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Effective Speaking
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3744-24-00-02There are no available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 03/05/2024
Date and time03.06.2024, at: 09:00 - 19.06.2024, at: 14:30
Regular seats15
Course fee11,880.00 kr.
LecturersMorten Berg
ECTS credits4.30
Contact personMorten Berg    E-mail address: mail@ikontext.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: 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 NorDoc member faculties. All other participants must pay the course fee

Course description
This course involves one day of online teaching and five days in-person.

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 you accommodate the variety of rhetorical traditions and linguistic backgrounds represented in academia, the course supports your 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. You will develop your grasp of the dynamics of speaking in formal settings as you learn to cope with the highly artificial situation of speaking to a group of people who you may feel are smarter and more knowledgeable than yourself. By understanding your own and your listeners’ reactions, you will be able to analyse and rationally assess your situation in order to tackle your 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, you will receive extensive feedback on the several speaking assignments given over the course. In response to the changing meeting and conference practices following the COVID pandemic, the course integrates online delivery of a presentation.
You are advised that this is a very intensive course requiring a sustained effort for lasting results. The spacing between course days thus aims at enabling reflection and planning of the course assignments.

• 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
• 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

At the end of the course you will:
• have developed and rehearsed at least four presentations on topics related to your PhD work
and speciality
• be more confident about engaging in public speaking in English
• have the self-awareness and knowledge necessary for further developing your
public speaking skills
• look forward to making a presentation!

Non-native speakers of English

June 2024: Mon 3, Tue 4, Thui 6, Tue 11, (Wed 12), Mon 17 og Wed 19.
The 11th and 12th are delivered online. You can opt to reserve all of the 11th for course work or take two shorter days.
You should check your alumnus email account (spam filter included) 3 weeks before course start, as you are expected to submit a sound recording before the course.


Panum and Zoom

Mixed format: 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)

Please register before 3 May 2024.

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules. Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

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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