English Communication Skills I
Course Length: 16 weeks
Oral Skills Lab: 5 hrs/week
Writing 1: Elementary Composition 2 hrs/week
Supplementary Reading and Discussion: 3 hrs/week
This is a four-month course in communication skills designed for students in their first semester of the Pre-Professional Program. It emphasizes the development of general listening and speaking skills essential for daily communication tasks inside and outside of the classroom. It also introduces students to elementary composition techniques, and provides them with regular reading practice from a variety of sources, such as graded readers and passages selected from original articles published in a variety of periodicals and newspapers. The course is divided into three components: an Oral Skills Lab, Supplementary Reading and Discussion Sessions, and a Writing Workshop. The approach is multi-skilled; all four language skills are developed systematically and new vocabulary is integrated into thematically arranged units. Oral discussion sessions are a fundamental part of the Skills Lab and Supplementary Reading components, and student critiquing is an important part of the Writing Workshops.