Feb 04, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SP 202 - Conversation Strategies

0 lecture hours 0 lab hours 0 credits

Course Description
This elective is the first of two conversational courses sequence. Students supplement the linguistics and sociolinguistic skills learned throughout the program and apply specific techniques to increase their strategic conversational competence. Students get more information, make comparisons, engage in polite corrections, agree and disagree, summarize, share information, and make decisions in meeting settings. Polite forms, rejoinders, clarifications, follow-up questions, getting a response, expressing probability, interrupting, and avoiding conversation killers are also explored. Emphasis is also given to rhythm, stress, and intonation as well as individual speech sounds that carry important grammatical meaning. Does not replace courses in core curriculum. (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Academic Speaking Strategies     

  • Initiate and rejoin a conversation
  • Clarify information and rephrase what someone has said
  • Elicit information
  • Solicit attention
  • Correct someone politely and repair a conversation
  • Summarize a conversation
  • Politely excuse yourself and end a conversation

Academic Pronunciation

  • Recognize syllables and rhythm of speech
  • Correctly use stops and continuants with words
  • Pronounce linking sounds correctly
  • Understand and be able to produce word stress patterns
  • Identify emotions and interpret sentence structure from intonation
  • Use basic emphasis patterns in speaking

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Katherine Toske

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