Enhancing Oral Skills (EOS)

As taught in Autumn Semester 2010

Giovanna Comerio, Dr. Philippe Delcloque

Division of International Communications, University of Nottingham, Ningbo

Enhancing Oral Skills (EOS) is a project aimed to provide French beginners with listening activities available on the University of Nottingham (Ningbo campus) platform WebCT (Virtual Self-Access Centre) for their self-study at the very first stage of their learning.

The activities have been created taking into account the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) developed by the Council of Europe (http://www.coe.int/) and The UK National Centre for Languages (http://www.cilt.org.uk).

Each recording focuses in particular on CEFR/A1 descriptors, and aims at developing learner’s understanding of relevant topics and the related needed vocabulary and some specific grammar points. Recordings are slow and activities are short in order to allow students to concentrate on detailed vocabulary and/or grammar point.

The activities are split into two sections:

  • (A) Vie et relations quotidiennes
  • (B) Tour de France
Suitable for: Undergraduate level 1 students

Giovanna Comerio, MA, taught Italian and French before joining University of Nottingham, Ningbo Campus in 2008 as a French tutor. She has an on-line teaching experience as a lecturer’s assistant in the Master Course of Didactics and Promotion of Italian Language and Culture to Foreigners (Ca’ Foscari, Venice). She is interested in e-learning and in teaching literature in the foreign language classes.

Dr. Philippe Delcloque, PhD in Applied Contrastive Linguistics (English and French), has been teaching French over the past 30 years in different British institutions. He has published extensively about CALL and pronunciation teaching and learning.