Maricopa Community Colleges  COM221   20052-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 5-24-2011

COM221  2011 Fall - 9999

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Oral Fluency in American Speech

Designed for English Language Learner (ELL) students to develop greater oral fluency in spontaneous speaking contexts and presentational speaking. Emphasis on development of speech, language, and vocal clarity; basic skills in presentational speaking; and use of English to interact spontaneously with others.

Prerequisites: COM120 or permission of Instructor.

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


COM221  2011 Fall - 9999

Oral Fluency in American Speech



Identify syllable stress, word stress, and thought groups. (I, II, IV)


Use American speech rhythm patterns in spontaneous speech and presentations. (I, II, III)


Identify and use appropriate intonation and focus in oral discourse. (III, IV)


Identify and use phrasing, pausing, and linking in formal and informal speaking contexts. (IV, V, VI)


Use rhythm, stress, and fluency in one poetry reading. (V, VI)


Prepare and present an extemporaneous 5-7 minute speech. (IV, V, VI)


Demonstrate competence in spontaneous speaking by participating in group presentations and impromptu speaking. (I, II, III, IV, V, VI)


Identify regional differences in American speech patterns. (II, III, IV)


Use idiomatic American speech. (V, VI)


Demonstrate competency in spontaneous conversational speech outside the classroom. (I, II, III, IV, VI)

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COM221  2011 Fall - 9999

Oral Fluency in American Speech

I. Stress in English Words

A. Using parts of speech to predict stress

1. Compound nouns

2. Two noun compound nouns

3. Reflexive pronouns

4. Numbers

5. Verbs with a prefix and a base

6. Phrasal verbs

7. Compound adverbs

8. Words used as both nouns and verbs

B. Using suffixes to predict stress

II. Rhythm in English Sentences

A. Rhythm in different languages and dialects

B. Rhythm patterns

1. Stressed and reduced words

a. Content words

b. Function words

2. Rhymes

3. Pronunciation of reduced/compressed function words

a. Schwa sounds in function words

b. Disappearing "h"

III. Intonation and Focus in English Discourse

A. Rising falling intonation

B. Placement of focus

1. Neutral focus

2. Focus on new information

3. Focus to highlight contrast

4. Focus to correct, contradict, or modify

5. Focus to emphasize agreement

IV. Phrasing, Pausing, and Linking

V. Presentation Skills

A. Preparation

1. Topic selection

2. Support material

3. Organization

a. Introduction

b. Body

c. Conclusion

B. Voice and delivery

C. Self and peer evaluation

D. Impromptu speaking

VI. English Language Use

A. Concrete

B. Abstract

C. Imagery

D. Idiomatic


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