2020 Oral Expression in English 8

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Anno Mariko 
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Course description and aims

In keeping with their title, all of the “Oral Expression in English” courses are devoted to improving students’ skill in speaking. Apart from the context of 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 engaged listening exercises.

As an elective 200-level course, Oral Expression in English 8 maintains the objective of generating effective oral communication involving listening and speaking among members of groups of 3 or 4 people. Objectives also include using vocabulary and grammar introduced in the textbook and classes.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to hold interactive discussions on a range of topics among a group of 3, 4 or more of their peers.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
An instructor with work experience as a performer will provide hands-on experience in the performing arts, based on practice in the field that fosters critical thinking and encourages creativity and self-expression.


speaking, listening,oral communication, interactive

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This is designed to be a student-centered, interactive course with students discussing and debating on various topics. New vocabulary and grammar will be routinely introduced to enable students to articulate ideas more clearly and to facilitate discussions. Students are required to listen to and/or read assigned materials before class, preparing for focused discussions of their content (Note: Syllabus is subject to change based on the level, needs, and actual number of students.)

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 1. Introduction to course 2. Unit 6: The past identify course aims; acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant to discuss the past; articulate ideas and opinions on issues
Class 2 1. Unit 6: The past 2. Unit 7: Excess acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant to discuss having excess materials; articulate ideas and opinions on issues
Class 3 1. Unit 7: Excess 2. Unit 8: Success acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant to discuss success; articulate ideas and opinions on issues
Class 4 1. Midterm Group Presentation 2. Unit 9: Crime deliver a group presentation; acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant to discuss crime; articulate ideas and opinions on issues
Class 5 Unit 9: Crime acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant to discuss crime; articulate ideas and opinions on issues
Class 6 Unit 10: Mind acquire vocabulary, phrases, and concepts relevant to discuss the mind; articulate ideas and opinions on issues
Class 7 1. Review of material 2. Final Group Presentation consolidate ideas and key concepts from units 6-11; articulate ideas and opinions on issues; deliver a final group presentation

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Crace, Araminta, and Richard Acklam. 2011. New Total English, Upper Intermediate (Students’ Book with Active Book). Essex: Pearson Education International. (ISBN: 978-1-4082-6724-0)
Note: An e-book version of the textbook is available. Please ask the instructor for details on the first day of class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Additional reading materials may be assigned throughout the term.
Suggested websites:
TED Talks https://www.ted.com/
VOA http://www.voanews.com/
NPR http://www.npr.org/
TED, VOA and NPR provide video transcripts.
Scientific American (video and podcasts “60-second science”) http://www.scientificamerican.com/
BBC http://www.bbc.com/news
National Geographic http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

Assessment criteria and methods

Class Participation: 25%
Homework and In-class Assignments: 20%
Midterm Group Presentation: 25%
Final Presentation: 30%

Related courses

  • Oral Expression in English 7

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)



It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with Oral Expression in English 7.
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.

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