This course activates and reinforces students existing speaking ability before inculcating students to basic academic discussion. Students internalize a range of high-frequency questions used in simple conversations as well as forms of questions that can be applied to an academic investigation of a topic with which they are familiar. Discussion skills, vocabulary and grammar are acquired as students move from conversations with a partner to a discussion in a small group. 3 topics are introduced via articles which model academic rhetoric, provide topic-specific information, and contextualise language targets. Students are assessed on their comprehension of ideas and language in articles, their capacity to discuss topics skillfully, and their use of article content to inform and support opinions.
Students successfully completing this course will …
|Goal 1:||Converse with a partner and a small group for a limited time (at least 8 minutes)|
|Objective 1.1:||Use basic functional language to
– start a discussion
– summarise a complicated idea
– ask for definition, explanation, clarification, or repetition
– give an opinion, agree/disagree with an opinion
– attribute an idea to its author
– politely request something from a teacher
– listen actively
|Objective 1.2:||Ask questions of others to initiate and maintain basic academic discussion
– What do you think about X?
– What are the main differences between X and Y?
– What are the main benefits of X?
– What are the main problems with X?
– What is the main purpose of X?
|Objective 1.3:||Support an opinion orally using personal knowledge and information from a text|
|Objective 1.4:||Maintain conversational flow by responding appropriately (on-topic) with comments and questions.|
|Goal 2:||Recount and respond to an academic text|
|Objective 2.1:||Identify main ideas and details in a simple academic text|
|Objective 2.2:||Deconstruct simple academic texts using an outlining technique|
|Objective 2.3:||Orally recount the key points of a text using outlines as prompts|
|Objective 2.4:||Form and express opinions from textual input|
|Goal 3:||Use new and varied linguistic items to clearly express ideas|
|Objective 3.1:||Use new, topic-related vocabulary and grammar successfully in a group discussion for which they have prepared|
|Objective 3.2:||Use circumlocution strategies to explain unfamiliar vocabulary to others|