English for Academic Purposes

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Course Information 2013-14 (pdf)

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Pronunciation and Public Speaking

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Days and Times and Dates 9 weeks of 2 hours per week

Term 1: Monday 15:00-17:00 OR Tuesday 17:00-19:00

OR Friday 14:00-16:00

Week commencing 14 October 2013 – week ending 13 December 2013

Term 2: Monday 15:00-17:00 OR Tuesday 17:00-19:00

OR Wednesday 17:00-19:00 OR Friday 14:00-16:00

Week commencing 27 January 2014 – week ending 28 March 2014

Term 3: Tuesday 17:00-19:00 OR Wednesday 17:00-19:00

OR Friday 14:00-16:00

Week commencing 5 May 2014 - week ending 4 July 2014

Costs (per term): UCL: £350

Other: £420

Participants

  • Students whose main language is not English enrolled on a postgraduate course at UCL or another university
  • Staff / researchers at UCL or another academic institution
  • Participants in employment who need to present in English

There is a maximum of 10 participants per class.

Course Aims

  • to encourage learner autonomy and self-confidence in the areas of pronunciation and public speaking
  • to improve and develop public speaking abilities in an academic environment
  • to raise awareness of the most important features of English pronunciation
  • to give additional support with individual learner’s pronunciation and public speaking needs through the tutorial

Please note: this course does not aim to ‘get rid of your accent’ or enable you to speak like a native speaker.

Taught Content

Each group is taught for 2 hours per week for nine weeks. In addition each participant will receive one individual 30-minute tutorial during the course, to be arranged at a mutually convenient time. Please note that courses in Term 1 and Term 2 continue during UCL Reading Weeks.

There is no formal assessment on this course, but participants give a final 10-minute presentation incorporating much of what they have learned, which is filmed and afterwards made accessible online though a personal link sent by email.

Course Outline

Week 1:

Pronunciation: Sounds and the phonemic alphabet – overview

Public Speaking: Presentations warmer – to get you started

Week 2:

Pronunciation: Sounds and the phonemic alphabet continued - problem sound pairs

Public Speaking: First short presentation filmed – with tutorial feedback

Week 3:

Pronunciation: Word stress – stress-timing and reminder of ‘schwa’

Public Speaking: Beginning presentations – the introduction

Week 4:

Pronunciation: Phrase stress – with emphasis on key words

Public Speaking: Organising a presentation – signposting and linking

Week 5:

Pronunciation: Linking and contractions – making it sound smoother and more natural
Public Speaking: Ending a presentation – strong, convincing endings

Week 6:

Pronunciation: Sentence stress – including contrastive stress

Public Speaking: Using visuals and presenting data

Week 7:

Pronunciation: Chunking and pausing – dividing up what you say into meaningful segments

Public Speaking: Dealing with questions – addressing different types of questions. Review of main elements in giving a presentation.

Week 8:

Final presentations – filmed and presented individually to the student after the end of the course

Week 9:

Pronunciation: Intonation – variety of voice levels and the impression they give. Sounding friendly – social English

Public Speaking: Reading aloud

Tutorials

Each participant will receive one individual 30-minute tutorial. The purpose is for the tutor and participant to establish together individual pronunciation and presentation priorities, and to suggest remedial and self-study exercises.

At the beginning of the course, tutors will arrange mutually convenient times with participants for individual tutorials. Once a tutorial has been arranged (and a room booked), participants should make every effort to attend as agreed. If you are unable to attend, you should inform your tutor (or the Course Co-ordinator) as soon as possible. Any tutorial cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will not be rescheduled.

Homework

The tutor may set short homework exercises to enable participants to practise pronunciation items covered in the class, or to prepare for the next class. Participants will also be expected to prepare short presentations of up to 5 and 10 minutes each, which will be filmed in weeks 2 and 8.

Books and Resources

A. Pronunciation (in the Self-Access Centre)

General self study

Vaughan-Rees, M (2002) Test Your Pronunciation. Harlow: Pearson Education

Help with learning the phonemic alphabet

Bowler, B & S Cunningham (1991) Headway Upper Intermediate Pronunciation. Oxford: Oxford University Press [Introduction]

Hancock, M (2003) English Pronunciation in Use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [Unit 1 and Section D]

Vaughan-Rees, M (2002) Test Your Pronunciation. Harlow: Pearson Education [Units 1–8]

Website for the phonemic alphabet:

http://www.cambridgeenglishonline.com/Phonetics_Focus/

To practise different sounds

Baker, A (2005) Ship or Sheep? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Bowler, B & S Cunningham (1991) Headway Upper Intermediate Pronunciation. Oxford: Oxford University Press

O’Connor, P & C Fletcher, (1989) Sounds English, Harlow: Longman

Hancock, M (2003) English Pronunciation in Use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [Sections A and D]

Rogerson, P & J B Gilbert, (1990) Speaking Clearly. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [Units 18–24]

Soars, J & L Soars (1990) Headway Intermediate Pronunciation. Oxford: Oxford University Press

To help with word stress

Bowler, B & S Cunningham (1991) Headway Upper Intermediate Pronunciation. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Hancock, M (2003) English Pronunciation in Use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [Section B]

Rogerson, P & J B Gilbert, (1990) Speaking Clearly. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [Units 2–4]

Soars, J & L Soars (1990) Headway Intermediate Pronunciation. Oxford: Oxford University Press

To help with connected speech (sentence stress, weak forms, clusters, linking)

Bowler, B & S Cunningham (1991) Headway Upper Intermediate Pronunciation. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Hancock, M (2003) English Pronunciation in Use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [Section B]

Mortimer, C (1985) Elements of Pronunciation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Rogerson, P & J B Gilbert (1990) Speaking Clearly. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [Units 5–12]

Soars, J & L Soars (1990) Headway Intermediate Pronunciation. Oxford: Oxford University Press

To help with intonation

Bowler, B & S Cunningham (1991) Headway Upper Intermediate Pronunciation. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Bradford, B (1998) Intonation in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Brazil, D (1994) Pronunciation for Advanced Learners of English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Hancock, M (2003) English Pronunciation in Use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Rogerson, P & J B Gilbert (1990) Speaking Clearly. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [Units 15–17]

Soars, J & L Soars (1990) Headway Intermediate Pronunciation. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Vaughan-Rees, M (2002) Test Your Pronunciation. Harlow: Pearson Education

B. Presentation skills

These titles are available in the Self-Access Centre:

Powell, M (1996) Presenting in English. Hove: LTP

Powell, M (2011) Dynamic Presentations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Reinhardt, S M (2002) Giving Academic Presentations. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press

These titles are available in the UCL Library collection:

Davis, M (2005) Scientific Papers and Presentations.  Burlington, Massachusetts: Elsevier

Exley, K & R Dennick (2004) Giving a Lecture: From Presenting to Teaching. London: RoutledgeFarmer

Van Emden, J & L Becker (2010) Presentation Skills for Students. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Website for PhD presentations (Three Minute Thesis):

http://threeminutethesis.org/3mt-showcase

C. Computer resources in the Self-Access Centre.

One useful program for this course is Ease Seminar Skills, which introduces seminar presentations and offers help for those who need to give presentations in English. The program is based around video recordings of seminars at Warwick University, and contains interviews with academics and students giving advice on helpful techniques.

A dedicated Moodle course offers varied resources accessible online.

Attendance

In order to benefit fully from the course, we strongly recommend 100% attendance. If you have to miss a class, please inform the tutor beforehand. This can be done either by email or by leaving a message at CLIE Reception.

Staff-Student Consultative Exercise

There will be an opportunity for students in part-time English classes to give general feedback on the course to representatives of CLIE.

Academic support

If you have any questions about your course, please feel free to ask your tutor. Alternatively, you may like to contact the Course Co-ordinator, Mrs Daphne Thomas, Room 115 at CLIE. Email: daphne.thomas@ucl.ac.uk

Administrative support

If you have any administrative enquiries, please contact the EAP Office, Room 121 at CLIE. Email: pteap@ucl.ac.uk

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