ERIC Number: ED370412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-10
Increasing Relevancy in a Speaking Course for Graduate Students.
Graham, Janet G.; Picklo, Anna R.
A course in English for academic purposes designed for graduate students needing specialized continuing development of their language skills is described. The course focuses on improving intelligibility, fluency, and accuracy of speech skills required in various disciplines in academic and professional contexts, and provides individualized instruction for different disciplines. Classroom techniques include pronunciation instruction, vocabulary development, pair and group practice, and oral presentations. Academic speech skills are divided into language functions such as expressing numbers, describing, classifying, defining, and talking about process. Public speaking is introduced halfway through the course. Classwork and homework are made relevant to the students by concentrating on common academic lexical phrases, academic vocabulary, and formal presentation style. Assignments are individualized for the students' own academic fields. Appended materials include a 20-item bibliography, an initial student questionnaire, a sample handout, a course evaluation form, and a list of strategies for increasing relevance in an oral language course for graduate students. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, College Second Language Programs, Course Content, Course Descriptions, Course Organization, English for Academic Purposes, English (Second Language), Graduate Students, Higher Education, Individualized Instruction, Intellectual Disciplines, Majors (Students), Oral Language, Pronunciation Instruction, Public Speaking, Relevance (Education), Second Language Instruction, Skill Development, Specialization, Vocabulary Development
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (28th, Baltimore, MD, March 8-12, 1994).