EFS 691 - STANFORD UNIVERSITY
EFS 691: Oral
Instructor: Phil Hubbard
260-302G; 725-1557; email@example.com
This oral presentation course is designed to give you training and experience in making the sorts of semi-formal and formal presentations characteristic of advanced graduate and professional work. The primary objectives of the course are
1) to enable you to use the English that you know appropriately in discussions and speeches--that is, to build your confidence;
2) to help you recognize and work toward correcting the most noticeable non-native features of your English;
3) to give you practice in planning, organizing, and executing presentations to small groups;
4) to give you practice in anticipating and responding appropriately to your audience's questions and comments.
There is also a secondary objective, which is to give you experience at being an audience, focusing on note-taking, asking for clarifications, and offering appropriate questions and comments.
1) Attend class regularly, missing no more than 10% for any reason.
2) Prepare and present the assignment for each week.
3) Unless otherwise directed, submit an outline or other notes on the presentation prior to delivering it.
4) Review the videotape of each presentation, analyzing it according to a specific form which will be provided.
5) Review a video recording of at least three of your presentations with the instructor.
6) Be a cooperative and attentive audience member when others are presenting.
Topics will include:
· Pronunciation. A basic overview of the sounds of English and stress, rhythm, and intonation.
· Presentation skills
o Overview of the process of developing a presentation
o Analysis of speakers and speaking styles
o The parts of a presentation: introduction, body, and conclusion
o Practice with common presentation types
o Using visuals (e.g., PowerPoint) effectively
Materials. There is no textbook for the course. Some materials will be passed out in class and others will be available online through the class website.
Week 1: Self Introduction
Week 2: Describing a concept in your field
Week 3: Describing a process
Week 4: Explaining data
Week 5: Practice introduction to Presentation 1
Week 6: Main Presentation 1
Week 7: Defending a position
Week 8: Answering questions
Week 9: Main Presentation 2
Week 10: Impromptu speaking
Students who have a disability which may necessitate
an academic accommodation or the use of auxiliary aids and services in a class,
must initiate the request with the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC),
located within the Office of Accessible Education (OAE). The SDRC will evaluate
the request with required documentation, recommend appropriate accommodations,
and prepare a verification letter dated in the current academic term in which
the request is being made. Please contact the SDRC as soon as possible; timely
notice is needed to arrange for appropriate accommodations. The Office of
Accessible Education is located at 563 Salvatierra Walk (phone: 723-1066; TDD: