2020 English Presentation Seminar 8 1

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Course description and aims

All of the "English Presentation Seminar" courses are designed to provide students with the tools to deliver effective presentations with confidence. As these are practice-oriented courses, students will deliver multiple presentations throughout the term. Furthermore, students will sharpen their listening skills by learning how to ask good questions and become active listeners.

As a 200-level elective course, English Presentation Seminar 8 offers more challenging contents than the 100-level courses. It equips students with the foundational skills to deliver well-informed individual presentations.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to deliver an individual presentation while engaging the audience followed by a question and answer session.


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

This class is designed to introduce students to the key points of presentation structure, as well as the key skills required to deliver a successful presentation. A variety of topics will be introduced and discussed, and students will be expected to plan, practice and deliver presentations based on these topics.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Students will discuss the topic of people, choose a person for their biography presentation, do research, and study language for sequencing events. Spoken fluency, research skills, specific vocabulary
Class 2 Students will finish preparing, practice, and deliver their biography presentation, followed by a question and answer exercise. Writing, spoken fluency, posture, eye contact, gestures, voice control, cue cards, active listening
Class 3 Students will discuss problems in the world today, as well as possible solutions, choose a topic for their presentation, and study the key language required to deliver it. Spoken fluency, specific vocabulary
Class 4 Students will continue to research and prepare their problem solution presentation. Writing, creating cue cards, specific vocabulary
Class 5 Students will practice and deliver their problem solution presentation, followed by a question and answer exercise. Spoken fluency, posture, eye contact, gestures, voice control, cue cards, active listening
Class 6 Students will discuss their positive and negative past experiences, choose an idea for a story presentation, and then make an outline. Spoken fluency, specific vocabulary, making notes
Class 7 Presentation and review Above presentation skills

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Handouts and please bring a good Japanese/English dictionary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Regular presentations: 50%, Class participation: 30%, Final presentation: 20%

Related courses

  • LAE.E243 : English Presentation Seminar 7

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



It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with LAE.E243 (English Presentation Seminar 7).
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.

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