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ELI 601 Speaking in Research Contexts

Offered in the Winter term. Meets once a week for two hours.

In this course, you will learn to talk about your research and career objectives with different audiences and to present yourself as an aspiring professional in academic and social situations. You will receive extensive feedback on your speaking in regular one-on-one consultations with the instructor, as well as from your peers and other visiting speakers and professionals. You might consider this course, even if you are a native speaker of English, if you are an advanced PhD or master’s level student and are relatively comfortable speaking English, but feel you could benefit from additional practice. Students often take this course if they have previously taken ELI 534 Discussion and Oral Argumentation or ELI 544 Academic Presentations or if they are preparing to go on the job market.

Course activities include:

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

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

  • Practice job interviews (live or skype) with an outside interviewer

  • Practice social talk in a simulated conference mixer with outside attendees

  • Learning about etiquette in the workplace and socializing outside work

(2 credits)