UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AMERICAN LANGUAGE INSTITUTE ALI 274 ADVANCED ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL SPOKEN ENGLISH SPRING 2015 Instructor: Lucienne Aarsen Office location: PSD 106K Office hours by appointment Office phone: Email: (213) 740-0095 [email protected] Course Description This course is for international students who need to improve their advanced academic English for teaching and presenting. The development of both accuracy and fluency in professional spoken English will be emphasized. The class will include instruction in vocabulary and lexical phrases common in academic spoken English and university discourse. Individualized instruction in accuracy, stress, intonation, and pronunciation of major vocabulary specific to each student’s field will be provided. Course Objective To improve student ability to teach and/or present field-specific information in grammatically accurate, stylistically appropriate, well-enunciated spoken academic English. Materials All texts and audio materials for this class can be found on the class Blackboard site at http://blackboard.usc.edu/ which you can enter by using your USC username and password. Required: Microphone, 3 ring binder, and mirror Course Activities Recordings and presentations will include practice in features of pronunciation and prosody in academic English, lexis specific to each student’s field, and contextualized instruction in English syntax. 6 Recordings A major assignment throughout the course will require students to download field-specific texts and audio recordings of those texts, practice them, record the practiced texts, and send them, in MP3 format, to the Blackboard digital dropbox. Students will receive individualized feedback on these recordings. These recordings must demonstrate that the student has practiced prior to making the recordings or they will result in no credit for the assignment. Such assignments may not be “made up” later. All recordings must be submitted on time. Postponing the recordings defeats the benefit of short, regular practice. Late recordings will not be graded without either medical documentation or permission of the instructor obtained one week in advance. 2 9 Presentations In addition to class discussions and numerous short field-specific presentations, there will also be instruction incorporating the insights of recent research in improving the effectiveness and comprehensibility of professional and teaching slide presentations. The new presentation designs are particularly valuable for enhancing the comprehensibility of professionals whose first language is not English. Observation(s) You will be observed and evaluated once BEFORE the midterm during your laboratories, discussions, office hours, or other contact you have with students. Each of these observations will be video-recorded and for you to watch, write up an extensive self-evaluation, and engage in a consultation with your instructor. uSC Program 2 hours/week with a uSC (undergraduate Student Consultant) for 10 weeks from FEBRUARY 5 – APRIL 29 Evaluation: This is a credit/no credit class. Success or failure in the course is determined by progress and completion of all assignments and course requirements. o Attendance, class participation, and homework, 40%. o All class presentations other than the midterm and final presentation, 40% o Midterm presentation 10% o Final presentation 10% Attendance and Punctuality: This is a language course and attendance at all classes is mandatory. There is no “makeup” work that adequately substitutes for the instruction or the interaction which takes place in class. No make-up assignments will be provided for undocumented absences and missed assignments will count as a zero. Three absences may result in a grade of Borderline or lower. Four unexcused absences may result in a grade of No Credit. Students who arrive late to class will not be marked present. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor of lateness and to ask to be marked present, after class or during the instructor’s office hours. Three late arrivals will be counted as one absence unless otherwise arranged with the instructor. Students who have documented absences and wish to make up the homework are responsible for getting the assignments from other students in the class, so choose a partner for this purpose. Students must complete ALL course-related assignments, attend ALL meetings with their uSC, and not exceed the maximum number of allowable absences for the course (absences include hours missed with uSC). Your departments will be notified if ITAs exceed the hours of absences and/or are at risk of receiving a NC. Failure to attend the scheduled ITA exam may result in a NC for the course. ALI 274AAPSE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AMERICAN LANGUAGE INSTITUTE COURSE OUTLINE SPRING 2015 WEEKS & HW 1 Introduction of Course: Recordings, Presentations, Tracking 1/13 & 15 PRESENTATION1 : Diagnostic HW RECORDING 1: Second Language Pedagogy 2 LANGUAGE: Presentation 1 and Recording 1 feedback 1/20 & 22 Targeted areas of Grammar and Pronunciation & Tracking sheets Vowels and Consonants HW 3 1/27 & 29 HW 4 2/3 & 5 HW RECORDING 2: Pronunciation Problems of Selected Languages SIF DUE 1/25 LANGUAGE: Recording 2 feedback Targeted areas of Grammar & Pronunciation RECORDING 3: Graph of a Straight Line PRESENTATION 2: Graph uSC Program begins LANGUAGE: Recording 3 feedback Targeted areas of Grammar & Pronunciation PRESENTATION 2: Graph 5 2/10 & 12 RECORDING 4: Field Specific Text Read & Summarize assigned Presentations readings LANGUAGE: Recording 4 & Presentation 2 feedback Targeted areas of Grammar & Pronunciation DISCUSSIONS: Presentations readings Assertion Evidence Slides HW 6 2/18 & 20 PRESENTATION 3: Title Slide PRESENTATION 3: Title Slide LANGUAGE: Targeted areas of Grammar & Pronunciation HW PRESENTATION 4: Mapping Slide BRF 1 DUE 2/25 for weeks 2&3 PRESENTATION 4 (MIDTERM) : Mapping Slide LANGUAGE: Targeted areas of Grammar & Pronunciation Midterm & Observation self-evaluations 7 2/25 & 27 HW 8 3/3 & 5 HW CLASSES CANCELLED MIDTERM CONSULTATIONS w/ITA and uSC RECORDING 5: Summary of Guidelines for New Slide Design PRESESENTATION 5: Assertion Slide 1 9 3/10 & 12 PRESENTATION 5: Assertion Slide 1 LANGUAGE: Recording 5 feedback HW PRESENTATION 6: Assertion Slide 2 BRF 2 DUE 3/11 for weeks 4&5 4 3/15-22 10 SPRING BREAK PRESENTATION 6: Assertion Slide 2 LANGUAGE: Targeted areas of Grammar & Pronunciation 3/24& 26 HW PRESENTATION 7: Assertion Slide 3 11 3/31 & 4/2 PRESENTATION 7: Assertion Slide 3 LANGUAGE: Targeted areas of Grammar & Pronunciation HW PRESENTATION 8: Conclusion Slide 12 PRESENTATION 8: Conclusion Slide 4/7 & 9 LANGUAGE: Targeted areas of Grammar & Pronunciation HW 13 4/14& 16 Self-evaluation BRF 3 DUE 4/8 for weeks 6&7 (extended weeks due to Spring Break) LANGUAGE & CATCH UP WEEK FINAL RECORDING & PRESENTATION HW 14 4/21 & 23 TERM RECORDING & PRESENTATION BRF 4 DUE 4/22 for weeks 8 & 9 15 4/29 LAST DAY Course Wrap Up: uSC Survey & ITA Exam issues uSC/ITA survey DUE 5/6 for week 10 IMPORTANT DATES uSC/ITA MATCHING MIXER FEB 5, Thursday 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Location TBA NO CLASS March 3 & 5 for - Midterm Consultations w/uSC (30 mins without Observation; LAST DAY April 28 ITA EXAM 4/29 & 30 Students with Disabilities: Any student requiring accommodations based on a disability is required to register with the Disability Services and Programs office (DSP) each semester. A letter of verification for approved recommendations can be obtained through DSP. Please be sure the letter is delivered to your instructor as early in the semester as possible. DSP is located in STU 301 and is open 9:00am- 5:00pm, M-F. The DSP phone number is (213) 7400776.