Teaching Unit

Fundamental

Coefficient: 2

Credit: 2

Level: ThirdYear

 

Weekly time:

1h30

Aims and Objectives:

 

Ø  Reinforce students’ understanding and practice of English social conversational rules.

Ø  Reinforce students’ mastery of the target language pragmaticskills in speaking.

Ø  Reinforce students’mastery of the conversational skills of using convincing arguments in public debates and discussions.

Ø  Help students use the target language idioms in specific conversational contexts.

Ø  Reinforce students’mastery of the basic narrative skills while telling stories.

Ø  Improve students’ listening abilities through the use of authentic language material.

Ø  Help students develop their oral presentation skills.

Learning Outcomes:

 

Ø  Students will be aware of the importance of conversation rules while using the target language orally.

Ø  Students will have the chance to develop values such as cooperation when working in groups, tolerance and acceptance of different opinions and discussions.

 

Ø  Students will gain an optimumunderstanding of the pragmatics of oral English language.

Ø   Students can develop their fluency skills.

Ø  Students will master the use oforal English language (mainly correct tense forms, demonstrative articles, plural forms …etc) when speaking.

Ø  Students can learn how to appropriately employ idioms in oral communication.

Ø  Students can obtain some practical guidelines as to how to do effective oral presentations.

Ø  Students can develop an autonomous tendency in learning through extensive listening activities.

Ø  Students will learn the correct pronunciation of words from authentic speaking sources.

Ø  Students will be prepared for formal oral presentations in both contexts of Master dissertation oral defence and future first teaching experiences.

 

References:

Garber, P. (2008). 50 Communications Activities, Icebreakers, and Exercises. Amherst: Massachusetts

Hunter, J. (2011).  Small Talk’: Developing Fluency, Accuracy, and

Complexity in Speaking. ELT Journal. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from:

https://connect.gonzaga.edu/…/ELT_J-2011-Hunter-e

Jerrold, F. (2013). Raising Cultural Awareness in the English Language

Classroom. English Teaching Forum.51(4),  2-11

Kelly,  C., &Kelly, L. (2010). Conversation Questions:  Adoption. Retrieved from:

http://iteslj.org/questions/whatif.html

Lamb, C., & Lamb, M. (1995). Tales from Shakespeare. London:   Penguin

Richards, C. J. (2006).“Developing Classroom Speaking Activities; from

Theory to Practice”. Retrieved from:www.professorjackrichards.com/…/developing-classroom-speakingactivities.pdf-

 

Richards, J & Schmidt, R. (2002). Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching

and Applied Linguistics. England: Pearson Education Limited

 

Thornbury, Scott. (2007). How to Teach Speaking. England: Pearson Education  Limited

Omaar, R. (Presenter), & Bancroft, G. (Director). (2013). The Ottomans: Europe’s Muslim Emperors. In Smith, M. (Executive Producer), BBC Documentary (Religion & Ethics Production). England, UK: BBC World News

 

Course Content
First Semester
 

Session 1:Students’ introductions

Objectives:

Ø  Get students to know each other.

Ø  Set a relaxing classroom atmosphere.

Ø  Understand some of the students’ needs, expectations and orientations in learning English in general; and the oral skills in particular.

Participants:  whole class (individual work).

Materials:  White-board

Duration: 90 minutes)

Classroom Setting: Semicircle

Session 2:Fantasy Career vs Nightmare Career

 (Adapted fromGarber (2008))

Objectives:

Ø  Help break the ice and foster a more relaxing classroom atmosphere.

Ø  Get studentsto share and exchange information with one another.

Participants:  All students.

Materials:  None required

Duration: 180 minutes

Classroom Setting: Semi circle.

Session 3:Should we Pay for Education? Intelligence Squared Debate

(Instructions adapted from Intelligence Squared Debate BBC World TV Programme)

Objectives:

Ø  Practise the conversational skills of using convincing arguments in public conversations.

Ø  Get students to practise active listening skills.

Participants:  Six students.

Materials: White-board

Duration: 90 minutes

Classroom Setting: Semi circle.

Session 4: Conversation Questions: Advertisement

 

Objectives:

Ø  Introduce students to a business conversational context.

Ø  Get students to practise some technical vocabulary and expressions.

Participants:  Whole class.

Materials: White-board.

Duration: 90 minutes

Classroom Setting: Semi circle.

Session 5:Language and Cultural Miscues  (Role Playing)

 

Objectives:

Ø  Reinforce students’ awareness of the role of culture in communication.

Ø  Get students acquainted with some relevant cultural features of the target language and other world languages.

Ø  Foster students’ motivation through funny role-playing activities revolving around cultural miscues and conversational misunderstandings.

Participants: Three to four students per group.

Materials: Depending on each group role play.

Duration: 180 minutes

Classroom Setting: Small group formation

Session 6: Imagine and Complete the Story (Diamond and Pearl)

Objectives:

Ø Raise students’ attention and translate their imagination into speech production.

Ø  Enliven the conversation course and drive students’ engagement to the learning task by allowing the class to listen to different ending versions of the same story.

Participants:  Whole class (individual work)

Materials: None required.

Duration: 180 minutes

Classroom Setting: Semi circle.

Session 7: Intelligence Squared Debate – Expatriate Doctors in Algerian Hospitals

 

Objectives:

Ø  Reinforce students’ skills of structured public conversation.

Ø  Reinforce students’ mastery of some conversational skills of using convincing arguments in public conversations.

Ø  Reinforce students’ active listening skills.

Participants:  Six students.

Materials: White-board.

Duration: 90 minutes

Classroom Setting: Semi circle.

Session 08: Idioms (Role Playing)

 

Objectives:

Ø  Raise students’ awareness of the importance of idioms in language use.

Ø  Acquaint students with some common English idioms.

Ø  Get students to practise the use of idioms in specific contexts through role-playing activities.

Participants:  Three to four students per group.

Materials: Depending on each group role-playing.

Duration: 180 minutes

Classroom Setting: Small group formation.

 

Session 09: Video Projection Debate – The Ottomans Part 2 -BBC documentary

Objectives:

Ø  Reinforce students’ listening abilities through exposure to authentic language material.

Ø  Engage students in an interactive activity where they can discuss some interesting material about the Ottoman Civilization.

Participants:  Whole class (individual work)

Materials: White-board, data-show device, personal computer and speakers.

Duration: 90 minutes

Classroom Setting: Semi circle.

 

 

End of Semester I

Assessment and Evaluation

100% Continuous Assessment

ü  Quiz and classroom assignments: 15/15

ü Attendance: 5/5

Second Semester
Session 10: Imagineand Complete the Story (Macbeth)

 

Objectives:

Ø  Help students improve their narrative skills while telling stories.

Ø  Get students to practise the appropriate narrative tenses in relation to the story events order.

Ø  Help students notice some relevant features of efficient narrative speech mainly appropriate tone and body language.

Participants:  Whole class (individual work)

Materials: None required.

Duration: 180 minutes

Classroom Setting: Semi circle.

 

Session 11: Cyber criminality (class debate)

Objectives:

Ø  Get students involved in an open class debate.

Ø  Help students to express their stances on the issue of cyber criminality.

Ø  Introduce students to some technical expressions and vocabulary related to the topic.

Participants:  Whole class.

Materials: White-board.

Duration: 90 minutes

Classroom Setting: Semi circle.

Session 12: Conversation Questions (adoption)

 

Objectives:

Ø  Improve students’conversational skills with regard to providing content- appropriate answers to specific questions.

Ø  Raise students’ awareness of the importance of accuracy in speech production.

Participants:  Whole class (individual work)

Materials: White-board.

Duration: 90 minutes

Classroom Setting: Semi circle.

Session 13: Communication Issues (The longest line and the missing the)

 

Objectives:

Ø  Drive students’ attention to the importance of specific information details in communication.

Ø  Get students to notice the role of context in communication through a tricky visual exercise.

Participants:  Whole class (individual work)

Materials: White-board.

Duration: 90 minutes

Classroom Setting: Semi circle.

Session 14:Communication Shutdowns Role Playing

 

Objectives:

Ø  Get students to understand the meaning of communication shutdown.

Ø  Introduce students to a set of statements that can instantly end a conversation or prevent further discussion.

Ø  Get students to practise communication shutdown statements in relation to specific contexts.

Participants:  Three to four students per group.

Materials: Depending on each group role play.

Duration: 180 minutes

Classroom Setting: Semi circle.

Session 15: Video Projection Debate – Mustapha Kemal Ataturk- BBC documentary

 

Objectives:

Ø  Expose students to authentic language material So as to improve their listening abilities.

Ø  Engage students in an interactive activity where they can discuss some interesting material about a famous Turkish personality.

Participants:  whole class

Materials: White-board, data-show device, personal computer and speakers.

Duration: 90 minutes

Classroom Setting: Semi circle.

 

Session 16: Oral presentations

 

Objectives:

Ø  Help students develop their oral presentation performance.

Ø  Raise students’ awareness of some efficient presentation skills.

Ø  Get students to understand the importance of body language, movement and eye contact when addressing an audience.

Ø  Help students overcome shyness and stage anxiety by frequently assigning them to overt oral contributions.

Participants:  Whole class (individual work)

Materials: White-board, posters, data-show equipment, personal computer and speakers.

Duration: 180 minutes

Classroom Setting: Semi circle.

End of Semester II
Assessment and Evaluation
100% Continuous Assessment

ü  Quiz and classroom assignments: 15/15

ü  Attendance: 5/5