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340012 UE Oral Communication: English (2021S)

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 34 - Translationswissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Due to new measures to contain the corona virus, all units will take place online (remote) only.

Thursday 11.03. 11:00 - 12:30 Digital
Thursday 25.03. 11:00 - 12:30 Digital
Thursday 15.04. 11:00 - 12:30 Digital
Thursday 06.05. 11:00 - 12:30 Digital
Thursday 27.05. 11:00 - 12:30 Digital
Thursday 10.06. 11:00 - 12:30 Digital
Thursday 24.06. 11:00 - 12:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

"There's a blaze of light in every word | It doesn't matter which you heard | The holy or the broken." (L. Cohen)
This course focusses on the performed (i.e., embodied, enacted) text. Touch, sound, sight, story, warmth, rhythm, movement, security, authority, enthusiasm, love, resonance; they are all brought together in the shared experience of a staged text. So, this is learning in action ... We will research, plan, design, rehearse and deliver presentations on a bunch of topics, sequencing selected content and multimodal elements for accuracy and their impact on the audience.
As we often work in highly asymmetric communicative settings, we will not only determine the purpose of a given assignment but also reflect upon the concept of PURPOSE in general: Whose purpose, really? To whose benefit?
In this course, you will experience a collaborative and supportive environment. We will embrace our accents (i.e., part of what we are)–nothing to get rid of–and broaden our repertoire.–––Do we dare bring all our own Englishes into the classroom, into our TEATRO?
Learning objectives:
(i) to broaden performance repertoire;
(ii) to hone performance skills with a focus on the communication situation and text organization.
Live performances and peer-reviewed out-of-class recordings.
Individual, pair and group work.
So, let’s hit the ground running …

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment will be based on live performances (i.e., in-class presentations, role plays, slams) (60%), out-of-class recordings (20%), and participation (20%).
Permitted materials and equipment: no restrictions.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

An advanced level of oral English is required.
Students must complete all assignments.
Attendance is mandatory—only one absence allowed (blocked schedule).
Passing grade: 60%.
Grading scale: ≥90% = 1, ≥80% = 2, ≥70% = 3, ≥60% = 4.

Examination topics

Continuous assessment of course work—no exam.

Reading list

Allen, Joseph A. & Lehmann-Willenbrock, Nale & Rogelberg Stephen G. 2015. The Cambridge Handbook of Meeting Science. Cambridge: CUP.
Jacquemet, Marco. 2005. Transidiomatic practices: Language and power in the age of globalization. Language & Communication 25, 257-277.
Lebrun, Jean-Luc. 2010. When the Scientist Presents. An Audio & Video Guide to Science Talks. Singapore: World Scientific.
McNeill, David. 1992. Hand and Mind. What Gestures Reveal About Thought. Chicago (IL): CUP.
Mesthrie, Rajend & Rakesh M. Bhatt. 2008. World Englishes: The Study of new linguistic varieties. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Navarro, Joe. 2018. The Dictionary of Body Language: A Field Guide to Human Behavior. New York: William Morrow.
Pease, Allen & Pease, Barbara. 2004. The Definitive Book of Body Language: How to Read Others' Attitudes by Their Gestures. London: Orion.
Pennycook, Alastair. 2008. Translingual English. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics 31 (3), 301-309.
Schneider, Edgar W. & Bernd Kortmann (eds.). 2008. Varieties of English. 4 Volumes. Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter.
Seidlhofer, Barbara. 2011. Understanding English as a Lingua Franca. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Thomas, Jaquie Mary. 2008. Presentations in English. Freiburg: Haufe.
Tufte, Edward. 2006. The Cognitive Style of Power Point. Pitching out corrupts within. Cheshire [CT]: Graphics Press.

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