ESOL students seek participants for online English conversation course

March 8, 2021

Graduate students at Auburn University enrolled in the spring course “Methods in ESL Listening and Speaking” invite you to participate in a four-part English as a Second Language (ESL) online community English conversation course. The broad topic is sustainability, and graduate students will develop a series of lessons to span four weeks on specific topics related to sustainability. The course offers participants an opportunity to cultivate international relationships while developing listening and speaking skills in English.

“Our purpose is to bring English speakers and native speakers of other languages together in a welcoming, informal setting to discuss current topics of interest to a wide variety of people,” said Jamie Harrison, associate professor of English as a Second Language Education in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Teaching. “One goal of this project is to develop a community English listening and speaking class to come together to talk about important topics such as fair trade, the fashion industry, and eco-friendly building materials. In doing so, graduate students will have an authentic opportunity to develop and deliver engaging ESL lessons while participants in the courses develop conversational language skills and enjoy the company of others.”

The four-week course will run from 6:00-7:00 PM on successive Tuesday evenings beginning March 30. The other dates are April 6, April 13, and April 20. There will be a short orientation meeting on March 23 from 6 – 6:30 to meet the instructors and check technology.

“The course will be developed collaboratively and taught by graduate students in the ESL Listening and Speaking Methods course,” Harrison said. “We hope to have up to two dozen participants, and we welcome both native English speakers, as well as speakers of other languages from our community and around the world. The course will be held via Zoom, so it is open and accessible to anyone who wants to join.”

Interested participants can register for the course by visiting aub.ie/esl-course. For more information, contact Dr. Harrison. We look forward to seeing you there!