|The purpose of this course is to introduce and develop basic English presenting skills in order to provide students with a solid foundation for future studies. Although presentations will be given individually, students will be expected to evaluate each other and work together in groups to provide feedback. The course will utilize course content from College Writing II, and students will be expected to integrate material from the course into presentations. |
The first part of the semester will focus on developing fundamental presentation skills with the goal of helping students overcome common issues encountered when making presentations. The second part will focus on developing presentation clarity, as well as integrating visual aids in order to enhance the presentation message.
|Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:|
1. Organize research and ideas coherently and clearly in order to make presentations.
2. Deliver presentations effectively through correct use of gestures, eye contact and intonation.
3. Use a variety of visual aids in order to enhance the clarity of presentations.
|Class time will be used for introducing and demonstrating presentation skills. As the time will not be sufficient for all presentation preparation, students will be required to complete work outside of class. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have acquired in three solo presentations (during two regular classes and in the final exam). Students who miss presentation days without a valid reason will receive a score of zero for the presentation.|
|Week 1-Introduction to basic presentation skills-eye contact and posture |
Week 2-Basic presentation skills-gestures and body language
Week 3-Voice and intonation-overview and practice
Week 4-Presentation types-informative presentations
Week 5-Presentation (1)
Week 6-Presentation organization-introductions and conclusions
Week 7-Linking Ideas/transitioning between main points
Week 8-Creating a handout
Week 9-Presenting using notes
Week 10-Presentation (2)
Week 11-Using visual aids-making clear graphs and figures
Week 12-Presenting with visual aids
Week 13-Designing slides for computer presentations
Week 14-Engaging the audience
Week 15-Post-presentation-taking audience questions
Final Presentation (3)
|Students will be required to complete all homework assignments and are responsible for reviewing material covered in class. It must be stressed that while students will have opportunities to practice skills in class, much of the work for this course will have to be completed outside of class. |
Students who do not properly prepare for and practice presentations outside of class will find themselves unprepared for in-class activities.
|Material to be provided by the teacher.|
|A good English-English and Japanese-English dictionary (book form or electronic).|
|Grading will be as follows:|
In-class presentation 1 25%
In-class presentation 2 30%
Final presentation 45%
|Student evaluation will be based on three solo presentations; according to their organization, delivery and use of visual aids. Student participation and effort will also be considered. Students who come to class unprepared, have multiple absences, or fail to give any of the presentations cannot expect to receive a high mark in this class.|