ENGL 2050: Oral Communication in Everyday LifeSelf-Aware Communication: Culture, Practice, and Context
Course Description and Classroom Policies

Dr. Lori Wilson Snaith
Office: Pafford 323 lsnaith@westga.edu

Office Hours
In My Office:
Monday through Thursday: 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Monday and Wednesday 11:00 a.m.-12:15 a.m.
And by Appointment

In the Writing Center (call ahead 678 839-6513):
Monday: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Thursday: 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Via e-mail: lsnaith@westga.edu

Students will:
  • be able to identify, analyze, and practice the various discursive modes involved in everyday self-presentation.
  • demonstrate the ability to appropriately adapt their oral communication to specific purposes and audiences.
  • learn and practice techniques of effective conflict resolution, collaborative working, and the presentation of self in a variety of professional and personal contexts.
  • study and discuss contemporary theories of communication.
  • learn how to express themselves more precisely and articulately by expanding their vocabulary and leading/participating in current events discussion

Other materials:

Throughout the semester we'll be doing labs and exercises that will require assorted items that I'll ask you to bring to class...I'll give you plenty of notice, and none of them are very expensive.


The Good News--We don't have a text in this class! Yay!
The Almost-as Good-News--I'll post links to the readings (a few short articles); please print them out, read them, and bring them to class on they day I've listed them on our schedule.

PLAN AHEAD: if you come to class unprepared and/or without these articles, I will dismiss you from class and count you absent for the day. I'm so serious about this policy that I shall repeat it:

I will dismiss from my classroom students who don't bring their materials (or who bring them but haven't read them),
and count them absent for the day. Don't test me on this. Seriously.
You must complete all your assignments in order to pass this course:

  • Vocabulary mastery--three tests (two individual; one with your Group): 15% (cumulative)
  • Daily assignments: reading preparation, speaker evaluations, formal and informal out-of-class writing etc.: 15% (cumulative)
  • First Presentation: 10%
  • Group Presentation: 15%
  • Journal : 10%
  • Final presentation 15%
  • Professional Resume and Cover Letter 20%

Please note: on the occasions when I ask you to complete a formal writing assignment, I will not accept electronic submissions.


In this course particularly, your attendance and participation in every class meeting 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 possible in order for every student to excel. Therefore, I will only allow THREE absences without penalty to your grade.

Every absence after your third one, however, will result in a 5-point decrease in your final average .

In order to discourage chronic lateness, I count each late arrival to class as half an absence.

If you're absent on the day of a graded exercise (vocabulary test, presentation, interview, lab, etc.), you will not have the opportunity to make up the assignment.

Several of the projects in class will require you to work with other students, and some 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, respectful, 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 classmates’ 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.


These journals are formal writing assignments, and I expect college-level attention to not only content,but also spelling, sentence structure, and originality of ideas.

You must complete this important assignment as follows--

-- FIVE weeks out of the semester, you must complete this journal assignment--between Week 2 and Week 13.

-- You must write NO FEWER than 1-1/2 pages (typed, double-spaced, proofread, MLA formatting, stapled--not paper-clipped!).

Assessment of Your Journal Assignment
With the Learning Outcomes of this project in mind, I will grade each of your submissions according to the following criteria:

A (90-100)--Thoughtful, insightful, compelling writing; they're also well-worded and spell-checked, and demonstrate that you've taken time to think seriously about the the substance of our course discussions. I will reserve grades of 95-100 for journals that smoothly integrate a word from our ongoing vocabulary-building lists, and which show intellectually-honest engagement with the material.

B (80-89)--Your essays respond capably to the course material, and they articulate an original insight about the various topics, with appropriate tone, word-choices, with no distracting patterns of error in writing. B-level journal entries might not be compelling, but they go beyond surface-level responses, and they're generally insightful and well-written.

C (70-79)--C-level journals adhere to all of the assignment’s requirements; they focus on a course-related topic, provide competent analysis regarding its relevance to your own experience beyond the classroom. They are free of pervasive grammatical errors that undermine the coherence of your ideas.

D (60-69)--A grade of D on any journal entry results from: a) failure to adhere to assignment’s requirements; b) inadequate response to the course material; c) a lack of analysis and/or mere repetition of factual details about the topic; d) grammatical and /or mechanical errors that interfere severely with coherence.

F (50-59)--A failing grade is the result of two or more of the problems listed above under “D.”


UWG provides students with a MyUWG e-mail account, and considers itto be the official means of communication between theUniversity and the student.
The purpose of the student e-mail account is to provide an effective meansof communicating important University-related informationto UWG students in a timely manner.

Therefore, it is your responsibility to check your MyUWG email.You must e-mail me only from your MyWestga account,not from a personal account, such as Yahoo, Gmail, etc.

I do not accept any late work. Being late with your class work hinders your own progress as well as that of your classmates, especially in a class of this nature. I define a "late assignment" as one that you have not given to me (not left in my drop-box, but physically placed in my hands ) before I leave campus on the day the assignment's due.

And Finally...Please click on this link to a document thatthe University of West Georgiahas asked all professors to add to every syllabus; do read itover carefully, as it touches upon matters thatwill affect your college career.