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|
We will watch and analyze excerpts from advanced-level TED talks on a variety of topics, paying attention to presentation techniques to be integrated into our final presentation; we will discuss complex concepts using advanced vocabulary and grammar structures.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Unit 7, Same but different||assessment of presentation skills, critical thinking, and techniques in a TED talk; related exercises and readings|
|Class 2||Unit 8, Food and sustainability||assessment of presentation skills, critical thinking, and techniques in a TED talk; related exercises and readings|
|Class 3||Unit 9, Internet sensation||assessment of presentation skills, critical thinking, and techniques in a TED talk; related exercises and readings|
|Class 4||Unit 10, The meaning of success|
|Class 5||Unit 11, Learning and memory|
|Class 6||Unit 12, Invention or innovation|
|Class 7||Final Presentations||presentations applying techniques learned in class; feedback from students|
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.
Paul Dummett, Helen Stephenson, and Lewis Lansford, Keynote Proficient (National Geographic Learning, 2017)
to be shared in class
class participation 35%
homework exercises 35%
final presentation 30%
It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with LAE.E431 (Oral Expression in English 13).
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.