Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE English Writing & Speaking Skills 2

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Centre for English Language Proficiency

DESCRIPTION The main purpose of this study-unit is to equip students with rhetorical strategies for speeches and advanced writing in English. This study-unit addresses some of the difficulties students often encounter when they need to take a critical stance in their arguments as well as in their evaluation of propositions presented by others. In addition, a substantial amount of time will be spent in developing the skill to select from a range of rhetorical functions they would apply effectively in their spoken and written production.

Study-Unit Aims:

- To consolidate students’ accuracy, appropriacy and fluency in English;
- To consolidate students’ skills in relation to planning and producing an extended piece of writing;
- To develop students’ knowledge about the various functions of rhetorical strategies in spoken and written English;
- To develop students’ skills in selecting specific rhetorical devices in speech and extended writing.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- demonstrate accurate and appropriate use of a broad range of vocabulary;
- demonstrate accurate use of a broad range of sentence structures varying in complexity;
- follow the different stages in a reflective writing model;
- identify what is appropriate in terms of register and tone in their written and spoken production;
- follow the stages involved in process and genre approaches to writing;
- describe a rhetorical framework;
- identify a range of rhetorical devices in language;
- identify strategies for altering speeches to reflect different audiences;
- demonstrate familiarity with the purpose of different kinds of commentary.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- use a broad range of vocabulary in speech and writing;
- use a broad range of sentence structures but ensure incisiveness;
- use discourse markers strategically and effectively;
- organise and structure extended arguments coherently and cohesively with a view to communicating concepts, descriptions and processes effectively;
- employ various strategies to engage the audience;
- produce a number of text types following their respective conventions;
- choose and practise two different reflective writing models to guide their written production;
- use reflective writing to interpret real-life events and practical situations;
- practise in a controlled manner different kinds of commentary in their written and spoken production;
- examine their own thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, values and assumptions;
- evaluate prior experiences and knowledge;
- note and maintain the main thread of the argument being presented;
- use different rhetorical devices in speeches and extended writing;
- use signposting appropriately within the rhetorical framework;
- adopt a range of rhetorical structures to achieve different effects;
- construct subjectivity and agency in and around texts;
- valuate the use of rhetorical strategies in various contexts.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Resources will made available to students as required.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualification: First degree

Co-requisite Study-unit: ELP3010

Reassessment is 100% Examination.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM2 Yes 30%
Examination (1 Hour and 30 Minutes) SEM2 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Joseph F Gerardi
Larissa Jonk
Jean Theuma

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