2020 English Speech Seminar 14 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 to the Class 2. Chapter 6, “Body language” 3. Chapter 10, “Question & Answer Sessions” intensive practice for question and answer sessions after a presentation
Class 2 1. Third draft of speech due 2. Practice speeches in small groups 3. Chapter 3, “Voice power” develop cultural awareness of body language; analyze movement in speeches; practice speech presentation
Class 3 1. Rehearse in lecture theatre W-531 2. Video recording of speeches present speech in front of camera; receive coaching on fine points of presentation style; memorization; view and analyze own presentation; rehearse speech delivery; coaching
Class 4 1. Rehearse in lecture theatre W531 2. Video recording of speeches speech delivery practice; polish delivery
Class 5 Speech Contest during class time in lecture theatre W531 deliver oral presentations and handle Q&A with a live audience of students and faculty
Class 6 1. Reflections on the contest 2. Chapter 4, “Visual aids” assess one’s performance and set goals; learn terms and techniques for effective use of visual aids
Class 7 Final presentation exam synthesize and use concepts and skills taught in the textbook and in class

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%
Final draft of speech 25%
Participation in the contest 25%
Final presentation exam 20%

Related courses

  • LAE.E471 : English Speech Seminar 13

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

Upper intermediate English skills


The syllabus of this course is designed to continue from the Speech Seminar 13 in the first quarter. It is strongly advised that students take this course with English Speech Seminar 13 (LAE.E471).
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.

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