2016 English Speech Seminar 14

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English language courses
Kiuchi Kumiko 
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Course description and aims

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.

Student learning outcomes

A student who has completed this course should exhibit the following: 1) completion of an outline and at least three drafts of an original speech on a topic of his/her interest; 2) two video recordings of his/her delivering speech; 3) knowledge of and skills 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

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The following elements will be included in the course: 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

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Third draft of speech due; Dynamic Presentations, chapter 6, "Body Language"; view and analyze examples on DVD; oral presentation exercises feedback on speeches; develop cultural awareness of body language; analyze movement in speeches
Class 2 Record speeches on video; detailed feedback from instructor and classmates; memorization practice present speech in front of camera; receive coaching on fine points of presentation style; memorization
Class 3 Dynamic Presentations, last chapter, "Bringing It All Together"; video recordings distributed on USB memory sticks; practice and feedback view and analyze own presentation; rehearse speech delivery; coaching
Class 4 Speech Contest Rehearsal in Digital Multipurpose Hall, Nishi 9 Building, 2nd Floor, held during regular class time; final coaching from instructor practice speech delivery in the hall where the contest will occur; polish delivery
Class 5 Speech Contest in Digital Multipurpose Hall, Nishi 9 Building, 2nd Floor, held during regular class time deliver oral presentations and handle Q&A with a live audience of students and
Class 6 Speech contest dvds distributed to students; reflections on the contest; Dynamic Presentations, chapter 4, "Visual Aids"; chapter 5, "Facts and Figures" assess one's performance and set goals; learn terms and techniques for effective use of visual aids
Class 7 Review of the course Assess one's achievement and review the skills acquired through this course
Class 8 Final exam reviewing key oral expression phrases and concepts in the textbook and discussed in class; feedback on the exam synthesize and use concepts and skills taught in the textbook and in class


Mark Powell, Dynamic Presentations (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Speeches from previous Tokyo Tech English Speech Contests will be analyzed in class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Weekly attendance and participation 30%; First draft of speech 10%; Second draft of speech 15%; Third draft of speech 25%; Final exam 20%

Related courses

  • LAE.E471 : English Speech Seminar 13

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

upper intermediate English skills


The syllabus of this course is designed to continue from the Speech Seminar 13 in the first quarter. It is strongly advised that students take this course with English Speech Seminar 13 (LAE.E471).
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.

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