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 connecting to your audience by:
- improving your vocal presentation, including tone of voice, enunciation, emphasis.
- improving your physical presentation, including gestures, eye contact, directing attention to visuals, and avoiding reading or memorization.
You will be asked to present topics of your choice for specific types of speeches, followed by Q & A sessions.
Types of speeches include:
- personal experience,
- descriptions of situations or problems,
- explaining methods, chronological processes, steps, or instructions,
- describing the results in a project progress update as your final research presentation.
The format for this course is basically flipped style: before class students read, view videos and practice the new points that were introduced in the previous class.
Class time is used for students' presentations, discussion of feedback, and introduction of new points.
You will make 4 main presentations, &several in-class activities such as debate and handling Question & Answer sessions.
You are expected to actively participate in class discussion & give feedback for all of the other speakers.
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 & solutions, analyzing results, and providing project updates, making a conclusion & developing 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 connect with the audience.
4. You will develop strategies & skills to effectively present your academic research results using standard academic research format.
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
In-class exercise
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 yourself through something you learned
Student presentations & discussion of feedback
Presentation prep 180分
4. Presentation 1 part 2
Student presentations & discussion of feedback
Homework exercises 180分
5. How did you do that? What's the story?
Explaining methodology, process, steps, instructions
Presentation prep 240分
6. Presentation 2:
Chronological order: Methods, Instructions, Steps, Processes
Student presentations & discussion of feedback
Homework exercises 120分
Presentation prep 70分
7. What’s the problem?
Defining problems & situations

Where are we now?
Including your audience
Making transitions & direction communication

Discussing results
Directing attention to visuals
How do you know that?
Can you show me?
Providing evidence

Presentation prep 180分
8. Presentation 3 part 1
Description: Problem & Proposed Solution
Student presentations & discussion of feedback
Homework exercises 120分
9. Presentation 3 part 2
Description: Problem & Proposed Solution
Student presentations & discussion of feedback
Homework exercises 180分
Debate prep 200分
10. Activity: Debate preparation Debate prep 40分
11. In-class activity: Debate Presentation prep 120分
Review material on Concluding: What should we do with this?
Summarizing, concluding, encouraging future action.
Hints for handling Q & A
12. Final Presentation:
Research Progress Report
Student presentations & discussion of feedback
Presentation prep 120分
13. Final Presentation:
Research Progress Report
Student presentations & discussion of feedback
Presentation prep 300分
14. Final Presentation:
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, Feedback, & Homework Exercises Presentations 1, 2, 3 Final Presentation In-class practice (debate, etc.) Total.
1. 10% 15% 5% 5% 35%
2. 0% 15% 10% 5% 30%
3. 20% 5% 0% 25%
4. 0% 0% 10% 0% 10%
Total. 10% 50% 30% 10% -
Evaluation method and criteria
Final course grades will be based on:
10% Homework, Giving Feedback, Participation
10% In-class activities such as debate and exercises
15% Presentation 1: Introducing yourself through something you learned
15% Presentation 2: Chronological: Method, process, steps, instructions
20% Presentation 3: Problem/ proposed Solution
30% Final Research Progress Report Presentation
In order to pass this course, students need to earn at least 60% of the total score and a passing grade on the final research progress report presentation.
Feedback on exams, assignments, etc.
ways of feedback specific contents about "Other"
The Others In-class feedback, by e-mail, & during office hours when needed
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 20 students
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Office hours: Wed. 15:00~16:00, by appointment, additional 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
Last modified : Sat Sep 09 06:56:08 JST 2023