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ELIUP 074 Exploring Contemporary Issues • 4.5 Cr.


Course integrates instruction in speaking and listening skills through the exploration of contemporary topics. High interest topics are selected and current articles, videos and/or guest speakers are used to introduce new language and improve students' skills. Students work in teams to "present" their topics in class. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Analyze and explain current events in conversation
  • Paraphrase and summarize ideas
  • Clearly express an opinion
  • Support views with reasons and evidence
  • Expand on content or ideas expressed in a conversation, debate, reading, video, etc.
  • Synthesize information from a variety of sources (newspaper and magazine articles, reference materials, video, audio).
  • Cooperate in a team setting to organize and divide tasks.
  • Work effectively in a small group structure to promote the sharing of ideas and accomplish a set task.
  • Analyze audience expectations and level of knowledge
  • Prepare, describe and follow the structure (organization) of a presentation
  • Use effective transitions between ideas
  • Clearly define new terms
  • Use examples to clarify information
  • Prepare visual and/or audio aids to enhance a presentation
  • Clearly articulate a point of view and support it with reasons and evidence
  • Summarize main points and draw a conclusion
  • Hold the interest of the audience
  • Use appropriate language, gestures and body language
  • Identify main ideas and supporting details from a lecture or other audio source
  • Answer main idea and factual questions based on notes
  • Paraphrase and summarize aural information
  • Evaluate effectiveness of an oral presentation (self and others)

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