Issues Related to Teaching Oral Presentations in Japanese Universities

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Richard Miles, Nanzan University

There are many factors teachers need to consider when assigning oral presentation tasks to a university English language class. In this paper I focus on some of the important issues relating to oral presentations in Japanese university classes, including the need for presentation skills; the relevance of assessing presentations in different courses; the ideal balance between content, delivery, and language; the importance of eye contact; differences between Japanese and international presenting styles; and the need for continuity between presentations. A sample of pertinent research findings is also presented, with the aim of stimulating teachers to reflect on and further learn about how they utilize oral presentations in their classrooms.