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ELI 534 Discussion and Oral Argumentation

13-week course offered in the Fall and Winter terms. Meets once a week for 90 minutes.

In this course, you will develop the interactive speaking skills you need to effectively participate in seminar-style discussions and other formal group settings. You might consider this course if you are a relatively advanced, comfortable English speaker and want to continue to refine your ability to hold your own in challenging, dynamic speaking situations. Students often select this course after completing ELI 531 Language and Communication, ELI 538 Pronunciation in Context, and ELI 544 Academic Presentations. 

Course activities include:

  • practice using rhetorical strategies in multiple discussion formats, with feedback and evaluation

  • active listening exercises to participate in rapid exchanges

  • 2-minute talks (professional self-introductions)

  • analyze recorded language used for rhetorical strategies

  • 4-6 problem-solution discussions led by Instructor or fellow students

  • improv techniques to develop fluency 

(1 credit)