SemesterSpring Semester, 2020
DepartmentForeign Language Center
Course NameEnglish Elective: Academic Listening & Speaking
InstructorCHEN CHIA-CHI
Credit3.0
Course TypeElective
Prerequisite
Course Objective
Course Description
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週次



Week



課程主題



Topic



課程內容與指定閱讀



Content and Reading Assignment



教學活動與作業



Teaching Activities and Homework



學習投入時間



Student workload expectation



課堂講授



In-class Hours



課程前後



Outside-of-class Hours



1



Course Introduction & Orientation



 




  • Pre-coursework evaluation on speaking and listening skills

  • Self-evaluation / Instructor’s feedback



In-class activity: Discussion in groups and presenting to the class; TED Sharing assignment introduced



3



4.5



2



Unit 1: Living Longer, Healthier Lives




  • Presentation and Discussion

  • Lecture listening and note-taking (LNT) practice



In-class activity: Speaking task – presenting a habit or activity that has multiple benefits; vocabulary learning; IT 1 topic introduced



3



4.5



3



TED Sharing – Part 1




  • LNT practice

  • Individual presentations

  • Vocabulary in context



In-class activity: Students present their favorite TED Talk; prep IT 1



3



4.5



4



Unit 2: Debating the Issue of Privacy vs. Disclosure




  • LNT practice

  • Dictation

  • Vocabulary in context



In-class activity: Speaking task – team debate on the right to privacy vs. the right to know; vocabulary learning; prep IT 1



3



4.5



5



Informative Talk 1: Article Interaction




  • LNT practice

  • Students give presentations in pairs or groups



Students present an article and opinion using critical thinking.



3



4.5



6



Unit 3: Learning the Importance of Listening




  • LNT practice

  • Dictation

  • Vocabulary in context



In-class activity: Speaking activity – presenting the benefits of listening; vocabulary learning; IT 2 topic introduced



3



4.5



7



TED Sharing – Part 2




  • LNT practice

  • Individual presentations

  • Vocabulary in context



In-class activity: Students present their favorite TED Talk; prep IT 1



3



4.5



8



Unit 4: Making Big Changes to the World




  • LNT practice

  • Dictation

  • Vocabulary in context



In-class activity: Speaking activity – present how big data has solved a problem; vocabulary learning; Prep IT 2



3



4.5



9



Informative Talk 2: Testimonial




  • Students give presentations in pairs or groups

  • LNT practice



Students present an opinion based on personal experience.



3



4.5



10



Unit 5: Understanding and Overcoming Fears




  • Presentation and Discussion

  • Lecture listening and note-taking (LNT) practice



In-class activity: Speaking task – present how an emotion can teach us something useful; vocabulary learning; IT 3 topic introduced



3



4.5



11



Inspiring Film on Becoming a Great Speaker




  • LNT practice

  • Dictation

  • Film detail observation

  • Vocabulary in context



Watch the film; In-class activity: Speaking and discussion activities; vocabulary learning



3



4.5



12



Unit 6: Making and Eating Better Food




  • LNT practice

  • Dictation

  • Vocabulary in context



In-class activity: Speaking task – role play an advertisement to promote a sustainable food; vocabulary learning; prep IT 3



3



4.5



13



Informative Talk 3: Persuasive Talk




  • Presentation and Discussion

  • Listening and note-taking (LNT)



Students present opinion with support of numbers, stats, and expert opinions



3



4.5



14



Unit 7: Choosing a Good Reputation




  • LNT practice

  • Dictation

  • Vocabulary in context



In-class activity: Speaking task – present ideas about how to build and protect our online reputation; vocabulary learning; begin topic for final presentation



3



4.5



15



Inspiring Film on Public Speaking and Debating




  • LNT practice

  • Dictation

  • Film detail observation

  • Vocabulary in context



Watch the film; In-class activity: Speaking and discussion activities; vocabulary learning



3



4.5



16



Unit 8: Living Life More Efficiently




  • LNT practice

  • Dictation

  • Vocabulary in context



In-class activity: Speaking task – share a time when analyzing info made you better at something; vocabulary learning; prep IT 3



3



4.5



17



Final Listening Test




  • Students are tested on listening comprehension, implications, and dictation.



