Academic Presentation in Physics

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Fall Semester

Outline of lecture


Purpose of lecture

This course is designed for students who have had little or no
experience in English academic presentation at informal and formal levels. There are three main components of this course: academic discussion and seminar, academic presentations using students' own research, and public communication. At the end of the course, it is expected that students will be able to acquire the basic strategies introduced in each of the three components and improve their presentation skills and management in English as well as their overall academic competencies.

Plan of lecture

This first component of the course, academic discussion and seminar, will introduce the basic skills of group discussion, genres of short and spontaneous report-like presentations that are common learning and sharing activities in classroom-based education in English, and other related academic strategies such as note-taking and outlining.. This aspect of the course will help foster the habits of active learning, self expression, and student autonomy. In the component of academic presentation, students will learn and practice how to conduct academic poster presentation and pc-based presentation in English. Students will be guided through the process of presentation, e.g. forming topics, summarizing research, outlining, drafting and language development,and delivery. Skills of making visual aids such as posters/power-point slides and critiquing/evaluation will also be covered. The third component of the course, public communication, will provide students with the opportunities to experience other types of public speaking and informal speeches such as impromptu speech and debate.

Textbook and reference

There will be no textbooks required for this course

Related and/or prerequisite courses



Students are required to keep a high percentage of attendance and to actively participate in class. Creativity and critical thinking are highly encouraged and valued. As cooperative learning is a crucial point of training, students will need to be willing to work with other classmates in various kinds of activities. Student participation and collaboration in class are also part of the final evaluation.
Attendance: 40%
Presentations (inclusive of scripts and performances in various stages of the process): 50%
Class participation and collaboration with others: 10%
Students' self-evaluation and peer evaluation will also be considered

Comments from lecturer

This course will be conducted mainly in English, but support in Japanese is available whenever necessary. Students should try to inform the professor of their absences in advance and to avoid causing inconveniences to other members of the class especially when collaboration is required.

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