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. You will explore and study historical and contemporary public speeches; analyze examples of presentations for 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; oratorical techniques and methods; ways of coping with anxiety; strategies for engaging audiences and handling disruptions; and common problems and challenges encountered in public speaking.
Note: This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting.
You should have a minimal familiarity with the experience of public speaking and be aware of or prepared for any anxieties or impediments. You should also be familiar with the basic techniques of making Microsoft PowerPoint slides. You must have a professional standard of written and spoken English.
Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.