Course Information
(grading, attendance, etc.)

Web Resources:
Merriam-Webster Audio Dictionary
Voice of America/Wordmaster
Prof. Krauss' Independent Study Lab
Dave's ESL Cafe
Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab
The Internet TESL Journal
NCSU English Conversation Club


Click for News and Events for ESL Students. Read articles and post a comment.

Calendar - Spring 2014

Week 1
1/6, 1/8

No car? No problem! There is a shopping center within walking distance of NCSU. Check out Cameron Village:

The shops of Cameron Village
Map: How to get to Cameron Village from NCSU

Wolfprowl - Express weekend entertainment transit service to Glenwood South with connections to downtown Raleigh

Course Overview

Introductions: Focus in Names
Most common American last names

Most popular first names 20 years ago (when you were born)

2013 Word of the Year:
Oxford English Dictionary
Merriam-Webster Online

Conversation Skills: Small Talk
Polite Expressions

Week 2 
1/13, 1/15

Listening and Note-taking Skills:
Listening Practice: Jack and the Beanstalk

Video Lecture Unit 1.  Content Area: Communication
American Culture Notes:
The Pledge of Allegiance

Overview of Assignment due 1/22: Leading a Discussion

What surprised you most about the US?

American Culture Notes: Dr. Martin Luther King
I Have a Dream
America (My Country 'tis of Thee)

Week 3 
1/20, 1/22

1/20: Holiday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Assignment due 1/22: Leading a Discussion

Sign up for mini-presentations on idioms
      Hundreds of Idiom Definitions

      Illustrated Idioms at

American Culture Notes: Gestures  North Carolina symbols

Week 4
1/27, 1/29

Assignment due 1/29: Watch "Friends" Video and complete worksheet

Begin Mini-Presentations on Idioms
Idiom Presentation Schedule Round 1

Noting Numbers and Statistics
Number Listening Comprehension:

Practice Exercise 1          Exercise 2         Exercise 3

Practice with large numbers
Ten Rules for Writing Numbers and Numerals

American Culture Notes: Baby Boomers 

    What is a baby boomer?

American Culture Notes: Guess the Category

Week 5
2/3, 2/5


Presentation Skills Unit
Presentation I Format
Presentation Teams
Presentation 1 Instructor Evaluation
Presentation 1 Self-evaluation

Presentation Skills Essentials

Nina Weinstein: Tips on Preparing for an Oral Presentation

Nina Weinstein: A Fast Way to Make Yourself

a Better Understood Speaker? Slow Down

Sample Presentation

Signs of the Western Zodiac

Week 6
2/10, 2/12

Valentine's Day

Voice Board Assignment 1:
France Gives Birth to a Trend

Pronuciation Skills: What Makes Up Our Accents?


Week 7
2/17, 2/19

Meet Wednesday in the
Language & Computer Labs Building (Laundry)
Room 216

(Building 30 on Campus Map)

Presentation 1
Presentation Teams
Click here to watch your presentation video
Presentation self-evaluation form to submit

Voice Board Assignment 2:

New Greeting Cards Offer Encouragement, Hope
Week 8
2/24, 2/26

Listening and Note-taking Skills:
Video Lecture 2. Biology: Genetic Engineering

Vocabulary in Conversation: common expressions
Dictation 2  Text and Audio File

Voice Board Assignment 3:
Procrastination: End it now 

Week 9
3/3, 3/5

Dictation 2    Text and Audio File

American Culture Notes: St. Patrick's Day

MIDTERM EXAM: Wednesday, 3/5
Midterm review sheet
Answers to Midterm Exam Review: Idioms

Spring Break 3/10 - 3/14 - NO CLASSES
Week 10 
3/17, 3/21
Sign up for mini-presentations on idioms
Video Lecture 3: The American Character

American Culture Notes:

Week 11
3/24. 3/26

Begin Mini-Presentations on Idioms
Groups for idiom skits

Idiom skits in class
Definitions of idioms used in skits

Vocabulary in Conversation 1

Week 12
3/31, 4/2

Listening for Critical Analysis and Defending Ideas in a Second Language
Debating Skills
Format for informal debates in class
Possible topic: Guns in America

Groups & Schedule for Debates

Vocabulary in Conversation 2

Overview of Presentation 2
Sample Academic Argument Presentation
Sample of excellent presentation skills: being at 00:15:45

Week 13
4/7, 4/9

Outline of presentation thesis and argument due 4/11

The Art of Rhetoric
Some definitions of rhetoric
Some rhetorical devices
Some logical fallacies
Visual rhetoric
Visual rhetoric: text elements

Practice Identifying Effective Argument

Selected topics in grammar/writing:

The Use and Non-Use of Articles

Selected topics in
Review of Rhythm and Focus in English

Voice Board Assignment 4:
What Does Your Voice Say About You

Week 14
4/14, 4/16

Presentation 2
Presentation Format

Presentation Evaluation Rubric
Memes to Support Student Presentations
Click here to watch your presentation video

Week 15
4/21, 4/23

Presentation 2, cont.
Presentation Format
Presentation Evaluation Rubric

Review for final exam  Final Exam Review Sheet

        Final Exam
Monday, April 28, 1:00-4:00 p.m. in Withers Hall, Room 145