Course Description

Weekly live session via Zoom Wednesdays 7-8:15pm

Office Hours Fridays 2-3pm

The goal of this course is to enable advanced learners of English to understand and speak English more accurately, confidently and fluently.  New vocabulary, idioms and expressions will be incorporated in TED Talks and articles about current innovative ideas. Students will complete self-paced textbook exercises and participate in guided conversation at weekly meetings. Students will practice listening for details and summarizing issues that require critical analysis and deep thinking. Interesting discussions and debates will be developed and facilitated.  Students will give oral presentations on VoiceThread, participate in online discussion boards and submit weekly written assignments.

Increase active conversational skills to advanced level by improving vocabulary, grammar and accentLearning Objectives:

  • Increase authentic listening skills and presentation skills
  • Use language creatively by listening and speaking deeply about current topics
  • Build confidence by improving conversational skills


Textbook Information

There is a required textbook for ENGL 209/210 that can be purchased through FAES or on your own. The name of the book is Keynote Advanced by National Geographic Learning/ELT, 1st ed.  The fee for the book is $55.95. If you would like to purchase the book through FAES, please register for the section (ENGL 209-002) that includes the book. Upon receipt of payment and fulfillment of your book order, your book can be picked up at the FAES Bookstore in Building 10 on the NIH campus in Bethesda.

If you are unable to pick up the book at the FAES Bookstore and would like the book mailed to you, please contact FAES at (301) 496-7976 or registrar@faes.org. There is a $10 charge for mailing the book.

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