Academic Discussions in English

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About this course: This is the third course in the Learn English: Advanced Speaking and Listening specialization. In this class you will learn about different types of conversations you will have in academic settings. You will also learn some strategies for helping you understand other people's meaning and for helping you express yourself effectively. Learners will record several videos of themselves participating in assigned group discussions with their own friends and upload the videos for peer feedback. While this might seem intimidating, it will be a great opportunity for you to practice and improve your discussion skills. Please note that the free version of this class gives you ac…

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

  • Free plan: No certicification and/or audit only. You will have access to all course materials except graded items.
  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

About this course: This is the third course in the Learn English: Advanced Speaking and Listening specialization. In this class you will learn about different types of conversations you will have in academic settings. You will also learn some strategies for helping you understand other people's meaning and for helping you express yourself effectively. Learners will record several videos of themselves participating in assigned group discussions with their own friends and upload the videos for peer feedback. While this might seem intimidating, it will be a great opportunity for you to practice and improve your discussion skills. Please note that the free version of this class gives you access to all of the instructional videos and handouts. The peer feedback and quizzes are only available in the paid version.

Created by:  University of California, Irvine
  • Taught by:  Tamy Chapman, Instructor, International Programs

    University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education
  • Taught by:  Meg Parker, Instructor, International Programs

    University of California Irvine Extension
  • Taught by:  Helen Nam, Instructor

    International Programs, UCI Extension
Basic Info Course 3 of 4 in the Learn English: Advanced Academic Speaking and Listening Specialization Level Intermediate Commitment 4-5 hours/week for 4 weeks Language English, Subtitles: Albanian Hardware Req You will create videos of yourself using a smartphone, webcam, or videocamera to share for feedback. How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.7 stars Average User Rating 4.7See what learners said Coursework

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Introduction to Discussions



This is the third course in the Learn English: Advanced Speaking and Listening specialization. In this class you will learn about different types of conversations you will have in academic settings. You will also learn some strategies for helping you understand other people's meaning and for helping you express yourself effectively. This first module will show you the importance of effective academic conversational English. You'll see how it is different from other conversational English and why it is necessary to make you successful in college environments. Finally, you'll do a video assignment in which you record yourself in a group discussion. You'll submit this video for feedback on your discussion techniques.


7 videos, 6 readings, 3 practice quizzes expand


  1. Video: Welcome
  2. Video: Meet the Teacher
  3. Peer Review: Introduce Yourself
  4. Reading: Important Messages
  5. Video: Week 1 Introduction
  6. Video: Discussions Overview Lecture
  7. Practice Quiz: Discussions Practice Quiz
  8. Video: Preparing for Discussions Lecture
  9. Reading: Preparing for Academic Discussions Practice
  10. Video: Getting Started Lecture
  11. Practice Quiz: Getting Started Practice Quiz
  12. Video: Vocabulary Lecture
  13. Reading: Vocabulary Practice
  14. Reading: Discussion Analysis Part 1
  15. Reading: Discussion Analysis Part 2
  16. Practice Quiz: Discussion Analysis Practice
  17. Discussion Prompt: How to Make a Video
  18. Reading: Discussion Assignment Directions
  19. Discussion Prompt: Find Others to Do Your Assignment With

Graded: Discussion Assignment Peer Review
Graded: Graded Quiz

WEEK 2


Elaboration



This week, you'll learn about the importance of elaborating in a conversation and learn to avoid some common problems that occur when elaboration doesn't happen. You'll learn several ways to add examples to your discussions and how to use critical thinking to take make your discussions go deeper. Again, you will have the chance to practice having a group discussion and to submit a video of it for feedback.


4 videos, 5 readings, 3 practice quizzes expand


  1. Video: Week 2 Introduction
  2. Video: Elaboration Lecture
  3. Reading: Elaboration Activity
  4. Video: Examples Lecture
  5. Practice Quiz: Examples Practice Quiz
  6. Video: Going Deeper Lecture
  7. Practice Quiz: Going Deeper Practice Quiz
  8. Reading: Vocabulary Practice
  9. Reading: Discussion Analysis Part 1
  10. Reading: Discussion Analysis Part 2
  11. Practice Quiz: Discussion Analysis Practice
  12. Reading: Discussion Assignment Directions
  13. Discussion Prompt: Find Others to Do Your Assignment With

Graded: Discussion Assignment Peer Review
Graded: Graded Quiz

WEEK 3


Interaction



Now, you'll learn how to maintain a smooth discussion by avoiding common problems with interaction and participation. You'll also learn how to listen to other speakers' ideas and learn how to agree or disagree with others in your discussion. Once again, you will be able to practice having a group discussion, and you will record and share the video with other learners.


3 videos, 4 readings, 4 practice quizzes expand


  1. Video: Interaction Lecture
  2. Practice Quiz: Interaction Practice Quiz
  3. Video: Constructing Conversation Lecture
  4. Practice Quiz: Constructing Conversation Practice Quiz
  5. Video: Agreeing and Disagreeing Lecture
  6. Practice Quiz: Agreeing and Disagreeing Practice Activity
  7. Reading: Vocabulary Practice
  8. Reading: Discussion Analysis Part 1
  9. Reading: Discussion Analysis Part 2
  10. Practice Quiz: Discussion Analysis Practice
  11. Reading: Discussion Assignment Directions
  12. Discussion Prompt: Find Others to Do Your Assignment With

Graded: Discussion Assignment Peer Review
Graded: Graded Quiz

WEEK 4


Synthesis



In the final week, you will learn how to synthesize the ideas in your discussions and how to come up with meaningful take-aways and action points. You'll also learn how to reflect on the important points in a discussion so that the whole thing is meaningful. You will get one more chance to demonstrate your discussion skills and get feedback by sharing a video of your discussion.


3 videos, 5 readings, 3 practice quizzes expand


  1. Video: Synthesis Lecture
  2. Practice Quiz: Synthesis Practice Quiz
  3. Video: Wrapping Up Lecture
  4. Practice Quiz: Wrapping Up Practice Quiz
  5. Video: Reflecting on the Course Lecture
  6. Peer Review: Reflecting on the Course Practice Activity
  7. Reading: Vocabulary Practice
  8. Reading: Discussion Analysis Part 1
  9. Reading: Discussion Analysis Part 2
  10. Practice Quiz: Discussion Analysis Practice
  11. Reading: Discussion Assignment Directions
  12. Discussion Prompt: Find Others to Do Your Assignment With
  13. Reading: Learn

Graded: Discussion Assignment Peer Review
Graded: Graded Quiz
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