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SPE-009 American Language Foundations Speaking and Listening 
This course is for international students with little or no exposure to English. It provides them with instruction in basic expression and understanding simple oral language, including following instructions. They will learn to use vocabulary in everyday speaking situations. Lecture (3.00). 3 non-degree credits

SPE-001 Speaking/Listening I for International Students 
This course is  for International Students is designed for beginning students whose native language is not English. The course aims at developing comprehension of the spoken language, greater fluency, and intelligibility in speaking American English. This course should be taken in conjunction with American Language I. Lecture (3.00).  3 non-degree credits

SPE-002 Speaking/Listening II for International Students 
This course is designed for Intermediate students whose native language is not English. The course aims at extending and reinforcing students’ skills in listening comprehension, pronunciation, and fluency through extensive practice in using spoken American English. This course should be taken in conjunction with American Language II. Lecture (3.00). 3 non-degree credits  Prerequisite: SPE-001.

SPE-003 Speaking/Listening III for International Students 
This course is designed for students for whom English is not a native language. This course seeks to expand students' listening skills, language comprehension, and speech fluency and to develop their confidence in their English speaking skills. This course should be taken in conjunction with American Language III. Lecture (3.00). 3 non-degree credits Prerequisite: SPE-002.

Speech Electives

These optional courses will help you develop your speaking and listening skills, and can be taken while you are taking Speech or ALP courses. They can also be taken when you have finished your Speech or ALP classes if you still need English language support.

SPE-006 American Language Pronunciation

This is a course designed to help the nonnative speakers of English improve their American pronunciation. Basic drill material on all the individual sounds, the more important combinations of the English sound system, and the study of intonations and stress in ordinary speech patterns will be provided for practice. Laboratory (2.00). 1 non-degree credit

SPE-007 Advanced Pronunciation English Language Learners

This course is designed to help the advanced nonnative speakers of English to polish their American pronunciation. The primary goals of pronunciation training are clarity of speech and effective communication. Emphasis of this course is placed on rhythm, phraseology, intonation, thought groups, and linking. Individual challenging vowels and consonant blends are addressed. This course offers many opportunities to help students internalize and use their new skills through interactive activities. Laboratory (2.00). 1 non-degree credit  Prerequisite: SPE-006.

SPE-008 Academic Listening for English Language Learners

This course is a one-credit listening course that aims to develop listening strategies and improve listening comprehension skills in high intermediate and advanced English language learners. In this course students will practice listening to college lectures, understanding main ideas and details, making inferences, and taking effective notes. Students will increase their ability to understand academic listening passages by studying lecture organization, recognizing language cues, noting numbers and statistics, and learning academic vocabulary. Laboratory (2.00) 1 non-degree credit 

SPE-010 Idioms, Conversation, and American Culture

This course aims to develop cultural awareness and improve conversation skills in high intermediate and advanced English language learners through the understanding of idioms. Students will recognize and produce the high-frequency idioms and expressions needed in a range of conversational and academic situations. Students will increase their ability to understand spoken and written discourse through structured and communicative activities. This one-credit elective provides training for students who want to build their idiomatic vocabulary and cultural fluency for communicative success in a variety of situations. (Laboratory (2.00). 1 non-degree credit