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|
Each week, we will explore a different issue using reading and video materials. Students are expected to complete reading and reflection assignments and come to class prepared for whole class/small group discussion. The class is highly interactive and requires commitment and active participation of each student.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Class 1 - Vulnerability: Relationships||Read and understand the content in the Class 1 material(s) and share short reflections in class.|
|Class 2||Class 2 - Gender, sexuality, and family||Read and understand the content in the Class 2 material(s) and share short reflections in class.|
|Class 3||Class 3 - Intersectionality||Read and understand the content in the Class 3 material(s) and share short reflections in class.|
|Class 4||Class 4 - Dominant culture & discourse||Read and understand the content in the Class 4 material(s) and share short reflections in class.|
|Class 5||Class 5 - Representation||Read and understand the content in the Class 5 material(s) and share short reflections in class.|
|Class 6||Class 6 - Challenging the status quo||Read and understand the content in the Class 6 material(s) and share short reflections in class.|
|Class 7||Class 7 - Final presentation||Work on a presentation on one of the topics covered in class and present plans for actions to challenge the status quo.|
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.
Handouts (Online Materials)
Class participation: 35%
Final presentaion 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.