Spoken English

Welcome!

What are the aims of this course?

To promote development of spoken English skills through cognitive, affective, social, linguistic and cultural development. This involves use of idioms, advanced sentence structures and acquisition of vocabulary. It also involves collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and perseverance.

How will we be doing this?

1. We will be participating in role-plays, discussions, debates, presentations and projects.
2. We will also be doing conversation gambit activities each week.
3. Check out the Lessons link to find out more about this.
4. We will be peer-assessing and self-assessing.
5. We will be speaking in English from the moment (or before) we enter the classroom.
6. We will be interacting in a non-threatening, student-centred workshop environment.



What do I need to do?

1. Obtain a copy of the book Conversation Gambits, by Eric Keller.
You can try here or here.
2. Come to class, collaborate, participate, discuss and be proactive.
3. Work on your discussion presentation, mid-term presentation and final project.
4. Do a peer- or self-assessment of each week's discussion presentation.
5. Peer-assess and self-assess the mid-term and final presentations.

Spoken English

Assessment overview

Attendance 10%, participation 20%

Punctuality, proactive participation, collaboration, peer/self-assessment.

Effort 40%

Planning, writing and performing (Mid-term presentations). Researching, designing and presenting (Final projects)

Spoken English

The Mid-term assignment (20%) will be in Week 8.

Students, in groups, will plan, prepare, rehearse and present a presentation.

What sort of presentation will we do?

We will discuss this in class. There are two options: 1) A mini-drama; 2) A presentation on a challenging, interesting, meaningful topic.

What will we have to do?

Mini-drama: You need to write the drama, rehearse it and perform it to the other class members in Week 8. The topic should be meaningful to everyone in the class. The mini-drama should take about 10 to 15 minutes. Everyone in the group will take part equally in the mini-drama. There should be evidence of collaboration, creativity, and effort. You can check out the criteria for assessment on the self/peer-assessment surveys.

Presentation: You need to plan, research and design the presentation and perform it to the other class members in Week 8. The topic should be meaningful to everyone in the class. The presentation should take about 10 to 15 minutes. Everyone in the group will take part equally in the presentation. There should be evidence of collaboration, creativity, and effort. You can check out the criteria for assessment on the self/peer-assessment surveys.

Here are some tips about presentation skills. Here are more some tips about presentation skills.

Spoken English

The Final assignment (20%) will be in Week 15.

Students, in groups, will plan, prepare, rehearse and present an English project.

What sort of project?

We will discuss this in class. There are many options and you are free to choose what to do. Here are some examples: Magazine; Tourist Brochure; Newsletter; Video (e.g. News Program); Survey; Movie Review; Restaurant Review; Book Review; Quiz; Biography (e.g. Pop-star, Movie-star, Film Director, Author, Poet); Current Affairs Show; etc.

What do we have to do?

Project: You need to plan, research, design, and make the project. Then you will present it to the other class members in Week 15. The topic should be meaningful to everyone in the class. Everyone in the group should contribute equally in making the project.

Presentation: You need to plan, design and rehearse the presentation of your project and perform it to the other class members in Week 15. The presentation should take about 10 to 15 minutes. Everyone in the group will take part equally in the presentation. There should be evidence of collaboration, creativity, and effort. You can check out the criteria for assessment on the self/peer-assessment surveys.

Here are some tips about presentation skills. Here are more some tips about presentation skills.

Spoken English

Miscellaneous Info

Each week we will have one three-hour session. This will be broken up as follows:

  1. 1. Conversation Gambits.
  2. 2. Discussion
  3. 3. Role-plays or debates
  4. 4. Preparation for discussion presentations, mid-term presentations, or final projects and presentations
  5. 5. Self/peer-assessments.

Materials for discussion, role-plays, etc., will be send to course members by email or SNS (e.g. Kakao).

Click on the lesson dates to see who is leading the discussion or presenting that week.

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Discussion Presentations

Date Topic Group Name Member Name Member Name Member Name
March 2 Single Brides Dr. Finch
March 9 Engendered Species Dr. Finch
March 16 TBA Dr. Finch
March 23
March 30
April 6
April 13 National Holiday Local Elections
April 20 Mid-term presentations
April 27
May 4
May 11
May 18
May 25
June 1 Final preentations
June 8