All of the "Academic Presentation" courses are designed to provide students with the tools to deliver effective presentations with confidence. As these are practice-oriented courses, students will deliver multiple presentations throughout the term. Furthermore, students will improve their listening skills by learning how to ask good questions and become active listeners.
As a 300-level elective course, Academic Presentation 9 offers more challenging contents than the 200-level English Presentation Seminar courses. It equips students with the necessary skills to present ideas in a clear manner.
By the end of this course, students will be able to deliver well-framed individual presentations being aware of verbal and non-verbal messages while engaging the audience, followed by a question and answer session, fielding questions from the audience.
Presentation skills, listening skills, communication skills
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Attendance is taken at each class. For each class, students are expected to complete the homework in advance and actively participate in class discussions. Students will deliver a presentation after every other unit, receiving feedback back from their colleagues and instructor. (Note: Assignments turned in late are penalized. Syllabus is subject to change based on the levels, needs, and actual number of students.)
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Introduction Unit 1: Good speeches, good speakers||Identify course aims. Outline a speech. Identify one's role as a speaker.|
|Class 2||Unit 2: Introduce yourself!||Describe oneself. Demonstrate good eye contact and body language. Comprehend elements of the Introduction.|
|Class 3||Unit 1, 2 Presentation Unit 3: Someone you should know||Deliver a presentation. Demonstrate effective presentation skills while maintaining good posture. Introduce others using descriptive details.|
|Class 4||Unit 4: Have you ever been there?||Brainstorm ideas. Use gestures to emphasize key points in speech.|
|Class 5||Unit 3, 4 Presentation Unit 5: How to make a spectacular dish!||Deliver a presentation. Practice enunciation. Talk about processes.|
|Class 6||Unit 6: Let me tell you what happened…||Practice projecting voice and varying vocal pace and tone. Conduct audience analysis to improve speech. Inform audience about past experiences.|
|Class 7||Unit 7: In the world today… Unit 8: Cause and consequence||Differentiate facts and opinions when talking about current events. Explain causes of problems.|
|Class 8||Unit 8: Cause and consequence Final Presentation||Explain causes of problems. Deliver Final Presentation. Identify course aims.|
Hood, Michael. Dynamic Presentation: Skills and Strategies for Public Speaking. Tokyo: Kirihara Shoten, 2007. (ISBN: 978-4-342-54970-0)
Additional handouts will be distributed in class.
Class Participation and Attendance, 25%
Homework and In-class Assignments, 15%
Final Presentation and Paper, 30%
It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with LAE.E342.
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.