Videos to Accompany Academic Interactions

Communicating on Campus

by Feak, Reinhart, Rohlck

ISBN: 978-0-472-00363-1 | Copyright 2019


The videos on this site are designed to be used with the textbook (9780472033423 or 9780472124770). The book must purchased separately at or another retailer. 

The ability to understand and be understood when communicating with professors and with native speakers is crucial to academic success. The Academic Interactions videos focus on actual academic speaking events, particularly classroom interactions and office hours, and give students practice improving the ways that they communicate in a college/university setting.

The Academic Interactions textbook addresses skills like using names and names of locations correctly on campus, giving directions, understanding instructors and their expectations, interacting during office hours, participating in class and in seminars, and delivering formal and informal presentations. In addition, advice is provided for communicating via email with professors and working in groups with native speakers (including negotiating tasks in groups).

The text uses transcripts from MICASE (the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English) to ensure that students learn the vocabulary and communication strategies that will be most effective in their academic pursuits. Units also feature language use issues like ellipsis, hedging, and apologies.

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Videos to Accompany the Book, Academic Interactions
Unit Section Scene Title (time)
Unit 1 Names Scene 1: Names 1 (2:41)
Scene 2: Names 2 (3:09)
Scene 3: Names 3 (2:42)
Places and Directions Scene 1: Restrooms (0:18)
Scene 2: Professor's Office (0:29)
Scene 3: Mailboxes (0:25)
Scene 4: Pizza Place (0:28)
Scene 5: Chicago Landmark (0:47)
Unit 2 Student Life Scene 1: Student-Instructor Relationships (2:11)
Scene 2: Dorm Life (4:08)
An Instructor’s Day Scene 1: Professor and Teaching Assistant Workloads (4:34)
Homework Scene 1: Homework Challenges (3:13)
Scene 2: Complaining about a Homework Assignment (1:06)
Scene 3: Complaining about Courses and Instructors (1:34)
Unit 3 Communicating by Email Scene 1: Email Advice (0:51)
Scene 2: Emailing a Professor (0:58)
Unit 4 Office Hour Concerns Scene 1: Question about Grading (1:32)
Scene 2: Concerns about Office Hours (1:38)
Appointments with an Advisor Scene 1: Course Load (1:44)
Scene 2: Course Options (1:47)
Scene 3: Changing Majors (1:58)
Office Hour Appointments
Scene 1: Unsuccessful Office Hour (2:36)
Scene 2: Successful Office Hour (2:10)
Scene 3: Discussing a Paper (3:23)
Scene 4: Advice to a Theater Student (5:31)
Unit 5 Telling Stories Scene 1: A Lesson Learned (2:22)
Scene 2: Meeting a Famous Person (2:51)
Gestures, Facial Expressions, and Body Language Scene 1: Cultural Differences in Non-Verbal Communication (9:07)
Unit 6 Groups Scene 1: Arranging a Meeting Time (1:46)
Scene 2: Negotiating Group Project Roles 1 (4:56)
Scene 3: Negotiating Group Project Roles 2 (2:20)
Visuals Scene 1: Referring to a Visual 1 (1:14)
Scene 2: Referring to a Visual 2 (1:07)