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Developing Oral Communication Skills
 
by Carol J. Orwig
 

Complete Table of Contents

Summary

This book gives a detailed analysis of the tasks involved in developing listening comprehension and speaking ability in a second language. It breaks down each composite skill into the sub- skills involved for each level of proficiency in speaking and listening comprehension and suggests techniques and activities you can use to develop these skills. This information can be helpful in planning a self-directed language learning program.

Developing your oral communication skills

How to develop your desired level of listening comprehension
Reaching high novice listening proficiency
Learning to distinguish contrasting sounds within words
Learning to distinguish contrasting consonants and vowels
How to use the IPA tutor to learn to discriminate and produce phonetic sounds
Learning to distinguish contrasting tones
Learning to distinguish contrasting word stress patterns
Learning to distinguish question, answer, and command intonation
Learning to understand statements, questions, and commands
Learning to understand common words
Learning to interpret basic survival functions
Learning to recognize typical interaction patterns in survival situations
Reaching intermediate listening proficiency
Learning to distinguish contrasting sounds in connected speech
Learning to recognize tones on words used in complete sentences
Learning to distinguish contrasting stress patterns
Getting used to the rhythm patterns of the language
Learning to distinguish basic sentence intonation patterns
Learning to understand different sentence types
Learning to understand basic vocabulary
Learning to understand simple reference
Learning to understand connectors
Learning to interpret simple communication functions
Learning to distinguish formal versus informal speech
Learning to recognize typical interaction patterns of everyday encounters
Reaching advanced listening proficiency
How to learn to recognize intonation patterns typical of paragraphs
Learning to understand complex sentences of various types
Expanding your comprehension vocabulary
Learning to understand short connected discourses
Learning to recognize functions for managing conversations
Learning to understand social functions without complications
Learning to recognize the way people interact in predictable scripts
Reaching superior listening proficiency
Learning to understand speech sounds at normal speed
Learning to understand emotional nuances of speech
Learning to understand all structures commonly used in oral speech
Broadening the range of vocabulary you can understand
Expanding understanding of complex oral discourses
Learning to understand abstract relationships between ideas
Learning to understand indirect speech acts
Learning to understand colloquial speech and idioms
Learning to understand whether speech is polite, insulting, or rude
Reaching distinguished listening proficiency
Learning to recognize regional and social variations in pronunciation
Building encyclopedic comprehension vocabulary
Learning to follow formal oral discourse
Learning to interpret variations in the style of discourses
Learning to recognize the rules of interaction in a social situation
Learning to understand references from within the cultural framework
How to develop your desired level of speaking proficiency
Reaching high novice speaking proficiency
Learning to pronounce contrasting sounds within words
Learning to pronounce contrasting consonants and vowels
Learning to pronounce contrasting tones
Learning to pronounce contrasting word stress patterns
Learning to produce question, answer, and command intonation
Learning to make short statements, questions, and commands
Learning to say common words
Learning to express basic communication functions
Learning to interact appropriately in survival situations
Reaching intermediate speaking proficiency
Learning to pronounce words understandably in connected speech
Learning to pronounce tone words in sentence-length utterances
Learning to pronounce contrasting sentence stress patterns
Learning to use the rhythm patterns of the language
Learning to produce basic sentence intonation patterns
Learning to use different types of sentences in conversation
Learning to use basic vocabulary in speech
Learning to refer to people already mentioned
Learning to use sentence and phrase connectors
Learning to perform simple communication functions
Learning to use appropriate pronouns and forms of address
Learning to interact appropriately in everyday encounters
Reaching advanced speaking proficiency
Learning to use complex sentences of various types
Learning to narrate events in past and future time
Expanding your active vocabulary
Learning to link sentences together smoothly to form discourses
Learning to manage conversations
Learning to perform social functions without complications
Learning to take your part in predictable scripts
Reaching superior speaking proficiency
Learning to speak with an accent that does not disturb native speakers
Learning to convey emotional nuances through intonation
Learning to converse at normal speed
Learning to use all structures commonly used in oral speech
Broadening the range of vocabulary you can use
Learning to produce more complex oral discourses
Learning to express abstract relationships between ideas
Learning to express indirect speech acts
Learning to use colloquial speech and idioms
Reaching distinguished speaking proficiency
Expanding vocabulary to enable you to talk about any subject with ease
Learning to produce complex formal oral discourse
Learning to vary the style of discourse to fit the audience
Learning to make references from within the cultural framework
Learning to use appropriate rules of interaction in any social situation

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