HELP 311LS: Listening and Speaking 1 

Spring Term 1, 2014             TEACHER: Hami Suzuki

Monday-Thursday,      11:00 am-12:05pm / 12:55 pm-2:00 pm

OFFICE HOURS (MC13-5): By appointment.


This course will further develop your listening comprehension and speaking fluency by focusing on specific grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation skills necessary for higher proficiency. You will listen to longer academic lectures and learn note-taking skills for better comprehension and recall. In addition, you will practice giving presentations alone or in small group.


Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate good use of strategies for recognizing main ideas and supporting details in authentic aural materials. This will be assessed and evaluated by teacher generated rubric through in-class activities.
  • Demonstrate effective note-taking skills for quizzes and discussions. This will be assessed and evaluated by teacher generated rubric.
  • Demonstrate familiarity in more depth with pronunciation features, e.g. reductions and connected speech. This will be assessed and evaluated by teacher generated rubric.
  • Demonstrate the ability to speak about a variety of topics and express opinions (including agreement and disagreement) with appropriate support. This will be assessed and evaluated by teacher generated rubric.
  • Give short (5-minute) group and/or individual oral presentations in front of the class in own words without reading. This will be assessed and evaluated by teacher generated rubric.


Required textbook: Pathways 3: Listening, Speaking, and Critical Thinking (Chase and Johannsen), 2012. Units 1 and 3

Supplementary Materials: Additional handouts distributed by the instructor


Students will be graded in the following ways:

  • Attendance/Being on time                                      5%
  • In-class participation                                                 30%
  • Homework                                                                       20%
  • Quizzes (vocab)                                                             15%
  • Presentations (Group and individual)              30%

Attendance/Being on time (5%)

Being present in class on time is your responsibility, and it is for your own benefit.

In-class participation (30%)

Cell phone or other electronic devices are not allowed to use during the session, but it is fine to use an electronic dictionary. You must be present in our class meetings and actively participate in class discussion.

Active participation means that you should not only be prepared for class, but also provide your ideas or ask questions anyway possible. When your classmates are talking, you should listen to show that you respect them, and vise versa. Your teacher will call on you sometimes in class to answer questions. You will get credit by trying and you don’t have to worry about making mistakes. We are here to learn, so this is the time and place for your make mistakes. Practice makes perfect.

You are also encouraged to ask questions whenever in or outside of class.

(Please also note that HELP has a very strict rule about attendance. You can find this at the end of this syllabus.)

Homework (20%)

Doing homework is a basic way to improve and practice English outside of class. It is for your own reward, so you should take it seriously. If you want to be successful in learning, you have to take the initiative. How much effort you put in your study will reflect on your writings and performances in class.

The format of homework will be writing to prepare for your writing pieces, and other handouts from the instructor. Late submissions or absent work will take out points from your total grades.

You will be graded based on the completion of your homework, not the accuracy. If you submit it late, you will lose 1/2 point. If you do not submit it at all, you will lose 1 point.

Quizzes (15%)

There will be vocabulary quizzes for each Lesson in the textbook. In addition, the teacher will provide you with a list of vocabulary words from the listening exercises (TED talks).

Presentations: Group and individual  (30%)

You will be required to present as a group and an individual throughout the term. More details will be provided on a separate handout.

HELP Attendance Policy

HELP has set a policy that with 3 Late =1 absence, 4 absence= a warning, and 6 absence= academic probation and will not receive week credit for your graduation certificate.  I will start taking attendance once the class starts. Therefore, plan your time well, and do not be late!

English-Only Policy

In order to ensure that students make the best use of their time at HELP, all students must speak, write, listen to, and read ONLY in English at school and on school activities.

OUR CLASS RULE: Enjoy learning 🙂

Everything that we do in class is to help you learn. Sometimes you may not realize how much you are learning, but we can work hard together. As I am teaching you, I am also learning a lot from all of you and I always enjoy teaching and learning. I hope you can feel the same way and enjoy your time at HELP!


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