Listening test; Final preparation for presentations next week



3



4.5



18



Final Presentation



Students give final group presentations for 15-20 minutes per group



3



4.5





Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

E-mail: paulchao@nccu.edu.tw



Line@: @askpaul


Requirement/Grading








To successfully complete the course, you must take all quizzes and participate in assigned activities. Your final grades are determined by the following course components:



   ?  Attendance & Performance: 10%



   ?  In-class Listening exercises: 15%



   ?  Informative Talks: 30%



   ?  TED-talk Sharing: 10%



   ?  Final presentation: 15%



   ?  Final listening exam: 20%



 



ATTENDANCE, PUNCTUALITY & ASSIGNMENT POLICIES



Attendance is mandatory. Students who are absent for more than 1/3 of total class hours without an appropriate reason are prohibited from taking the final exam and receive a mark of zero for the final exam. All required assignments must be submitted to the instructor on or before the due dates. Late assignments will be given a lower grade unless there is an acceptable explanation for their late submission. Make-up exams for the mid-term and final exams may be held for the students with appropriate reasons but will have 20 full points (20%) deducted from the grade awarded.



 



ASSIGNMENTS & EXAMINATIONS



In-class Listening Exercises:



In addition to oral training, every class in the semester is an opportunity for students to exercise their listening comprehension and note-taking ability in English. Students should come to class with the mindset of getting proactively involved in listening activities rather than passively comprehending information without involvement. To this end, students will take notes in every class on a variety of listening training exercises, including dictations, interviews of classmates, and quizzes based on the textbook unit content. Notes will be collected and graded on effort and/or comprehension, depending on the activities. These activities and in-class quizzes cannot be made up.



TED Sharing:



This is an individual presentation, approximately five minutes, in which students share a short clip from a TED Talk of their choice from their own personal interest. Students should show the clip, summarize the speaker’s main point of the talk, and discuss what new information from this talk most benefits them and why.



Informative Talks:



Throughout the semester, students will give three talks on a topic discussed in class, focusing on a relevant subtopic of their choice. These “TED Talks” will be pairs or three-member group presentations, should last approximately five minutes, and include Power Point slides. Each talk is worth 10% and focuses on a different aspect of oral presentation style as explained below.



Informative Talk 1 – Article Interaction: Students will find an informative article related to their subtopic and present the findings of the article to the class. The students should also present their opinions using critical thinking and logical reasoning based on the content of the article. They must also discuss how their classmates can specifically benefit from knowing this information.



Informative Talk 2 – Testimonial: For this presentation, students must present their personal opinion related to their chosen subtopic and support that opinion with personal experience. Students must find partners for this talk who have had a similar personal experience in which he or she has come to a similar conclusion. For example, if two students have studied abroad, they might share how living abroad can help us connect with the world in ways we can’t at home. Then they can support that claim by sharing how they discovered this from their separate experiences. Students may also include information from an article in which someone else had a similar experience and come to a similar conclusion.



Informative Talk 3 – Persuasive Talk: For this presentation, students must share an opinion based on their chosen subtopic and support their claim with numbers, statistics, and quotes from authorities on the subject. In order to get their supporting information, they may use articles online or conduct personal surveys and interviews.



Final Listening Exam



Students will be tested on their listening comprehension in three parts. In Part 1, students will listen to one of the informative articles from the textbook and answer questions based on what they hear. In Part 2, students will watch a new TED Talk and answer questions based on content comprehension and implications of the speaker. Taking notes on the lecture will also count in Part 2. In Part 3, students will dictate sentences from the TED Talks in the textbook.



Final Group Presentation



Students will make a presentation in large groups (4-5 students per group) to present a problem and solution to a controversial issue facing university students today. This presentation mirrors the Integrated Speaking portion of the TOEFL Speaking Test. Each student in the group takes a different role and is graded on how well they perform their role. Clarity (including pronunciation, fluency, and grammar), as well as confidence (memorizing or reading notes), will also be part of the final score for each student in the group.




Textbook & Reference



Lee, C. (2017) 21st Century Communication: Listening, Speaking, and Critical Thinking. National Geographic Learning.


Urls about Course
1. TED talks: https://www.ted.com/talks 2. BBC Learning English: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish 3. VoiceTube: https://tw.voicetube.com 4. VOA Learning English: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/ 5. Elllo: http://www.elllo.org/
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