Oral
Gaining Sharper English Communication
Tue. 2nd. Period Keith Olfers
Keywords:
Culture, Listening, Presentation, Speaking

The first unit is for introduction and preparation.  Each subsequent unit begins and ends with a presentation in order to demonstrate the students’ progress, both to the instructor and to the students themselves.  These will be delivered solo, on assigned topics with approximately a minute allowed for preparation.  Following the initial presentation, there will be a brief intro followed by exercises and role plays. The role plays will be geared to provide the student with the opportunity of using some part of the skill set in a focused way.  Each unit will be organized to gradually expand on the skills involved, in preparation for the exams.
 
Prior to the Midterm and the Final, there will be a consolidation practice day to give the students another opportunity to apply the skills in an integrated way.  Any remaining time may be used to begin preparation for the exam.


After this class, you will be able to express yourself in a fun, clear, and concise manner.  You will also be able to effectively state when you don’t understand and request more information as needed.


Attendance: 30%
Participation: 30%
Mid-term: 20%
Final: 20%


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Unit 1: Listener skills (1-2 weeks, as required by students level)

  • When you didn’t hear/understand everything
  • Asking for clarification/more detail

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Unit 1: Listener skills (1-2 weeks, as required by students level)

  • When you didn’t hear/understand everything
  • Asking for clarification/more detail

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Unit 2: Sequencing (i.e., chronological, logical) and Orienting (i.e., in time, in a body of information) (4 weeks)

  • Giving Directions (organizing your communication in a chronological future sequence)
  • Giving Directions (landmarks: visually orienting in space)
  • Telling a Story (organizing your communication in a complicated chronological sequence)
  • Telling a Story (not losing your listener: orienting in time)

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Unit 2: Sequencing (i.e., chronological, logical) and Orienting (i.e., in time, in a body of information) (4 weeks)

  • Giving Directions (organizing your communication in a chronological future sequence)
  • Giving Directions (landmarks: visually orienting in space)
  • Telling a Story (organizing your communication in a complicated chronological sequence)
  • Telling a Story (not losing your listener: orienting in time)

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Unit 2: Sequencing (i.e., chronological, logical) and Orienting (i.e., in time, in a body of information) (4 weeks)

  • Giving Directions (organizing your communication in a chronological future sequence)
  • Giving Directions (landmarks: visually orienting in space)
  • Telling a Story (organizing your communication in a complicated chronological sequence)
  • Telling a Story (not losing your listener: orienting in time)

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Unit 2: Sequencing (i.e., chronological, logical) and Orienting (i.e., in time, in a body of information) (4 weeks)

  • Giving Directions (organizing your communication in a chronological future sequence)
  • Giving Directions (landmarks: visually orienting in space)
  • Telling a Story (organizing your communication in a complicated chronological sequence)
  • Telling a Story (not losing your listener: orienting in time)

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Consolidation (practice and mid-term preparation)

  • Some function to roleplay on for practice
  • Mid-term preparation

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Midterm: Telling a chronologically detailed story about something you did or will do (e.g., tour guide explains a vacation package) (1 week)

  • Person A: tells the story.  Graded for clarity, details and organization
  • Person B: actively listens. Graded for comprehension: must ask for clarification to ensure that they understood.

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Unit 3: Sequencing and Orienting (Part 2) (2 weeks)

  • Explaining your Hobby (organizing your communication in a logical structure to present information clearly)
  • Explaining your Hobby (not losing your listener: orienting in a body of information)

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Unit 3: Sequencing and Orienting (Part 2) (2 weeks)

  • Explaining your Hobby (organizing your communication in a logical structure to present information clearly)
  • Explaining your Hobby (not losing your listener: orienting in a body of information)

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Unit 4: Adding Color to Conversation (2 weeks)

  • Moderating and Intensifying (adverbial phrases as in ‘a little small,’ ‘pretty small,’ ‘extremely small’
  • Exaggerating with Metaphor and Simile (‘that dog was as big as a house!’)
  • Adding Color with Metaphor and Simile

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Unit 4: Adding Color to Conversation (2 weeks)

  • Moderating and Intensifying (adverbial phrases as in ‘a little small,’ ‘pretty small,’ ‘extremely small’
  • Exaggerating with Metaphor and Simile (‘that dog was as big as a house!’)
  • Adding Color with Metaphor and Simile

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Consolidation (Practice and Final Preparation)

  • Some function to roleplay on for practice
  • Final Preparation

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Final: Smalltalk (Presenting Yourself, Asking about Others)

  • Groups of four.

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