Week 15 (January 29)
- Final presentations. Please use the evaluation form.
Week 14 (January 21)
- Presentations with a focus on visual aids. Please use the evaluation form to assess your classmates work and performance.
- Prepare a 10 minute presentation, with a maximum of 10 slides, about an academic topic of your choosing.
- Please email the slides to me before the class begins.
- This will be your final presentation. Please try to apply everything you have learned in the class.
Week 13 (January 15)
- 3 minute presentations.
- More discussion and instructor feedback on slides.
- Presenting to the entire class, and why standing up makes a difference.
- Please revise your slides once again.
- Add 2 more slides.
- Be prepared to give a 5 minute presentation about your topic, using your slides appropriately.
Week 12 (January 8)
- Understanding slides.
- What are the qualities of a good slide?
- What are the qualities of bad slides?
- A good source for slide information: “Top Ten Slide Tips” from Garr Reynolds.
- What are the rules for designing effective slides?
- Apply what you learned in class today to revise your slides.
- After revising your slides (or making new ones), select 3 to use in a 3 minute presentation about your topic.
- Please send me your 3 slides.
- The subject line should be: EAP week 12 hw.
- Save the file as assigned number_week12_hw.
Week 11(December 18)
- Explaining your homework.
- For the January 8 class, please print out and bring a slide you have used in a previous presentation for work or a class. Also send the slide as an attachment to me. Subject line: EAP week 11 homework. The file name is not important.
Week 10 (December 11)
- Review of Zotero.
- Review of article note taking.
- How to identify main ideas for article summaries.
Please use this article “Is Screen Time Bad for Kids’ Brains?” for in-class assignment.
Choose an article and make an outline/mind map of the main ideas and key points.
Print out 1 copy and bring it to class.
Submit your outline/mind map as a PDF by email.
The subject line should be: EAP week 10 hw.
Save the file as assigned number_week10_hw.
Week 9 (December 4)
We wil continue to work with Zotero today.
Please finish your writing assignment and submit it before tomorrow’s class.
The Idaho State Univeristy (ISU) Zotero site is one of the best I have found.
- ISU Zotero page There is a list of topics on the left side that should you find what you are looking for.
- General introduction to Zotero screencast
Week 8 (November 26)
- Course review.
- Zotero questions and trouble shooting.
- Peer editing of workflow mindmaps.
- Based on the feedback you received from your classmates, revise your workflow mindmap.
- Print out 2 copies.
Week 7 (November 19)
Week 6 (November 12)
- Introduction to Zotero.
- Installing add-ons.
- Creating your first collection.
- How to download book information.
How to manage an entry.
Practice using Zotero to download references.
Week 5 (November 5)
- Practicing your narratives.
- Explaining data.
- Discussion about revising the course to focus on writing.
- Prepare an outline of one problem in your field.
- The outline should should contain a statement of the problem and its components.
- Each component should be clearly stated and include a breakdown of the details.
- Your outline should contain a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 problem components.
- Be prepared to explain your outline in class.
- Remember, we are not interested in solutions, only the problem.
Week 4 (October 30)
- Course review.
- TED talks review and assessment.
- The importance of stories.
- Data is information without a narrative.
- We will focus on the importance of introductions for your homework.
- Review the structure of the introduction from week 2.
- Find a story that you can tell about your research topic that shows how it will benefit people in your country.
- Practice telling the story so that you can use it as a hook for a presentation introducing your topic.
- You should be able to tell the story in 1-2 minutes.
- Choose a data set from your field that is in table or chart form.
- The data set should be one table or chart.
- Be ready to explain what the data means to your classmates. Assume that they are familiar with your field.
Week 3 (October 23)
- Presentations. Please use the evaluation form.
- Please watch the 2 TED talks below. Be prepared to criticize the presentations in class next week.
Week 2 (October 16)
- How to review.
- How to give feedback.
- Informal presentations.
- How to structure an introduction.
- Make sure you understand how an introduction is structured and think of a hook for your presentation.
- Revise your presentation based on the feedback you received in class. Be prepared to give your presentations again next week.
- Download and familiarize with the reference and citation manager Zotero.
Week 1 (October 9)
- Topic statement.
- Presentation map.
- Based on paragraph organization.
- Use of evidence and data.
- Logical structure.
- Using online databases.
- Note taking and record keeping.
- Reference management.
- Data visualization.
About the class in general
- 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.
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. Please keep in mind that the content of EAP and WAP will overlap.