B2+ - C1 Interacting with global issues: Spoken English

Enseignant(s): Cook Frances
Type d'enseignement: Cours de langue
Langue(s) du cours: Anglais
Semestre(s): SP-2021


COURSE ENROLLMENT:  Before enrolling, you have to do an Online Placement test and take an Oral Placement interview.  Detailed information on the language course enrollment procedure is on the Language Center website: https://www3.unifr.ch/centredelangues/en/courses/students/registration/


The aim of this course is to give advanced speakers of English an opportunity to improve their oral skills in a convivial atmosphere while exploring different perspectives on a range of intellectually challenging topics in both an academic context (research studies, literacy, etc.) as well as in broader contexts such as health care, education, environmental issues and human rights. The course will be interactive in nature requiring a high level of critical engagement. Students will have the opportunity to practice rhetorical skills during panel discussions and workshop style activities, as well as practice appropriate language required to perform specific functions. Students will have assigned readings/videos to prepare them for upcoming lessons.  Evaluated tasks consist of preparing and  giving mini-presentations focusing on different elements of presenting (transitioning smoothly between points, pausing, intonation, explaining graphics, use of rhetorical questions, etc.). There will also be a panel discussion.

ATTENDANCE AND ASSESSMENT: Regular attendance is required. Excused absences can include things like public transport disruption, accident, family emergency, etc. This course is graded on a pass or fail basis. A certificate of achievement can be requested from the secretary’s office upon successful completion of the course.  

Facilitator:   Fran Cook

Course:   Tues. 17:15-18:45

Location:    LC  MIS10  (Room: See the University Timetable)

Contact:      frances.cook @unifr.ch   MIS 10 Office 3.09


Learning Outcomes:


- Practice speaking fluently and accurately with correct pronunciation

- Identify and fix incorrect syllable stress on problem words

- Extract, evaluate and comment critically on information from images, dialogues and written texts

- Do appropriate research on topics of interest

- Employ specialized vocabulary relating to specific topics

- Expand informal and formal range of vocabulary including collocations

- Give advice and express opinions about complex and sensitive issues

- Converse with the aim of reaching a consensus

- Practice presenting with fluency and confidence