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English 2050-01: Self Staging:
The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

                               

Spring 2003   MWF 9:00 - 9:50 a.m.   PAFF 307

Instructor:   Lori Lipoma

Office Hours:   Tu, Th 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
or by appointment

  llipoma@westga.edu



    

                       

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Students will be able to identify, analyze, and practice the various discursive modes involved in everyday self-presentation.

Students will develop the ability to adapt their oral communication to specific purposes and audiences.

Students will learn and practice techniques of effective conflict resolution, team building, stress management, and impression management.

Students will achieve a deeper awareness of the subtext underlying oral communication, how to read it in others, and how to master their own.

Students will learn how to express themselves more precisely and articulately by expanding their vocabulary and leading/participating in current events discussions.

REQUIRED TEXTS AND MATERIALS
Goffman, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

Workbooks:  In lieu of any other texts, I have created links to Unit Workbooks on your syllabus.   At the beginning of each new unit, I’ll ask you to print out these “chapters” and keep them together—preferably in a reinforced, three-ring binder.   As part of your participation grade, I’ll periodically check to make sure that you’re completing all the exercises in your workbook.

Library:  Many of our assignments require you to be well-informed about current events—all the newspapers and magazines you’ll need are available free of charge at the library; occasionally, you can get the information you need online—in any case, plan to spend part of every day reading up on national and international events.

Other materials:  please bring a packet of 3 x 5 index cards by the second class period, and make sure you have everything you need to take notes every class meeting..

COURSE EVALUATION:
Vocabulary mastery and panel discussions   15% (cumulative)

Written assignments:   presentation proposals, observations, evaluations   10% (cumulative)

Individual and group presentations: 4 @ 10% ea = 40%

Class preparation and attendance   10%

Final presentation   15%

Final interview   10%

ATTENDANCE:                                                                                                                                                   

In this course particularly, your attendance and participation in every class is essential to your success, and to the progress of your classmates. Moreover, the nature of our class work demands a high level of concentration and student interaction;   I want to create the most conducive environment I can in order that every student be able to excel.    Therefore, I will only allow FOUR absences (EXCEPT ON DAYS YOU’RE SCHEDULED TO PRESENT) without penalty to your grade.   Every absence after your fourth one, however, will result in a 5-point decrease in your final average.    I count tardies as half an absence, so please be sure you arrive on time to every class meeting; chronic lateness is very disruptive and inconsiderate to your classmates..

 

GROUP ASSESSMENT AND COLLABORATION

Several of the projects in class will require you to work with other students, and most will require you to assess other students in their degree of success/competency. I expect, therefore, that   you will work with each in a constructive, compassionate and rigorous environment, sharing ideas and expertise for the benefit of the group as a whole..   Part of your responsibility in this class is to help each other improve, and this means that you must point out your class mates’ strengths as well as their areas of weakness in order that every student might grow in his or oral communication skills.   I expect you to deliver your feedback in an honest and tactful manner. If your input to your fellow students is ever unkind or vindictive, I will administratively withdraw you from class.   We'll create assessment criteria together in class so that everyone will know precisely what to look for and how to give feedback to classmates.

 

 

ENGLISH 2050—Oral Communication and Self-Staging

SPRING 2003 SYLLABUS

Please Note:  This schedule is likely to change occasionally, 

so make sure you keep yourself updated by checking our class website often!

 

 

UNIT I:  PUBLIC PRESENTATION

 

WEEK 1

1/6  M     Add class; late registration

1/8  W     Welcome to English 2050!   Introductions, syllabus, class goals, etc.

1/10 F     Public Presentation workbook :  print out and bring to class; bring vocabulary
                word and its definition on 3x5 card.  Beginning improv.

 

WEEK 2

1/13 M    Goffman 15-34; discuss Presentation Assignment and vocabulary list #1.

1/15 W    PA #1 proposal due; improvisation.  

1/17 F     Proposals returned; improv cont’d.   Current events topic #1 assigned.

