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.
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.
|✔ 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
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
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|
|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|
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.
Additional reading materials may be assigned throughout the term.
TED Talks https://www.ted.com/
TED, VOA and NPR provide video transcripts.
Scientific American (video and podcasts “60-second science”) http://www.scientificamerican.com/
National Geographic http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
Class Participation: 25%
Homework and In-class Assignments: 20%
Midterm Group Presentation: 25%
Final Presentation: 30%
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.