The purpose of this course is to let students have as many opportunities as possible to practice what they have learned in English II: Public Speaking; through thorough exercise students can improve the knowledge and skills necessary for giving a presentation, asking questions, and holding discussions in such formal contexts as academic conferences and business meetings. Various topics covered in this course may broaden students’ views. Through this course, students should become better speakers in formal settings and learn how to prepare a presentation based on research of the chosen topic. Students who failed English II: Public Speaking in the first semester are not allowed to take this course. Toward the end of the semester, some joint sessions will be held in this course so that students from different classes can present their final projects to each other.

Students can make effective use of common words/phrases appropriate for formal spoken interactions.

Students can interact with others appropriately and effectively in formal settings.

Students can research a chosen topic and discuss their findings in their presentations. Students can make a presentation effectively in formal settings and participate actively as audience members in presentations given by fellow students.

We will analyze effective examples of presentations and speeches. We may also study examples of TED Talks, if students are ready for more challenging material. During a presentation only one person speaks while nine others listen, so presentation success depends on the comprehension skills of the audience. About half of the preparation time will be spent on developing the skills needed to comprehend a presentation and to make it comprehensible. In order to make themselves understood, students will focus on error correction of their written drafts, then on pronunciation and rehearsal of the presentation. In addition to the preparation described above, students will prepare a slideshow as visual support of what they will communicate with spoken words in their final project. Students will study some aspects of effective slideshow design according to the principles taught by presentation expert Garr Reynolds (http://www.garrreynolds.com/preso-tips/). Students will receive both spoken and written feedback on performance of their presentation with regard to such elements as non-verbal communication, audio-visual materials, language errors, pronunciation, voice clarity and content.

Schedule

 

1.        Course introduction. Speech example: Formal and informal language. First listening and reading of the transcript. Taking notes on the speech.

2.        Further listening practice with previous speech. Error correction. Summarizing the speech and performing the speech.

3.        Speech example: Compare and contrast: Two kinds of elephants. First listening and reading of the transcript. Taking notes on the speech.

4.        Further listening practice with the previous speech. Error correction. Summarizing and performing the lecture.

5.        Speech example: Compare and contrast: two historical figures. First listening and reading of the transcript. Taking notes on the speech.

6.        Further listening practice with the previous speech. Error correction. Summarizing and rehearsing the speech.

7.        Speech example: A theory about species extinction and evidence for the theory. Expressing cause and effect. First listening and reading of the transcript. Taking notes on the speech.

8.        Further listening practice with the previous speech. Error correction. Summarizing and performing the speech.

9.        Speech example: Describing a historical event. Expressing cause and effect. First listening and reading of the transcript. Taking notes on the speech.

10.   Further listening practice with the speech. Error correction. Summarizing and performing the speech.

11.   Preparation for final presentations. Peer review and correction of scripts and powerpoint files. Feedback from the teacher. Rehearsal in small groups.

12.   Student presentations.1

13.   Student presentations.2

14.   Joint session of student presentations with other classes.

15.   Review lesson. Discussion and evaluation of presentations.

At least one hour of preparation and review will be necessary before each class. 

Evaluation 

Participation and preparation    60% 

Presentation assignment            40% 

Attend all the classes, make efforts speak English in class, and participate in all activities. Stay on schedule with all the assignments. There are 15 classes per semester. At the end of the course, any student who has been absent for more than 1/3 of the classes, for whatever reason, cannot get credit for this course. Note that this permitted number of absences gives a student a reasonable allowance for any absences due to illnesses, injuries, and emergencies. For example, if a student were absent 4 times for no good reason, then absent once because of a serious injury, then absent again to attend a funeral (reasonable excuses for absences, usually), he would still fail to get credit for the course because 4+2=6, which is more than 1/3 of 15.

Email: dennis.riches@gmail.com

Office: Building 3, room 3813

Office Hours: Monday 14:40-16:10, Wednesday 9:00-10:40, Friday 14:40-16:10

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