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Course Description

The goal of this course is to enable intermediate learners of English to understand and speak English more accurately, confidently, and fluently. Each seven-week online course has asynchronous (self-paced) and synchronous (scheduled) components. The purpose of the weekly online meetings is to engage in interactive conversations and practice the skills that students develop during the week independently. The instructor will facilitate theme-based conversations among the students in a weekly Zoom session, which students prepare for through textbook and online exercises (Summit 1, English for Today's World and MyEnglishLab web site). Weekly discussion boards will provide an opportunity to engage with peers, using the vocabulary and conversation strategies presented in each unit. This course is fast-paced and requires a significant time commitment and a self-motivated attitude. Students complete one unit each week, learning new vocabulary and idioms in the context of theme-based oral exercises, conversation models, pair-work activities, and listening texts. In addition, students learn strategies to improve accents, rhythm, intonation, and stress patterns. Students deliver oral presentations and share them with their classmates through the course web site and weekly meetings on Zoom.

This is a two-part course. Registration is required separately for each part of the course.

Learner Outcomes

When you complete the course successfully, you will be able to:

  • Increase active conversational skills by building vocabulary, improving pronunciation, and applying grammar concepts
  • Develop communication skills by focusing on speaking to be understood, listening to understand, and responding meaningfully in conversations
  • Develop a personal toolbox of resources to further develop English conversation skills in a variety of contexts

Textbook Information

A textbook is available for this course.

Click here to view a textbook list for FAES courses and purchasing information. Please note that tuition does not include textbooks.

Prerequisites

No prerequisites are required. Students may take both parts or one part of the course. However, students must begin the course with a basic conversational ability in English. The textbook, Summit 1, is designed for students at the B2 level (GSE 57-70). If you are unsure that you meet the prerequisite requirements, please contact registrar@faes.org and provide information about your course of interest and background knowledge.

Related Course:

ENGL 206 | English Conversation for Daily Life I-B

Additional Information

  • Weekly live session on Wednesdays 5:00-6:15 pm
  • Office Hours on Fridays 1-2 pm
  • This course will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

Refund
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Funding Justification Guide

Some labs and institutes may have specific funds set aside for trainees to continue their education and professional development. FAES has created a guide intended to help trainees request funds that may be available and, if they are available, request use of the training funds for continued professional development. More details

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