COM 134 — The Power of Conversation
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 4—Nov 1
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 17
Instructor(s): Lisa Singleton Quijano
Oct 4—Nov 1
Lisa Singleton Quijano
This course focuses on achieving more powerful and sophisticated conversation skills in English and is geared toward highly advanced non-native speakers who have considerable experience with both speaking and understanding the language. We will focus on fine-tuning students’ ability to create an impactful and positive impression on others; convey professional and anecdotal information with tight and evident focus; maximize voice use with effective intonation, pitch setting, and emphasis; and express themselves on a range of challenging topics with ease and fluency. Course activities will include impromptus, timed interactions, anecdotes told with varied purposes, and conversations on sophisticated topics with specific defined goals (e.g., a concise yet informative central message, accurate word stress, and the use of confident and supportive body language). These activities will help students reveal important qualities about themselves and inspire others to listen to them and remember them positively.
Prerequisite: High advanced English proficiency by non-native speakers using English in professional settings.
Students are required to attend the first class session.
Lisa Singleton Quijano, Lecturer, English for Foreign Students, Stanford Language CenterLisa Singleton Quijano specializes in oral presentation, advanced oral communication, essay writing, and science writing. She has taught at Foothill College, UC Berkeley Extension, and UC Santa Cruz Extension. Quijano received an MA in teaching English as a second/foreign language from SF State.
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.