Course title
Making Effective Presentations

Course description
This course is conducted completely in English.
Students will be introduced to and practice presentation skills.
You will learn strategies for communicating directly with the audience, organizing your speech, supporting your points in logical order with specific evidence and effective visual aids. You will also practice improving your physical presentation, including tone of voice, enunciation, emphasis, gestures, eye contact, avoiding reading and memorization. You will be asked to present topics of your choice for specific types of speeches, from both major and non-major fields, followed by Q & A sessions. Types of speeches include personal experience, descriptions of situations or problems, explaining processes and steps, project progress updates, and final research results presentations.
The format for this course is basically flipped style: before class students read, review, & view videos and practice the new points introduced in the previous class. Class time is used for students' presentations, discussion of feedback, and introduction of new points.
You will make 5 main presentations, 2 mini-speeches, & 1 major research presentation as well as participate actively in class discussion & feedback for other speakers.
In the first half of the course we will alternate between a week of instruction & a week of student presentations. In the second half of the course most instruction will be done in homework and after presentations, and student presentations will occur almost every week.
Purpose of class
This course is designed to give students the opportunity to study presentation strategies and skills and apply them to create, organize, and practice major types of presentations they will need in their research careers.
Goals and objectives

Goals and objectives Course Outcomes
1. You will gain the ability to organize the content of your presentations to communicate effectively based on types of audiences and purposes: making introductions; explaining processes, procedures, & plans, describing problems & providing updates; making a conclusion & also develop strategies to prepare for audience questions.
2. You will be able to support your points with logical evidence, clear visual aids, and convincing examples.
3. You will improve your delivery in terms of eye contact, gestures, posture, enunciation and vocal emphasis to communicate effectively with the audience.
4. You will develop strategies & skills to effectively present your academic research results.
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Introduction to Course
Intro. to Communication Models for Presentations Defining your Audience & Purpose
Audience unspoken questions: What is this about? Who are you? Why is this important?
Delivery: connecting to the audience- gestures, eye contact
Read & do exercises 120分
2. Where are we going?
Organizing Strategies
Making your Introduction
Creating Structure, Points, Forecast
Delivery: enunciation & pace
Homework exercises 120分
Presentation prep 120分
3. Presentation 1: Introducing Personal Interest
Student presentations & discussion of feedback
Presentation prep 180分
4. Presentation 2: Introducing Personal Learning Experience
Student presentations & discussion of feedback
Homework exercises 180分
5. How did you do that? What's the story?
Explaining instructions, methodology, process, steps
Presentation prep 240分
6. Presentation 3:
Narration: Instructions, Steps, Processes
Student presentations & discussion of feedback
Homework exercises 120分
Presentation prep 70分
7. What’s the problem?
Defining problems & situations
Non-research cases.
Research-related cases: reviewing previous research, clarifying the field, & establishing your niche
Presentation prep 180分
8. Presentation 4:
Descriptions: Background, Problems
Student presentations & discussion of feedback
Homework exercises 120分
9. Where are we now?
Including your audience
Making Transitions & Direct Communication

How do you know that?
Can you show me?
Providing evidence
Discussing results
Directing attention to visuals
Homework exercises 180分
Presentation prep 120分
10. Presentation 5: Mini-presentation
Recommending how to make & describing visual aids
Student mini-presentations & discussion of feedback
Presentation prep 120分
11. What should we do with this?
Summarizing, concluding, encouraging future action.
Hints for handling Q & A.
Preparing for job interviews
Presentation prep 120分
12. Presentation 6: Mini-presentation
Practicing Q & A + Interview Questions
Student presentations & discussion of feedback
Presentation prep 120分
13. Presentation 7:
Research Progress Report
Student presentations & discussion of feedback
Presentation prep 300分
14. Presentation 8:
Learning Progress Report
Student presentations & discussion of feedback
Presentation prep 240分
15. (This is a 14 week course. There is no 15th week.)
Total. - - 2650分
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Participation & Homework Exercises Presentations 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 Research Presentation (7) Mini-presentations 5, 6 Total.
1. 0% 15% 5% 0% 20%
2. 5% 15% 5% 5% 30%
3. 20% 5% 5% 30%
4. 5% 5% 10% 0% 20%
Total. 10% 55% 25% 10% -
Evaluation method and criteria
Final course grades will be based on:
10% Homework, In-class exercises & Participation
10% Mini-presentations (5 & 6)
55% 5 Main Presentations (1, 2, 3, 4, 8)
25% 1 Research Progress Report Presentation (7)
In order to pass this course, students need to earn at least 60% of the total score and a passing grade on the research progress report presentation.
Textbooks and reference materials
Excerpts from: Alley, M. (2013). The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical steps to succeed and critical errors to avoid;
Carter, M. (2013). Designing Science Presentations: A visual guide to figures, papers, slides, posters, and more.
Hood, M. (2010). Dynamic Presentations: Skills and Strategies for Public Speaking. Kirihara Shoten;
Wallwork, A. (2017). English for Presentations at International Conferences. Springer.
Class size limited to 15 students
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Office hours: to be announced
Non-regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates an ability for utilizing knowledge
  • Course that cultivates a basic interpersonal skills
  • Course that cultivates a basic self-management skills
Active-learning course
Most classes are interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicable
Applicable Professor has worked as a professional presentation coach for business people and academic researchers
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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