Conference Presentations: Preparation and Delivery

Aim

Careful preparation and clear communication are key to delivering a successful conference presentation in an international context. This course aims to provide PhD students with insight into the key characteristics of effective academic oral presentations, as well as with knowledge and tools to develop skills and confidence in communicating research-related material in English. 

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, students should

  • Be able to apply rhetorical strategies to the preparation and delivery of academic presentation
  • Be able to evaluate and write conference abstracts
  • Be able to use appropriate linguistic strategies and techniques to deliver clear and engaging academic presentations in English
  • Have improved their overall ability to deliver conference presentations in English

Content and format

This is a skills-oriented course on preparing and delivering conference presentations.

The first two sessions focus on applying a rhetorical approach to effective academic presentations as well as on appropriate English language skills for presentations. The main emphasis is on strategies and techniques for successfully preparing, organizing, and delivering presentations, including writing the conference abstract, as well as for communicating effectively in English in academic contexts.

The third session is workshop based, giving students the opportunity to work on drafts of their own presentations and abstracts and to receive peer and instructor feedback.

The fourth session gives students the opportunity to deliver short academic presentations and to receive peer and instructor feedback.

The teaching methods include a combination of teacher presentations, class and small group discussion, short exercises, and individual practice presentations followed by peer and teacher feedback.

Students will receive access to the course site and the pre-course readings and assignments in Blackboard by August 12th.

Target group

  • PhD students at Arts
  • Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, though priority is given to PhD students from the Faculty of Arts.

Successful completion requirements

Students are required to actively participate in all the sessions, read several short chapters and articles, complete several short assignments, and prepare, discuss, revise, and deliver a 10-minute academic presentation to receive full credit for the course.

Venue

Information

  • Maximum enrolment is: 15
  • ECTS credits: 1.5
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Teacher: Stacey Cozart
  • Including:
    Morning coffee/tea,
    Lunchsandwich, water, coffee/tea and sweets
    Lunchsandwich, will be served on day 1,2 and 4