INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature
2016-2017

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 121 Oral Communication Skills I Undergraduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 6 2 + 1 150 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Ana Tankosić, Research Assistant Ana Tankosić Ana Tankosić, Research Assistant
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ELT 121 offers a variety of different communication-oriented speaking activities such as discussions, individual presentations and other interactive tasks providing opportunity for students to improve their oral competence by developing effective language use in both formal and informal contexts. It is designed to help students in increasing their knowledge about verbal and nonverbal communication in various settings. Furthermore, the course provides theoretical explanation of the types of communication, conversation framework, and ethics which are later utilized in practice sessions. Students will have the opportunity to participate in critical discussions about current social issues to develop their thinking skills and presentation abilities.

COURSE OBJECTIVE
The general goal of this course is to develop the student’s ability to communicate effectively and with ease in a variety of different spoken contexts. More specifically, the student will begin to transition from learning English to learning through English, that is to say, using English in an academic environment. Moreover, through discussions and various analysis, course aims to develop student’s critical thinking and problem solving skills.

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Introduction – Elements of a good speech
  2. A First Look at Communication (definition; “Language and Speech”)
  3. Models of Communication (mass media – how to access information)
  4. The Field of Communication from Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (“Modes of Persuasion”; „Allegory of the cave“)
  5. Communication, Power, and Empowerment (“Power”) + The analysis of one famous speech
  6. The Breadth of the Communication Field – types of communication (“Group Formation”)
  7. Midterm Exam
  8. Midterm Exam
  9. Engaging in Verbal Communication (self-confidence)
  10. Engaging in Nonverbal Communication - principles and types (the analysis of nonverbal communication)
  11. Communication and Personal Identity („The self and the other“; “Subjectivity in Language”; social comparisons)
  12. Listening and Responding to Others (“Caring for Others”) + Project submission
  13. Presentations
  14. New Year – nonworking day
  15. Presentations + submission of the video portfolio

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic
  1. Practice session
  2. Practice session
  3. Practice session
  4. Practice session

  1. Practice session
  2. Practice session
  3. midterm
  4. midterm
  5. Practice session
  6. Practice session
  7. Practice session
  8. Practice session
  9. Practice session
  10. nonworking day
  11. Practice session

TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
Description
  • Interactive Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Excersises
  • Presentation
  • Discussions and group work
  • Problem solving
  • Assignments
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Homework110
Midterm Exam(s)130
Presentation110
Term Paper110
Final Exam140
Total: 100
Learning outcomes
  • Understand the communication process
  • Access and manage information through mass media
  • Think critically and address some important social issues
  • Participate in a discussion with clearly stated, creative, and reliable ideas
  • Prepare and give a speech
  • Evaluate a speech
TEXTBOOK(S)
  • Wood, J. (2011). Communication Mosaics: An Introduction to the Field of Communication. Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
  • Milak, E., & Akbarov, A. (2016). Effective Communication and the World.

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)21530
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)21530
Midterm Examination (1 week)133
Final Examination(1 week)133
Preparation for Midterm Examination11212
Preparation for Final Examination12525
Assignment / Homework/ Project13232
Seminar / Presentation11515
Total Workload: 150
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 6