WiSe 16/17: Ü1-Communication Skills: Speaking Your Mind: Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
The aim of this year-long module is to prepare students to use English effectively in their professional career, with particular emphasis on developing the skills necessary in formal situations.
Part I (winter semester) will offer students the opportunity to develop their oral communication and presentation 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 skills such as delivery, body language, voice, the ability to listen and respond. 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.Learning Outcomes
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 complete the course, students are expected to deliver a number of presentations, moderate at least one round of presentations and to take part actively in all discussions and workshops.Please note that the entire module runs over two semesters: the second part, which focusses on public speaking and preparation for job interviews, is offered in the summer semester.
The entire module (winter and summer semesters) is worth 15 credit points.Language requirements
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).close
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