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 13 requires students to be able to respond critically to the readings provided in advance of the weekly class. Students will discuss about them in detail, and students 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 some manifestations of phenomena and behaviours described in the readings in 'real life', and to exercise their abilities to discuss them in interaction with non-Japanese (for example, with international students at Titech), or with Japanese (in case you are an international student).
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 1: The Brain||Identify course aims. Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing the brain.|
|Class 2||Unit 1: The Brain||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing the brain.|
|Class 3||Unit 2: Lying||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing lying and honesty.|
|Class 4||Unit 2: Lying Group Presentation||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing lying and honesty. Articulate ideas and opinions on issues. Deliver a group presentation.|
|Class 5||Unit 3: Personality||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing personality.|
|Class 6||Unit 3: Personality||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing personality.|
|Class 7||Unit 4: Cross-cultural Insights||Acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant for discussing cross-cultural insights. Articulate ideas and opinions on issues.|
|Class 8||Revision of materials Final Presentation||Consolidation of vocabulary and key concepts from Units 1-4. 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.E432.
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.