ENSLA202-20B (HAM)

Academic Oral Strategies

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper is designed to provide students enrolled in any Division of Studies with the ability to discuss and question academic texts with a view to participating in seminar and tutorial presentations. Students practise intensive reading and inquiry of academic texts with a view to understanding academic written work, learning to voice opinions, question views and engage those around them in discussions designed to raise awareness in academic settings. Students also undertake the design and development of supporting materials for tutorials and seminars to aid themselves and others in the learning experience.
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Paper Structure

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This paper is blended in that lecture material will be delivered to the Moodle site for the paper once a week on Mondays. On Wednesdays and Thursdays in the workshops, students will be expected to participate with the lecture materials, online exercises and discussion areas as these will be the methods used to deliver content and allow for student practice and participation.

Lecture materials will be delivered on Mondays, and students will be expected to watch and read the materials on these days. The time this is expected to take is two (2) hours.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays in the workshops on campus, students will be expected to complete exercises and contribute to discussions. The time this will take is four hours (2 per workshop). Students are expected to attend both workshops.

The paper is supported on-line via its Moodle page, and Panopto recordings of lectures/workshops will be one of the methods used to deliver lecture content.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Competently:
    • read texts of a general academic nature,
    • recognise main points, extract relevant information and make useful notes from academic texts,
    • recognise a writer’s attitude and interpret a writer’s intention,
    • paraphrase and summarise information from academic texts,
    • work in co­operative groups for the production of oral presentations,
    • orally present materials suitable for academic situations such as tutorials and seminars,
    • be proficient in processing information effectively, including recognition of contextual indicators that contribute to messages conveyed.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessments include individual pieces of written work and group and individual oral presentations completed throughout the course. Full and complete details of all assessments will be available via Moodle throughout the semester.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Who Am I?
23 Jul 2020
5:00 PM
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
2. Personal Reflections x 5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Reading Research Record Assignments x 3
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Group Presentation 1
  • In Class: In Workshop
5. Group Presentation 2
  • In Class: In Workshop
6. Group Presentation 3
  • In Class: In Workshop
7. Individual Discussion Session
19 Oct 2020
No set time
  • In Class: In Workshop
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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A set of paper materials has been prepared and must be purchased for success in, and completion of, the paper. These materials can be purchased from Waikato Print.

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Recommended Readings

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Note: Students are expected to have and use an English dictionary/thesaurus.

Other Text Resources:

Any other text resources needed for the paper will be available from the paper Reading List, which is accessible via Moodle.

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Other Resources

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Panopto Recordings:

Each lecture/workshop is recorded via Panopto, the University preferred recording software. The recordings are available via Moodle after each lecture/workshop and can be downloaded and watched in a number of formats, such as audio or video podcasts.

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Online Support

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All enrolled students are automatically assignment an email username and password that can be arranged on enrollment and subsequently via http://tools.its.waikato.ac.nz/newuser.html. This registration process will make available a free gmail service provided by the University.

All enrolled students in the paper are given membership in Moodle which is available at http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz.

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The workload for the paper will be easier to manage if students access Moodle and review lecture material, complete set activities and readings and allow plenty of lead-in time for assessments. Students should also make sure that advantage is taken of face-to-face workshop help during the trimester. As well as the four indicated hours of workshops per week, students are expected to spend upwards of 4 hours per week of their own time, preparing for and completing online activities, discussions and assignments, and reviewing materials.

This is a course that promotes listening, reading and oral skills. To achieve the most from this course, students are expected to work cooperatively and collaboratively. To work in a cooperative and collaborative manner means that students must be prepared, and are expected to exchange ideas and information with each other. Emphasis will be put, and time set aside within the workshops for students to work together in small groups for this purpose.

Important note for International Students:

For international students in New Zealand with student visas, regular attendance is part of the visa obligation and is checked as a requirement of the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Academic staff are formally required to monitor attendance in classes and submission of compulsory assessment event/items and to report to Waikato International in the event that any problem with irregular attendance or non-submission is not resolved.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Restricted papers: ESLA202

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