ESL089 - Speaking English Level 8

Outline info
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Subject Title
Speaking English Level 8

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 presentations.

Credit Status
Non credit

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

1. express perspectives and opinions on several topics
2. use a variety of conversational strategies to enhance communication
3. describe, compare and contrast ideas and beliefs
4. 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.

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.

 ESL079 or English Assessment and Placement (ELL100) 

Topic Outline

  • Dreams/goals – perfect tenses
  • Social responsibility – adjective clauses
  • Adversity – cause and effect
  • Stress – subjunctive
  • Travel – conditionals
  • Personal traits – subordinating conjunctions/transitions
  • Humour – indirect speech

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
Summit II  3rd Edition 
Saslow & Ascher (Authors)
Pearson Education, Inc. (Publisher)
ISBN:  9780134176888

Reference Material
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. New Edition.  For Advanced Learners.
Pearson Education, Inc. (Publisher)
ISBN:  978-1-4082-1533-3

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