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Basic Spoken

Upon completing a Basic Spoken level course, using the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, a successful student will demonstrate linguistic and cultural awareness and sensitivity in several topic areas.

I. Students will be able to take part in basic conversations and participate in simple exchanges, such as:

  1. Greetings
  2. Asking and giving directions
  3. Ordering food and drink
  4. Asking for lodging
  5. Describing people and things
  6. Telling time, using dates and basic weather terms

II. Students will be able to interpret written language in topic areas such as: menus; signs; advertisements; transportation timetables

III. Students will be able to identify the countries where the target language is spoken.

IV. Students will be able to discuss the main characteristics of the target language cultures such as:
the principal holidays and the traditions associated with them.

NB. The order of topics may vary according to course or language.

Measures of Learning

  • Oral and Written Exams

Please note: Use of the following measures of learning may vary in degree depending on topic, faculty preference, as well as student needs

  • In-class activities
  • Presentations
  • Portfolio Assessment
  • Web Research Projects
  • Oral Presentations
  • Group Activities
  • End-of-Semester Culture Presentation
  • Role-Play Performances
  • Class Participation
  • Written Assignments (emails, postcards, letters, short compositions)

Methods of Teaching

  • Lecture
  • Small Group/Paired Work
  • Student Reports
  • Whole-class discussion
  • Role-Plays
  • Information-exchange Activities
  • Readings
  • On-line Activities
  • Songs
  • Games
  • Reading aloud of the text for pronunciation, intonation, oral practice, and comprehension
  • Dictation, translation, and listening activities for comprehension, grammar, and accurate use of idiomatic expressions
  • Cooperative learning
  • Audio visual materials/cultural videos/ instructors' web pages
  • Cultural activities/excursions
  • Experiential Learning
  • Community Service Learning

5 Cs - World Language Standards

  1. Communication
  2. Cultures
  3. Connections
  4. Comparisons
  5. Communities

Core Competencies Outcome Alignment

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Global Perspectives

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