WiSe 14/15: Speaking Your Mind: Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
Aims and Objectives
The aim of this module is to prepare students to use English effectively in their professional career, with particular emphasis on developing the skills necessary in formal ... read more
Aims and Objectives
The aim of this module is to prepare students to use English effectively in their professional career, with particular emphasis on developing the skills necessary in formal situations such as oral presentations, job applications and interviews.
Tutorial I will offer students the opportunity to develop their oral communication skills to a very high level, deepening their understanding of the workings of language as an essential communication tool. During the semester, the course will develop the students' ability to present their ideas in English with precision and clarity, focussing also on general presentation and communication skills such as delivery, body language, voice, the ability to listen and respond, and the skills necessary to moderate a discussion effectively. The course will also examine the language skills needed to give a clear and convincing presentation in English, as well as dealing effectively with disagreement and confrontation.
During the module, students will learn:
" to develop oral and written communication skills
" to express themselves with clarity and precision in English
" to listen and respond accurately within a group discussion
" to exert control over the flow of information within a group discussion
" to reflect analytically on their own communication strengths and weaknesses
In each session, students will be asked to deliver a well-prepared Power Point or other visual presentation; each presentation will be followed by a discussion round chaired by one member of the class. Students will be expected to take part actively in all discussions, and will also be called on to analyse their level of participation in each discussion round. To gain 10 credit points from Tutorial I, students must give an oral presentation, moderate a discussion, and actively take part in all class activities. Students will also be required to keep a journal on their level of participation, analysing their own particular skills and weaknesses. A critical analysis of their own individual progress, including written assessments of their oral presentations, will be submitted in a portfolio (2500 words) at the end of the course.
The course will be held in English. Students must have an active command of sophisticated, near native-speaker language skills (C1 / C2).
Kompetente Sprachverwendung(hohes Sprachniveau bis fast muttersprachliche Sprachkompetenz) (C1 / C2).