This is an oral communication strategies course that builds on and refines skills learned in previous ESL courses. This course emphasizes critical thinking skills, group and whole class discussion techniques, vocabulary expansion, oral presentation, and pronunciation practice.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate, through use of appropriate forms, language adequate for academic settings.
2. Express opinions and offer supportive arguments on an academic topic in small group and class discussions.
3. Respond to comments made by classmates in small group or class discussions, with an appropriate comment or question.
5. Interrupt a speaker (the teacher, a classmate) appropriately in order to ask for clarification.
6. Produce spontaneous and prepared monologues.
7. Give an oral summary that includes the main ideas and key vocabulary of a lecture.
8. Participate effectively in a small group (e.g., monitor time limits, encourage participation, keep the discussion moving, check for comprehension, summarize group results, clarify group decisions, take notes on the main ideas of the discussion, summarize the main ideas in an oral report).
9. Deliver, from notes, an oral presentation with appropriate organization,
10. Delivery of topic, and development of an academic topic.
11. Demonstrate, with some repetition, pronunciation that is intelligible to native speakers.
Course topics will include the following:
1. Contribution and leadership in group discussion
2. Interpersonal communication techniques
3. Spontaneous and prepared monologues
Method of Instruction:
3. Small group activities
4. Student presentations
6. Role play
Types of Assignments:
1. Listening comprehension
3. Critical thinking exercises
4. Vocabulary expansion
5. Prepared and spontaneous oral production