ESL 213

De Anza College
Language Arts Division
Vocabulary and Idioms in Context

Prerequisites: English Placement Test
Required Materials: Class Assignment Packet! Bring a vocabulary notebook!
Recommended Texts: An English/English dictionary and an Idiom Dictionary:
You can find Longman American Idioms in the De Anza bookstore.

Course Description:

ESL 213 is a 1/2-unit class which emphasizes the development of vocabulary and the use of idioms in context. We will meet for 8 weeks, starting week 3, and each small group session will last for 1 1/2 hours. Every week, we will focus on a different topic which will give you a chance to expand your vocabulary in different contexts through music, short readings, and conversation. You may also be asked to visit idiom or other helpful websites to prepare for class discussion. You should put in about 2 hours of preparation a week for this class. You will have a chance to do the following activities:

- Share your ideas in response to the class discussion topics in a small group setting.
- Learn how to participate actively in spontaneous or unrehearsed conversations.
- Practice asking questions and responding to the questions of others.
- Create short dialogues or skits using new idioms to perform for your group.
- Improve your vocabulary by keeping a notebook with definitions and examples.
- Explain the meaning of vocabulary and idioms to your classmates.
- Learn about good online resources where you can improve your English vocabulary. click on the Vocabulary & Idioms link to get started.
- Evaluate your vocabulary development at the end of the course.

Grading Criteria: ESL 213 is a pass/no pass class
1. To get credit for this class, you will need to attend class regularly. If you miss more than 1 class, you may be dropped by the instructor.
2. You will need to participate in class activities and prepare homework assignments.
3. At the end of the class, you will have a chance to evaluate your own vocabulary development and get feedback from your instructor.

Challenge Board Game
1. Challenge your memory as you review some of the idioms studied Fall 2009!

Balloon Game
2. Review page one idioms studied Winter 2010!

Challenge Board Game
3. Challenge your memory as you review some of the idioms studied Winter 2008. You can play this game with a partner.

Balloon Game
4. Play the Balloon Game to practice 30 idioms from the two vocabulary lists in your packets winter quarter 2008.

Matching Game
5. ESL 213 Matching Game (Spring 2008)

Balloon Game
6. ESL 213 Idiom Balloon Game (Spring 2008)


Listening and Speaking Center Hours
LSC is open 5 days a week. You are encouraged to use our lab to complete your homework assignments and to improve your listening and speaking skills:

Monday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Conversation Practice Ideas!
• Join a student club at De Anza!
What's your favorite activity? Find a De Anza group that is doing what you enjoy and join them. For example, clubs, like the International Student Volunteers, get involved with community service projects and have fun together at the same time!

• LSC Workshops
Attend a conversation practice workshop or another fun activity offered to improve your listening and speaking skills in our lab.

LSC Tutoring:
We offer a variety of programs in the center to help you with your speaking and listening needs including 25 minute tutoring sessions.

• Volunteering Resources
If you volunteer to help others, you can improve your English at the same time.

• Cross Cultural Partners
Join the CCP program and meet regularly with a student from another class at De Anza to practice your English. For more information, talk to an LSC staff member!

Improve your English and Study Skills
• Academic Skills Center (L47)
For help with your English classes and other needs, check out the Academic Skills Center at

Recommended Dictionaries Available in the Center:
- The American Heritage English as a Second Language Dictionary
- Longman Dictionary of American English
- Longman Advanced American Dictionary
- The Newbury House Dictionary of American English

Idiom & Other Dictionaries:
- The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms
- Longman American Idioms Dictionary
- 101 American English Idioms
- 101 American English Proverbs
- 101 American Superstitions

For More Information About Our Programs:
Please contact LSC staff members with your questions and we will try to meet your needs!
• LSC 864-5385
• MaryAnne Ifft 864-5385/8576


Last Updated: 4/25/16