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					Chabot College                                                                                   Fall 2006


                       Course Outline for English as a Second Language (ESL) 129
                                         IDIOM USAGE FOR ESL

Catalog Description:

     129 - Idiom Usage for ESL                                                                      1 Unit
     Designed to provide ESL students practice with idiomatic expressions. Strategies for identifying and
     defining a variety of idiomatic expressions. Strongly recommended: eligibility for ESL 110B. 3 hours
     laboratory.
     [Typical contact hours: 52.5]

Prerequisite Skills:

     None
Expected Outcomes for the Students:

     Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

     1.   identify literal word usage in written material;
     2.   identify idiomatic expressions in written material;
     3.   use context to ascertain the meanings of idioms in written material;
     4.   identify literal word usage in spoken English;
     5.   identify idiomatic expressions in spoken English;
     6.   use context to ascertain the meanings of idioms in spoken English;
     7.   communicate successfully in authentic conversations;
     8.   demonstrate grammatical competence in idiomatic usage through oral and written assignments
          as well as on tests.

Course Content:

     1.   Recognizing idioms in both written and spoken contexts
     2.   Using techniques to comprehend idioms in both written and spoken contexts
     3.   Methods to retain the meanings of idiomatic expressions
     4.   Practice using idioms in authentic communication situations
     5.   Grammatically correct usage of idioms

Method of Presentation:

     1.   Lecture
     2.   Discussion
     3.   Individual work
     4.   Group work

Assignments and Methods of Evaluating Student Progress:

     1. Typical Assignments
        a. Complete exercise A on pages 85-86 of Essential Idioms in English. Choose the appropriate
            idiomatic expressions to substitute for the italicized word or words in each sentence.
        b. Complete Exercise B on page 92 of Essential Idioms in English. Answer each question
            by using an idiomatic expression from this lesson. Write your answers and be able to do
            this exercise orally for our next class meeting.

     2. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
        a. Class preparedness and participation
        b. Written and oral assignments
        c. Tests
        d. Final examination

Textbook(s) (Typical):

     Essential Idioms in English, Robert J. Dixson, Longman, 2004.
Special Student Materials:

     None
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