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Tsinghua University

Conversational English Skills | 生活英语听说

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Are you finding it difficult to start the conversation, or find the right words when communicating in English? Do you know how to start and end conversations in a polite way? Do you want to learn more about American, British, Canadian, Australian, South Korean, Colombian, and Chinese cultures? If so, you’ve come to the right course!

The most important function of language is communication. In communication, we need to know how to start a topic that the other party is interested in, answer other people's questions, and complete a conversation naturally and smoothly. This course selects 8 themes and is taught by more than 50 teachers and students of all ages from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Colombia, and China, using the most authentic expressions and the purest English in real scenes, Take you to talk about all aspects of daily life and study.

This course is divided into eight units, each unit has a theme, namely:

1. Introduction and exchange of personal information
2. Our family and friends
3. Food and meals
4. Purpose and methods of English learning 5.
Holiday activities and unforgettable experiences 6.
Interests and hobbies
7. Emotional expression
8. Stay healthy

Each topic consists of more than ten dialogues and group discussions, foreign teachers’ introduction to Chinese and Western cultural differences, Chinese teachers’ explanations of key vocabulary and sentence patterns, listening comprehension exercises and oral tests. Through study and practice, you will be able to converse freely with your English-speaking friends and discuss any issues related to the topic. There are many ways to study this course. English learners can continuously accumulate language materials in the process of repeatedly listening and reading dialogues, and practice dialogues with friends around you or learners in the same course; English teachers can choose appropriate topics in this course and organize students to Listening and speaking training, organize efficient classes. Maybe you can't understand the entire content of each conversation, you just need to understand the general idea. As the course progresses, you will understand more and more. Let's take a leap in English listening and speaking together.
This course was funded by the Hong Kong Wei Sun Education Fund and Google during the production process. We would like to express our gratitude to you.

Taught by

Thomas H. Piachaud, Glenn M. Davis, Fang Yang and Wenxia Zhang



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4.7 rating at edX based on 6 ratings

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  • I looked through this course as research for writing an article on learning a language online. As a native English speaker, I thought this course was very well presented for learners of English who already have some knowledge and want to cope in an…
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    Nuray Urgun
    (my score is %93) it was really a good chance for me to take this course,because i could get the lessons when i had time and the teachers' explanations,all lessons and coversations between everybody were so clear ,understandable and funny.i also realised which accent problems i have when i was listening to the teachers' speechs and learned much about other cultures ,i realy enjoyed taking this course.I feel my listening skills have been developed by these lessons. Thank you to all who prepared,designed it and work on it.You gave us a great chance to develop our language skills.
  • Anonymous
    I have a African friend. She speaks highly English grammar with me daily. Sometimes I never get her point of talk. She's in fluently with me. So that I decided that I think that is necessary course for my continuous learning. I need a special teacher and I hope to speak expressively with everyone.
  • Jose L Sotelo
    This course includes topics tipically used in daily conversation. Diversity is shown in every conversation and useful advice in common phrases is included.
  • Anonymous
    I think that is necesary this course for my continuous learning. I need a special teach and I hope to speak expressively.
  • Anonymous
    It's really a great course of rich learning materials, especially English listening and speaking. This course makes me become more confident in using English. It's really a great fortune for me.
  • Anonymous
    This course is a good help for foreign english learners. I want to thank all the team who worked for sharing tips, informations and their knowledge with the students. Good job.
  • Anonymous
    This course was an amazing experience, full of tools, examples and people. Thank you Tsinghua University. It's really a wonderful journey.
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