Oral English Skills Advanced Level

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General English - Advanced Level

 

Course Outline

 

Students: Advanced Level

 

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Week

 

Main Theme

 

 

Oral Presentation Topics

 

Home Activities

 

1

 

 

No Classes

 

 

Student Registration Week

 

There are no home assignments on Week 1.

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Introduction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. What is ‘speaking’ and how to learn to speak English effectively?

2. What is language and communication?

3. What are the differences between ‘public speaking’ and ‘face-to-face communication’?

4. Body language: gestures and mimics.

5. Relationships between culture and language, information and knowledge, creativity and thinking, communication and language.

6. How to learn to read effectively? Types of reading. Note taking and note making.

7. Face-to-face introductions. Discussions about the best traveling experience.

 

 

In the textbook, study Unit 1 on pages 2-25 and Phrases and Expressions on pages 280-286.  Also please study  

language and communication topics and countries of the world in English. You must know the names of countries in English.

 

 

 

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Unit 1.

Travel Language

 

1. Our traveling experiences.

2. Continents, cities and countries of the world.

3. Wonders of the world.

4. Famous mountains, seas, rivers, waterfalls, forests and deserts. Discussions and presentations.

5. Face-to-face discussions on topics related to traveling.

 

 

Continue studying Unit 1, on pages 2-25. Please pay special attention to new words and expressions on p.p. 6 –22, and study proverbs on p.p. 23-25. Prepare to speak about traveling. Study map of the world.

You should know the names of countries and main cities in English.

 

Choose a presentation topic. Each student must choose at least one topic on which s/he is going to give a presentation in front of class. The list of the topics with the students' names at each topic must be handed in to your tutor during week 3.

 

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Unit 2.

Lies and Truth

 

1. Categories of lies; white lies and their meanings.

2. What is the truth? How can we find it?

3. Famous quotations about truth and lie.

 

 

Read and study Unit 2: p.p. 27-46.

Prepare for role-play. Please pay special attention to words and expressions on p.p. 32-34. Study Reading Practice section on p.p. 43-44 and do the reading practice task on page 45.

 

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Unit 3.

Generation Gap

 

1. Topic: How to bridge generation gap?

2. Topic: Differences of relationships between parents and children in China and in Western countries.

3. Face-to-face discussions.

4. Discussion of presentation topics. Developing public speaking skills.

5. Topic: The secrets of successful communication.

 

 

 

Study Unit 3: p.p. 47-68.

Study new words, phrases and expressions and Reading Practice section on page 66. Please prepare to speak about generation gap. Write a short outline of your speech. You can use it in class while speaking.

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Unit 4

Success

 

1. How to make our life successful?

2. Major business tycoons and the reasons or their success.

3. The importance of failure and success in our careers.

4. How to change a person’s lifestyle.

5. Group discussions: “What do we mean when we say ‘healthy lifestyle’?

6. The importance of failure in our careers.

 

 

 

Study Unit 4: p.p. 69-88.

Study words and expressions and Reading Practice section. Please prepare to speak about a person’s lifestyle and its relationship to his/her success. Write a short outline of your speech so you can use it in class.

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Unit 5

Women, Men and Money

 

1.  Women, money, crime and suicides.

2. Money is the only source of happiness.

3. Should women earn more money than men?

4. Problems of gender equality in China.

5. Women, Men and Money.

6. Men are worse gossips than women.

7 Psychological differences and similarities between women and men and how to improve communication.

8. Gender equality and the importance of sex education.

9. Is money the root of evil?

 

 

 

Study Unit 5: p.p. 89-110.

Study new words, phrases and expressions and Reading Practice section with exercises on p.p. 86-88. Please prepare to speak on topics related to women and men. Write a short outline of your speech so you can use it in class. Also prepare to speak about money. Explain the proverb “Money doesn’t grow on trees”.

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Unit 6

The Soul of Business

1. How to start and how not to start a small business.

2. How to write a small business plan.

3. How to manage small and large companies.

4. Major business tycoons and their lives.

5. How to make your business successful.

6. The Internet business: how to make and how not to make money online.

7. Advertising as communication.

8. The advertising industry; the Internet and advertising.

9. Principles of marketing management.

10. How to advertise a product (case studies).

 

 

 

Please study Unit 6: p.p. 111-132.

Also please study words and expressions and Reading Practice Prepare to speak about how to start a small business online. Write a short outline of your speech, so you can use it in class.

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Unit 7

To Err is Human

 

1. What is ‘culture’ and ‘cross-cultural misunderstandings’?

2. Symptoms of culture shock.

3. Stages most people go through in adjusting to a new culture.

4. Coping strategy for culture shock: survival techniques.

5. Cultural misunderstandings (case studies).

6. Foundational triad of Western culture.

7. Principles of Western culture and etiquette.

8. Western culture of thinking, speaking and writing.

9. Group and face-to-face discussions about culture issues.

 

 

 

Study Unit 7: p.p.133-152.

