2020 Academic Presentation in English 16 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 16 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

The course will guide students through the process of giving a presentation on topics related to their field of study. Classroom exercises will focus on developing skill sets to present in a professional setting and make the subject matter accessible to both specialist and non-specialists.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Course Introduction Delivering a Successful Presentation Students are responsible for reading all handouts.
Class 2 Lecture and Discussion: The Audience Takeaway—Deciding the Most Pertinent Information Students are responsible for creating a goal sheet to determine what they hope the audience will learn.
Class 3 Lecture and Discussion: Technical Language—Explain Key Terms How to Engage the Audience Students are responsible for creating a script that is dynamic and contains a balanced use of specialized terminology.
Class 4 Lecture and Discussion: Question and Answers & Leading a Discussion Students are responsible for demonstrating how they will field questions from the audience both during and after the presentation.
Class 5 Individual Presentations (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 Individual Presentations (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

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

resentation: 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.E443 : Academic Presentation in English 15

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



It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with LAE.E443 (Academic Presentation in English 15).
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.

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