English II Presentation and Discussion

Revised Syllabus 2020/09/13

An earlier version of this syllabus was published on the university website in February 2020, but since that time the coronavirus pandemic has forced the university to implement distance learning. This revised syllabus reflects the necessary changes required by the emergency situation.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to let students have as many opportunities as possible to practice what they learned in English II: Public Speaking; through thorough exercise students can improve the knowledge and skills necessary for giving a presentation, asking questions, and holding discussions in such formal contexts as academic conferences and business meetings. Because we are not meeting this year in a classroom, it will be difficult to develop some of these skills, but we will try. Through this course, students should become better speakers in formal settings and learn how to prepare a presentation based on research of the chosen topic. Students who failed English II: Public Speaking in the first semester are not allowed to take this course. For a final project, students will have to produce a multimedia presentation for which they write a script and record narration. 

Course Goals

Students can make effective use of common words/phrases appropriate for formal spoken interactions.

Students can interact with others appropriately and effectively in formal settings.

Students can research a chosen topic and discuss their findings in their presentations.

Students develop strong voices and clear pronunciation.

Teaching Methods

Students will study some of examples of speeches and short lectures by native speakers of English. During a presentation only one person speaks while about nine other students listen, so presentation success depends on the comprehension skills of the audience. About half of the preparation time will be spent on developing the skills needed to comprehend a presentation and to make it comprehensible. In order to make themselves understood, students will focus on error correction of their written drafts, then on pronunciation and rehearsal of pre-existing scripts (not always their own original scripts). In addition to the practice described above, for a final project students will prepare a multimedia presentation. Students will receive feedback on performance of their presentation with regard to such elements as voice quality, language errors, pronunciation, design of audio-visual materials, and content.

Course Schedule

1. Course introduction. Review of assignments done in English II: Public Speaking. Speech example: Formal and informal language. First listening and reading of the transcript. Taking notes on the speech.

2. Further listening practice with previous speech. Error correction. Summarizing the speech and performing the speech.

3. Speech example: Compare and contrast: Formal and Informal Language. First listening and reading of the transcript. Taking notes on the speech.

4. Further listening practice with the previous speech example. Error correction. Summarizing and performing the lecture.

5. Speech example: Compare and contrast: Two Kinds of Elephants. First listening and reading of the transcript. Taking notes on the speech.

6. Further listening practice with the previous speech example. Error correction. Summarizing and rehearsing the speech.

7. Speech example: A theory about species extinction and evidence for the theory. Expressing cause and effect. First listening and reading of the transcript. Taking notes on the speech.

8. Further listening practice with the previous speech example. Error correction. Summarizing and performing the speech.

9. Speech example: Describing a historical event (1). Expressing cause and effect. First listening and reading of the transcript. Taking notes on the speech.

10. Further listening practice with the speech example. Error correction. Summarizing and performing the speech.

11. Speech example: Describing a historical event (2). Expressing cause and effect. First listening and reading of the transcript. Taking notes on the speech.

12. Further listening practice with the speech example. Error correction. Summarizing and performing the speech.

13. Individual guidance on student presentations through email and voice-over-internet calling (Skype, Zoom etc). Students work independently to finish their final projects.

14. Individual guidance on student presentations through email and voice-over-internet calling (Skype, Zoom etc). Students work independently to finish their final projects.

15. Individual guidance on student presentations through email and voice-over-internet calling (Skype, Zoom etc). Students work independently to finish their final projects.

Self-study outside of course hours, Assignments, Preparation and Review etc.

At least one hour of preparation and review will be necessary before each class. 

Assessment Criteria and Methods

Participation and preparation 40% Presentation assignment 60 

Textbook

No textbook is required.

Expectations for Enrolled Students

Attend all the classes, make efforts speak English in class, and participate in all activities. Stay on schedule with all the assignments. There are 15 classes per semester. At the end of the course, any student who has been absent for more than 1/3 of the classes, for whatever reason, cannot get credit for this course. Note that this permitted number of absences gives a student a reasonable allowance for any absences due to illnesses, injuries, and emergencies. For example, if a student were absent 4 times for no good reason, then absent once because of a serious injury, then absent again to attend a funeral (reasonable excuses for absences, usually), he would still fail to get credit for the course because 4+2=6, which is more than 1/3 of 15. Stay in contact with the teacher through your Seijo University email account, Campus Square for Web, the class website and WebClass.

Method to Contact the Lecturer

riches[at]seijo.ac.jp

Class website: http://www.themindseye.ca/engIIPD-F/engIIPD-F.html