Course Description

Course Name

Communicative Skills

Session: VSVS1121

Hours & Credits

45 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level

Note: A placement exam will be required when you arrive on site.

Intermediate

  • Prior to enrolling in courses at this language level, students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of two semesters (or three quarters) at the college level.

Overview

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The objective of this course is for students to interact like they would in real-world situations. Through a communicative methodology, we will put into practice the four skills: oral expression, written expression, listening compression and reading.

COURSE CONTENTS:
UNIT 1 ? DESCRIPTIONS
Talking about the family. Describing one?s physical characteristics and personality.

UNIT 2 ? SHALL WE?
Resources to plan a date. Making suggestions. Accepting and rejecting invitations. Telephone conversations and etiquette.

UNIT 3 ? HOW ARE YOU DOING?
Asking someone how he or she is feeling and describing how one is feeling. Expressing pain. Talking about personal preferences. Talking about habits and typical weekend activities. Writing informal letters.

UNIT 4 ? SHOPPING
Talking about how clothing looks on another person. Asking for items in a store. Asking the price. Talking about personal preferences. Asking for service in a restaurant.

UNIT 5 ? MY HOUSE
Describing a house. Defining everyday objects in the house. Talking about personal relationships and living together. Writing a newspaper advertisement.

UNIT 6 ? NUTRITION AND DIET
Talking about one?s diet and dietary habits. Giving instructions and writing a recipe. Listing options. Demonstrating agreement and disagreement.

UNIT 7 ? THE CINEMA
Resources to talk about movies and films in general. Talking about plans. Giving and asking advice.

UNIT 8 ? ADVERTISING
Analysis and the creation of advertisements and advertisements in the press, radio and television. Appropriate language for these media. Idiomatic expressions and word games.

GRADING:
Mid-term exam 30 %
Final exam 40 %
Homework and classroom participation 30 %

ATTENDANCE:
Attendance is mandatory.
Tardiness will be counted as half an absence.

ADD/DROP POLICY:
Changes can only be realized within the first week of classes. Likewise, it will be impossible to drop a course after the second week of class has begun.

*Course content subject to change