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Paul Sparks, Sino-Canadian International College, Guangxi University, Nanning.

Lesson Plans for "Watch, Listen & Speak", Semester 2



Listening & Speaking, Semester 2, Course Outline


1. Course Description: The second semester "Watch, Listen & Speak" course is classroom based, with two 40-minute periods per week. The students are expected to allocate a substantial amount of their own time to compliment the lesson content. This course will involve aspects of vocabulary, grammar, writing and reading as well as the core subjects of listening and speaking, therefore students are encouraged to use ideas they have been taught in other subjects. Students are expected to express opinions, verbally and in written form, stating their reasons. Participation, both individually and in groups is required.

The second semester will review basic skills previously taught, revising the areas of weakness identified in the first semester. The content of the lessons will be adjusted throughout the semester according to student abilities. New subjects will be introduced each week.

2. Course Objectives: The second semester of "Watch, Listen & Speak" is primarily designed to enable students to:

* Listen Effectively for Main Points
* Effective Note Taking
* Dictation
* Summarise from Listening
* Analysis of Movies / TV Shows / News Clips
* Understand Small Talk & Basis of Conversations
* Use Compound Words
* Use and Understand Conjunctions
* Improve Pronunciation, Stress & Intonation
* Discussion & Debate
* Listen to real English (Radio. TV etc.)

3. Materials and Multimedia Resources:

Course Textbook:  "Tapestry, Listening & Speaking 4"

Multimedia Resources:
* Course Website -
* In addition, various DVD's and CD's will be used.
* The Internet will be used for most lessons as well as Microsoft PowerPoint.

Additional Resources:  Additional handouts, articles, photocopies, etc. will be used for most lessons.

4. Course Evaluation & Details:

* Assignments / Homework = 25%
* In Class Tests = 25%
* Midterm Exam = 15%
* Final Exam = 30%
* Attendance = 5%

Assignments / Homework (25%): This accounts for 25% of the second semester, details will be given in class.

In Class Tests (25%): These account for 25% of the second semester. There will be two in class tests during the second semester. Further details will be given in class.

Mid-term Exams (15%): The midterm exam accounts for 15% of the second semester. The exam is scheduled for week 10. Details will be given during lessons nearer the time.

Final Exam (30%): The final exam is scheduled for weeks 19 and 20. The final exam accounts for 30% of the second semester. Further details will be given during lessons.

Attendance (5%): Attendance accounts for 5% of the second semester. Students will lose 1% of the semester total for each unauthorized absence, up to a total of 5%. Students are required to explain all absences.

5. Expectations of the Students:

Attendance & Behaviour: Students are expected to attend every lesson. You are required to be in the classroom at least 5 minutes before the lesson begins. Mobile phones should be turned off during lessons in accordance with the university rules. Students are not to operate any equipment in the classroom without supervision of the teacher.

Stationary: Students are required to bring their own stationary to each lesson. You are advised to bring a pen, pencil, notebook, dictionary, textbook and anything else specified by the teacher. Each student is required to buy an A4 binder to keep lesson handouts in. You are also required to supply your own audio tapes or computer disks if required during the semester.

Assignments / Homework: Students are required to complete all assignments and homework on time. If students have any problems with assignments it is their responsibility to contact the teacher during lessons, office hours or by email. Late submissions will not be marked unless the Dean writes an explanation in English.

Lessons: Students should speak English in the classroom. Students are expected to ask the teacher if they do not understand something. Either ask in class or make an appointment during to meet during office hours. Students are expected to write notes during lessons and consult the course website ( for further details about lessons. Students are expected to inform the teacher about any issues relating to lessons.

Office Hours: Second semester office hours are Monday 9pm to 11pm. Students should make an appointment to discuss teaching related issues during office hours.

Feedback: Students are expected to give feedback to the teacher from lessons and assessments.

6. Expectations of the Teacher:

Assignments, In Class Tests & Exams: I will try mark assignments, in class tests and exams within 3 days and give back results within 7 days.

E-mail & Website: I will try to reply to all e-mails within 24 hours. I will try to publish all my lessons on my website every day.

Office Hours: I will be available (by appointment only) during office hours, Monday 9pm - 11pm.


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