2019 English Speech Seminar 14 1

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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 or 6th 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 Dynamic Presentations, chapter 10, "Question & Answer Sessions"; view and analyze examples on DVD; oral presentation exercises intensive practice for question and answer sessions after a presentation
Class 2 Third draft of speech due; Dynamic Presentations, chapter 3, "Voice Power" & chapter 6, "Body Language" develop cultural awareness of body language; analyze movement in speeches; practice speech presentation
Class 3 Record speeches on video at Digital Multipurpose Hall; detailed feedback from instructor and classmates present speech in front of camera; receive coaching on fine points of presentation style; memorization; view and analyze own presentation; rehearse speech delivery; coaching
Class 4 Speech Contest Rehearsal; final coaching from instructor speech delivery practice; polish delivery
Class 5 Speech Contest, held during regular class time deliver oral presentations and handle Q&A with a live audience of students and faculty
Class 6 Speech contest dvds distributed to students; reflections on the contest; Dynamic Presentations, chapter 4, "Visual Aids" assess one's performance and set goals; learn terms and techniques for effective use of visual aids
Class 7 Dynamic Presentations, chapter 5, "Facts and Figures"; Impromptu speech techniques and practice learn and practice impromptu speech techniques
Class 8 Final presentation 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 participation 30%; Third draft of speech 40%; Final exam 30%

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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