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EFS Listening Courses

Featured Course: EFS 693B, Advanced Listening and Vocabulary Development

A course focusing on understanding not just what English speakers are saying, but why and how to interpret it. Using authentic materials from both academia and popular culture, students apply strategies to improve their listening comprehension to real life media. Additionally, students create and study custom vocabulary lists to that they acquire the words and phrases necessary for success. Students with requirements in EFS 690A or 693A should complete them before taking this course. 

Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, 1-3 units

EFS 693A, Listening Comprehension 

Focused on students who have difficulty understanding academic language, especially lectures. It includes practice in listening to audio and video recordings of lecture segments for the purposes of understanding the discourse structure, learning academic vocabulary and idioms, and practicing note taking. Because successful listening does not just involve language learning and strategy use, there is additional work with language processing, emphasizing the recognition of reduced forms in spoken English (e.g., "gonna" for "going to", "whaddaya" for "what do you", and so on). Other types of listening, in particular listening to conversational English, are also covered.

EFS 693A is only offered in Fall Quarter because lecture listening proficiency is so crucial to academic success. The majority of students taking the course have been required to do so because of an insufficient score on their English Placement Exam; however, a number of others take it due to EFS recommendations or a perceived need. The course is rarely taken by students after their first year.
Offered: Fall, 1-3 units

EFS 693B, Advanced Listening and Vocabulary Development

An advanced listening course, which differs from 693A in several fundamental ways. First, while there is still some work on academic English,  it expands the listening tasks to a wider range of genres, such as news, television comedies, and movies. Second, in the interests of individualization, students do independent projects, concentrating on specific listening genres or situations--because of this independent learning dimension, the course only meets once a week for 110 minutes. Finally, vocabulary development is emphasized more than in the 693A course.

EFS 693B is currently offered every quarter except summer, although the majority of students take it in either fall or winter of their first year. There is no specific prerequisite; however, students with a 693A requirement must complete that first, and 693A and B may not be taken concurrently.
Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, 1-3 units


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