Study new words, phrases and expressions and Reading Practice section.

Prepare to speak about mistakes, blunders, errors and how to avoid making them. Write a short outline of your speech so you can use it in class.

 

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May Day

(May 1-7)

 

 

No Classes

 

Public Holiday

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Unit 8

Throwing away the Key

 

1. What are the basic differences between ‘sports’ and ‘games’?

2. The world’s most popular athletes and the history of the World Olympic Games.

3. Violence, aggressiveness, drugs and other negative aspects of sports.

4. Professionals, amateurs and new kinds of sports in the 21st century.

5. China and Beijing Olympic Games.

6. Group and face-to-face discussions on the topic ‘My Favorite Sports’.

7. Group and face-to-face discussions on the topic ‘Sports and Friendship among People and Nations’.

 

 

 

Study Unit 8: p.p.153-174.

Please study words and expressions and Reading Practice section.

Please prepare to speak about capital punishment. Write a short outline of your speech. You can use it in class while speaking.

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Unit 9

On being Black and Middle Class

 

1. Racism and its history (a brief review).

2. Problems of ethnicity and race in the modern world.

3. Racist and sexist language and how to avoid it.

4.  The advantages and the disadvantages of co-educational and segregated schools.

5. The advantages and the disadvantages of feminism and anti-feminism.

 

 

Study Unit 9: p.p.175-194.

Please study words and expressions and Reading Practice section.

Please prepare to speak about discrimination, segregation and sexism. Write a short outline of your speech.

 

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Unit 10

Depression and other Diseases & how to Beat them

 

1. Application of placebo in medical practice.

2. The advantages and the disadvantages of Chinese herbal medicine.

3. What should a good doctor say and what should a good doctor not say to a patient (case studies).

4. How to maintain good relationships between doctors and patients (topic for group discussions).

5. The most widely spread diseases in China and problems of their treatment (AIDS, Hepatitis B, arthritis, etc.).

6. Loss weight dieting, health and depression.

7. Psychiatrists, psychologists, and the treatment of depression.

8. Malaria - problems of treatment in developing countries.

9. Human cloning and its possible consequences (oral presentation in class and later – small group discussions).

10. Euthanasia and its psychological effects on humans.

 

 

 

Please study Unit 10: p.p.195-214.

Please learn new words and expressions. Study Reading Practice section on p.p. 211-213 and prepare to speak on the following topics: AIDS, Hepatitis B, arthritis, depression, malaria, placebo, and human cloning. Write a short outline of your speech so you can use it in class while giving your speech.

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Unit 11

The Japanese Challenge

 

1. Transportation, global economy, Japan and trade war – problems and solutions.

2. The advantages of riding a bike and the disadvantages of driving a car.

3. Problems of traffic jams and their solutions.

4. Accidents and technology.

5. Technology in 50 years – how shall we study, work, travel and carry goods?

6. Automobile – pollution and accidents, or better communication and comfort?

7. Problems and solutions of energy in 2020.

 

 

Study Unit 11: p.p. 215-236.

Please study new words and expressions. Also study Reading Practice section on p.p. 233-236. Prepare to speak about trolleys, trams, double-deckers, automobiles, limousines, cabs, trucks, tubes, concords, aircrafts, helicopters, ocean liners, canoes, rafts, bikes, tricycles, scooters, motorbikes, choked traffic, accidents, and the peaceful serenity of car-free cities. Find some information in the Internet, magazines and newspapers.

 

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Unit 12

On Friendship

 

1. A friend in need is a friend indeed.

2. Friendship, love and successful communication.

3. Friendship between women and men.

4. Marriage, friendship and responsibility.

 

 

Study Unit 12 on p.p. 237-259.

Please learn new words and expressions. Also study Reading Practice section on p.p. 255-258. Do the exercises on pages 258-259. Prepare to speak about friendship and successful communication.

 

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Etiquette

 

 

1. Differences between Western business etiquette and Chinese business etiquette.

2. Etiquette and cross-cultural misunderstandings.

3. The basics of table etiquette in Western countries.

4. Job interview etiquette.

 

 

Prepare to speak about etiquette and some problems related to cross-cultural miscommunication.

 

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Preparation for Examination

 

 

 

 

 

Preparation for Examination

 

Study Glossary on pages 261-286. Do all Vocabulary and Structure exercises.

 

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Examination

 

 

Assessment – 60%

 

Prepare for Written Examination


 

Learning Materials

1. Textbook: Exploring Horizon (Graduate English Series - Intensive Multidimensional Course). Higher Education Press, 288 p.

2. Online resources, handouts, newspapers and magazines (provided by the teacher).

 

Teaching Materials

Materials for English teachers