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EFS Speaking Courses

EFS offers three types of speaking courses:

  1. Courses in one-to-one and group interaction
  2. Courses in pronunciation
  3. A course in oral presentation

Interaction courses

EFS 690A Interacting in English:  Our first speaking course, 690A is aimed at students who have had little or no opportunity to use spoken English outside the language classroom. In addition to providing a foundation for 690B (discussion) it focuses on English for social interaction, including both talking with friends and acquaintances and communicating with strangers, such as service personnel. If you have 690A as a requirement or recommendation, you should take it during fall or winter of your first year. 690A is sometimes taken by students after their second year.
Offered: Winter, 1-3 units

EFS 690B Academic Discussion:  Devoted to teaching you how to participate effectively in small group discussions typical of graduate seminars and research groups. You experience a number of fluency building activities, an introduction to the culture of the small group discussion in the US, and practice with specific phrases and strategies for communicating effectively within the group. The course may be taken any quarter, and most students can go directly into 690B. If you have the course as a requirement, you should try tocomplete it before the end of your first year.
Offered: Fall, Winter, 1-3 units

EFS 690C Advanced Interacting in English:  Aimed at taking students to higher levels of fluency and accuracy in unrehearsed social and academic situations. Students with more advanced proficiency, especially those who have been in the US for several years, may go directly into it; others should complete 690A and/or 690B first.
Offered: Spring, 1-3 units

Pronunciation courses

EFS 695A Pronunciation and Intonation:  The foundation course for students who want to improve the clarity of their speech. It includes an overview of the sound system of English along with an understanding of common stress, rhythm and intonation patterns. The course includes practice both in class and at home. Students submit recorded assignments for instructor review and meet bi-weekly for individual sessions. Students who take this course should be aware that their regular, outside practice is critical to success, and that the amount and quality of such practice is strongly correlated to the amount of progress to be expected. 
Offered: Winter, Spring, 1-3 units

EFS 703: Online Coaching - Accent Reduction: This short course provides focused instruction and practice on speaking English in personal, academic, and professional situations with greater clarity and effectiveness. Using an online approach with students selecting the times to work through the materials, they learn the key sound patterns of North American English, focusing on word stress, linking, rhythm, intonation and prosody. Over the five-week course, students improve their speaking clarity through the use of short video lectures, dictation exercises, and practice with an online pronunciation software package. They also receive individualized pronunciation coaching from the instructor via weekly 20-minute tutorials. Students with a requirement in EFSLANG 695A must complete it before enrolling: a prior course in pronunciation for others is recommended but not required. Section 1 weeks 1-5; Section 2 weeks 6-10.

Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, 1 unit

Oral presentation course

EFS 691 Oral Presentation:  A course in public speaking for academic purposes, as well as having value for professional development after Stanford. The course includes description, demonstration and analysis of effective speaking techniques, including the use of visual aids. Language work includes a review of discourse-level pronunciation and academic vocabulary common in spoken presentations. Students typically prepare and present at least five talks for both descriptive and persuasive purposes, receive in-class feedback from the instructor and peers, and are regularly videotaped for self-evaluation and individual tutorials with the instructor. If you plan to take either EFS 691 (oral presentation) or EFS 692 (speaking and teaching in English) and you have a 695A requirement, you must complete 695A first, and 695A is recommended preparation for those courses for any student with perceived pronunciation problems irrespective of any requirement.
Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, 1-3 units


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