ELIUP 074 Exploring Contemporary Issues • 5 Cr.


Course integrates instruction in speaking and listening skills through the exploration of contemporary topics. High interest topics are selected and current articles, videos and/or guest speakers are used to introduce new language and improve students' skills. Students work in teams to "present" their topics in class. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the ELI program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Analyze, paraphrase, and summarize current events in conversation.
  • Clearly express and support an opinion.
  • Synthesize information from a variety of sources.
  • Share ideas and organize, divide, and complete tasks as part of a team.
  • Recognize audience expectations and level of knowledge.
  • Prepare and deliver an effective lengthy presentation.
  • Take notes on main ideas and details from a listening, and use them to answer questions.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of a presentation.