CGFE ENG 4177
Bachelor 2ème année,2ème Année Management,2ème Année Télécom
One form of oral communication is interaction which “involves two or more parties co-constructing discourse”. Spoken interaction is considered to be the origin of language, with interpersonal, collaborative and transactional functions” . It occurs in various informal or formal situations with different interlocutors and requires many different subskills and specific strategies. This course takes an action-oriented approach to interactive oral communication on any current issues concerning students’ future professional work; it requires serious student engagement and active participation.
Learning Objectives (based on real life communication skills)
• First and foremost to evaluate ones’ skills and subskills involved in interactive oral communication and establish feasible individual objectives for the semester;
• to practice and develop skills in planning, compensating for lacks in, monitoring and repairing speech;
• to practice and develop oral communication (both sustained monologue i.e. oral presentation and interaction) i.e. expressing opinion, ideas, arguing a case, point of view, clarifying, reex-plaining (precisely, succinctly, convincingly and linguistically correctly) and managing the interaction and audience: i.e. managing turn taking, dealing with disagreement and criticism appropriately and diplomatically;
• to practice and further develop skills in mediating, i.e. relaying information, explaining data (graphs and tables), translating a written text into speech;
• to practice and further develop skills in receiving oral communication: ability to follow, keep up with animated debate, understand prominent points, check comprehension, ask for repetition and clarification;
• to practice and further develop written production skills, especially notetaking and writing a summary based on the actual spoken interaction in the classroom.
The main goal of this course is to give further practice and develop relevant skills, subskills and strategies of producing and participating in interactive oral communication on current topics or topical issues in management, business, science or engineering of participants’ interest. Besides planning and producing oral communication, this includes mediating and presenting information in front of a group, receiving oral communication (listening comprehension), and managing interaction and interlocutors.
Students are expected to:
1. attend class , be punctual and prepared (with assigned work);
2. participate actively take the floor and speak every week (i.e. participate actively), individually or in pairs;
3. provide authentic work ;
4. respect dates/deadlines
The course grading scheme, based on LSH policy, is organized as follows:
50% – continuous assessment which is further broken down as follows:
• 50% common core academic English = notes; 1 summary;1 oral presentation; 2 essays,
• 50% (of the CA) = 6 class oral activities (OPICs)
50% - final assessment (CF) common core academic English writing(s).
Validating the tandem course will add 2 bonus points in the continuous assesment grade of the corresponding language course.
1point en moins sur le contrôle continue pour chaque absence non justifiée
This course is based on several teaching/learning methodologies:
1. action-oriented approach i.e. ‘[….] with learners as social agents […] involving them in the learning process […] and recognizing the social nature of language learning and language use, the interaction between the social and the individual in the process or learning. Seeing learners as language users implies extensive use of the target language in the classroom, - learning to use the language rather than just learning about the language (as a subject). An active approach also implies taking responsibility for one’s learning; especially in the context of devising and deploying techniques and practices, setting objectives, locating resources, to improve specific points.
2. the flipped classroom. Students need to come to class prepared.
3. collaborative/social learning. Students are invited to participate in determining course content, activities, etc. They are also encouraged to peer review classmates’ communication and film each other for self-assessment purposes.
4. learning from one’s mistakes (as noted on feedback sheet).
A typical class takes place as follows:
1. A student or students either briefly (5min.) presents/present or do at least three full 10 minute oral presentations on a current event, trend, issue of interest. A short video may be used.
2. Listeners may then practice and develop listening comprehension. A few comprehension questions and vocabulary items may follow.
3. The group of listeners then engage in a discussion or debate, expressing their opinion, arguing a case/point of view, etc. (15-20 min.)
4. Every week each student needs to take notes and write up a summary of at least one discussion. The instructor will collect, read, comment, and correct the texts for the following week.
Programme grande école,Programme Ingénieur,Programme Bachelor
1. Introduction to course. Self-assess relevant skills and strategies (interaction, mediation, production, reception) according to CEFR descriptors and write up a set of personal objectives for the course. Instructor gives an example of an interactive talk.
2. Oral presentation/Interactive communication (OPIC) 1
3. OPIC 2; planning, compensating for lacks, monitoring and repairing speech; typical class;
4. OPIC 3; mediating, i.e. relaying information, explaining data (graphs and tables), translating a written text into speech;
6. OPIC 4; receiving oral communication: ability to follow, keep up with animated debate, understand prominent points, check comprehension, ask for repetition and clarification;
7. OPIC 5; expressing opinion, ideas, arguing a case, point of view, clarifying, reexplaining (precisely, succinctly, convincingly and linguistically correctly);
8. OPIC 6; managing the interaction and audience: i.e. managing turn taking, dealing with disagreement and criticism appropriately and diplomatically;
9. Interactive ICTs 1
10. Interactive ICTs 2
11. final CA interaction/discussion in pairs.
12. CF written exam (common core academic English)