EC3 Seminar Goals & Objectives

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 who successfully complete this course will be able to do the following:

Goal 1: Converse with a partner for a limited time (at least 5 minutes) .

Objective 1.1: Acquire and use discussion skills.
- Start a discussion
- Answer with extra information
- Ask follow-up questions
- Ask for repetition
- Ask for a translation
- Ask for reasons
- Ask for examples
- Make effective eye contact
- Ask for and give definitions
- Give a supported opinion
- Agree and add an idea
- Disagree and explain why
Objective 1.2: Ask questions of others to initiate and maintain basic academic discussion.
- What do you think about X?
- What are the main benefits of X?
- What are the main problems with X?
- Should X (d0) Y?
- What are the main features of X?
- What are the main differences between X and Y?
- Which is (better), X or Y?
- What are the main causes of X?
- What are the main effects of X?
Objective 1.3: Identify, describe, and discuss opinions, benefits, problems, differences, similarities, features, causes and effects.
Objective 1.4: Integrate into discussion information from assigned readings.

Goal 2: Comprehend, recount and respond to a simple academic text.

Objective 2.1: Identify and comprehend main ideas, supporting ideas and details.
Objective 2.2: Use graphic organisers to visualise the relationships between ideas.
Objective 2.3: Memorise key sentences from a text.
Objective 2.4: Develop a better understanding of academic writing.

Goal 3: Use new and varied vocabulary to clearly express ideas.

Objective 3.1: Use new, topic-related vocabulary successfully in pair discussions for which students have prepared.
Objective 3.2: Demonstrate progress towards a more objective understanding of universally intelligible pronunciation, especially syllable stress.
Objective 3.3: Use modal verbs with more competence.

Updated 2018.02.15