A pass for Language Acquisition 1: The Spoken Word or a similar pronunciation course at first-year level.
Speaking in public is not a skill that comes naturally to most people. Language Acquisition 3: Public Speaking in Practice and Theory focuses on public speaking – it will teach you how to give effective, i.e. persuasive presentations on topics in your field – in English. To this end, you are introduced to classical rhetoric (the discovery, structuring, presentation and assessment of arguments) as well as modern theories on argumentation and public speaking. You practice presentation skills in short presentations. Furthermore, you analyze presentations by others (including your fellow students) and learn how to give constructive feedback. Finally, you learn how to assess recordings of your own presentations through your audience’s eyes.
Hands-on experience of giving a short oral presentation in English;
Introductory knowledge of classical and modern theories on rhetoric, argumentation and public speaking; and
The ability to apply this knowledge to one’s own written and oral presentations and to the analysis of other people’s presentations.
The timetable is available on the BA English website
Mode of instruction
One 45-minute lecture until Reading Week. The evening students follow these lectures online (weblectures).
One 45-minute seminar per week;
The course load of this course is 140 hours.
Hours spent on attending lectures and seminars: 19;
Time for studying the compulsory literature: 96 hours;
Time to prepare for presentations and the exam (including reading / research): 25 hours.
Written examination with closed questions and short-answer questions in the Reading Week: 50%;
If the final grade is 5 or less students may only resit the insufficient course component(s).
Attendance is compulsory. Unauthorized absence will mean that you cannot take part in the relevant exam(s).
Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of current affairs, as well as specific information about (components of) the course.
Leith, S. (2012). You talkin’ to me? Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama. London: Profile
Public speaking in theory and practice: Texts and assignments [Reader on Blackboard].
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory. Please note that students other than BA English language and culture studies will have to have permission from the coordinator of studies before enrolling.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch