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English for Communication in Multicultural Societies

 

Education Faculty TESOL

This is what the TESOL students get up to before they have to give presentations and demonstrations as part of their coursework. You have to appreciate that these guys are going to be the future Thai teachers of English in our schools. Not the easiest of jobs, I can tell you!

 

 

 

 

Best Midterm Test Award

Jutamas Ninlawan of the Education faculty gave a stunning performance in her recent Midterm Test. I hope she can keep up her enthusiasm which can only benefit her students in years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Syllabus


1. Course Code: 049 001


2. Credits:    3(3-0-6)


3. Course Name: English for Communication in Multicultural Societies


4. Khon Kaen University, International College


5. Course Co-ordinator:   Name : Steven Graham
Position & Affiliation : Lecturer KKUIC
Mobile phone : 0819753586
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Website: http://home.kku.ac.th/steven
Office hours : 24/7


6. Course Instructor(s):  Name : Steven Graham                               
Position & Affiliation : Lecturer KKUIC
Mobile phone : 0819753586 
Email :   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: http://home.kku.ac.th/steven
Office hours : 24/7


7. Prerequisite: None


8. Elective/General Education/Core / Compulsory Course: General Education


9. Course description:

The aim of the course is to develop the communication skills needed to use English in multicultural societies, so that by the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate that they have the English communicative skills to socialise, give presentations, attend seminars, meetings and social gatherings in conjunction with electronic communications.

10. Course objectives:

Students are to successfully demonstrate their understanding and use of English communication skills in order to:

• Focus attention.
• Make announcements.
• Introduce speakers.
• Greet people.
• Introduce topics.
• Present.
• Use figures and tables.
• Deal with questions.
• Close the presentation.
• Introductions.
• Talk about current events.
• Thanking and apologizing.
• Making arrangements.
• Requesting and offering assistance.
• Telephoning.
• Short Messaging Service.
• Email.

 


11. Course content:

 
Topics
Hours
 
 
Lecture
Others
1
Conducting social gatherings, seminars and meetings.
9
6
2
Preparing and Presenting.
15
8
3
Socialising.
12
8
4
Electronic communication.
9
8
 
                               Total
45
30
 
 

12. Learning and teaching approaches:

Whilst lecturing is the recognised form of instruction for most disciplines, teachers are encouraged to use their imagination when deciding approaches and methods of instruction for this course. An eclectic approach, integrating multiple methods is required to facilitate the appropriate learning environment for individual students as learning a language involves doing rather than talking about doing.

 

 


13. Core learning materials:

 

Haines, S. (2003). Developing intermediate vocabulary. St. Helier: Georgian Press.
May, P. (2004). IELTS practice tests. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
McCarter, S., & Ash, J. (2003). IELTS testbuilder. Oxford: Macmillan.
Richards, J. C. (1990). Listen carefully. Oxford: Oxford English.
Stephens, M. (1986). Practise writing. Harlow: Longman.
Stephens, M. (1992). Practise advanced writing. Harlow: Longman.
Sweeney, S. (1997). English for business communication. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
West, C. (1999). Listen here. St. Helier: Georgian Press.
West, C. (2002). Recycling elementary English. St. Helier: Georgian Press.
West, C. (2004). Recycling intermediate English. St. Helier: Georgian Press.
Williams, E. J. (2008). Presentations in English. Oxford: Macmillan.

 

 


14. Evaluation:

 

No.
                                         Criteria
                  %
1
Classroom Attendance, Assignments and Participation
40
2
Midterm Examination
20
3
Final Examination
40
 
                                        Total
100


*  Students who do not complete 80% attendance will not be allowed to sit the final examination. *


 

15. Grades:

A   = 80-100%
B+  = 75-79%
B   = 70-74%
C+ = 65-69%
C   = 60-64%
D+ = 55-59%
D   = 50-54%
F   = below 50%

 

16. Additional learning resources:

Teachers are encouraged to supplement existing core materials where they see a need, as long as these resources enhance the language objectives, the course aim and the overall learning experience for the students.


17. Schema of work:

Week Topics Hours Objectives Activities
1 Conducting social gatherings, seminars and meetings. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can focus their attention in three different situations:a. social gatheringsb. seminarsc. meetings. Students will demonstrate that they have discipline and are honest and responsible. Four skills development in order to focus attention through discussions, group-work, exercises from course books and practical presentations by the lecturer and students. Assignments to be handed in on time during the course. Students are to resist plagiarism throughout the course. Students are to regularly attend classes at specified times and adhere to agreed classroom etiquette over the period of instruction. Students are to be responsible for their own learning throughout the course.
2 Conducting social gatherings, seminars and meetings. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can make announcements in three different situations:a. social gatheringsb. seminarsc. meetings. Students will demonstrate their ability to work with others and their capacity for leadership by using their initiative in diagnosing problems, whilst at the same time being aware of the social and cultural diversity of their peers. Four skills development in order to make announcements through discussions, group-work, exercises from course books and practical presentations by the lecturer and students. Students are to participate in group work. Students are to take turns in leading discussions and groups. Students are to use their initiative to diagnose and solve problems. Students are to be culturally aware of their peers.
3 Conducting social gatherings, seminars and meetings. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can introduce speakers in three different situations:a. social gatheringsb. seminarsc. meetings. Four skills development in order to introduce speakers through discussions, group-work, exercises from course books and practical presentations by the lecturer and students.
4 Preparing and Presenting. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can greet an audience and introduce topics. Four skills development in order to greet people and introduce topics through discussions, group-work, exercises from course books and practical presentations by the lecturer and students. Students are to be culturally aware of their peers throughout the presentation phase.
5 Preparing and Presenting. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can present the main body of a presentation. Students will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the principles and theories of the academic disciplines of this university, whilst applying their newly acquired skills to real life situations. Four skills development in order to give presentations through discussions, group-work, exercises from course books and practical presentations by the lecturer and students.
6 Preparing and Presenting. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can use figures and tables in a presentation. Students will demonstrate their ability to think critically, research, interpret and evaluate information in their quest for knowledge in order to creatively solve academic problems. Four skills development in order to use figures and tables through discussions, group-work, exercises from course books and practical presentations by the lecturer and students. Students are to interpret and use research data as part of their presentations.
7 Preparing and Presenting. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can deal with questions during presentations. Students will demonstrate that they can successfully collect and evaluate data in a self directed learning environment. Four skills development in order to deal with questions through discussions, group-work, exercises from course books and practical presentations by the lecturer and students. Students are to present academic information with the use of computers and other electronic communication technology.
8 Preparing and Presenting. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can close a presentation. Four skills development in order to close presentations through discussions, group-work, exercises from course books and practical presentations by the lecturer and students.
9 Midterm test. 3
10 Socialising. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can introduce themselves and others. Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can talk about current events. Four skills development in order to introduce themselves and others as well as talking about current events through discussions, group-work, exercises from course books and practical presentations by the lecturer and students. Students are to ensure they are up to date on current affairs. Students are to be socially and culturally aware of their peers throughout the socialising phase.
11 Socialising. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can thank and apologise. Four skills development in order to thank and apologise through discussions, group-work, exercises from course books and practical presentations by the lecturer and students.
12 Socialising. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can make arrangements. Four skills development in order to make arrangements through discussions, group-work, exercises from course books and practical presentations by the lecturer and students.
13 Socialising. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can request and offer assistance. Four skills development to request and offer assistance through discussions, group-work, exercises from course books and practical presentations by the lecturer and students.
14 Electronic communication. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can use their English language telephone skills to socialise, make arrangements and solve problems. Four skills development in order to telephone in English through discussions, group-work, exercises from course books and practical presentations by the lecturer and students. Role-plays to be used to demonstrate use of telephone English. Students are to be socially and culturally aware of their peers throughout the electronic communication phase. Students will present academic data during this phase of the course.
15 Electronic communication. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can use their English language skills to use the Short Messaging Service (SMS) to socialise, make arrangements and solve problems. Four skills development in order to use short message service facilities through discussions, group-work, exercises from course books and practical presentations by the lecturer and students. Role-plays to be used to demonstrate use of SMS English.
16 Electronic communication. 3 Students are to successfully demonstrate that they can use their English language skills to use email to socialise, make arrangements and solve problems. Four skills development in order to use email in English through discussions, group-work, exercises from course books and practical presentations by the lecturer and students. Students are to use telephones and computers to demonstrate their use of English in an email context.
17 Final test. 3
 
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