This course aims to introduce learners to the dynamics of effective spoken communication by establishing speaking as an autonomous medium with a distinctive vocabulary, syntax, structure, style and register. It will enable learners to participate in one to one interactions, in small groups and before a group. Learners are expected to master the fundamentals of speaking such as vocabulary, body language, pronunciation and basic conversation skills before they move on to more advanced activities such as appearing in interviews, making formal presentations and participating in meetings.
Week 1: Introduction
The Art of Speaking
Encoding Meaning Using Verbal and Nonverbal Symbols
Cross Cultural Communication
Encoding Meaning Using Verbal Symbols
How Words Work and How to Use Words
Week 2:Nonverbal Communication
Encoding Meaning Using Nonverbal Symbols
How to Improve Body Language
Eye Communication, Facial Expression, Dress and Appearance
Posture and Movement, Gesture, Paralanguage
Role Plays and Activities
Standard Language and Queen’s English
Phonemes of English: Vowels
Phonemes of English: Diphthongs and Consonants
Stress and Rhythm
Week 4:Voice and Delivery
Voice and Personality
How to Improve Voice
How to Improve Delivery
Volume, Modulation, Resonance
Week 5:Basic Conversational Skills
Greetings and making introductions
Asking for information and giving instructions
Agreeing and disagreeing
Week 6:Appearing in Interviews and taking Interviews
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
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How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.