EFS 693B - STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Advanced Listening and Vocabulary Development
EFS 693B: Advanced Listening and Vocabulary Development, Fall 2017
Room Lathrop Library 292
Office 260-302G (Pigott Hall)
Course website: http://web.stanford.edu/~efs/693b
Introduction. EFS 693B is an advanced course in listening that can serve as a followup to EFS 693A or as an additional opportunity for you to work on listening and vocabulary development simultaneously. The course materials reflect both academic and non-academic language, but with more emphasis on the latter. In particular, we will be looking to significantly improve your ability to understand English language media such as radio, TV, and movies, and in particular the online streaming versions of these.
Course Description. The class will meet as a group once a week for two hours. Note that this differs from other EFS courses that meet twice a week. An important reason for this once-a-week model is that listening is most effective when it is controlled by the listener, so the majority of your listening activities will be done outside of class. During class time we will discuss strategies for listening effectively, review the previous week's material and introduce new material for classroom practice and discussion, some of which will be completed independently in the following week. In addition to providing regular listening practice, a significant focus of the course is to help you become more efficient listeners and language learners through the application of techniques and strategies. Homework includes computer-based listening and vocabulary development tasks and individual listening/vocabulary projects. You should anticipate an average of 5-7 hours of homework per week, ideally distributed so that you are doing some listening or vocabulary work every day.
You will work with an increasing range of informational and persuasive audio and video texts, including news, documentaries, and popular as well as academic lectures. You will also expand your comprehension and critical analysis of movies, television, and online entertainment, with particular focus on increasing your vocabulary and improving your listening strategies.
By the end of the course, you should be able to:
· follow the main ideas and some details of a typical news story
· extract the plot from a television show or movie
· show increased skills in note-taking
· analyze video content for persuasive elements, distinguishing fact from opinion and news from commentary
· recognize the purpose of accompanying visual and text information, noting how it can both facilitate and distract from comprehension, and adjust focus of attention accordingly
· utilize strategies for accommodating unfamiliar words and phrases without getting lost
· identify words and phrases that are useful to learn and then learn them
· engage effectively in critical discussions about content you have listened to
· write short summaries and critical commentaries of material
· show awareness of effective techniques and procedures for selecting and listening to recorded materials to improve your overall language proficiency
Individual Projects. You will have individual listening projects beginning the third week, aimed at improving one or more specific areas of your listening. I will help you select materials that are interesting but also useful for improving your listening. You will report on this regularly through Canvas and in class--this will typically be about half of your weekly homework. As a part of this, you will be required to identify at least 25 new words and phrases per week and learn them. You will also meet with me individually at least four times during the quarter to discuss the individual projects and progress. Additional meetings may be arranged by mutual agreement.
Assessment. Assessment will be ongoing through class quizzes, feedback on individual projects, and face-to-face meetings, where you will be quizzed on your knowledge of words and phrases you have chosen to learn. At the end of the course, you will have two exams: one based on the EFS placement exam, a picture identification test, to provide you with a general proficiency rating and one based on comprehension and interpretation of a short video clip.
Criteria for Passing. EFS 693B is a three-unit course offered on a Satisfactory/No Credit basis, though like other EFS courses it may be taken for one or two units if that is all you have available (the workload is the same). Criteria for receiving the S (Satisfactory) grade include the following.
• 90% or better class attendance (i.e., you may miss no more than one class)
• Active and cooperative participation in class activities
• Completion of all homework assignments: note that these assignments are expected to be handed in on time through Canvas or prepared for in-class discussion
• Completion of independent project assignments
• Completion of meetings with the instructor
• Demonstrating that you have learned and can explain the meanings of the vocabulary you are working on independently
Materials. There is no textbook for the course. All materials are provided by the instructor for free or through the website at http://web.stanford.edu/~efs/693b. Some of the sites linked to have premium services that students may use optionally if they wish.
Schedule of Topics. Below is a list of topics typically covered in EFS 693B. Note that 1) most of this material will be online (even if it was originally broadcast or presented live) and 2) we may add or delete items from this as the course progresses.
Learning to listen
Identifying and learning vocabulary
Sound system overview
Understanding accents and dialects
Listening to improve skills
Listening to improve comprehension
Listening to improve language knowledge
Listening to improve language processing
Listening for information, entertainment and cultural understanding
Listening to news
Listening to movies
Listening to television and online comedies and dramas
The general approach will be to take a particular domain for language and present one or more samples of it. Through those samples, we will discuss strategies for both comprehending the language of that domain more effectively and using practice in that area to improve overall listening proficiency. Behind all of these domains is one area to which you can--and should--devote significant attention: vocabulary. We will regularly work toward increasing both the size of your vocabulary and your ability to deal with new words, making informed decisions about what to take the time to learn.
DISABILITY NOTICE: Students with Documented Disabilities: Students who may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability must initiate the request with the Office of Accessible Education (OAE). Professional staff will evaluate the request with required documentation, recommend reasonable accommodations, and prepare an Accommodation Letter for faculty. Unless the student has a temporary disability, Accommodation letters are issued for the entire academic year. Students should contact the OAE as soon as possible since timely notice is needed to coordinate accommodations. The OAE is located at 563 Salvatierra Walk (phone: 723-1066, URL: https://oae.stanford.edu/).