ESL049 - Speaking English Level 4

Outline info
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Subject Title
Speaking English Level 4

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 opinions using adverbs of frequency and present continuous
  2. Tell stories and ask questions using past simple
  3. Open and close a conversation using present perfect or past simple
  4. Describe an object and speculate about the present and the future using modals
  5. Express comparisons
  6. Manage a conversation and make invitations and suggestions
  7. Communicate at an appropriate level in spoken English through class activities and active participation

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

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.

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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.

 ESL039 or English Assessment and Placement (ELL100) 

Topic Outline
·         Adverbs of frequency; present continuous; expressions + -ing form
·         Past simple; regular and irregular verbs; past simple questions
·         Present perfect vs past simple; for and since; already, yet, just
·         Modals: must/have to/can, can’t/might/may might/may/could, will probably/ should/shouldn’t 
·         Comparison: a little/ a lot, as…as; -ing forms as nouns
·         Subject and object questions; verb + ing form;
·         Verb + infinitive or –ing form

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 Pre-Intermediate
Jane Revell and Mary Tomalin
Helbling Languages (Publisher)
ISBN: 978-3-99045-365-0

Reference Material
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Longman (Publisher)
ISBN: 978-1-408-215333

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