Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), 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:

- develop a presentation on a topic related to their field of study that is appropriate to the audience s background, needs, and interests
- create a presentation outline to ensure a clear organization of contents, including an introduction, body, conclusion and transitional statements
- design effective presentation slides that reinforce the message of the presentation
- apply effective delivery skills that help to engage the listener
- analyze their strengths and development areas as presenters in English

Credits: 3

Schedule: 11.01.2021 - 28.02.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Matthew Billington, Susan Gamache, Diane Pilkinton-Pihko

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Diane Pilkinton-Pihko

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 giving presentations, which includes planning, preparing, practicing, and delivering a presentation on a topic from the student s field of study. As a starting point, students analyze their background and experience as presenters and users of English in order to establish personal goals and areas of development. To be able to discuss elements of effective presentations, students watch and analyze presentations. Students then plan their talks for an academic, non-expert audience by drafting a presentation and creating an outline, including the introduction, body, and conclusion as well as transitions. To enhance the visualization of the presentation message, students familiarize themselves with principles of effective slide design and apply these to their presentations. Students practice their presentations in small groups and give each other constructive feedback. Based on this process, they create a final version of the talk.

    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:

    81 h (independent online study 75-79h, and small group meetings 2-6 h)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Provided in MyCourses

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Replaces LCA-1011

  • 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.



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