SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentDept. of English Course Schedule for Minor Students
Course NameEnglish Oral Training
Course TypeRequired
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Students should:

  • regularly check the MOODLE course website for announcements and materials

  • prepare class materials before class to ensure active class participation

  • actively take part in class discussions (English is required for all discussions)

  • complete assignments on time

  • complete assignments accurately (Accuracy of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation)

  • present a midterm project

  • attend class (attendance is mandatory)


Tentative Class Schedule



Course Theme


Content and Reading Assignments


Class Activity & Homework


No Class

No class; Makeup class to be announced



Culture and Identity

Course introduction; Effective self-introductions; Icebreakers; Conversational Threading

Group Discussion


Culture and Identity

Critical Reading and Questioning Skills: Inferring Morals

Group Discussion

Forming questions and interviews

Roleplay: Formal Interviews

Homework: Retelling an Event (Narrating and Event)


Public Behaviour

Critical Skills: Evaluating Internet Sources; Identifying essential information (Hypothesis; Topic Sentences; Supporting Materials)

Impromptu Speeches: Narrating an event

Group analysis

Group Discussion on World Issues

Assignment Due: Retelling and Event (Narrating)


Public Behaviour

Summarising and Paraphrasing; Using sources; Impromptu Speeches: Styles

Group simulation: Impromptu Speeches (Random topic and random groups)

Homework: Prepare possible outline(s) for Impromptu Speech


Social Issues

Definition Writing; Informative Speech; Using Sources

Impromptu Speeches: Strategies for preparation

Assignment Due: Impromptu Outlines

Group simulation: Informative Speech (Impromptu)


Social Issues

Definition Writing; Informative Speech; Using data sources

Impromptu Speech: PREP

Group simulation: Informative Speech (Impromptu)

Homework: Prepare Midterm topic


Changes in Modern Lifestyle

Process writing skills; Process Speech; Effective transitions

Impromptu Speech: PREP

Assignment Due: Midterm Topic

Group simulation: Process Speech (Planned topic and random groups)


Changes in Modern Lifestyle

Presenting with Visual Aids/PPT; Process Speech

Group simulation: Present your midterm topic to your group

Peer Feedback

Homework: Draft Midterm


Midterm Exam: presentation

Midterm Presentation Pair Assignment

Assignment Due: Midterm presentation and script


Health and Technology

Planned Speech: Cause Effect

Debating skills

Group Activity: Small Group Debates


Health and Technology

Planned Speech: Cause Effect

Debating skills: Logical Fallacies

Group Activity: Small Group Debates

Homework: Prepare for Class debate


Health and Technology

Planned Speech: Persuasive

Argumentation; Persuasive Skills

Voice Practice: Pronunciation, Stress and Intonation

Class Debate/Panel Discussion: Wall or no wall

Voice Practice

Homework: Dictation


Global Issues

Planned Speech: Persuasive

Argumentation; Persuasive Skills

Voice Practice: Sentence Variation & Pauses

Assignment Due: Dictation

Group Activity: Small Group Debates

Group Activity: Voice Practice


Global Issues

Planned Speech: Persuasive; 5-minute style

Argumentation; Persuasive Skills: Fallacies

Group Activity: Small Group Debates

Homework: Final Topic


Global Issues

Planned Speech: Persuasive

Argumentation; Persuasive Skills

Strategies for placing and Chunking

Assignment Due: Final assignment Topic

Class Debate/Panel Discussion: Regulating Facebook

Homework: Complete Draft of the final topic



Final assignment; Peer feedback

Group Activity: Simulate speeches to in small groups

Homework: Complete Final Presentation


Final Presentation

Planned Speech Using Visuals

Planned Speeches


Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

Students are evaluated according to their levels of active participation, comprehension of assigned materials, ability to initiate, direct and end conversations, interacting with cultural awareness, seeking and presenting information in an organised manner, improvisation in new situations, fluency, and accuracy (grammar, pronunciation, contextual appropriateness).


1. Attendance, Participation and Class Discussion: 30%*

2. Class Assignments: 20%**

3. Midterm Oral presentation: 20%

4. Final Project: 30%


* This class relies on active participation. Therefore, class attendance and participation are mandatory.

  • Exceptions may be applied for from the teacher.

  • Unauthorised absenteeism can result in the deduction of points.

  • Being late by more than 30 minutes is considered absent.

  • Languages other than English and unapproved use of technology are considered non-participation. Examples of approved forms in-class technology use may include using devices for reading unprinted materials, searching for class-relevant materials and looking up vocabulary.

**All assignments, including the midterm and final, must be submitted on time.

  • Assignments more than 48 hours late will be subjected to a 5-point penalty per week.

  • Assignments more than a week late might not be graded.

  • Plagiarism, defined as the act of copying materials of others and passing it as one’s own work, will be subjected to a 10-point penalty per instance (1 sentence = 1 instance). If a sizeable proportion of an assignment has been plagiarised, the teacher may decline to grade and may ask that the assignment be redone.

Textbook & Reference

Class materials are made up of authentic material. These materials are posted to Moodle and students should prepare the materials before class to ensure active class participation. The materials are sourced from the following:

  1. Handouts

  2. Guided News events ICRT/English Breaking News/VOA News Etc.

  3. Current News (from CNN/BBC…)

  4. Ted Talk Shows (Some Scripts are available)

  5. Broukal, Milada. Weaving it together 4: Connecting Reading and Writing. National Geographic Learning, Cengage Learning, 2016.

  6. McGuigan, Brendan. Rhetorical Devices: A Handbook and Activities for Student Writers (p. 63). Prestwick House. Kindle Edition.

Other supplementary materials (Including materials from communication textbooks).

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