课程名称：公共演讲 Public Speaking
Speaking clearly, comfortably and confidently in public is a valuable and often essential skill to possess. This course provides a background in the theories and principles of public speaking, as well as preparing students for a variety of academic and other situations in which speeches and presentations are required. By the end of this course, learners will be able to write, deliver and evaluate persuasive, informative and entertaining speeches or presentations on a range of topics familiar to them. Aims of this course are to increase confidence when speaking in front of small to large groups of people, to develop and strengthen skills in preparing and delivering public oral presentations in a variety of situations, and to give effective constructive feedback to peers. Students will complete research tasks outside the classroom and regularly prepare short speeches as homework to deliver in class. These speeches are then assessed by their peers and the teacher in order to develop continually. Topics include great speakers in history, developing a topic, purpose and content, impromptu speaking, introductions and conclusions, informative speaking, persuasive speaking, emotive speaking, gestures and body language, Powerpoint presentations and use of visuals. Assessment comes in the form of continual homework assignments, a formal midterm speech and a formal final speech or presentation. Leaners are additionally assessed on their ability to evaluate and critique their peers.
Dan Withers is the Senior Teacher of the English Language Department with EF Academic Partnerships at ShanghaiTech University. He has been teaching English to students of all age levels and proficiencies in China for over six years and he particularly enjoys teaching young adult learners at university level and helping them achieve their personal and professional language goals. Dan is highly skilled and experienced in administering proficiency tests such as IELTS and TOEFL, and enjoys coaching students to be able to score highly on these exams. His areas of focus at ShanghaiTech include teaching and coaching public speaking, creative writing, academic writing, teacher training, syllabus design, academic mentoring and encouraging learner autonomy. Dan graduated from Loughborough University in the UK, where his major was English - both language and literature, and he has gone on to acquire many high-level language teaching qualifications including the Trinity Diploma in TESOL, the Cambridge CELTA and five Cambridge TKT certifications.