All of the “Oral Expression in English” courses are devoted to improving students' skills in speaking. Apart from making presentations, effective speaking also involves effective listening, so the classwork and homework in these courses require that students carry out both interactive speech and get engaged in listening exercises.
As a graduate-level elective course, Oral Expression in English 14 continues the approach taken by Oral Expression in English 13 with its focus on students making critical responses to readings provided in advance of the weekly class. Students will discuss the readings in detail, and they will make oral presentations about phenomena and behaviours that they think exemplify or are related to the topics of particular readings.
By the end of this course, students will be able to recognise and discuss (both in class and elsewhere) about multiple examples from their daily lives and from the media describing phenomena and behaviours introduced in the readings.
speaking, listening,oral communication, interactive
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Attendance is taken at each class. Students are required to listen to and/or read assigned materials before class, preparing for focused discussions of their content. (Note: Assignments turned in late are penalized. Syllabus is subject to change based on the levels, needs, and actual number of students.)
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Introduction to course Unit 5: Business||Identify course aims. Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing business.|
|Class 2||Unit 5: Business||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing business.|
|Class 3||Unit 6: Social Media||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing social media.|
|Class 4||Unit 6: Social Media Group Presentation||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing social media. Articulate ideas and opinions on issues. Deliver a group presentation.|
|Class 5||Unit 7: The Arts||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing the arts.|
|Class 6||Unit 7: The Arts||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing the arts.|
|Class 7||Unit 8: Poverty||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing poverty. Articulate ideas and opinions on issues.|
|Class 8||Revision of materials Final Presentation||Consolidation of vocabulary and key concepts from Units 5-8. Articulate ideas and opinions on issues. Deliver a final presentation. Identify course aims.|
Preiss, Sherry. 2015. NorthStar: Listening & Speaking, Level 5. Fourth Edition. White Plains, New York: Pearson Education. (ISBN: 978-0-13-404983-0)
Additional reading materials and handouts will be distributed in class.
Class Participation and Attendance, 25%
Homework and In-class Assignments, 20%
Group Presentation, 25%
Final Presentation and Paper, 30%
It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with LAE.E431.
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.