed Texts
American Jetstream Elementary
Jane Revell and Mary Tomalin
Helbling Languages (Publisher)
ISBN: 978-3-99045-362-9

Reference Material
Longman Photo Dictionary of American English
Longman (Publisher)
ISBN:  978-1-405-82796-6

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 60% or higher. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Marking Scheme:

Formative Evaluation 30%
Assignments/Quizzes/Tests 40%
Speaking Skills Assessment 30%

Grading Scheme

EXC Excellent 80% and up
SAT Satisfactory 60% - 79%
UNSAT Unsatisfactory Below 60%

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood