Jeanette Dennisson

Associate professor

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In this course, we will improve oral communication competency through small-group discussions on science-related topics.

Focus will be placed on how to:

  1. listen actively,
  2. add to the conversation,
  3. clearly and correctly speak on topic, and
  4. think critically.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to…

  1. read science news articles for gist
  2. create an outline of the content of news articles for discussion
  3. present topics for discussion based on the outlines
  4. react, comment, and ask questions about the discussion topics
  5. take proper notes on mini lectures 
  6. offer opinions based on readings/listenings and discussions
  7. use body language to help express your ideas during discussions


            Attendance:     15% (deduction for tardiness and limited/no participation)

 Assignments:     55% (in-class group discussions/note taking/on-line submission. See Schedule page.)

      Discussion tests:     30% (in class 3-person discussions on teacher topics)


Teaching material

Most material will come from online news websites: Science Daily (, Scientific American  ( and New York Times ( There is no textbook.

Course content

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