Listening & Speaking 1

114 Najd

Listening and Speaking




Course number & Code

Najd 114

Course title

Listening and Speaking

Contact hours



Preparatory year



Chapters to be covered




Sarah Al-Dawood

Office Location

Bld/4 Room-22

My Website

Office Hours

Sun. 10-12, Mon.9-10 & Thurs. 10-11





Content and objectives


The listening component of this course is designed for intermediate students.

Materials used here are longer and require some sophisticated skills that were

introduced at the preparatory level. The passages grammatical and semantic structures are

elaborate. The students are taught the importance of the mechanics of speech, i.e.

intonation, rhetoric, pitch, and their effects on meaning assignment. The emphasis is

on note-taking and understanding contextual clues. Because the listening course is

meant for prospective novice interpreters and translators, students are trained to pay

attention to what they listen to, to practice quick storage of language and content in

memory, and to exhibit speed in message retrieval.





The listening part of the course seeks to develop and foster the following skills:

·         Taking notes on specific information

·         Inferring main ideas

·         Identifying stated illocutionary forces

·         Inferring illocutionary forces

·         Following instructions

·         Writing an outline

·         Producing a summary

·         Retention of information

·         Retrieval of information





Content and objectives

For the speaking part of this course the following objectives are to be achieved:


-An awareness of formal / informal language and practice at choosing appropriate language for different situations accepting and refusing invitations, understand and use expressions of locations in contexts, open and close phone conversations, request and give advice, apologize and reconcile, ask for help…etc. .

-The awareness that informal spoken language is less complex than written language. It uses shorter sentences, is less organized and uses more 'vague' or non-specific language.

-To be competent at either ‘message-oriented’ or transactional language and interactional language, language for maintaining social relationships.

To be taught patterns of real interaction like talking about abilities, recognizing expressions of advice, giving opinion, politely interrupting an action or a speaker...etc

-To have intelligible pronunciation and be able to cope with streams of speech.

-Rehearsal time. By giving students guided preparation / rehearsal time they are more likely to use a wider range of language in a spoken task in addition to making presentations using projectors and visual aids that support their topics.

-The ability to participate in classrooms discussions.

-Learn to give short presentations about a novel/play to discuss the plot, theme, characters, or setting.





-        Using some very brief written notes when speaking

-        Managing to maintain one’s audience interested

-        Respecting the principles of politeness and using appropriate politeness formulae

-        Developing an argument

-        Using appropriate paralinguistic expressions while speaking

-        Making requests, answering requests

-        Apologizing, refusing, complaining

-        Contributing to opening and closing moves in exchanges

-        Making invitations and declining invitations



·         Marks Distribution:

-First In-Term=30 (15 for each skill)

-Second In-Term=30 (15 for each skill)

-Final exam = 40 (20 for each skill)

-Total = 100

-Passing mark = 60

FMarks will be deducted for language mistakes (spelling, grammatical, and vocabulary



Week Gregorian Hijri Lesson
1 Sun.,
Sep. 18
17/12/1437 Registration week (dropping/adding courses) – National Day: Sat., Sep. 24
2 Sun.,
Sep. 25
24/12/1437 Chapter one: Education and Student Life
Part 1+2
3 Sun.,
Oct. 2
1/1/1438 Chapter one: Education and Student Life
Part 3+4
4 Sun.,
Oct. 9
8/1/1438 Chapter Two: City Life
Part 1+ 2
5 Tues.,
Oct. 16
15/1/1438 Chapter Two: City Life
Part 3+ 4
6 Sun.,
Oct. 23
22/1/1438 Chapter Three: Business and Money
Part 1+ 2 +3
7 Sun.,
Oct. 30
29/1/1438 Chapter Three: Business and Money
Part  4
Chapter Four: Jobs and Professions
Part 1+ 2
8 Sun.,
Nov. 6
6/2/1438 First In-term (Speaking)
First In-term (Listening)
9 Sun.,
Nov. 20
20/2/1438 Chapter Four: Jobs and Professions
Part 3 + 4
10 Sun.,
Nov. 27
27/2/1438 Chapter Five: Life Styles Around the world
Part 1 + 2
11 Sun.,
Dec. 4
5/3/1438 Chapter Five: Life Styles Around the world
Part  3 + 4
12 Sun.,
Dec. 11
12/3/1438 Chapter Six: Global Connections
Part 1+ 2
13 Sun.,
Dec. 18
19/3/1438 Second In-term (Speaking)
Second In-term (Listening)
14 Sun.,
Dec. 25
26/3/1438 Chapter Six: Global Connections
Part 3 + 4
15 Sun.,
Jan. 1
Sun., Jan. 8 – Mon., Jan. 23 EXAMS
Course Materials