Oral Training II Fall 2003
Audio-Visual Center 201
Tuesdays 10:20am-12:10pm
Instructor: Karen S. Chung

     This year's class is composed mainly of students from last year's A+ group in lab, so we will build on skills we worked on last year at an advanced level and accelerated pace. There will be 16 classes this semester.

     Routine work: We will continue to learn and recite one English poem a week, and there will also be a weekly listening assignment, which may or may not be the same as the listening assignment in this year's lab and freshman English classes.

      Note that this syllabus is subject to change.

     Click here for the Poems for Memorization handout for Fall 2003.
     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.)

     E-mail the instructor if you need to miss class or be late for any reason, or have other concerns or questions. Otherwise, you will be marked for an unexcused absence or tardiness. More than three unexcused absences or five tardinesses is grounds for receiving a semester grade less than that required to pass the course.

     Visit the class discussion board often.

     September 16: Introduction, poetry; passage for reading aloud.
     Listening assignment: A Moment of Science IV: (1) The Science of Suicide and (2) The Sexiest Frog in Borneo.
     Prepare: Passage for reading aloud: http://www.rider.edu/~suler/zenstory/egotism.html (Read only the story, not the reader reactions.) Note stresses and intonation. Audio file here.
Bring correctly labeled blank 90-minute cassette tape. Prepare passage to read aloud. Prepare clean joke to tell. Things to pay attention to:
     (1) Stand confidently in front of your audience, don't make any distracting movements, make eye contact, smile.
     (2) Make sure you explain any unfamiliar or difficult words, expressions or names to the class before you start telling the joke.
     (3) Make sure you know your joke backwards and forwards so you don't hesitate, forget, or get confused about what you're trying to say.
     (4) Slow down and speak especially clearly at key words and names, and most importantly, at the punchline, and pay special attention to connecting with your audience at these points. Timing is the key to telling a good joke. Make sure your story doesn't drag on too long, or that the punchline doesn't slip by without everybody getting it, or even hearing it clearly. Hopefully you will get a big laugh for your efforts!

     Here are a few sites with some more tips on how to tell a joke: 1 2 3
     There are some links to clean joke sites here.

     Prepare skill presentation outline ("Cooking with Fu Pei-mei"). You have about 5 minutes for your presentation. Possible skills: cooking, dance steps, a musical instrument, macramé a card or magic trick, how to make up, CPR skills, yoga, taichichuan. Do not demonstrate how to wrap a present!

     September 23: Read passage aloud to class. Collect blank cassette tapes.
     Listening assignment: A Moment of Science V: (3) Ancient Performance Enhancers; (4) Rocket Roach; (5) Here, Boy.
     Prepare: Prepare joke to tell to class. Prepare outline of skill presentation outline. Choose partner, movie for oral review.
      Format for movie review: You will work in pairs, and present the review as a dialogue, Siskel and Ebert style (see video; now on reserve in the AV library). You may show up to three short clips from the movie. You have about 10-15 minutes per pair. Begin by introducing the name of the film, the director, and main actors. Follow this with a brief summary of the plot. Next focus on a few parts of the movie that impressed you most, and discuss these. Offer your own insightful comments and analysis; don't just describe the action. Finally give your evaluation of the film, concluding with a judgment of "thumbs up" or "thumbs down", or give it a score from 1 to 10, with 10 indicating a truly outstanding film.

     September 30: Finished reading of 'Egotism' passage; joke telling. Submit skill presentation outline.
     Listening assignment: Statement by Richard Jewell after being cleared of responsibility in the July 27, 1996 bombing at Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, Georgia
     Prepare: Skill presentation. Choose partner and movie.

     October 7: Finish joke telling; skill presentation.
     Listening Assignment:
Lives of the Writers: Langston Hughes
     Prepare: Skill presentation; movie review.

     October 14: Skill presentation.
     Listening assignment: Lives of the Writers: Charles Dickens
     Prepare: Skill presentation, movie review.

21: Skill presentation.
     Listening assignment: Cooking video: Rolled omelet
     Prepare: Ghost story without written notes: practice! Click here for some links to ghost story sites. Movie review.

     October 28: Tell ghost story.
     Listening assignment: (1) Dust in the Wind; (2) Listen to a spoken word audio tape of your choice from the AV library and write a short summary of the contents of the tape, and also your reaction to the tape.
     Prepare: Skill presentation, movie review, transcribe passage from Death of a Salesman.

     November 4: Skill presentation.
     Listening assignment: The Infinite Mind: Cheating
     Prepare: Skill presentation, movie review, Death of a Salesman.

11: Skill presentation.
     Listening assignment:
Dr. Laura (4): Elizabeth and Julie
     Prepare: Movie review, Death of a Salesman, outline of 60-second commercial.

     November 18: Movie review.
     Listening assignment: Dr. Laura (5): Theresa and Dave
     Prepare: Movie review; Death of a Salesman, 60-second commercial.

     November 25: Movie Review
     Listening assignment: Popular song: Behind the Wall by Tracy Chapman
     Prepare: Movie Review; Death of a Salesman; 60-second commercial.

     December 2: Movie Review
     Listening assignment:
Listen to a five-to-ten minute Internet or radio news report of your choice and write a one-sentence summary of each news item; some possible sources: BBC World Service radio summary; NPR Hourly News; VOA Latest Newscast
     Prepare: Death of a Salesman; 60-second commercial. Choose novel for oral review for next semester.

     December 9: Last two movie reviews, discuss movie review assignment
     Listening assignment: The Organ Trade: Should the sale of kidneys be legalized?
     Prepare: Death of a Salesman; script for 60-second commercial.

     December 16: Death of a Salesman; hand in script for 60-second commercial.
     Listening assignment: Fresh Air Online interview: Choose an interview from this page and write a short summary of the main points discussed.
Christmas carols.

     December 23: Christmas carols.
     Listening assignment: Popular song: Affair on 8th Avenue by Gordon Lightfoot (on listening tape).
     Prepare: to have a Merry Christmas! Death of a Salesman; 60-second commercial.

     December 30: Death of a Salesman
     Listening assignment: Write summary, your thoughts on the passage from 'Word' from Whoopi Goldberg's Audiobook.
     Prepare: Pronunciation summary: past, present, and future.

     January 6 : 60-second commercial; hand in pronunciation summary.
Winter break assignments: Listening assignment: Listen to an entire recorded work in English,
at least three hours in length, on tape, CD, or the Internet, and write a brief summary of it; read a novel for oral book report; prepare one English, one Chinese (you will translate this yourself), one original poem for poetry reading; write outline of play idea. The listening assignment summary and the outline of your idea for a play are to be handed in the first day of class Spring semester.

     Contents of tape:
1. "Egotism"
2. Poems for memorization and reading aloud

Listening assignments:
3. Selection from: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
4. Popular song: "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas
5. Lives of the Writers: Langston Hughes
6. Lives of the Writers: Charles Dickens
7. Popular song: "Behind the Wall" by Tracy Chapman
8. "Word" by Whoopi Goldberg, from Audiobook
9. Ask Dr. Laura: (1) Elizabeth; (2) Julie
10. Ask Dr. Laura: (3) Theresa; (4) Dave
11. Popular song: "Affair on 8th Avenue" by Gordon Lightfoot