The repeat course aims to consolidate knowledge of the four skills in English and to improve students’ confidence and overall presentation skills in English, focusing on research in Policy Sciences and Cultural Studies. Using skills introduced in the textbook, Present Yourself 2 (Gershon, 2015), students will select topics related to their own academic interests and locate materials to inform, persuade and challenge the assumptions of their audience. Preparation for presentations, including background reading or rehearsal, will largely be done outside of class.
We will review the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) while learning about and practicing academic presentations in English. Topics will include: (i) describing someone you admire; (ii) great vacation ideas; (iii) explaining the results of a survey; (iv) explaining a process; (v) explaining topical issues in society; and (vi) giving a persuasive presentation on a topic in the news. You will learn how to structure presentations, use visual aids effectively, speak clearly using sentence stress and pausing, and communicate ideas using gestures. Presentations will be in small groups and you will be asked to give constructive feedback to your peers and reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of your own and other students' efforts.
Week 1 Course introduction and group familiarisation activities
Week 2 Poster presentations: video and comprehension activities
Week 3 Poster presentations: preparation and rehearsal
Week 4 Poster presentations and feedback
Week 5 Unit 1 – A person you admire: Talking about admirable people & describing a person’s life history & achievements.
Week 6 Unit 1 – A person you admire: Brainstorming & organizing ideas into an outline. Learning about parts in a good introduction & conclusion.
Week 7 Unit 1 – A person you admire: Making effective note cards & using eye contact. Prepare & give presentation about a person you admire.
Week 8 Unit 2 – A great vacation idea: Interview classmates about vacation preferences. Brainstorm & organize ideas into an outline.
Week 9 Unit 2 – A great vacation idea: Opening presentations with lead-in questions & ending with a quote. Making effective PowerPoint slides.
Week 10 Unit 2 – A great vacation idea: Using effective body language. Prepare & give presentation on an ideal vacation.
Week 11 Unit 3 – Young people today: Discussing survey topics & learning about survey methods & results.
Week 12 Unit 3 – Young people today: Brainstorming & organizing ideas into an outline. Opening presentations with questions.
Week 13 Unit 3 – Young people today: Creating effective visual aids.
Week 14 Final group presentations (1st semester)
Week 15 Unit 4 – Let me explain: Survey on how the world works. Explaining how something works.
Week 16 Unit 4 – Let me explain: Brainstorming & organizing ideas into an outline. Beginning presentations with interesting facts.
Week 17 Unit 4 – Let me explain: Q&A sessions. Prepare & give a presentation explaining a process.
Week 18 Unit 5 – In my opinion: Conducting an opinion survey about issues in society. Supporting claims with examples.
Week 19 Unit 5 – In my opinion: Ending presentations with a call to action. Brainstorming & organizing ideas into an outline.
Week 20 Unit 5 – In my opinion: Practise speaking clearly using sentence stress. Prepare & give a persuasive presentation about an issue.
Week 21 Unit 6 – In the news: Talk about news stories & conduct a questionnaire.
Week 22 Unit 6 – In the news: Brainstorming & organizing ideas into an outline. Opening with a headline & closing with a question.
Week 23 Unit 6 – In the news: Practice pausing between phrases.
Week 24 Preparations for final presentations
Week 25 Final presentations and feedback
Week 26 Final presentations and feedback
Week 27 Final presentations and feedback
Week 28 Final presentations and feedback
For semester courses, first semester is week 1 to 14, second semester is week 15 to 28.
• Continuous assessment of class assignments (written work, poster presentations, presentations, etc.) 80%
• Attendance & participation 20%
Note: Students who are absent six times or more during the year (students enrolling 2014 or before), four times or more during the semester (students enrolling 2015 or after) will receive the grade ‘F’.
Steven Gershon (2015) Present Yourself 2 (2nd Edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
|授業外の学習活動||Students are required to spend at least an hour per week studying textbooks, class materials, or handouts in order to prepare for the next class and also to review material studied in previous classes.|