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|
The course will guide students through the process of giving a presentation - from the planning stages and awareness of the elements of an effective presentation, to signposting, through to the main body of the presentation to the final question and answer session.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Course Introduction||Students are responsible for reading all handouts.|
|Class 2||Lecture and Discussion: The Basic Components of a Presentation||Students are responsible for reading all handouts and contributing to the organization of a group presentation.|
|Class 3||Lecture and Discussion: Making an Assertion and Presenting a Counterargument||Students are responsible for reading all handouts and contributing to the organization of a group presentation.|
|Class 4||Lecture and Discussion: Signposting, Beginning and Ending Strong, Fielding Questions||Students are responsible for reading all handouts and contributing to the organization of a group presentation.|
|Class 5||Group Presentations on Selected Topics (1)||Students deliver presentations and conduct a question and answer session. The details of the assignment will be handed out in class in Week 2. Topics will be selected through consultation with the instructor.|
|Class 6||Group Presentations on Selected Topics (2)||Students deliver presentations and conduct a question and answer session. The details of the assignment will be handed out in class in Week 2. Topics will be selected through consultation with the instructor.|
|Class 7||Presentation Assessments and Peer Review||Students offer critical feedback to classmates.|
There is no required textbook in this course.
The subject will be organized around online material, handouts and class discussions.
Students are important resources as their experiences, feedback and discussions will enable a classroom community to strengthen and overcome individual weaknesses.
Suggested Web sites:
TED Talks https://www.ted.com/
TED and NPR provide video transcripts.
National Geographic http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
Presentation: 40 marks A marking rubric has been developed and will be posted on Edmodo -- Content (30 marks) & Language (10)
Question and Answer Sessions: 20 marks
Participation and Attendance: 40 marks Participation: 20 marks -- 10 marks in class and 10 marks online
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.