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NC.ESL-061 - College Listening/Speaking I - Katie Simpson

Course:College Listening/Speaking I
Professor:Katie Simpson
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


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Hello everyone, and welcome to Noncredit ESL 061 College Listening/Speaking! My name is Katie Simpson, and I will be your instructor for this course. I'm looking forward to meeting you all and having a fun semester practicing our English online together! 

Course Description


This course provides practice speaking at the high-intermediate level in formal and informal college situations. It focuses on listening, speaking, and pronunciation through extensive practice in common college situations. We will target relevant, everyday topics and life skills competencies while engaging in collaborative and active learning strategies. You will have the opportunity to work together with your classmates and of course, improve your English! 

What to Expect in this Course

This is an Online Live course, so we will not meet on campus for any reason. However, we will meet synchronously on Zoom during our class hours. We will be using Canvas as our Learning Management System in this course. All of your materials, assignments, homework, quizzes, and tests will be on our class website on Canvas. Don't worry if this is your first time using Canvas! I will help you access and navigate your class website, and I will tell you everything you need to know. We are all in this together! 

You will be expected to log in to Canvas regularly to view announcements, participate in activities, and submit assignments, quizzes, and tests. The majority of your assignments and homework will be video/audio discussion posts and replies, video/audio recording submissions, assignment submissions, and quizzes or tests. We will also listen to lectures or articles or watch videos or movies and complete follow-up activities such a summarizing, discussing, or answering listening comprehension questions after listening. During synchronous meetings, you will engage in pair or small group discussions, conversations, role plays/dialogues, and games. You will complete a Unit Project and oral presentation at the end of each unit.

Types of Assessments

There will be an End of Level Test at the end of this course on which you will receive a Pass or No Pass grade.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

No textbook is required for this course. You do not need to purchase a textbook. All of the materials that you need will be provided for you on Canvas. 

Other Relevant Course Information

I will send an email to the class one week prior to the start date with additional information about our course and the Zoom link for our synchronous, weekly meetings. 

You will need an electronic device such as a computer, lap top, iPad, or smartphone to access Zoom and Canvas. Please email me if you are having any trouble logging into Canvas or accessing Zoom.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 06/06/2021 Sub#: 207