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Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) – Upcoming Oral Presentations Skills Courses

Submitted on Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Learn how to become a more effective presenter and improve your academic oral communication skills! GCAC courses start this week:

Oral Presentation Skills (for native speakers of English)
In this course, you’ll gain insight into various aspects of presenting, such as how to structure presentations, design visual aids such as PowerPoint, manage nerves, and handle the Q and A. You’ll  also learn from the presentations of others and receive valuable feedback on your own presentation. Please note that this course will not address the specific linguistic needs of non-native speakers of English. Course duration: 6 weeks. Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Professional Skills program.
REGISTER     ​Section 1: Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, January 11 – February 15,​ Instructor: Ryan Sosna

Oral Presentation Skills (for non-native speakers of English)
In this course, you’ll gain insight into various aspects of presenting, such as how to structure presentations, design visual aids, manage nerves, and handle the Q and A. You’ll  also learn from the presentations of others and receive valuable feedback on your own presentation. We will also be looking at issues of particular interest to grad students for whom English is not their first language, such as how to use PowerPoint to help overcome linguistic problems and how cultural considerations may impact your presentation. Course duration: 6 weeks. Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Professional Skills program
REGISTER     Section 1: Thursdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, January 10 – February 14,​ Instructor: Kate Reid

Oral Presentation Skills (for Professional Master’s students)
This course is designed for professional Master’s students who want to be more effective speakers in their professional contexts. During the course we will consider the following topics: strategies for managing nerves and handling the Q and A, effective slide design, and tailoring presentations for a range of audiences. Unlike other sections of Oral Presentation Skills, which focus largely on preparing lengthy research presentations such as those delivered at conferences, this section allows students to work on various types of short presentations that reflect their professional contexts.​​ Course duration: 6 weeks ​.​
REGISTER     Section 1: Fridays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, January 11 – February 15,​ Instructor: Dr. Peter Grav
REGISTER     ​Section 2: Mondays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 14 – February 11,​ Instructor: Dr. Pejman Habibie​

Academic Conversation Skills
This course is for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve their listening and speaking skills in order to communicate more effectively in an academic environment. If you have difficulty participating in class discussion or speaking to your classmates and professors, this course is designed to meet your needs. Over six weeks, participants will gain confidence as they develop their ability to engage in academic dialogue. Through a series of class exercises that require active student participation, ACS focuses on topics such as how to present your ideas orally, how to disagree respectfully, and how to manage conversations sensitively.  Course duration: 6 weeks.
REGISTER     Section 1: Thursdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 10 – February 14, Instructor: Clare Nippard
REGISTER     Section 2: Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, January 16 – February 20, Instructor: Clare Nippard

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