Oral Presentation

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EFS 691: Oral Presentation
Winter 2011
Meyer 280E

Instructor:  Phil Hubbard  
260-302G; 725-1557;                                           

Course Description

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.

Course Requirements

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.

Course Organization

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.

Course Outline

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

DISABILITY NOTICE: 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: 725-1067).

Last modified: January 1, 2011, by Phil Hubbard