All of the "Academic Presentation" courses offer 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 15 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.
|✔ Applicable||How instructors' work experience benefits the course|
|An instructor with work experience as a performer will provide hands-on experience in the performing arts, based on practice in the field that fosters critical thinking and encourages creativity and self-expression.|
Presentation skills, listening skills, communication skills
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
For each class, students are expected to complete the homework in advance and actively participate in class discussions. Students will deliver a presentation after every other unit, followed by a Q&A session, receiving feedback back from their colleagues and instructor. (Note: Syllabus is subject to change based on the level, needs, and actual number of students.)
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||1. Introduction to course 2. Preparing to present 3. Ch. 1: Opening and closing||identify course aims; prepare to present the opening and closing sections|
|Class 2||1. Ch. 1: Opening and closing 2. Ch. 2: Smooth structure 3. Learn how to cite sources||prepare to present the opening and closing sections; create a smooth presentation structure; learn how to cite sources|
|Class 3||1. Presentation (Ch. 1 and 2) + Peer-critique 2. Ch. 3: Voice power||deliver an effective presentation; learn how to give constructive criticism to your peers; control your vocal tone, pace, and delivery|
|Class 4||1. Ch. 3: Voice power 2. Ch. 6: Body language||control your vocal tone, pace, and delivery; demonstrate good body language|
|Class 5||1. Presentation (Ch. 3 and 6) + Peer-critique 2. Ch. 6: Body language||demonstrate good body language; deliver an effective presentation; learn how to give constructive criticism to your peers|
|Class 6||Ch. 7: Rapport building||build a rapport with the audience|
|Class 7||1. Review of material 2. Final Project (Presentation and Paper) + Peer-critique||deliver an effective presentation; learn how to give constructive criticism to your peers|
Powell, Mark. 2010. Dynamic Presentations (Cambridge Business Skills). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (ISBN: 978-0-521-15004-0)
Additional reading materials may be assigned throughout the term.
Class Participation: 25%
Homework and In-class Assignments: 15%
Final Project (Final Presentation and Paper): 30%
It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with LAE.E444 (Academic Presentation in English 16).
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.