The purpose of this course is to prepare students to be active listeners and effective speakers in academic classes. This includes developing listening skills to comprehend longer spoken passages, make inferences, organize and synthesize information, and learn effective note-taking skills to be successful in an academic lecture course. This course also develops speaking skills to incorporate the suprasegmental features of pronunciation such as word stress, intonation, rhythm, and linking to present and defend opinions, express agreement and disagreement, lead a group discussion, and deliver short individual presentations and group presentations. Students will participate in various activities to improve fluency and accuracy. In addition, students will use integrated technology to reinforce concepts studied in class and improve their overall communication ability.