This course offers 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 13 equips graduate students with the necessary tools to deliver well-informed presentations.
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
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Students will glean strategies on academic presentation and useful phrases from from a variety of sources through homework and in-class exercises. Mini-presentations will be a part of each class. They will incorporate material learned into an academic presentation for which peers and the instructor will provide feedback.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Clarification, Solving Problems, Opening||exercises handling misunderstandings, technical glitches, and engaging the audience with clarity from the start|
|Class 2||Signposts, Closing||exercises structuring presentations with clear transitions, closing memorably|
|Class 3||Handling Questions & Answers||exercises for dealing with the most challenging part of presenting, the Q&A|
|Class 4||Student presentations and peer feedback Student presentations and peer feedback Equipment & Visuals||exercises for talking about equipment and visual material, tips for designing PowerPoint slides|
|Class 5||Student presentations and peer feedback Body Language & Voice Techniques||Practice with gestures, posture, and vocal techniques such as emphasis|
|Class 6||Student presentations and peer feedback Poster Presentations||Evolving models for designing and delivering poster presentations|
|Class 7||Student presentations and peer feedback Socializing at a Conference||Practice talking with conference participants surrounding one's presentation|
excerpts from various sources
Powell, Mark. 2010. Dynamic Presentations (Cambridge Business Skills). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Wallwork, Adrian. (2016) English for Presentations at International Conferences (2nd edition). London: Springer.
Alley, Michael. (2013) The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid (2nd ed.). London: Springer.
Davis, Martha, Kaaron Davis and Marion Dunagon. (2012) Scientific Papers and Presentations. London: Elsevier.
Claus Ascheron and Angela Kickuth. (2005) Make Your Mark in Science. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons.
Matt Carter. (2013) Designing Science Presentations. London: Elsevier.
Mark D. Stafford. (2012) Successful Presentations: An Interactive Guide. Tokyo: Cengage.
Graham Burton. (2013) Presenting: Deliver presentations with confidence. London: Collins.
Susan Lowe and Louise Pile. (2006) Presenting (Delta Business Communication Skills). Peaslake, UK: Delta.
Alyson Connolly. (2018) Public Speaking Skills for Dummies. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.
Kory Floyd. (2015) Public Speaking Matters. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.
Class Participation: 30%
Homework Preparation: 30%
It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with LAE.E442 (Academic Presentation in English 14).
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.