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Academic English Advanced
Chad NILEP Associate Professor
Department: Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences
|Class Time:||2017 Spring Monday|
|Recommended for:||2nd year students
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The objective of this course is to further enhance intermediate English language skills while developing skills in preparing and delivering presentations for academic or social purposes, including reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills. The course fosters students abilities to master academic English necessary for success at a research university such as Nagoya University. In addition to skills and knowledge cultivated in Academic English Basic and Academic English Intermediate, and communication skills cultivated in Academic English Communication, this course requires students to compose logical, clear and convincing English texts and to deliver them through clear and engaging speech to an audience primarily composed of non-native speakers of English.
Each student researches, prepares, and delivers multiple oral presentations. Topics for the presentations develop from personal interests, to description and evaluation of a recommended vacation, to presentation of original survey research, and finally a persuasive presentation on a topic of the students own choice.
Presentation skills developed include brainstorming, planning and writing effective speeches. A presentation requires a strong introduction, logically and rhetorically sound structure, and a clear and memorable conclusion. In addition, delivery skills including voice, eye contact, and body language are developed. Students create and use visual aids of various types as appropriate to each presentation's topic. They also work on dealing effectively and confidently with questions from the audience.
In addition to students' own presentations, textbook exercises and videos of model presentations allow for additional study and understanding. Students work in groups or in pairs to evaluate exercises or model presentations. Weekly quizzes, based on the textbook exercises, help students focus appropriately.
|Week||Presentation topic||Topics in class||Homework|
|1||none||Introduction; Basic presentation structure, eye contact||none (Reading in class)|
|2||none||Presentation structure: Introduction, body, and conclusion||*PY 7, 8-9, and 14-17 |
|3||Give a 2-4 minute presentation about yourself and your interests. Include at least three interesting things about you in the body of the speech. Be sure to include a strong introduction and conclusion.||Giving feedback on presentations; Vacation travel||PY 20-21 and 24-25 |
|4||Presenting with visual information||PY 28-31|
|5||Present details about travel destinations||PY 82-83, Expansion |
|6||Give a 3-5 minute presentation recommending a vacation spot. You should include visual aids, such as printed photos or slides.||Surveys and interviews||PY 32-37 |
|7||Research-based presenations |
First eFace exam
|PY 41-43 |
|8||Dealing with audience questions||PY 52-53, PY 86 part 2 |
|9||Give a 4-7 minute presentation about a survey you conducted. Be sure to include the survey topic and your analysis of the results. Don't include each answer; summarize what the answers mean. The audience may ask questions after your speech.||Expressing opinions||PY 56-61 |
|10||Using your voice effectively||PY 64-67 |
|11||Catch up and expansion||PY 88-89, Expansion |
|12||Give a 4-8 minute persuasive presentation about a topic of your choice. Choose an issue you feel strongly about. Give three or four good reasons for your opinion, and include facts or examples to support each reason.||News stories||PY 68-71 |
|13||Leading group discussions||PY 76-77 |
|14||Summary and review||Final eFace exam |
Course grade is based on presentations (60%), feedback and questions during other student's presentations (10%), participation and attendance in class (10%), and self-study using e-learning (20%).
Page last updated September 13, 2017
The class contents were most recently updated on the date indicated. Please be aware that there may be some changes between the most recent year and the current page.