ERIC Number: ED398734
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Speaking Skills for the Sciences.
Katchen, Johanna E.
The origins, development, and implementation of a course in oral presentation skills in English for graduate students in the sciences and engineering are described. The course was piloted at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan to train students for presentation of technical papers. Background information is offered on English language instruction in Taiwan's secondary schools and the universities from which the eight participating students came. Course content was based on the predicted needs of enrolling students. Each student was required to give prepared speeches: a self-introduction; a lessons about some aspect of the field of study; an explanation of a process; a review of developments in the field; and a final project. Questions from the classroom audience were allowed after each talk. Some typical problems of English language learning for Chinese-speaking students were encountered. Student comments about the course drawn from post-performance critiques of videotapes and end-of-course evaluations were generally very positive. Students particularly liked the opportunity to speak English regularly and to obtain performance feedback using videotapes. The most significant problem arose from having students with widely varying language skills, and to a lesser extent, from varying fields. (MSE)
Descriptors: Course Content, Course Descriptions, Course Organization, Engineering Education, English for Special Purposes, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Language Role, Oral Language, Science Education, Second Language Instruction, Speech Instruction, Speech Skills, Technical Writing
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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