Academic Catalog

NCCS 405: COMMUNICATION & CULTURE

Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 0
Hours: 60-360 hours laboratory total per quarter.
Degree & Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 1 Level Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

Description

An open-entry, open-exit course for students who seek academic support in conversational English and discussing cultural topics. Instruction and/or review of skills, such as pronunciation, self-repair, practicing small talk, and discussing issues of cultural interest, through supplemental instruction developed in a referring course or courses as follows: ENGL 1A, 1B, 1C, 1S & 1T, 110, 209, 242A, 242B, 246A; ESLL 125, 235, 236, 237.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Through individualized and group instruction, including one-on-one tutorials by a qualified instructor, an instructional aide, and trained peer tutors as available, receive help in the aspects of communicating effectively in English and engaging in discussions of cultural interest.
B. Practice conversation exchanges, group discussions, and engaging in conversation with native speakers outside the classroom.
C. Apply knowledge and skills obtained to enhance learning in referent courses.

Course Content

A. Through one-on-one tutorials by an qualified instructor, an instructional aide, and trained peer tutors as available, receive help in how to start, maintain, and end a discussion.
B. Individualized instruction.
1. Practice in critical listening for comprehension, such as identifying unknown vocabulary based on contextual clues.
2. Practice in self-repair of speech and pronunciation.
3. Practice in generating clear responses to questions when prompted.
C. Practice conversation exchanges, group discussions, and engaging in conversation with native speakers outside the classroom.
1. Practice interrupting and asking questions for clarification mid-conversation.
2. Practice small talk.
D. Apply knowledge and skills obtained to enhance learning in referent courses.
1. Practice conversing in the referent course alone and in group work.

Lab Content

A. Practice and explore multiple strategies for engaging in conversation with native speakers.
B. Practice and explore multiple strategies for engaging in small group and one-to-one discussions of cultural and academic relevance.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Internet access and computers.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Homework as assigned by parent course instructor.
B. Additional exercises beyond those assigned by parent course instructor.

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Work in groups
B. Individualized instruction
C. Work on computer

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Students will use textbook(s) from the referring course(s), such as:

Beglar, David. Contemporary Topics 3. 4th ed. Pearson Education ESL, 2016.

 

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Homework assignments: Topics are assigned by course instructor

B. Completion of assignments: Both online and audio recordings

C. Additional course work: Practice topics provided by instructor

 

Discipline(s)

ESL, English, Interdisciplinary-Basic Skills: Noncredit