The Giving Presentations module aims to improve the spoken language skills of researchers and lecturers in higher education who need to present in English. Thanks to individual coaching and practice of using appropriate linking structures, the course will boost participants' confidence and enhance the impact and professional quality of their presentations in English.
2021 > NEW DATES!
23 April - 28 May 2021
2021: 23/4, 30/4, 7/5, 21/5, 28/5
9.30 a.m. - 12.30 a.m.
€ 350 (AUHA)
€ 405 (non-AUHA)
2 April 2021
COVID-19 safety measures
The course will be taught online this semester.
Objectives and target audience
The Giving Presentations course aims to improve the spoken language skills of researchers and lecturers in higher education who need to present in English. Thanks to individual coaching and practice of using appropriate linking structures, the course will boost participants' confidence and enhance the impact and professional quality of their presentations in English.
To be able to respond as effectively as possible to the participants’ needs, we offer a flexible programme. Please find below an overview of some of the topics that could be covered on the course:
- pronunciation training: speak easily understandable English; emphasis on accent, word stress and intonation
- grammar: ‘correct’ English (normative); contrastive approach
- vocabulary: practice of typical expressions for describing visual aids, introducing other speakers, etc.
- style: ‘English’ English rather than translated Dutch (or any other language)
- structure: use of signposting expressions to make the structure of the presentation clear
- interacting with the audience: answer questions more confidently and effectively
The teacher uses the communicative method. Activities in pairs and groups ensure that there is a high level of interaction among the participants.
The course is inductive. This means that, wherever possible, the participants are guided to discover new techniques, rules, etc. for themselves through awareness-raising activities. The tasks are based on authentic materials from the participants’ own work environments. Role plays and practice presentations encourage the participants to learn by doing.
We limit the groups to 9 participants in order to give everyone enough time to speak. This way we can also ensure that all participants receive individual feedback from the teacher.
We use a LINGUAPOLIS-designed coursebook supplemented with additional handouts where necessary. All of the exercises in the coursebook were developed specifically for this target audience. During the course, the participants are expected to give a number of mini-presentations about their own fields.
Timing and organisation
The course consists of 15 lesson hours: 5 three-hour sessions.
For the class dates: see top of this page.
The language of instruction for this course is English. The participants are expected to have a good level of spoken English. While the course does cover some aspects of grammar and pronunciation, the number of lesson hours is too limited to increase participants’ overall level of English.
The course costs €350 (excl. VAT) for participants affiliated with an AUHA institution and €405 (excl. VAT) for non-AUHA participants.
Language courses are exempt from VAT in accordance with article 44§2.4°.
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