2016 Academic Presentation in English 14

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English language courses
Anno Mariko 
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Course description and aims

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 14 equips graduate students with the necessary tools to deliver well-informed presentations.

Student learning outcomes

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

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 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

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Ch. 6: Body language Identifying course aims. Demonstrating good body language.
Class 2 Ch. 6: Body language Demonstrating good body language.
Class 3 Ch. 6 Presentation Ch. 7: Rapport building Delivering an effective presentation. Building a rapport with the audience.
Class 4 Ch. 7: Rapport building Building a rapport with the audience.
Class 5 Ch. 7 Presentation Ch. 8: Impact techniques Delivering an effective presentation. Applying impacting techniques to relay your message.
Class 6 Ch. 8: Impact techniques Applying impacting techniques to relay your message.
Class 7 Ch. 9: Story telling Ch. 10: Q&A sessions Telling a memorable story. Handling the Q&A sessions.
Class 8 Ch. 10: Q&A sessions Final Presentation Handling the Q&A sessions. Delivering an effective presentation. Identifying course aims.


Powell, Mark. Dynamic Presentations (Cambridge Business Skills). Cambridge: Cambride University Press, 2010.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Additional reading materials and 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.E441 : Academic Presentation in English 13

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It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with LAE.E441.
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.

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