This course is intended for staff members who are currently working from home and who are interested in improving their spoken English related to participating in debates and discussions. The course is intended for non-native speakers of English who wish to hone their speaking skills in a safe environment.
The focus lies on refreshing existing knowledge, building confidence, acquiring new formulaic phrases, structuring arguments, practicing new skills, integrating coping and compensation strategies, and receiving constructive feedback.
By the end of this course, you can:
- Structure an argument
- Use appropriate connectors and signalling
- Defend a position
- Use persuasive techniques
- Engage an audience
- Confidently speak from ad-hoc notes
- Speak within a strict time limit
- Use appropriate body language
- Listen effectively
- Change direction
- Prompt arguments
- Hedge effectively
- Buy time to think
- Use compensation strategies when stuck
The course will consist of 4 sessions of 2 hours each – 60 min. instruction and practice, 15 min. break, 60 min. instruction and practice – over the course of 2 weeks. The first three sessions are regular classroom sessions. The last 2-hour session will offer the participants an opportunity to participate in an official debate involving the entire group and receive constructive feedback. In addition to the online classes, an extra investment of about 1 hour a week is asked of you to integrate knowledge, prepare for classes and further develop your skills. The classes will be offered via Canvas. There is no need for pre-existing knowledge of the learning platform.