This course is aimed at nonnative speakers of English who wish to hone their speaking skills to better reach their international audience. To help participants accommodate the variety of rhetorical traditions and linguistic backgrounds represented in academia, the course supports their skills in English-medium oral communication by providing guidance for the pronunciation of words, sentences and longer stretches of speech as well as rhythm and pitch contour. Participants develop their grasp of the dynamics of speaking in formal settings as they learn to cope with the highly artificial situation of speaking to a group of people who they may feel are smarter and more knowledgeable than themselves. By understanding their own and their listeners’ reactions, participants will be able to analyse and rationally assess their situation in order to tackle their natural anxiety. Rhetorical principles that help improve listeners’ comprehension are also discussed.
The course mixes plenary seminars with supervised group work to train participants in speaking and interacting in forums of varying formality. Extensive feedback is given.
All participants who are ready to contribute actively to this very intensive course by sharing their experiences and giving presentations are welcomed.
• speaking and presenting exercises
• pronunciation of individual words – rules and theory
• intonation and other continuous elements of pronunciation (stress distribution, rhythm, variety)
• group and individual coaching on pronunciation and intonation
• submission of audiotaped samples for feedback
• nonverbal elements – body language, gaze, voice, appearance, etc.
• oral communication theory (differences between written and oral language, psychological aspects)
• physical and mental preparation for presentations
• analysing the audience (aims, interests, dynamics)
• understanding listeners’ minds: forgetful, distracted, whimsical
• cognition patterns: group and repeat ideas, be physical, be concrete, advance your hypotheses, think of what they hear – not what you say
• what is achievable in an oral presentation – compared with paper and poster
At the end of the course participants will
• have developed and rehearsed at least two presentations on topics within their field of specialization
• have contributed to academic workshops
• be more confident about engaging in public speaking in English
• have the self-awareness and knowledge necessary for further developing their skills in effective public speaking
• look forward to making a presentation!
Nonnative speakers of English
Form and extent
Plenary, group and individual work, discussion, feedback, lectures, voice exercises, audio and video recording, own pronunciation practice. Plenary lessons: 20; group lessons: 10; Written feedback on 3 sound files
Morten Berg (cand.mag., English)
2 Oct 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org
1, 2, 8 and 15 Nov 2017