Oral Communication Skills ‒ English


Teaching Staff: Moraiti Eleni
Course Code: EN-5000
Gram-Web Code: ΑΝ0105
Course Category: Specific Background
Course Type: Compulsory
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: English / Greek
Semester: 5th΄
ECTS: 2
Total Hours: 2
Erasmus: Available (in English)
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Short Description:

The aim of this course is to help students of the interpreting track enhance their spoken communication skills. This is achieved mainly through prepared presentations on the part of the students, impromptu speaking, debates and discussions. An array of topics is addressed (politics, economics, current affairs, social etc).

Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

The main aims-objectives of the course are for students to:

  • to become  familiar with various aspects of spoken discourse.
  • improve their overall speaking skills
Syllabus:

Week 1: Basic principles of oral communication

Week 2: Principles and techniques of impromptu speech

Week 3: Exercises in impromptu speech

Week 4: Exercises in impromptu speech

Week 5: Exercises in impromptu speech

Week 6: Exercises in impromptu speech

Week 7: Exercises in impromptu speech

Week 8: Principles of debating

Week 9: Exercises in debating

Week 10: Exercises in debating

Week 11: Exercises in debating

Week 12: Exercises in debating

Week 13: Review of course material, feedback on group assignments

Suggested Bibliography:
  • Cameron, D. (2001). Working with spoken discourse. London & New York: Sage Publications.
  • Flowerdew, J. (2013) Discourse in English Language Education. New York: Routledge.
  • Miller, J. & Weinert, R. (1998). Spontaneous spoken language. Syntax and discourse. Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • Extra material in the form of articles etc is provide in open eclass
Teaching Methods:

The course is taught through interactive lectures. It involves the active participation of students in class discussion and activities. Students prepare weekly mini presentations on current issues. There is ample opportunity for reflection is also given through cooperative learning activities. Students have the opportunity to sit in lectures delivered by experts in the field (and Erasmus+ visiting professors) on topics related to the course.

New Technologies:

PPT, short videos, interactive activities, polls, slido quizes, etc.

Evaluation Methods:

a) Impromptu speeches (50% of the total course grade)

b) Interpreting short, current affairs extracts from English into Greek and from Greek into English (50% of the total course grade)


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