2020 English Speech Seminar 13 1

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Kiuchi Kumiko 
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Course description and aims

This course prepares students to participate in the English Speech Contest, which will take place during class time on Wednesday, July 8th from 1:30 to 3:10 pm in W531. Students will learn and practice techniques for writing and presenting speeches in English. They will analyze speeches, write multiple drafts of an original speech, and receive coaching on their oral expression skills. Constructive feedback will be exchanged among students.

Student learning outcomes

Students who have completed this course should exhibit the following: (1) completion of the final draft of an original speech on a topic of their interests; (2) video recordings of their presentations; (3) knowledge and skills in using oral delivery techniques and phrases in English, as taught in the textbook and in class; and (4) improved ability to give and receive constructive feedbacks on the speeches and oral presentations of classmates.


speech, presentation, oral communication, English, public speaking

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The following elements will be included in most classes: (1) from the textbook, Dynamic Presentations, learning of useful phrases and techniques related to oral presentation in English, video clip viewing and analysis, oral performative exercises; and (2) preparation of speeches for the contest, including analysis of past speeches, brainstorming topics, outlining, presentation and revisions of multiple speech drafts, detailed feedback from the instructor and students on all elements of speech construction and delivery.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 1. Orientation 2. Chapter 1 “Opening and Closing” orientation to the speech contest and its usefulness to students; watch a speech sample; learn phrases and patterns for speech starts and ends
Class 2 1. Chapter 2 “Smooth Structure” 2. Brainstorm on the topic 3. Plagiarism; References learn how to organize a speech; learn how to avoid plagiarism; learn how to cite sources properly
Class 3 1. Chapter 5, “Facts and figures” 2. Chapter 9, “Storytelling” 3. Speech outline due identify examples of effective speech construction techniques; practice phrases for signposting and transitions within oral presentations
Class 4 1. Chapter 9, “Storytelling” 2. First draft due + Peer-critique recognize the power of narrative in oral presentation; learn verb tense usage in and surrounding narrative; practice direct speech, simile, etc.
Class 5 1. Chapter 7, “Rapport Building” 2. Chapter 8, “Impact Techniques” learn how to build a relationship of trust with the audience; learn empathic speech techniques
Class 6 1. Chapter 8, “Impact Techniques” 2. Second draft due + Peer-critique learn how to use repetition, rhetorical questions, grouping ideas, and emphatic word choice; students assess each other's second drafts; feedback on structure and content; practice techniques for question and answer sessions
Class 7 Final presentation detailed feedback on speech content and delivery; practice using pauses, stressed words, and inflection in speeches

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.


Mark Powell, Dynamic Presentations (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Speeches from previous Tokyo Tech English Speech Contests will be analyzed in class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Class Participation 30%
First draft of speech 15%
Second draft of speech 30%
Final presentation exam 25%

Related courses

  • LAE.E472 : English Speech Seminar 14

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

Upper intermediate English skills


The syllabus of this course is designed to continue on to the Speech Seminar 14 in the second quarter. It is strongly advised that students take this course with English Speech Seminar 14 (LAE.E472).
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.

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