Academic Public Speaking in English – ZIP 0508-APSE-OG-ZIP
Zajęcia oferowane są w ramach Programu zintegrowanych działań na rzecz rozwoju UW, współfinansowanego z Europejskiego Funduszu Społecznego, w ramach PO WER, ścieżka 3.5. Zasady korzystania z oferty zajęć ogólnouniwersyteckich dla doktorantów w ZIP (pn. Regulamin Zintegrowanego kształcenia doktorantów UW) dostępne są na stronie: www.zip.uw.edu.pl
Classes are offered as part of the Integrated Action Program for the Development of the University of Warsaw, co-financed from the European Social Fund under POWER 3.5. The rules for the use of general university courses for PhD students in the ZIP (UW PhD Students' Regulations) are available at: www.zip.uw.edu.pl
The course Public Speaking in English is addressed to doctoral students who seek to improve their public speaking skills by gaining basic theoretical knowledge about the oral communication process and the principles of public speaking as well as thorough practical knowledge of public speaking as practiced in the knowledge context. The objective of the course is to develop the skills set needed for effective academic speaking, namely: critical listening, audience analysis, speech preparation and organization, and verbal and non-verbal presentation skills. These skills are developed by learning the principles of effective academic speaking, analyzing examples of academic presentations, including classmates’ speeches) and performing various graded speech tasks (impromptu and extemporaneous speaking). The course is practical in that it emphasizes the practice of academic speaking over its theory and offers the participants numerous opportunities to prepare and deliver oral presentations on the topics of their academic interest. Special attention is placed on matters particularly relevant for effective academic speaking, such as selection of supporting materials and acknowledgement of sources, comprehensive description of own and other authors’ research, logical argumentation of the theses put forward by the speaker, and proper use of presentation aids, especially text and image slides. In addition, although the course is communication rather than language oriented, there is a strong emphasis on improving the participants’ knowledge of both academic and general spoken English and, to a lesser extent, written English.
Type of course
Graduates of the course will understand the process of oral communication, be familiar with the principles of effective public speaking, and know the rules for organization and delivery of informative and persuasive presentations, as well as ethical use of supporting materials (sources).
Graduates of the course will be able to prepare and deliver well-researched, well-structured, well-delivered and communicatively effective seminar and conference oral presentations on topics of professional interest in the English language. In addition, they will be better consumers of oral academic communication, capable of critical listening and analysis of its various forms.
Graduates of the course will demonstrate improved communication skills of critical listening and effective public speaking in professional and everyday situations.
The final grade is the weighted average of the following graded assignments: an informative presentation explaining a concept, model or theory (20%), a persuasive presentation arguing for the award of a research grant (30%), two impromptu speeches (10% each), a written speech review (10%), a written description of own doctoral research (10%) and class participation (10%).
In order to obtain course credit, participants need to score at least 60% of all available points. Full attendance is expected though two absences are allowed
Term grade is based on the preparation and delivery of two 4-6 minute presentations (informative and persuasive) on topics of participants’ academic interest, two oral class assignments (2-minute impromptu speeches), two written home assignment (speech review and description of own research), as well as class attendance/participation.
Lucas, E.S. (2015) The Art of Public Speaking 12th edition, McGraw Hill Education
Turner, K.J., Osborn, R., Osborn M., Osborn S. 11the edition (2018) Public Speaking. Finding Your Voice. Person Education.
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