Apr 17, 2024  
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2023-24 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2023-24
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OPIE 5715D - Oral Communication in University Classes

The goal of this course is to improve students’ oral communication skills in English for success in the U.S. academic community. Students explore aspects of language, the U.S. academic culture, and strategies for effective discussion and presentation. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice the individual sounds, rhythm, intonation, and stress associated with spontaneous and planned spoken English. Students learn about the expectations for oral communication, including group discussion, teamwork and formal presentations in the context of the American university classroom. Students learn about and practice appropriate ways to agree, disagree, interrupt, critique, offer alternative perspectives or suggestions and facilitate both group discussions and team decision-making.

Credit Hours: 3 - 4
Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 24.0 hours.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 4.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: F,CR,NC,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the expectations for group discussion and teamwork in an American University class. They will engage in such activities and will critique their own participation according to target criteria.
  • Students will give prepared and impromptu presentations that incorporate: organizing information, considering audience, answering and asking questions, and using visual aids appropriately in presentations.
  • Students will increase fluency and accuracy of spoken English by participating in discussions and by developing and delivering formal presentations.
  • Students will learn, practice, and use strategies to advance communication in class and when working on team projects if they do not understand what others are saying or if others do not understand them.
  • Students will study and practice aspects of standard spoken English including phonemes, stress, intonation, pausing, thought groups, clarity and flow and will learn to evaluate and self-monitor their pronunciation.
  • Students will use paraphrasing, summarizing, and questioning to monitor their comprehension of lectures, oral presentaions, and group discussions.

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