Presentation techniques for graduate students – University of Copenhagen

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Presentation techniques for graduate students (7.5 ECTS)

In this course, students will develop oral presentation skills that will assist them in successfully completing their courses and exams in English-medium courses at graduate level in their own field of study. Students will develop oral skills in the following areas: structuring and delivering formal presentations; taking part in discussions; and producing appropriately formal language. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to produce general, academic and domain-specific spoken English approaching the C-1 level as defined in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Students who have passed the course should be able to:

• give a clear, well-structured presentation of a complex subject, expanding and supporting points of view at some length with subsidiary points, reasons and relevant examples;

• participate in academic discussions and negotiate meaning;

• effectively handle a question/answer session, responding spontaneously and almost effortlessly;

• express ideas and opinions with precision;

• present and respond to complex lines of argument convincingly;

• demonstrate fluency and ease of expression in complex stretches of speech;

• produce clear, smoothly-flowing and well-structured speech, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices;

• develop a good command of broad lexical repertoire, allowing gaps to be readily overcome with circumlocutions;

• develop a good command of idiomatic expressions and collocations;

• maintain good grammatical control; non-systematic errors and sentence structure flaws may still occur, but they are rare and can often be corrected in retrospect;

• develop pronunciation which is clearly intelligible in an English-medium environment.

This is a workshop-style course with a focus on interactive discussions and practice presentations. Success on the course requires active participation and attendance (80%). Students are expected to draw on readings in their own discipline to submit an exam presentation as well as the research material on which the presentation is based.

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A 14-week course with one weekly teaching session of 2 lessons.

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