Academic Presentations


Week 12 (January 10)

Classwork

  • First round practice presentations with peer feedback.

Homework

  • Use the feedback you received in class to revise your presentation for the next class.

Week 11 (December 20)

Classwork

  • Being your own devil’s advocate presentations.

    Homework

  • Please enjoy the winter break.


Week 10 (December 13)

Classwork

  • Impromptu speaking practice about your topic.
  • Practice answering questions.

    Homework

  • Continue working on your topic, especially finding evidence to support your positions.

  • Be prepared to argue against your position for practice. For example, if you believe that alcohol should be illegal, then argue the opposite position.


Week 9 (December 6)

Classwork

  • Group presentations.
  • Final topic selection.

Homework

  • Begin to research the topic selected in class.
  • Take organized notes that you can use next week in class.
  • Make a mind map or outline of your ideas. Please print out 2 copies and bring them to class next week.

Week 8 (November 29)

Classwork

  • Presentations and peer review.
  • The importance of learning how to present as a team member.

Homework

  • Working with your group members, develop a presentation that deals with the problem of an ageing population and decreasing workforce in Japan. Please use the “less important to most critical” organizing style.
  • Work together to design 1 slide for each minute of your scheduled presentation.
  • Assign different parts to each member, but parts should be split up. In other words, each member should be responsible for presenting at least 2 non-sequential sections.

Week 7 (November 15)

Classwork

  • Impromptu discussions.

    Homework

  • Please read the different ways to structure the body of a presentation.

  • Using your presentation about how to improve education at TUFS as a starting point, apply the “less important to most critical” organizing style to revise your presentation.

  • Your talk should be about 7-8 minutes long.

  • Prepare 1 slide for your talk.


Week 6 (November 8)

Classwork

  • Mixed presentation and discussion work.

    Homework

  • Choose approximately 5 topics that your classmates will be familiar with as possible impromptu speaking topics.


Week 5 (November 1)

Classwork

  • Review.
  • Presentations.
    • Make sure that your introduction is properly structured.
    • It is important that you define your ideal program program and outcomes.
    • You should be able to explain which outcomes are achievable.
    • You should be able to provide a roadmap.

Homework

  • Based on the feedback you received in class, revise your presentation and cut it down to 5 minutes. Next week we will combine short presentations with discussion.

Week 4 (October 25)

Classwork

  • Class discussion about how to improve graduate education at TUFS, with a focus on improving your question asking skills.

    Homework

  • Based on the discussion, prepare a 10 minute presentation on how you would concretely improve graduate education.

  • Remember to start with defining an ideal program and ideal outcomes.

  • Choose which outcomes can be achieved.


Week 3 (October 18)

Classwork

  • Review, specifically what went well and what did not go well last week.
  • In class discussion with a focus on concrete details and focusing on your discussion partners’ ideas.
  • Using citations and references in a discussion.
  • Topic selection for next week.

Homework

  • Prepare for the discussion by reading about the topic and having citations available to support your positions.

Week 2 (October 11)

Classwork

  • Discussion.
  • Choose new topic.

Homework

  • Prepare for the next discussion.

Week 1 (October 4)

Classwork

  • Welcome and course introduction.
  • Ice breaking activity.
  • Topic brainstorming.

Homework

  • Prepare to discuss whether Japanese National Universities should stop teaching the humanities.
  • Please make sure you can argue both positions.

Resources

  • Here is a picture of the whiteboard with the topics you would like to discuss this semester. Example image

Week 2 (October 11)

Classwork

  • Discussion.
  • Choose new topic.

Homework

  • Prepare for the next discussion.