Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:
- identify the influence of audience on presentation content, style and organization
- create a speech outline to ensure a clear organisation of contents, including an introduction, body, conclusion and transitional statements
- deliver an elevator pitch on a topic related to their field of study in English
- analyse their strengths and development areas as presenters in English

Credits: 1

Schedule: 19.04.2021 - 30.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Susan Gamache, Nanna Qvist, Anya Siddiqi

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Anya Siddiqi

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):


Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):



  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This course applies a process approach to learning, in which students plan, prepare, practise and deliver a persuasive type of presentation, an elevator pitch, on a topic from their own field of study. Students begin by analysing their background and experiences as presenters and users of English in order to establish personal goals and areas of development. They also watch and analyse elevator pitches in order to apply elements of effective presenting to pitching. This is done by creating an outline, including the introduction, body, and conclusion as well as transitions.  The talk is aimed at non-expert audiences of a client or funding organisation. Students practise their pitch in small groups, giving and receiving constructive feedback from each other and the instructor. Based on this process, they create a final version of the pitch.

    Working Life Skills: Knowledge of research and know-how in own field, Skills in a foreign language, Information retrieval skills, Oral communication, Self-awareness, Self-confidence, Lifelong learning skills, and Time management.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    - Assignments 60%
    - Presentation (videoed) 40%

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    27 h (independent online study 25 h, and small group meetings 2 h)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Provided in MyCourses

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Partially replaces LC-1113, LC-1114, LC-1115, LC-1117, LC-1121

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This course is especially suited to students who are able to complete work independently within an online environment and a given framework of time.


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    During this course, you will interact with the teacher and fellow students through Zoom or in-class three times. These contact sessions are obligatory, not optional.

    The first meeting is during Week 1 for carrying out Assignment 1: Tuesday 20 April 10:00-11:30 on Zoom (the invitation will be later personally sent to students or linked in Week 1).

    You will also attend two practice sessions: one will be a rehearsal (first practice) during Course Week 4, and the other will be the final (second and final practice including Q&A) during Course Week 6.

    N.B. As the COVID-19 situation continues to affect life as we know it, the practice sessions will all be on Zoom.

    Elevator pitch first practice: Mon 10.05. 10:15-11:45 or 14:15-15:45


    Elevator pitch final practice: Mon 24.05. 10:15-11:45 or 14:15-15:45

    Please note that the final practice time might be limited to one longer session if there are 8 students or less in the course group.