The goal of this course is for students to build on their current oral English skills and develop a greater mastery of the skills used in speaking English naturally and fluently. An emphasis will be placed on using conversation management skills used in everyday English, but some time will also be spent on speaking effectively before a large group. Students will be expected to participate actively in pairs, small groups, before the class, and with the teacher.
Evaluation will be based on active class participation, an exam at the end of each semester, and two or three class projects.
No class text. Handouts will be provided by the teacher.
An English learner's dictionary such as the Oxford Advanced Learner's 6th Edition or a good E - J dictionary.
● Handling the basics of a social relationship including greetings, small talk, and parting. ● Using English in everyday situations. ● Overcoming breakdowns in communication. ● Initiating, maintaining, and ending a conversation. ● Introducing, changing and finishing a topic naturally. ● Speaking effectively before a large group. ● Producing a story of medium length. ● Asking for and giving advice. ● Reacting. responding, and commenting appropriately. ● Giving important information quickly and easily.
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