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English

Subtitles: English

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Intermediate Level

Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 3-4 hours/week for 6 weeks...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Introduction

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, 2 quizzes
5 readings
Messages5m
The Capstone Assignment20m
Choose Your Topics
Background Information30m
Resource for Topics10m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

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
3 readings
Write Interview Questions30m
Interview Some Expertss
Resources for Interviewing10m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

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, 2 quizzes
4 readings
Evaluate the Interview Data20m
Make an Outline30m
Resources for Planning Your Presentations
Find or Create Imagess
Week
4
4 hours to complete

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 quiz
2 readings
Create a PowerPoint or Other Visuals
Resources for Creating Visuals15m
Week
5
3 hours to complete

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
3 readings
Practice Your Presentations
Resources for Preparing10m
Making Videos10m
Week
6
3 hours to complete

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, 2 quizzes
3 readings
Record the Final Presentation30m
Listening and Note-Taking Strategies10m
Learn More10m

Instructors

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Tamy Chapman

Instructor, International Programs
University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education

About University of California, Irvine

Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UCI’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities in many ways....

About the Learn English: Advanced Academic Speaking and Listening Specialization

This specialization covers the listening and speaking skills that non-native English-speaking students need to be successful in English-speaking colleges and universities. Native English-speaking students who would like to increase their chances of success in university courses will also benefit as well anyone interested in improving their listening comprehension skills. You will learn how to listen to class lectures and take notes more effectively. You will also improve your speaking skills for common tasks such as class discussions and presentations. In the capstone, you will create a video presentation on an academic topic....
Learn English: Advanced Academic Speaking and Listening

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • You must have a webcam, video camera, or smart phone to make videos. You may also need PowerPoint and video making software.

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