Beyond the Basics

Beyond the Basics is a series of advanced English classes designed for non-native English speakers. Areas of focus include Advanced Conversation and Fluency, Pronunciation, Business Writing, and Interpersonal Skills for the Workplace (negotiating, problem solving, decision making, nonverbal communication).

Classes typically meet once per week for seven or eight weeks, and there is a small fee.  All instructors hold current credentials in the field of language instruction. 


Course Details & Registration Information

Course
Beyond the Basics: Advanced Conversation and Fluency
Name
COM-3711Z3
Available Classes
    Section Location Begin Date End Date Instructor Price Seats Available/Total Seats
215464 RTP Campus 10/10/2019 12/12/2019 P. Minore $77.00 0/18
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
This course is intended for non-native English speakers who would like to improve their ability to participate effectively in social and professional discourse.
Description
This course is designed for non-native English speakers to help improve spoken fluency and accuracy. Students will participate in interactive and engaging practice activities to learn how to express themselves in a variety of settings. Instructors will utilize up-to-date instructional techniques including effective error correction.
Course Objectives
  1. Students will be able to demonstrate an advanced level of proficiency with various aspects of social discourse including but not limited to expressing opinions, disagreeing, discussing current events, describing one's accomplishments, re-telling complex events/stories, and engaging in culturally appropriate humor.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Lesson 1: Stating and Comprehending Biographical and Family Information; Stating Plans for the Future
  2. Lesson 2: Describing One's Current or Future Job; Making Cultural Comparisons between Native Country and the US.
  3. Lesson 3: Discussing Current Events; Polite Disagreement
  4. Lesson 4: Seeking Out/Giving Advice; Avoiding Commitments; Sympathizing With the Problems of Others.
  5. Lesson 5: Describing Personal Accomplishments; Paraphrasing
  6. Lesson 6: Taking and Defending a Stand on a Current Issue
  7. Lesson 7: Comparing/Contrasting Humor in Native Country with Humor in the US; Identifying Sarcasm and Exaggeration - Cultural Norms in the US.
  8. Lesson 8: Student Presentations and Feedback
Contact Hours
24
CEU's
2.4
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
No
CE to CU Articulation
No
Prerequisites
Text and Supplies Needed
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 80% or above
  2. Participation
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
This course is intended for non-native English speakers who would like to improve their ability to participate effectively in social and professional discourse.
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
Related Courses
Course Contact Information
Susan Shostak
919-334-1536