ERIC Number: ED308696
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-11
Reference Count: N/A
A Public Speaking Course for EFL.
Katchen, Johanna E.
The outline of a 2-hour-per-week public speaking course developed over the past 3 years for sophomore English language majors at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, is described. The course is built around rhetorical modes, with informative speaking (e.g., process and comparison/contrast), the focus of the first semester and persuasive speaking (e.g., cause/effect analysis and proposals), the focus of the second semester. Goals include: (1) helping university students gain more mature critical and argumentation skills, (2) teaching students how to organize material according to American rhetorical patterns, (3) advancing students' English language skills, and (4) developing students' nonverbal presentation skills. Rationale for the course outline is given, and evidence from studies in contrastive rhetoric is presented. In addition, suggestions for classroom activities are presented. (Author/DJD)
Descriptors: Class Activities, College Students, Contrastive Linguistics, Course Descriptions, Educational Objectives, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Language Skills, Nonverbal Communication, Persuasive Discourse, Public Speaking, Rhetorical Invention, Second Language Instruction, Skill Development
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A