Listening
Note-Taking and Discussion
Fri. 2nd. Period Stephen Hofstee
Keywords:
Culture, Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Speaking, Vocabulary, Note-Taking, Note-Taking Strategies

This course is a combination listening and communication course suitable for students with a TOEFL PBT score of up to 459, or for students who have successfully completed the Gateway English course.

Students will be exposed to a lot listening and will be given advice about how to improve listening habits, take notes effectively and retain more from lectures.  In each class, students will listen to various stimulating lecture topics, and interact in pairs or small groups to discuss the content and issues related to the lectures.  At the end of the course, students should have the ability to understand, evaluate and recall information heard in short lectures.

All homework and the tests will be done through Moodle, and so on occasion, students will be required to bring a computer to class.

This course is best suited for students who:

  • are comfortable taking instruction and participating in English
  • are happy to perform pair and group work
  • are looking to develop their listening skills
  • enjoy discussing topical issues


This course will focus on helping learners to improve listening comprehension and developing and practicing techniques for better note-taking.  Main objectives include:

  • listening for and identifying main points in a listening text
  • improving and practicing note-taking
  • increasing vocabulary
  • developing communication skills in English


Attendance and Participation: 25%
Homework: 50%
Tests: 25%


1

Course Overview, Class Rules, and Moodle Enrollment

2

Listening and Note-Taking Strategies

3

Linguistics

4

Art History

5

Public Health

6

Engineering

7

Media Studies

8

Mid-Semester Test

9

Biology

10

Business

11

History

12

Philosphy

13

Information Technology

14

End-of-Semester Test

15


This course offers, not only a chance to work on your listening skills, but it also gives ample opportunity for you to practice your speaking skills while discussion some interesting topics.  These topics are interesting and varied so I am sure you will find it interesting.  The course does require a bit of work outside the classroom, but all-in-all, quite a rewarding course.