EFS Listening courses
EFS offers two listening courses: 693A, Listening Comprehension, and 693B, Advanced Listening and Vocabulary Development.
EFS 693A is focused on students who have difficulty understanding
academic language, especially lectures. It includes practice in listening to
audio and video recordings of lecture segments for the purposes of understanding
the discourse structure, learning academic vocabulary and idioms, and practicing
note taking. Because successful listening does not just involve language
learning and strategy use, there is additional work with language processing,
emphasizing the recognition of reduced forms in spoken English (e.g., "gonna"
for "going to", "whaddaya" for "what do you", and so on). Other types of
listening, in particular listening to conversational English, are also touched
EFS 693B is an advanced listening course, but it also differs
from 693A in several fundamental ways. First, while there is still some work on
academic English, it expands the listening tasks to a wider range of
genres, such as news, television comedies, and movies. Second, in
the interests of individualization, students do independent projects,
concentrating on specific listening genres or situations--because of this
independent learning dimension, the course only meets once a week for 75 minutes.
Finally, vocabulary development is emphasized more than in the 693A course.