Advanced Speaking and Listening Project

About this course: Learners will present a well-organized academic speech on a topic in an academic field of the learner's choice. The learner will need to recall all of the skills learned in the previous three courses and complete several steps to complete the project. The learner will choose an academic topic and will then need to do some research, interview a couple of experts in the field, create visual elements, and record a video of the presentation. The presenter will use techniques for preparing and practicing a presentation and demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal skills. Doing this will help prepare you for presentations in school or work.

Who is this class for: The class is beneficial for anyone wanting to improve presentation skills, particularly for academic purposes.

Created by:   University of California, Irvine

  • Tamy Chapman
    Taught by:    Tamy Chapman, Instructor, International Programs
    University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education
Basic Info
Commitment3-4 hours/week for 6 weeks
Hardware ReqYou will upload a video presentation of yourself. You can use a computer, camera, or smartphone.
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
In this capstone, learners will create and present an effective, well-organized speech in a comprehensible manner on a topic in an academic field of the learner's choice. The speech will be presented via asynchronous video. You must be able to record yourself and share your video.
5 readings
  1. Reading: Messages
  2. Peer Review: Introductions
  3. Reading: The Capstone Assignment
  4. Reading: Choose Your Topic
  5. Reading: Background Information
  6. Reading: Resource for Topics
  7. Peer Review: Submit Your Topic
The Interviews
This week, you will do some interviews to help inform you about the topic you are presenting on. You will write some questions and talk to several people in the related field of study. You'll then compile the data from the interviews and use it effectively in your presentation.
3 readings
  1. Reading: Write Interview Questions
  2. Reading: Interview Some Experts
  3. Reading: Resources for Interviewing
The Plan
After you interview several people, look at your notes and find some details to include in your presentation. These outside perspectives will give weight to your assumptions and show that you are knowledgeable about the topic. Write an outline of your presentation and find some pictures to accompany your words.
4 readings
  1. Reading: Evaluate the Interview Data
  2. Reading: Make an Outline
  3. Reading: Resources for Planning Your Presentation
  4. Peer Review: Share Your Outline
  5. Reading: Find or Create Images
  6. Peer Review: Describe Your Images
Create a PowerPoint or Other Visuals
Last week, you should have gathered some images you want to use in your presentation. This week, you'll put those together into an attractive presentation format. PowerPoint is very common, but you can be creative and come up with something else that you think looks good.
2 readings
  1. Reading: Create a PowerPoint or Other Visual
  2. Reading: Resources for Creating Visuals
  3. Peer Review: Describe Your Visuals
Practice Presenting
This week, you should finish preparing and start practicing your presentation. Practice first without the camera. Get used to the words you want to say. Practice your timing with the visuals you'll be using. Then also practice doing the presentation with the camera. Before you record the whole presentation, do a short part of it and check the quality. Fix any problems this week before you do the final recording.
3 readings
  1. Reading: Practice Your Presentation
  2. Reading: Resources for Preparing
  3. Reading: Making Videos
  4. Discussion Prompt: Discuss Making Videos
Submit Your Project
This week, you'll finish recording and editing your presentation video and submit it for grading. After you've practiced several times and checked the quality of the recordings, record the final video. Make sure you listen to the whole video before you submit so you can catch and correct any mistakes before it's too late.
3 readings
  1. Reading: Record the Final Presentation
  2. Reading: Listening and Note-Taking Strategies
  3. Peer Review: Submit Your Notes from Listening to a Presentation
  4. Reading: Learn More
Graded: Submit Your Presentation
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