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ELI 532 Understanding Spoken English

10-session course 

Have you ever wished that you were able to watch a film or TV show without subtitles, or that you could understand what's funny when everyone in lab or the seminar room laughs at a joke? In this course you will improve your listening comprehension and confidence so that you can succeed in your academic, professional, and personal interactions with a diverse range of speakers in both formal and informal settings.  You might consider this course if you are a first or second year graduate student and feel you lack confidence in listening, and experience challenges understanding speakers of American and other varieties of English. Students often select this course after completing ELI 531 Language and Communication or ELI 533 Listening and Interactive Communication. Learn to follow natural speech on and off campus! 

Course activities include:

  • Design of a personal listening plan, in consultation with instructor

  • A weekly online listening journal 

  • Pair and group listening activities

  • Visiting speakers on topics of common interest to the class

  • Discussions with American undergraduate U-M students

(1 Credit)