ESL099 - Speaking English Level 9

Outline info
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Subject Title
Speaking English Level 9

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:

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

1.   Express feelings and ideas effectively on various topics
2.   Respond appropriately when presented with the opinions of others
3.   Build confidence in navigating a variety of social and professional situations
Communicate at an appropriate level in spoken English through class activities and active participation

Cheating and Plagiarism
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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.

ESL089 or English Assesment and Placement (ELL100)

Topic Outline
·         Agreeing, disagreeing, and partially agreeing
·         Persuading
·         Giving advice
·         Comparing and contrasting
·         Highlighting similarities and differences
·         Inserting discourse markers (e.g. even though, however, so)
·         Inserting pauses and hesitations (e.g. I see, I mean, um)

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 Advanced 
Tomalin, Mary and Friedland, Deborah(Authors)
Helbling Languages(Publisher)
ISBN:  976-3-99045-374-2

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