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ELI 544 Academic Presentations

Offered in the Fall and Winter terms. Meets once a week for two hours.

In this course you will learn to prepare and deliver successful presentations with organized content, smooth delivery, effective visuals, and appropriate nonverbal cues. You will also learn how to handle questions from the audience and manage interruptions. 

You might consider this course if you are a relatively fluent English speaker and are in a field in which frequent presentations are required. This course might also be right for you if you are preparing to go on the job market or present papers at academic conferences.

Students often take this course after Taking ELI 533 Interactive Listening and Communication, ELI 534 Discussion and Oral Argumentation, or ELI 538 Pronunciation in Context. 

Course activities include:

  • 4-5  individual presentations which are video recorded for feedback and analysis

  • Using rubrics to self-assess and assess peers’ presentations

  • Work in small groups to collaborate and provide feedback on presentation preparation

  • Analysis of transcripts of academic presentations for language and discourse features

  • Self-reflections

  • Exercises to develop strategies for recognizing your grammatical mistakes and correcting them

(2 Credits)