English for Oral Communication is designed to acquaint learners with important communication strategies for formal and academic interactions. The discussion also touches on listening in non-academic contexts and for enjoyment. This course will provide learners with the foundation for skills that will be further enhanced in other courses as they progress in their programme of study at OUM.
Episode 1 - Communcation: An Overview
Episode 1 gives you an overview of communication in general, including what communication is all about, the types and purposes of communication, etc. You will be introduced to three models of communication the linear, interactive and transactional models. This topic also covers different forms of communication including interpersonal, intrapersonal, small group, mass, public, corporate and cross-cultural communication.
Episode 2 - Oral Communication: Some Basic Principles
Episode 2 outlines some basic principles in oral communication. It also explains the role of speakers and listeners in the communication process and identifies the types of interferences that can cause a breakdown in communication.
Episode 3 - Active Listening Skills
Episode 3 explores active listening techniques such as listening to comprehend speaker intent; understand emotive and persuasive language; detect speaker bias; and for sheer enjoyment. The aim is to enhance learners' skills for successful listening in academic and non-academic contexts as well as for enjoyment.
Episode 4 - Listening in Formal/Academic Contexts
Episode 4 explains that listening in formal and academic settings often requires listening to and understanding long stretches of discourse. This process requires knowledge of specific skills in order to discern the main ideas from the trivial details. This topic covers the different purposes of listening - listening for sequence of ideas; listening for specific cues to understand facts and opinions; listening for meaning from intonation; and listening for comprehension in long stretches of discourse.
Episode 5 - Speaking: Speech Training
Episode 5 explains speaking as a skill that needs to be developed and practised independently of the grammar curriculum. In face-to-face communication, many aspects contribute to how the message is delivered and understood. This topic covers all the aspects of speaking such as how to pronounce words clearly, enunciate them well, employ correct intonation, word and sentence stress, and employ rhythm and voice projection.
Episode 6 - Speaking in a Social Context
Episode 6 describes our daily interactions with people. This requires us to seek information by asking and answering questions, and making suggestions and recommendations. In this topic, learners will be guided on how to employ interactive skills to convey meaning accurately, use words appropriately and speak politely.