University Success Oral Communication

Shumin LI


A book review presented in this essay suggests that teacher-centered oral communication is not the only—nor is it an essential—means for helping students develop a sense of critical consciousness in oral communication. Utilizing Murphy’s theory—Listening and speaking abilities are an indispensable aspect of second language proficiency, I point out the importance of his book in the introduction part. Outlined the second part is the organization and comments on this book. In the third part of the book’s disadvantages and advantages are highlighted. 


Oral communication; Critical thinking; Authentic material

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Harp, S. F., & Mayer, R. E. (1998). How seductive details do their damage: A theory of cognitive interest in science learning. Journal of Educational Psychology, 90(3), 414-434.

Hinkel, E. (2013). Culture and pragmatics in language and teaching and learning. In M. Celce-Murcia (Ed.), Teaching English as a second or foreign language (4th ed., pp.394-409). Boston: Heinle ELT.

Murphy, J. M. (1991). Oral communication in TESOL: Integrating speaking, listening, and pronunciation. TESOL Quarterly, 25(1), 51-75.

Vandergrift, L., & Goh, C. (2012). Teaching and learning second language listening: Metacognition in action. New York: Routledge.



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