||Course introduction: What is discussion? Discussion as a process. Principles of discussion. Activity: Self-introduction.
||Basic interactive strategies
||This session will introduce and give opportunities to practice basic strategies for communicative interactions. This will include aspects such as starting and ending conversations, and maintaining, developing and changing topics.
||This session will look at the phonemes of English, along with emphasis, stress, and pacing. The session will include an opportunity for the students to practice pronunciation.
||This session will introduce and give opportunities to practice basic strategies for effectively exchanging opinions on selected academic topics. This will include aspects such as supporting opinions, hedging, and disagreeing.
||This session will give discussion practice in Q&A contexts, focusing on managing the Q&A session. The students will have pair Q&A sessions, as well as a larger Q&A session.
||Dealing with difficult situations
||This session will introduce and give opportunities to practice basic strategies for dealing with problems arising in discussions and Q&A. This will include aspects such dealing with language problems and difficult topics
||In this session, there will be an opportunity for the students to have pair discussions, which will be evaluated (by the teacher, the partner, and self-evaluated).
||In the final session of the class, we will look back at what we have accomplished, measure where we are at this point, and map out plans for future improvements.