2020 Academic Presentation in English 15 2

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Bartashius Jason 
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Course description and aims

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.

Student learning outcomes

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

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Students will in groups research a current social issue. The topic will be selected in consultation with the instructor. Each student will be responsible for reading and summarizing a related newspaper articles. With the guidance of the instructor each group will create a comprehensive Power Point presentation. The presentations will critically examine the topic and include an introduction, argument, counterargument and a summary of public opinions.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Course Introduction The Basics of Public Speaking Students are responsible for reading all handouts.
Class 2 Lecture and Discussion: Group Work Roles Groups are expected to select a topic and decide each member’s tasks.
Class 3 Consultation with the Instructor Groups are expected to meet with the instructor and discuss the progress of their research.
Class 4 Presenting an Outline Students are expected to submit an outline with details of each section of their presentation.
Class 5 Group Presentations: Selected Topics (1) Students deliver presentations and conduct a question and answer session.
Class 6 Group Presentations: Selected Topics (2) Students deliver presentations and conduct a question and answer session.
Class 7 Presentation Assessments and Peer Review Students offer critical feedback to classmates.

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.


There is no required textbook in this class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

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/
NPR http://www.npr.org/
TED and NPR provide video transcripts.
BBC http://www.bbc.com/news
National Geographic http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

Assessment criteria and methods

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

Related courses

  • LAE.E444 : Academic Presentation in English 16

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



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.

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