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Beginning in the Fall Semester of 2013, AELP Courses will no longer receive institutional* credit. 

  *Institutional credit means that the course grade is calculated into the GPA.
AELP courses have never counted toward a degree and have transferred to only a small number of colleges and universities.
 

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The American English Language Program (AELP) at Montgomery College

AELP SP & EL - Listening and Speaking Courses

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AELS 910 (SP 102): American English Pronunciation, Speaking & Listening Skills
AELS 920 (EL 110): Spoken American English
AELS 930 (EL 111): Advanced Spoken American English 

 

 

 

AELS 910 (SP 102): AMERICAN ENGLISH SPEAKING & LISTENING

Course Description:   An introductory course designed to enhance the speaking and listening skills of non-native English speakers. Emphasis is on pronunciation, stress, rhythm, and intonation patterns of American English. Oral communication, listening comprehension, and vocabulary development are stressed. Students build their skills through instruction and intensive practice. Placement by testing required by the College for non-native speakers of English. Assessment levels: AELW 910 (EL 101), AELR 910 (RD 101). Five hours lecture and practice each week. Additional laboratory required. For computation of tuition, this course is equivalent to 5 semester hours.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Set oral communication goals for improving pronunciation, grammar, and fluency in American English.
  • Recognize and pronounce the sounds of American English, including linked and reduced phrases to increase intelligibility in English.
  • Predict stress in words and demonstrate the ability to produce stress appropriately.
  • Recognize appropriate patterns of stress, rhythm, and intonation and use these patterns to increase intelligibility in English.
  • Display listening comprehension skills commensurate with an intermediate level of English.
  • Engage in guided conversation practice applying newly learned communication skills.
  • Ascertain the pronunciation of new words using the phonetic codes in the text and in dictionaries.


AELS 920 (EL 110): SPOKEN AMERICAN ENGLISH

Course Description:   Emphasizes the development and use of language skills necessary for understanding others and expressing oneself orally in American English in academic, professional, and social contexts. The course includes vocabulary development, practice with appropriate language structures, and discussion of important aspects of cross-cultural communication. PREREQUISITE: AELS 910 (SP 102) with a grade of C or better or placement by testing required by the College of non-native speakers of English. PRE- or COREQUISITES: AELW 920 (EL 102) and AELR 920 (RD 102), or placement by testing required by the College for non-native speakers of English. Five hours each week. Additional laboratory required. For computation of tuition, this course is equivalent to 5 semester hours.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a fundamental competency in academic listening and note-taking.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of targeted American English idioms and academic vocabulary.
  • Demonstrate control of basic structures of spoken English grammar.
  • Participate effectively in class as group members and presenters.
  • Present organized spoken discourse on a given topic.
  • Recognize rules of appropriate academic and professional interaction.
  • Use communication strategies in collaborative contexts.

 


AELS 930 (EL 111): ADVANCED SPOKEN AMERICAN ENGLISH

Course Description:   A course in advanced speaking and listening skills in English, with emphasis on presenting, comprehending, and responding to oral argument and other types of academic discourse. Within this framework, the course expands students' vocabulary in a variety of academic and professional fields and enhances note-taking skills. PREREQUISITE: AELS 920 (EL 110) or placement by testing required by the College of non-native speakers of English. PRE- or COREQUISITE: AELW 930 (EL 103) or AELR 930  (RD 103), or placement by testing required by the College for non-native speakers of English. Five hours each week. Additional laboratory required. For computation of tuition, this course is equivalent to 5 semester hours.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Discuss in a clear and organized manner a wide range of topics from a variety of academic disciplines.
  • Identify the organizational structure of college-level lectures and demonstrate note-taking competency.
  • Perform oral tasks demonstrating control of grammar structures and fluency at intermediate to advanced levels.
  • Use lecture notes to participate in group discussions, oral presentations, and written tasks.
  • Use new academic vocabulary in appropriate oral and written contexts.

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