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Effective Speaking (Online)
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3744-21-00-00There are no available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 05/01/2021
Date and time26.01.2021, at: 09:00 - 12.02.2021, at: 14:15
Regular seats15
Course fee8,040.00 kr.
LecturersMorten Berg
ECTS credits3.70
Contact personMorten Berg    E-mail address: morten@ikontext.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: fak-phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This is a generic course. This means that the course is reserved for PhD students at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences at UCPH. Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at the Graduate School, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. After the enrolment deadline, available seats will be allocated to the waiting list.

The course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD students at graduate schools in the other Nordic countries. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Course description

This course is aimed at non-native speakers of English who wish to hone their speaking skills to better reach their international audience. To help participants accommodate the variety of rhetorical traditions and linguistic backgrounds represented in academia, the course supports their skills in English-medium oral communication by providing guidance for the pronunciation of words, sentences and longer stretches of speech as well as rhythm and pitch contour. Participants develop their grasp of the dynamics of speaking in formal settings as they learn to cope with the highly artificial situation of speaking to a group of people who they may feel are smarter and more knowledgeable than themselves. By understanding their own and their listeners’ reactions, participants will be able to analyse and rationally assess their situation in order to tackle their natural anxiety. Rhetorical principles that help improve listeners’ comprehension are also discussed.
In light of the changing meeting and conference practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the course focuses on online delivery of presentations.
The course mixes plenary seminars with supervised group work to train participants in speaking and interacting in forums of varying formality. Extensive feedback is given.
Participants are advised that this is a very intensive course that requires a sustained effort for lasting results.


Elements
• speaking and presenting exercises
• pronunciation of individual words – rules and theory
• intonation and other continuous elements of pronunciation (stress distribution, rhythm, variety)
• group and individual coaching on pronunciation and intonation
• submission of audio-recorded samples for feedback
• handling online communication tools
• optimizing the impact of online presentations
• nonverbal elements – body language, gaze, voice, appearance, etc.
• oral communication theory (oral v. written language, psychological aspects)
• physical and mental preparation for presentations
• analysing the audience (aims, interests, dynamics)
• selecting materials for, planning and structuring presentations
• understanding listeners’ minds: forgetful, distracted, whimsical
• cognition patterns: group and repeat ideas, be physical and concrete, think of what they hear –
not what you say
• what is achievable in an oral presentation – compared with paper and poster

Outcomes
At the end of the course participants will:
• have developed and rehearsed at least two presentations on topics within their field of specialization
• be more confident about engaging in public speaking in English
• have the self-awareness and knowledge necessary for further developing their skills in effective public speaking
• look forward to making a presentation!

Participants
Nonnative speakers of English

Dates
January 26, 27, 29 (and Feb 1), 4 (and 5), 9 (and 10), and 12 (only last date with physical presence; dates in parenthesis involve only 5 participants). The final scheduling of days, 3, 4 and 5 may take their wishes into account.

Language
English

Form
Plenary, group and individual work, feedback, lectures, voice exercises, audio and video recording, discussion, own pronunciation practice. The course is online.

Course instructors
Cand.mag. Morten Berg (English), owner at i kontext, morten@ikontext.dk and cand.mag. Helle Idland (Rhetorics)

Registration
Please register before 5 January 2021.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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