Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature

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.

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.

  1. Introduction – Elements of a good speech
  2. The Value of Studying Communication; Defining Communication; A First Look at Communication (definition; “Language and Speech”)
  3. Models of Communication (mass media – how to access information); Careers in Communication
  4. The Field of Communication from Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (History of the Communication Field); “Modes of Persuasion”; “Allegory of the cave”
  5. Communication, Power, and Empowerment (“Power”) + The analysis of one famous speech; Conducting Research in Communication
  6. The Breadth of the Communication Field – types of communication (“Group Formation”); Unifying Themes in the Communication Field
  7. Perceiving and Understanding (perception process, influences on perception, guidelines for improving skill in perceiving); Review
  8. Midterm Exam
  9. Engaging in Verbal Communication (self-confidence); (language and meaning, symbolic abilities, guidelines for effective verbal communication)
  10. Engaging in Nonverbal Communication (principles, types, guidelines for effective nonverbal communication); (“Why do we like other people”; social stereotypes)
  11. Listening and Responding to Others (the listening process, obstacles to effective listening, guidelines to effective listening); (“Caring for Others”)
  12. Creating Communication Climates (Levels of confirmation and disconfirmation, defensive and supportive climates, conflict and communication, guidelines for creating and sustaining healthy communication climates)
  13. Adapting Communication to Cultures and Social Communities (Relationship between culture and communication, guidelines for adapting communication to diverse cultures and social communities)

  1. Communication and Self-concept (Communication and Personal Identity, guidelines for communicating with ourselves); („The self and the other“; “Subjectivity in Language”; social comparisons)
  2. Review, evaluation, speech analysis; Vocabulary builder – Idioms connected with praise and criticism

  1. Vocabulary builder – Describing people (appearance and character); Describing each other; Idioms describing people
  2. Debate topics: Can you have a happy life and a successful career at the same time? Should English be the only language spoken in the world? Are we born with a language?
  3. Vocabulary builder – Education, the Arts, the Press and Media; Simulation (career talk)
  4. Vocabulary builder – Success, Failure and Difficulty; Use of Rhetorical devices; How to win an argument?
  5. Vocabulary builder – Politics and public institutions; Research about a topic and present your findings
  6. 1st Speech
  7. 1st Speech
  8. midterm
  9. Vocabulary builder – Speaking, Everyday expressions, Belief and opinion, Idioms describing feelings or mood
  10. Activity – Guess the emotion, behaviors; Vocabulary builder – The six senses; Like, dislike and desire
  11. Vocabulary builder – Pleasant and unpleasant feelings; Activity – Interpretation of meaning, Just listen
  12. Submission of Portfolio for the 2nd Speech; Vocabulary builder – Relationships, Idioms connected with using language, Proverbs; For further reflection and discussion
  13. Investigation - Cultural differences, Lessen the cultural gaps
  14. 2nd Speech
  15. 2nd Speech

  • Interactive Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Excersises
  • Presentation
  • Discussions and group work
  • Student debates
  • Problem solving
  • Assignments
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Midterm Exam(s)120
Final Exam140
Total: 100
Learning outcomes
    • Wood, J. (2011). Communication Mosaics: An Introduction to the Field of Communication. Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
    • Oral Communication Skills I – script

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)21428
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)21428
    Midterm Examination (1 week)133
    Final Examination(1 week)155
    Preparation for Midterm Examination12020
    Preparation for Final Examination12626
    Assignment / Homework/ Project11515
    Seminar / Presentation12525
    Total Workload: 150
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 6