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

Activity no.: 3744-21-00-03 
Enrollment deadline: 07/08/2021
Date and time07.09.2021, at: 09:00 - 24.09.2021, at: 14:30
Regular seats15
Course fee8,880.00 kr.
LecturersMorten Berg
ECTS credits4.10
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 will 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.
Being trained in speaking and interacting with forums of varying formality in plenary seminars and supervised group work, the participants will receive extensive feedback to the several speaking assignments given in course. In response to the changing meeting and conference practices following the COVID pandemic, the course integrates online delivery of presentations.
Participants are advised that this is a very intensive course requiring 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
• communication skills: 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 four presentations on topics within their speciality
• 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
September 2021: Tue 7, Wed 8, Thu 9, Tue 14, (Wed 15), Thu 16, (Fri 17), Tue 21, Fri 24.
Note that the dates in parenthesis involve only 5 students and that the activities Tue 14 through Fri 17 are delivered online. Their final scheduling will take the participants’ wishes into account.
Participants should check their alumni email accounts 3 weeks before course start, as they are expected to submit a sound recording before the course.

Language
English

Venue
Mixed format, Panum, Zoom

Form
Plenary, group and individual work, feedback, voice exercises, audio and video recording, discussion, own pronunciation practice delivered in-person or online

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

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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