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Big Ideas, Short Talks: How to Make Effective Presentations

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

Course Description

Want to make amazing presentations and influence people? Learn the tips, tricks, tactics and tools of giving effective public presentations. This course will introduce you to fundamental methods of public speaking and designing effective graphic presentations.

Public presentation skills are central to success in any academic or professional career. This course will provide an introduction to the key elements of planning, designing and giving effective public presentations. Students will explore and study historical and contemporary public speeches, analyze examples of presentations for notes on style and technique, learn the skills required to prepare and make their own presentations, and create and deliver their own public presentation at the conclusion of the course. Topics covered will include: planning, outlining and writing oral presentations, techniques for rehearsing and preparing for a presentation, designing clear and effective powerpoint presentations, oratorial techniques and methods, ways of coping with anxiety, strategies for engaging audiences and handling disruptions, and common problems and challenges encountered in public speaking.

Students will develop skills to:

  • Analyze and critique public speeches and graphic presentations
  • Plan, outline and write public presentations
  • Design clear, focused and effective powerpoint presentations
  • Prepare for, rehearse and deliver public presentations

    Some familiarity and proficiency with conversational English.


    **This course is only open to students enrolled in IEP (Intensive English Program).