2016 Academic Presentation 9

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Anno Mariko 
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Course description and aims

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.

Student learning outcomes

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

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

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

  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)

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Additional handouts will be distributed in class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Class Participation and Attendance, 25%
Homework and In-class Assignments, 15%
Presentations, 30%
Final Presentation and Paper, 30%

Related courses

  • LAE.E342 : Academic Presentation 10

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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.

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