Transforming Courses Through Presentation Skills

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Jeremiah Hall, Meijo University; Eric Hirata, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies

Including presentations in courses seems to improve student motivation, foster positive group dynamics, and encourage learner autonomy. When adapting course design and materials to integrate presentation skills there is much for instructors to consider. This paper shares strategies for integrating presentation skills into general English courses for EFL students in Japan. After reflecting on the literature, the authors describe how they employ round robin and small group presentations to empower students to become more autonomous communicators in English. Following this, they provide suggestions for implementing different presentation formats to address the needs of classes of all sizes. This paper should help instructors apply best practices to integrate presentation skills into courses and meet course objectives while addressing the varied communicative goals of their students.