SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentFreshman Class A, Department of English Freshman Class B, Department of English
Course NameEnglish Oral Training (I) : Oral Training and Listening
InstructorVAN JAARSVELDT LEON
Credit3.0
Course TypeRequired
Prerequisite
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Course Requirements:



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






































































































Week



Content



Class Activity and Homework



1



9/11




  • No class; Makeup to be announced



 



2



9/18




  • Course introduction

  • Effective self-introductions

  • Icebreakers

  • Conversational Threading and fluency




  • Group Activity: Conversation Starters

  • Group Discussion of assigned reading/video



3



9/25




  • Reading/Listening Assignment: See Moodle

  • Asking Questions

  • Interview Skills




  • Student-led Presentation & Discussion

  • Group Activity: Interviewing Classmates



4



10/2




  • Reading/Listening Assignment: See Moodle

  • Threading; Narrating events/storytelling

  • Discussion/Speech Enrichment Strategies




  • Student-led Presentation & Discussion

  • Group Activity: Narrating an Event



5



10/9




  • Reading/Listening Assignment: See Moodle

  • Summary & Paraphrase skills

  • Impromptu: Overview

  • Retelling an event




  • Student-led Presentation & Discussion

  • Group Activity: Impromptu Storytelling

  • Homework: Retelling an event



6



10/16




  • Reading/Listening Assignment: See Moodle

  • Impromptu Speeches




  • Student-led Presentation & Discussion

  • Class Activity: Retelling an Event

  • Assignment due: Retelling an event



7



10/23




  • Reading/Listening Assignment: See Moodle

  • Impromptu Speeches: Informative Style




  • Student-led Presentation & Discussion

  • Group Activity: Analyse Example



8



10/30




  • Reading/Listening Assignment: See Moodle

  • Impromptu Speeches: Informative Style




  • Student-led Presentation & Discussion

  • Class Activity: Impromptu



9



11/6




  • Using visual evidence

  • Voice Practice

  • Common Speaking Errors




  • Analyse an example speech

  • Homework: Midterm Presentation and Speaking Script



10



11/13




  • Midterms




  • Assignment due: Midterms



11



11/20




  • Reading/Listening Assignment: See Moodle

  • Public Speaking

  • Managing anxiety




  • Student-led Presentation & Discussion

  • Group Activity: Analyse and Example



12



11/27




  • Reading/Listening Assignment: See Moodle

  • Discussing Problems and Solution




  • Student-led Presentation & Discussion

  • Class Activity: Impromptu

  • Homework: Propose solutions



13



12/4




  • Reading/Listening Assignment: See Moodle

  • Discussing Problems and Solution

  • Discussing Problems and Solution




  • Assignment due: Propose solutions

  • Student-led Presentation & Discussion

  • Class Activity: Offer Solutions



14



12/11




  • Reading/Listening Assignment: See Moodle

  • Discussing Problems and Solution




  • Student-led Presentation & Discussion

  • Class Activity: Offer Solutions



15



12/18




  • Reading/Listening Assignment: See Moodle

  • Agreeing and Disagreeing




  • Homework: Prepare final presentation outline

  • Student-led Presentation & Discussion



16



12/25




  • Reading/Listening Assignment: See Moodle

  • Agreeing and Disagreeing




  • Student-led Presentation & Discussion

  • Assignment Due: Deadline for topic approval



17



1/1




  • No Class

  • Founding Day of the Republic of China (Holiday)




  • Homework: Complete final presentation and speech



18



1/8



Final Presentations




  • Assignments Due: Final Presentations




 


Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant
Requirement/Grading

Evaluation Criteria:



Students are evaluated according to their levels of active participation, comprehension of assigned materials, ability to initiate, direct and end conversations, interact fluently, presentation of information in an organised manner, improvisation, 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

References & Recommended Readings:



This class sources authentic material from sources including ICRT, CNN and other sources. The materials are posted to Moodle before class and students should prepare the materials and bring printed copies to class. Students may also use electronic devices to bring the materials to class. However, phones are not recommended due to the small size of the screens. Sources include:




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

  2. Current News (from CNN/BBC…)

  3. Ted Talk Shows (Some Scripts are available)

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

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


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