Week 15 (January 29)
- Final presentations. Please use the presentation evaluation form.
Week 14 (January 22)
- Practice presentations.
- Based on the feedback you received from your classmates, revise your presentations for next week.
Week 13 (January 15)
- Final presentation topic discussion.
- Review of how to design slides.
- Begin brainstorming ideas about your final presentation.
- Develop a mind map or outline on your topic.
- Bring copies to the next class.
Week 12 (December 25)
Special Christmas day class.
Week 11 (December 18)
- Informal problem presentations.
Week 10 (December 11)
- Different approaches to problem solving.
- How to choose the best method.
- The importance of planning time.
- Explaining your problem.
- Revise your mindmap based on the feedback you received.
- Be prepared to explain your problem using at least 2 diffent approaches. Make sure you can explain the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.
- The presenations will be informal and slides are not to be used.
Week 9 (December 4)
- Week 6 presentation scores.
Midterm presentations. Please use the midterm presentation evaluation form.
Begin to think of a practical problem that needs to be solved. Prepare an outline or mind map about the different ways the problem can be analyzed. Bring your mind map to the next class.
Week 8 (November 27)
Week 7 (November 20)
- Review of previous class presentations.
- Based on the feedback you received, revise your presentations for next week. Please add 2 more slides and extend your presentation by 2 minutes.
- Next week will be your midterm presentations and will count for approximately 20% of your course grade.
Week 6 (November 13)
- Presentations. Please use the presentation evaluation form.
- Prepare a presentation about the societal benefits of your current research topic (or area of interest).
- Include a proper introduction.
- When describing benefits, make sure you focus on concrete examples.
- Make sure not to confuse features and benefits.
- Include 3 slides that help explain your ideas.
- Your talk should be between 6-8 minutes.
Week 5 (November 6)
- Practice presentations.
- Answering questions.
- Choose an outlining or mind mapping app that you like.
- Use the app to "map out" a presentation that explains what you did at your job before coming to YNU.
- Make sure you have a proper introduction, and you use concrete details and examples throughout your talk.
- Your talk should be about 5 minutes long.
Week 4 (October 30)
- Review. What, again?
- The importance of “By the end of my talk, the audience will...
- State a clear goal for each iteration of your presentation.
- Please read this guide to introductions.
- Revise your presentation
so that it has:
- An effective hook.
- A clear statement of your topic.
- An overview of your talk.
- Check the entry above and find 4 stylistic errors.
Week 3 (October 23)
Week 2 (October 16)
- General review.
- Main ideas about presentations from previous class.
- Short presentations about your possible research topics and research questions. One-on-one.
- Short presentations small groups.
- How to organize an academic presentation.
- Prepare a 3-5 minute introduction to your research topic intended for non-specialists. The talk should provide the necessary background information necessary for someone to understand your research questions.
Week 1 (October 9)
Welcome to English for Academic Purposes. This course will help you learn how to make effective academic presentations in English. The course will also help you understand and use fundamental academic research skills. During the semester, we will work together to help you acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in graduate school.