ESP997 - Conversation - Fall Theme

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Subject Title
Conversation - Fall Theme

Subject Description
Let?s go ?Back to School? and enjoy the beautiful autumn colours.  Conversation Strategies - Fall will provide students with an opportunity to discuss Canadian culture by exploring our unique expressions, customs and communication styles through a variety of topics including Canadian holidays, the workplace and more.  The focus will be on fluency not grammar.

Credit Status

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

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

1.  Initiate or respond appropriately to introductions and casueal conversation in a Canadian context.
2.  Express ideas, opinions and feelings on a variety of topics.
3.  Use a range of effective conversational strategies that include common expressions, appropriate body language and social conventions.
4.  Communicate effectively through class discussions using the concepts learned.

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.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

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.

Topic Outline
Topics may include:
Making small talk
Canadian Expressions
Canadian Holidays and Celebrations
Leisure activities/Hobbies
Sports and Fitness
Places to see
Current events
The social scene
Cultural activities
Canadian Inventions
First Nations Peoples
Life events
Being Canadian
Canadian workplace
Regional Diversity
Canadians in a global context
Government – municipal, provincial, federal

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
Formative evaluation     50%
Group discussions           25%
Debate(s)                            25%

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood