This class focuses on oral/aural English enhancement. By targeting various aspects of spoken mechanics such as pronunciation, rhythm and stress, volume and projection, intonation and cadence, linking, and body language, students build self-confidence in speaking English through activities such as spontaneous speaking, role-playing, debates, interviewing Canadians, speeches, and presentations. In addition, participants build their listening skills, learning not only how to understand what is being said, but to how to analyze the way in which the message is being communicated. Participants also improve their ability to follow lectures and learn note-taking skills, as well as strategies to help them make sense of slang, idiomatic language, register, and contextual clues.
Taught at: Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre