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Oral English

Fall 2007 Syllabus

Michael Rosenhahn
LuDong University
Fall 2007
Office: Rm. 330
Office Hours: *
Email: mrosenhahn@elic.org
Cell #: 15963578863-
(If it is a simple question please just text me. But, if you need to talk to me please call before 9 PM)

Course Objective:
This course is an intermediate oral course for university students. The class focuses on
listening comprehension and oral production skills necessary for participation in a
university classroom. The class includes group discussion, conversational strategies,
partner practice, and individual oral sharing.

40%= Final Exam (Week of June 16)
25%= Mid-term Exam (Oral group presentation)
25%= Homework
10%= Class Participation/ Attendance

* Office Hours:
If you have questions (or would just like to talk), please come and visit me at that time.
You can also call and make an appointment with me for another time. Additionally, we
have a student lending library in our office from which you can borrow all types of books,
magazines, and even some CD’s.

Class Rules:
• English only! You will not improve your English-speaking skills unless you are
speaking English.
• No cell phones. Out of respect for your teacher and your classmates
• If you are using your cell phone during class I will take it from you and you will
have to come talk to me after class.
• One person talks at a time. Do not speak while your teacher or classmates are
• You will receive one unexcused absence before your grade is deducted.
• Every additional absence will cause your grade to drop.
• If you miss a class you are responsible to talk to me or one of you classmates to
get information and homework that you may have missed during the class.
• If you know that you are going to miss a class call or e-mail me a head of time and
let me know.
• Do not be late. If you are late for this class two times, it will count as one absence.
• I expect you to turn in all homework at the beginning of class. If it is not turned in
at the beginning of class, then it will be considered late and I will deduct points.
• All quizzes, exams, homework, and journal entries are expected to be your own
work. Unless instructed otherwise, you are not to work together on any of these
things. I have zero tolerance for cheating. Any help from classmates will be
considered cheating and will receive zero credit.
• In this class we will work hard but we will also have fun. I ask you to actively
participate in classroom activities and discussions.

Tentative Schedule:
Week # Week of: Topic Emphasis
1 March 3 Introduction and Review Conversations overview
2 March 10 Spring Festival Brainstorming, describing food
3 March 17 Easter Cause & Effect; values; celebrations
4 March 24 Personality Description and Survey
5 March 31 Injury and Illness Emotions and Feelings
6 April 7 Family Family Relations
7 April 14 Traditions Compare & Contrast Old & New
8 April 21 Mid-Term Oral Presentations
9 April 28 Generation Gap Expressing Opinions; Roles
10 May 5 Friendship Making Friends
11 May 12 Friendship & Advice Giving Advice and Suggestions
12 May 19 Friendship & Debates Offering Alternatives
13 May 26 Fears Expressing Fear and Concern
14 June 2 Future Expressing Wishes/ Desires
15 June 9 Review for Final Overview and Pronunciation
16 June 16 Final Exam Oral Interviews

Partner Talk Time:

• The goal of this homework is for you to develop your English conversation skills.
• This homework assignment will be ongoing throughout the semester.
• You must find a partner from this class and meet with your partner for 20 minutes
twice every week to have an English conversation.
• I will assign the topics of conversation for each week.

• Each person will record one of the two conversations

• Please include the following:
1. Your name and your partner’s name.
2. Date, Time & Location of the conversation.
3. Topic & main points of the conversation.
• What do you think?
• What does your partner think?
4. Any new vocabulary words.

• Write half a page (at least 5 sentences) for each 20-minute conversation.
• If you record the first conversation your partner will record the second.
• You will be graded on: proper format and quality of your description of the
/+ 10 points
/ 7 points
/- 5 points

*You will be graded on the paper that you turn in- not your partners.