Oral Training II   Fall 2001

Audio-Visual Building 201

Tuesdays 10:10am-12 noon

Instructor: Karen S. Chung



There will be 15 classes this semester.

Routine work: You will recite and learn a poem, mark your listening assignment, and receive the new listening assignment every class during first hour; these are not listed separately below.

This syllabus is subject to change.


Click here for the Poetry and Prose for Memorization and Reading Aloud handout for Fall 2001.

Click here for the About Poetry: English Prosody Plus Selected Literary Terms handout. (Refer to this for definitions of terms like iambic, doggerel, and synaesthesia.)


September 18: Class cancelled due to typhoon.


September 25: Introduction; poetry; practice passage for reading aloud: note stresses and intonation.

Prepare: Passage for reading aloud. Bring correctly labeled blank 90-minute cassette tape.


October   2: Read passage aloud to class; evaluation and comments.Collect blank cassette tapes.
                         Prepare: Reading passage, clean joke to tell class; outline of skill presentation.
                         Listening assignment: Note ten points from either of the following on the Net: National Public Radio interview with Deborah Tannen, at http://www.wamu.org/ram/2001/r2010510.ram

                         Or: Internet TV reading by Deborah Tannen from her new book, I Only Say This Because I Love You at http://www.previewport.com/realMedia/tannenreadingsm.ram
                         Deborah Tannen's homepage is at: http://www.georgetown.edu/faculty/tannend/


                  9: Tell joke to class; evaluation and comments; submit outline for skill presentation.
                       Prepare: Skill presentation; choose partner, movie for oral review.
                       Listening assignment: Internet video: Work on wheels with Thomas Holtackers.

                  16: Skill presentation, submit name of partner and movie choice.
                        Prepare: Skill presentation, movie review.
                        Listening assignment:Whoopi Goldberg: Audiobook (on side A of tape after poems and three popular songs)


                 23: Skill presentation, movie review.

                        Prepare: Ghost story without written notes: practice!
                        Listening assignment: Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl (on side A of tape, after Whoopi Goldberg passage)


                 30: Tell ghost story.

                        Prepare: Skill presentation, movie review.

                        Listening assignment: Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (on side A of tape, after Anne Frank passage)



November 6: Skill presentation.

                        Prepare: Movie review.
                        Listening assignment: Popular Song: "Insensitive" by Jann Arden


                 13: Skill presentation; evaluation and comments on skill presentation and ghost story telling; movie review, if there's time.

                        Prepare: Movie review.

                        Classic Notes biography of Robert Louis Stevenson: http://www.gradesaver.com/ClassicNotes/Authors/about_robert_stevenson.html
                        The complete poems of Robert Louis Stevenson
are available at: http://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/stevenson/stevenson.html

                        Listening assignment: Ask Dr. Laura (1) (after "Difficult Conversations" on side A)


                 20: Movie review.

                        Prepare: Movie review.
 Books and writers: William Butler Yeats: http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/wbyeats.htm
                        The collected poems of William Butler Yeats:
                        Listening assignment: Ask Dr. Laura (2) (to the end of side A).


                 27: Movie review.

                        Prepare: movie dialogue.
                        Books and writers: Walter de la Mare:
                        Listening assignment: When Harry Met Sally: Cloze exercise (1)



December 4: Movie review; evaluation and comments.

                        Prepare: Movie dialogue.
                        Listening assignment: When Harry Met Sally: Cloze exercise (2)


                 11: Movie dialogue; evaluation and comments.

                        Prepare: Choose novel for oral review for next semester; Christmas carol lyrics.
                        Listening assignment for week of December 13-20:
Behind the Music: Julian Lennon
                        The Life and Times of Henry D. Thoreau: http://libws66.lib.niu.edu/thoreau/bexhibit.htm


                 18: Learn and sing Christmas carols in various languages.
                        Poetry Exhibits: e. e. cummings

Prepare: Christmas carol lyrics.


                 25: Submit novel choice; sing Christmas carols.

                        Prepare: to have a Merry Christmas!
                        Listening assignment: W*O*L*D



January   1: New Year's Day; no class.


                  8: Last-day-of-class activity.



Winter break assignments: (1) write outline of play; (2) choose one English/American poem, one Chinese poem to translate, and write one poem yourself; (3) read and prepare review on novel; (4) pronunciation summary: past, present, and future; (5) Listening assignment: BBC Interview with Ray Charles

Spring 2002 Poetry for memorization and prose for reading aloud handout
Now available! (It will be distributed in class 2/26)