Project
Word Power
- 'Expressing Oneself with Written and Spoken Words'
Wed. 1st. Period Simon M. Bedelo
Keywords:
Academic English, Grammar, Speaking, Writing

'Word Power' is an English course whose primary focus is on paragraph writing and giving presentation. The first half of the course is spent on practicing the basics of paragraph writing while the second half focusses on making short speeches.


The class uses a step-by-step approach to learning. The practicing of each skill target is followed by a short writing assignment that helps the learner evaluate their progress. At the end of the term, students will be equipped with the necessary basics for expressing themselves both logically and convincingly.


Three writing assignments (Week 2, 4 and 6): 30%
Two speech practices (Week 9 and 11): 20%
Mid-term Essay (Week 8) : 20%
Final presentation : 20%
Participation in open discussion: 10%


1

The Basic Elements of Communicative English

Students review the fundamentals of English communication. They include among others, the basic structure of English sentences and how to ask/answer questions. 

2

The Art of Introducing Oneself in Writing

Using a pre-made sample of writing, students practice how to introduce their life activities in writing.

3

The Art of Editing and Summarizing an English Text

Students learn and practice how to edit and summarize an English text. 

4

The Art of Writing Short and Simple Paragraphs

Using pre-made sample of writings, students learn and practice the fundamentals of simple paragraphs. 

5

The Art of Writing Multi-paragraph Essays

On the basis of the skills learned in Week 4 and using pre-made sample of writings, students learn how to write multi-paragraph essays.

6

The Art of Writing Contrastive Paragraphs

Using pre-made sample of writings, students learn and practice how to write contrastive paragraphs. 

7

The Art of Writing Cause & Effect Paragraphs

Using pre-made sample of writings, students learn and practice how to write cause & effect paragraphs. 

8

The Art of Speechmaking 

Students are introduced to the main elements of a standard speech. They also learn about preparing and delivering a speech.

9

Speech Session 1

Students practice delivering speeches using the skills learned in Week 8. Speeches are followed by brief comments from classmates. 

10

The Art of Arguing an Opinion

Students learn the fundamentals of an opinion speech. 

11

Speech Session 2

Students practice speechmaking using the skills learned in Week 10. Speeches are followed by brief comments from classmates. 

12

Putting It Together: The Art of Preparing a Power-point Speech

Students learn how to combine the skills developed in writing sessions with those acquired during speech practices. Students are also introduced to the preparation of a power-point speech.

13

Final Presentation (Group 1)

Students give final speeches utilizing the various skills learned during the term. Presentations are followed by Q&A sessions that mirror the skill target of Week 1

14

Final Presentation (Group 2)

Students give final speeches utilizing the various skills learned during the term. Presentations are followed by Q&A sessions that mirror the skill target of Week 1

15

Overall Review and Open Discussion

Students discuss and review what they have learned during the term and give their feedback in a form of an open discussion.  


Students with level 'A' English are welcome to attend. The class benefits those who like step-by-step methods. It also allows students to focus on their academic interest while working on their language needs.

(S) is given to those who: 1) have attended all the classes; 2) have handed in assignments on time; and 3) achieved 95 percent of overall points.