2020 Oral Expression in English 13 2

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English language courses
Abel Jonathan 
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Thr3-4(W3-412 , (W3bldg., 4th floor, room412))  
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Course description and aims

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.

Student learning outcomes

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

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Each week, we will explore a different issue using readings (handouts) as well as discussions. Students are expected to complete all readings and come to class prepared for discussion. The class is highly interactive. Therefore, students’ strong commitment and active participation are the keys to success, not only for themselves, but also for the entire class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Course introduction Class activity Speaking exercise
Class 2 Class discussion & group activity 1 Students are responsible for reading all handouts.
Class 3 Class discussion & group activity 2 Students are responsible for reading all handouts.
Class 4 Class discussion & group activity 3 Students are responsible for reading all handouts.
Class 5 Presentation preparation. Topics and planning for next class. Presenters are responsible for preparing a presentation.
Class 6 Group presentations in class. Presenters are responsible for preparing a presentation.
Class 7 Instructor feedback and peer review Students are expected to evaluate their own presentations.

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.


Materials provided

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Suggested Web sites:
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

The grade for the quarter will be determined as follows:
Class participation: 30%
Evaluation will be based on attitude, contribution, improvement, and a willingness to learn. Absences and late arrivals will result in a lower grade.
Presentation: 45%
Final test: 25%

Related courses

  • LAE.E432 : Oral Expression in English 14

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



It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with LAE.E432 (Oral Expression in English 14).

Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.

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