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Listen Up and Speak Out: Helping Learners Develop Oral Skills

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Overview of Listen-Up & Speak-Out

Good oral communication is essential for daily life and ministry. But how do learners develop strong listening and speaking skills in their new language? What do they need to learn and how can they best learn it?

In 15 sessions (2 hours each) over five weeks, this online non-credit course

  • equips language coaches with a basic understanding of the processes involved in learning the listening and speaking skills
  • offers practical guidance for helping learners gain proficiency in listening comprehension, conversation, and speaking to groups
  • presents a wide range of learning activities that are most useful at each proficiency leve

 In each session there will be one or more videos (usually narrated PowerPoint presentations), short readings, forums and/or applications questions to be submitted for feedback, and resources for further exploration. Participants interact frequently with the instructors and with each other.

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Topics

Week 1

  • How are listening and speaking different from reading and writing?
  • The contribution of listening comprehension to language acquisition
  • The contribution of speaking to language acquisition

Week 2

  • What do learners and coaches need to know about listening comprehension?
  • Listening activities for novice, intermediate, advanced learners
  • Preparing your learners to use effective listening strategies

Week 3

  • What do learners and coaches need to know about conversation?
  • Conversation activities for novice, intermediate, advanced learners
  • Preparing your learners to use effective conversation strategies

Week 4

  • What do learners and coaches need to know about speech acts (knowing how to be appropriate in oral interaction)?
  • Activities for speech acts at different levels
  • Coaching learners in being appropriate in oral interaction

Week 5

  • What do learners and coaches need to know about telling stories and giving speeches?
  • Speaking activities for novice, intermediate, advanced learners
  • Preparing your learners to tell a story or give a speech

Audience

This is the second in a series of online courses for language coaches and is available only to those who have taken our online ICCT Foundations of Language Coaching class.

Printable pdf version of Listen Up and Speak Out Description.

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FAQs

Have questions about our Language Coach Courses? Check out our FAQs page.

You can also email us at icct.@wheaoton.edu.