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136 Student Learning Outcomes

Beginning English I (DAS 136) Listening and Speaking

A student who successfully completes this course will be able to:
  • Identify topics in basic English discourse.
  • Follow along with/read while listening to simple stories and/or conversations.
  • Complete basic cloze passages and do simple dictations.
  • Identify details in basic English discourse.
  • Follow simple oral explanations/directions.
  • Spell key vocabulary words at-level.
  • Understand and respond to basic questions.
  • Use at-level* vocabulary on familiar/personal topics.
  •  Produce most consonant and vowel sounds. Demonstrates awareness of suprasegmentals.
  • Acquire sufficient basic vocabulary to participate in simple life-skills based conversations.
  • Use survival English.
  • Use situationally appropriate grammar in the context of a guided conversation.
  • Follow and participate in conversations at level*.

 Beginning English I (DAS 136) Written Communication

A student who successfully completes this course will be able to:
  • Comprehend and use correct word order, and parts of speech in simple sentence patterns (affirmative, negative, and interrogative).
  • Understand and use to be, to have and there in present and past.
  • Understand and use simple present and present progressive.
  • Understand and use adverbs of frequency.
  • Understand and use simple past.
  • Identify and use count and non-count nouns.
  • Understand and use subject, object pronouns and possessive adjectives.
  • Understand and use prepositions of place and time.
  • Identify and understand time clauses with before, after, and when.
  • Write a complete sentence (statement, negative sentence, question) that:                           
    • starts with a capital letter.                  
    • ends with the correct punctuation.      
    • has the correct word order.                 
    • has the correct subject-verb (pronoun) agreement.                              
    • contains the correct present or past tense.
  • Identify and correct mistakes of punctuation, subject-verb agreement, word order, and tense (simple present, simple past, and present progressive) at the sentence level.
  • Write several sentences (simplified paragraph) that show a logical flow of ideas.

 Beginning English I (DAS 136) Reading

A student who successfully completes this course will be able to:
  • Use the first 450 most common English words.
  • Identify the 5 most common prefixes and suffixes and learn the meaning of the prefix and part of speech of the suffix.
  • Identify articles (a, an, the).
  • Identify the subject and verb of a sentence.
  • Identify the part of speech of a word (v, n, adj, adv).
  • Identify the noun a pronoun refers to.
  • Read verbs in simple present, past, present progressive and future.
  • Answer simple comprehension questions (who, what, when, where, why).
  •  Identify topics/categories.
  •  Put sentences into logical order/sequence.
  • Respond to questions with a short answer.
 * “At-level” is described by the aggregate grammar and vocabulary in the Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes for the Beginning English I (DAS 136) curriculum.