SemesterSpring Semester, 2021
DepartmentJunior Class A, Department of English Junior Class B, Department of English Senior Class A, Department of English Senior Class B, Department of English
Course NameAdvanced English Oral Training: Journalistic English
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

During the semester, students should:

  • regularly check the MOODLE course website for announcements and materials

  • prepare class materials before class to ensure active class participation

  • actively take part in class discussions (English is required for all discussions)

  • complete assignments on time (Assignments later than 3 days will be penalized; Very late assignments may not be graded)

  • complete assignments accurately (Accuracy of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation)

  • present a midterm and final project

  • attend class (Attendance is mandatory: If you are unable to attend class, please contact and arrange with the teacher at least 24 hours before class; Late by more than 30 minutes is considered absent).

  • Not commit plagiarism (the passing of someone else’s work as your own). Strategies for avoiding this will be discussed in class and you may always ask the teacher if you are uncertain. Plagiarized assignments will be returned ungraded

Tentative Class Schedule


 Class Topic/Theme

Content and Preparation Assignments

Class Activities and Homework



Course Orientation

Soft News: Entertainment

  • Course Orientation

What is news; Newsworthiness; News Genres; Organisation of News

  • Group Discussion

  • Group: Example Analysis


No Class (Memorial Day)




Soft News: Entertainment

  • Media Ethics and Journalistic Issues;

  • Fake News and Fact-checking;

  • Common Fallacies; Cultural Appropriateness

  • Group Presentation & Discussion

  • Group Activity: Problem Solving


Soft News: Human Interest

  • News Conventions: Headlines, Leads and Content;

  • Style: Inverted Pyramid;

  • Group Presentation & Discussion

  • Group: Developing Headlines

  • Homework: Inverted Pyramid


Soft News: Sports

  • News Conventions: Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Formula

  • Anecdotal Lead; Nutgraff

  • Research, Rapport and Interview Questions;

  • Group Presentation & Discussion

  • Group Analysis: Feature Report Wall Street Journal Style

  • Homework: Draft Interview Questions


Hard News: Local Issues

  • News Conventions: Feature Article

  • More Lead Types; Attributing Sources; Paraphrasing;

Grammatical Fluency: Aporia; Passive Tense

  • Group Presentation & Discussion

  • Roleplay: Interviews

  • Homework: Draft Mid-Term Report & Interview Questions Assignment Due: Interview Questions


No Class: Tomb Sweeping Festival


  • Homework: Interviews


Hard News: Local Issues

  • Data Commentary; Integrating Sources

  • Grammatical Fluency: Common Errors

  • Rhetoric: Logical Appeals, Extended Analogy

  • Group Presentation & Discussion

  • Group/Class Discussion of Mid-term topic

  • Assignment Due: Interview Results

  • Homework: Complete Mid-term Draft



  • Syllable Stress and Intonation

  • News Presentation (Voice Practice; Time)

  • Using visuals

  • Workshop: Work on Mid-term

  • Group: Sharing and peer feedback; News Reading Practice

  • Homework: Complete Midterm Project



  • Presentations (News Reading Style)

  • Assignment Due: Feature Report


Technology and Science

  • Broadcast News Styles: Orientation;

  • News vs Commentaries vs Reviews vs Advertorials

  • Group Presentations & Discussion

  • Group: analyze example

  • Homework: Complete Analysis


Technology and Science

  • Radio/Broadcast Scripts; Lead-in; Newsbytes, VOs etc.;

  • Syllable Stress and Intonation

  • Rhetoric: Repetition & Parallelism;

  • Assignment due: Completed Analysis

  • Group Presentation & Discussion

  • Group Activity (Roleplay): Script Reading

  • Homework: Draft & Record a news reading


Politics & Conflict: Live Interview

  • Live Interviews and skills;

  • Building and Maintaining Rapport;

  • Follow-up questions

  • Assignment due: Recorded News Reading

  • Group Presentation & Discussion

  • Group: Analyse an example (Issues and Style)

  • Homework: Prepare for Live Interview Role Play (Group)


Politics & Conflict: Studio Interview

  • Visual Material in News

  • Rhetoric: Climax & Anti-climax

  • Nonverbal Cues: Camera Angles; Props

  • Group Role Play: Live Interview

  • Group Presentation & Discussion


Investigative News

  • Rhetorical Strategies for objectivity

  • Adding Persuasiveness

  • Investigative Reports

  • Homework: Outline your Final Project (Group Project)


Investigative News

  • Common Errors;

  • Investigative Reports

  • Group Presentation & Discussion

  • Share Final Project Ideas

  • Homework: Start collecting material



  • In class writing; Meeting with the lecturer

  • Recap and Common errors

  • Video Editing Skills

  • Class Simulation of Final Reports

  • Assignment Due: Full Draft of Final Project Script; Collected Materials

  • Homework: Complete final project.


Final Project

Group Project

  • Group Presentations/Simulations of Final Projects

  • Assignment Due: Video Projects and Script

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant



Students are evaluated according to their levels of active participation, comprehension of assigned materials, ability to initiate, direct and end conversations, interacting with cultural awareness, seeking and presenting information in an organized manner, improvisation in new situations, fluency, and accuracy (grammar, pronunciation, contextual appropriateness).

Homework Assignments: 20%

Attendance and Class Participation: 25%

Midterm Oral Exam (Individual Presentations): 25%

Final Project (Group News Project): 30 %

Textbook & Reference

The course makes use of authentic written and broadcast news material on relevant topics and subject matter intended for native English speakers. These sources or where to find them will be published on MOODLE and include:

  1. CNN, BBC, VOA, etc.

  2. Current News (Politics, foreign affairs…)

  3. McGuigan, Brendan. Rhetorical Devices: A Handbook and Activities for Student Writers (p. 63). Prestwick House. Kindle Edition.

  4. Orwell, G. (1968). Politics and the English language. In The collected essays, journalism and letters of George Orwell (pp. 127-140). Harcourt, Brace, Javanovich.

  5. Other supplementary materials.

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