WEEK 3

****PLEASE NOTE:****
  OUR CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENT HAS CHANGED!! (YAY! )
AS OF WEDNESDAY, JAN 22nd,  OUR CLASS WILL MEET IN
PAFFORD 307


1/20 M    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—no class.

1/22 W     Professional Speaker Observation assigned.  Goffman 35-76.  

1/24 F      Current events discussion #1.   (Click here for grading guidelines.)

 

WEEK 4

1/27 M    Improvisation and impromptu speaking.   (Be reading ahead in Goffman

     for 2/10)

1/29 W    Vocabulary list #1 "test."  Bring your list (and the definitions) to class.

1/31 F     Impromptu speaking, concluded.     Discuss Presentation schedule.

 

WEEK 5

2/3  M     Presentations and feedback.   Professional speaker observations due.  
                 Click here for Presentation Evaluation--please print enough for all presenters this week.

2/5  W     Presentations and feedback, continued.

2/7  F      Presentations and feedback, concluded.  

 

UNIT II:  CONFLICT RESOLUTION

 

WEEK 6

2/10 M    Goffman 106-140.   Vocabulary List #2.

2/12 W    Conflict resolution.

2/14 F     CR worksheets:   discussion—Conflict analysis assignment (due 2/17)

 

WEEK 7

2/17 M     CR worksheets, cont’d.  Conflict analysis discussed. (Read ahead in Goffman for

      2/24)

2/19 W    CR continued.    

2/21 F      CR roleplay and feedback.  

 

 

WEEK 8

2/24 M    Vocab Test #2.   CR continued.

2/26 W    Goffman 141-166.     Current events topic #2 

     assigned.

**2/27 TH  Last day to drop with “W.”

2/28 F      Current events discussion #2.   (Read ahead in Goffman for 3/10.)


  

UNIT III:  TEAMBUILDING

 

WEEK 9

3/3  M     Stress Management :  bring to class.  Conflict observations due; discussion.

3/5  W     Stress Management lab; bring your supplies!   

3/7  F      Stress Management worksheets due.  Diction exercises; stress mgmt cont'd.

 

WEEK 10

3/10  M    Vocabulary list #3 .  Stress mgmt continued.

3/12  W    Team Building:  print out and bring to class.

3/14  F     Group project/presentation assignments discussed.

 

WEEK 11:  3/17-21

Spring Break!  Woo hoo!!!!

 

WEEK 12

3/24  M    Group assignments /  Team Challenge.  

3/26  W    Brainstorming exercise.   Group project assigned.

3/28  F     Group work.   Vocabulary Test #3 due at the beginning of class.

 

WEEK 13

3/31  M    Resume workshop.  Group work.  

4/2   W     Group project presentations and feedback, continued.

4/4   F      Group project presentations and feedback, concluded.  

 

UNIT IV:  IMPRESSION   MANAGEMENT

 

WEEK 14

4/7   M    Improv refresher.   Polished resumes due.

4/9   W    Panel interview assignment discussed; vocabulary List #4 .  Improv, cont'd.

4/11  F     Exercise:   “Meeting Agenda.”   Monologue assignment discussed.

 

WEEK 15--Job Interviews --make sure you've signed up for a time, and that you know where to be!
We won't be meeting this week, but click here for your assignments.

4/14  M     Job interviews and feedback. Interview evaluation criteria. 

4/16  W     Job interviews and feedback, continued.
4/18  F      Job interviews and feedback, concluded. 


CLICK HERE FOR HELPFUL POST-INTERVIEW TIPS FROM PROF. PAYNE

 

UNIT V:  REFINING THE PRESENTATION OF SELF IN EVERYDAY LIFE

 

WEEK 16--Click here for your presentation schedule

4/21  M     Monologues and feedback.

4/23  W     Monologues and feedback.

4/25  W     Monologues and feedback.

 

 

WEEK 17

4/28  M     Last day of class; final exam ( vocab #4, and current events #3).