All of the "Academic Presentation" courses offer trainings in presentation skills for a variety of academic settings. Through practices, students will gain knowledge of how to apply these skills effectively to their presentations, have confidence in tackling real-life situations. Students will receive constructive feedback from the instructor, who would help students develop successful strategies toward presenting ideas in a clear manner. Moreover, as audience, students will improve their listening skills by learning to ask insightful and stimulating questions to their colleagues.
As a 400-level elective course, Academic Presentation in English 15 equips graduate students with the necessary tools to deliver well-informed presentations.
By the end of this course, students will be able to deliver individual presentations at academic settings, 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 unit, followed by a Q&A session, 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 Preparing to present Ch. 1: Opening and closing||Identifying course aims. Preparing to present the opening and closing sections.|
|Class 2||Ch. 1: Opening and closing||Preparing to present the opening and closing sections.|
|Class 3||Ch. 1 Presentation Ch. 2: Smooth structure||Delivering an effective presentation. Creating a smooth presentation structure.|
|Class 4||Ch. 2: Smooth structure||Creating a smooth presentation structure.|
|Class 5||Ch. 2 Presentation Ch. 3: Voice power||Delivering an effective presentation. Controlling your vocal tone, pace, and delivery.|
|Class 6||Ch. 3: Voice power||Controlling your vocal tone, pace, and delivery.|
|Class 7||Ch. 4: Visual aids Ch. 5: Facts and figures||Creating powerful visual aids. Presenting facts and figures to enhance your credibility.|
|Class 8||Ch. 5: Facts and figures Final Presentation||Presenting facts and figures to enhance your credibility. Delivering an effective presentation. Identifying course aims.|
Powell, Mark. Dynamic Presentations (Cambridge Business Skills). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. (ISBN: 978-0-521-15004-0)
Additional reading materials and 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.E444.
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.