Students who enroll in this class will participate in the annual Tokyo Tech English Speech Contest, a popular event open to the public. The contest will be held during the 5th class in the second quarter. The following are goals of the course: (1) to obtain basic knowledge regarding oral expression and public speaking; (2) to polish speech and public speaking skills; (3) to polish critical thinking and analytical skills regarding presentations by writing, rewriting, and rehearsing one's speech. Each student will receive personal coaching on his/her oral expression skills.
Students who have completed this course should exhibit the following: 1) completion of an outline and at least 3 drafts of an original speech on a topic of interest to them; 2) two video recordings of their presentation of their speech; 3) knowledge of and skill in using oral delivery techniques and phrases in English, as taught in the textbook and in class; 4) improved ability to give and receive constructive feedback on the speeches and oral presentations of classmates.
speech, presentation, oral communication, English, public speaking
|Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Specialist skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
The following elements will be included in most classes: 1) from the textbook, Dynamic Presentations, learning of useful phrases and techniques related to oral presentation in English, video clip viewing and analysis, oral performative exercises; 2) preparation of speeches for the contest, including analysis of past speeches, brainstorming topics, outlining, presentation and revisions of multiple speech drafts, detailed feedback from the instructor and students on all elements of speech construction and delivery.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Introduce purpose and characteristics of speech contest; Dynamic Presentations, chapter 7, "Rapport Building"; view and analyze examples on DVD; oral presentation exercises||orientation to the speech contest and its usefulness to students; learn phrases and techniques to connect with an audience|
|Class 2||Review purpose and characteristics of speech contest; Dynamic Presentations, chapter 2, "Smooth Structure"; view and analyze examples on DVD; oral presentation exercises||learn how to organize a speech; practice phrases for signposting and transitions within oral presentations learn how to organize a speech; practice phrases for signposting and transitions within oral presentations|
|Class 3||Summarize purpose and characteristics of speech contest; Dynamic Presentations, chapter 9, "Storytelling"; view and analyze examples on DVD; oral presentation exercises||recognize the power of narrative in oral presentation; learn verb tense usage in and surrounding narrative; practice direct speech, simile, etc.|
|Class 4||Analyze speeches from past contests; brainstorm, select, and discuss topics||identify examples of effective speech construction techniques; clarify good speech topics|
|Class 5||Continue to brainstorm speech topics; Dynamic Presentations, chapter 1, "Opening and Closing"; view and analyze examples on DVD; oral presentation exercises||critically consider effective topics; learn phrases and patterns for speech starts and ends|
|Class 6||Speech topic decided; outline speech structure in class; discuss focus and expansion; Dynamic Presentations, chapter 8, "Impact Techniques"; view and analyze examples on DVD; oral presentation exercises||learn how to use repetition, rhetorical questions, grouping ideas, and emphatic word choice|
|Class 7||First draft of speech due; Read and discuss revisions; Dynamic Presentations, chapter 10, "Q&A Sessions"; view and analyze examples on DVD; oral presentation exercises||students assess each other's first drafts; feedback on structure and content; practice techniques for question and answer sessions|
|Class 8||Second draft of speech due; read and discuss revisions; Dynamic Presentations, chapter 3, "Voice Power"; view and analyze examples on DVD; oral presentation exercises||detailed feedback on speech content and delivery; practice using pauses, stressed words, and inflection in speeches|
Mark Powell, Dynamic Presentations (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
Speeches from previous Tokyo Tech English Speech Contests will be analyzed in class.
Weekly attendance and participation 30%; First draft of speech 10%; Second draft of speech 15%; Third draft of speech 25％; Final exam 20%
upper intermediate English skills
The syllabus of this course is designed to continue on to the Speech Seminar 14 in the second quarter. It is strongly advised that students take this course with English Speech Seminar 14 (LAE.E472).
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.