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Oral English Syllabus for Spring Term, 2017  

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Classes start week of March 6, 2017

Classroom:  A 702

Instructor: Dr. William Smith

Office: A3-304

Office Hours: by appointment Mondays 15:30-17:00

Email: 1211438638@qq.com

Please send the instructor an e-mail as soon as possible. Include your English name, Chinese name and your class number with all correspondence. A QQ group will be used throughout the term as a chance for extra English practice and a means to distribute class material. Remember to use only English.

Course Description

This Oral English course is a 16-week module (March 2017-June 2017) intended to improve speaking and listening skills for daily and academic usage.  The course will help the students function in the English speaking environment as they leave the intermediate level of English speaking. Practical exercises with helps enable all students to give the speaking exercises.

A student's assessment will be based on the ten 5-minute speaking tasks listed below.  Most are individual presentations (I), while others are with partner (P). or as a group member (G). In all cases the student should work with her/his partner in preparation of the talk, whether the presentation is individual or otherwise. Peer review conducted in English will exercise English skills and help prepare the student for her/his speech.

Task 1   Peer Interview (P)

Task 2   Peer Introduction (P)

Task 3   Descriptive Speech (I)

Task 4   Directive Speech (I)

Task 5   Comparative Speech (I)

Task 6   Persuasive Speech (I)

Task 7   Job Interview (P)

Task 8   Paper Presentation (P)

Task 9   Debate (G)

Task 10 Campus Tour (G)

All tasks count 10% of the course grade.

While the emphasis of the class will be on speaking activities to enhance oral communication skills, supplementary readings, videos and audio to enhance listening and language comprehension may also be utilized.  In all cases, emphasis will be on verbal exercise and participation intended to give the student more confidence to speak English.

 Class Attendance

Regular class attendance and participation are expected. Points will be deducted for absence or tardiness.  If student needs to ask for a leave, she/he should get permission from the instructor at least 24 hours ahead of time by sending an email with the subject title “Leave Request.”

 Course Outline 

Below is the outline of what will be covered over the duration of this class. Please note the instructor has the right to make adjustments as needed.

 Week 2 (Mar 6-9).

Introductions,  “Spoken” versus “Written English.” Speech tone, stress and language register reviewed with relevant applications.  Getting acquainted.  English Names. Normal speech structure. Speaker techniques. Conduct Task 1 Peer Interview.  Prepare Peer Introduction, Task 2.  

 Week 3 (Mar13-17).  Each student introduces peer, Task 2.  

Prepare Descriptive Speech, Task 3.  Purpose, elements, typical phraseology, and speaker skills for a descriptive speech. Use word pictures, extensive use of English adjectives (colors, numbers, other descriptive words), and gestures, to describe an object, event, place or idea.  Minimalize use of cumbersome props or slides in this task in consideration of time limitation and need to focus on speech.

 Week 4 (Mar 20-24). Give Descriptive Speech, Task 3.

Week 5 (Mar 27-31). Prepare Directive Speech, Task 4. Purpose, elements, typical phraseology, and speaker skills for a directive speech. This is a “How to...” speech.  Tell the audience how to reach some destination, operate a cell phone feature, drive a car, get a date, or properly prepare a delicious Chinese dish.   Use English adverbs extensively besides adjectives (-ly words).  

 Week 6 (Apr 3-7). Give Directive Speech, Task 4.  

Week 7 (Apr 10-14).  Prepare Comparative Speech, Task 5. Purpose and structure of the Comparative speech.  Choose any two objects or ideas to compare. Student choses the one suitable to herself/himself.  Two alternative structures discussed. Typical phraseology and speaker skills for the comparative speech.

 Week 8 (Apr 17-21). Give Comparative Speech, Task 5.  

Week 9 (Apr 24-Apr 28).  Prepare Persuasive Speech, Task 6. Purpose and structure of this speech. Persuade the audience to take some action, change their opinion, retain their opinion, consider some matter deserving of their attention, or to support some cause.  Reason and logic prevail.  Earnestness and enthusiasm vital elements of the speech.  Examples and statistics lend credibility to the speaker. Consider use of witnesses. Typical phraseology given.

 Week 10 (May 1-5). Give Persuasive Speech, Task 6.

Week 11 (May 8-12).  Prepare for the Job Interview, Task 7. How to prepare for the interview. What to do but what not to do.  A list of typical questions and their importance will be given.  Purpose of the interviewer is recognized.  Approach the interviewee may take.  Student prepares answers to expected questions and questions to ask the interviewer. Practice the dialogue with partner.

 Week 12 (May 15-19).  Job Interview conducted, Task 7. 

Week 13 (May 22-26). Students with respective partner conduct interviews, switching roles to experience both. Students prepare their respective Academic Paper Presentation, Task 8.  Student analyzes a short article. Identifies (1) author, date, publisher, title and subject matter; (2) points made by the author, and, finally, (2) credibility of the author and article, giving reasons, and significance or relevance of the article. Do peer review with partner.

 Week 14 (May 29-Jun2). Present paper, Task 8. 

Week 15 (Jun 5-9).  Students Prepare for Debate, Group activity, Task 9.  Purpose and structure of the debate presented.  Courtroom model is given as debate example. Sides and judges chosen. Each side develops its arguments, pro and con respectively, speculating on the opposing side’s tactics.

 Week 16 (Jun 12-16). Conduct Debate, Task 9.  Prepare for Campus Tour, Task 10.  Purpose and methods applicable to laboratory tour as well.  Each group identifies sites and group member who will make presentation at respective site. Group leader identified. Map and speaker list prepared. Time a critical factor in planning

 Week 17 (19-23). Conduct Campus Tour, Task 10.

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