2021 Oral Expression in English 4 3

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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 the context of giving presentations, effective speaking also involves effective listening, so the classwork and homework in these courses require that students engaged in speech and listening exercises.

The materials and exercises in Oral Expression in English 4 build upon those of Oral Expression in English 3, and maintains the specific focus on generating effective oral communication involving listening and speaking between pairs of speakers. 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 confidently discuss a broader selection of more complex topics to do with society and cross-cultural phenomena in one-on-one conversations with people they have not met before.


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 course uses a speaking and presenting-focussed textbook. Groupwork is fundamental to each session, which culminates in short presentations by all members within each group. In addition to the new vocabulary given in each textbook unit, expressions and idioms appropriate for discussing the unit theme will be introduced.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to course and text Unit 16 : What makes you happy? Fluency/vocabulary/listening/role-playing for discussing personal happiness and lifestyle.
Class 2 Unit 17 : Who will help them? Fluency/vocabulary/listening/role-playing for discussing immigration and social issues.
Class 3 Unit 18 : Finding the right one Fluency/vocabulary/listening/role-playing for discussing personal relationships and romance in the context of culture.
Class 4 mid-term quiz and presentation Demonstrate ability to use vocabulary and oral expressions from Units 16-18.
Class 5 Unit 19 : Dress for success Fluency/vocabulary/listening/role-playing for discussing workplace, education and personal style.
Class 6 Unit 20 : A mother's story Fluency/vocabulary/listening/role-playing for discussing crime, punishment and compassion.
Class 7 Review and final presentation Demonstrate ability to use vocabulary and oral expressions from Units 16-20.

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.


Impact Issues 2 (3rd edition). R.R. Day, J. Shales, J. Yamanaka (Pearson Education)

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Assessment criteria and methods

Mid-term quiz and presentation: 20%
Final presentation: 30%
Participation: 50%

Related courses

  • LAE.E133 : Oral Expression in English 3

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It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with LAE.E133 (Oral Expression in English 3).

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

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