Advanced Academic English: Conference Skills

Cluster

Communication Skills

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools

Level

Advanced knowledge of English. The language itself should not form a hurdle when presenting.

Objective

This overview course concerns various skills related to successful academic conference participation.

Participants learn how to create a well-structured conference contribution which is tailored to and leaves an impression on its target audience.

Content

This semester course compiles content of the UCT’s four conference skills modules and thus focuses on presentation skills, effective slides and academic posters while also boosting English proficiency within the conference context. It uses authentic examples to spark discussion and implements the insights in productive exercises using the participants’ own material.

The course successively covers the following topics:

  • How to pitch your research project
  • How to prepare an academic presentation in the right register
  • How to set up a presentation structure
  • How to properly manage you voice control and body language
  • How to make your slides effectively reinforce your main message
  • How to structure and design
At various intervals, extra exercises on academic vocabulary and implemented grammar will be presented.
Throughout the course, participants will present, edit and receive feedback on their own material.

Placement test: No

Time schedule & Venue

Course code

Dates (10 sessions of 2 hrs) weekly on Tuesday

(from 29 September to 8 December 2020)

Time

Venue

Trainer

 ACCO-2021-01

29 September 2020   +

6 + 13 + 20 + 27 October 2020   +

10 + 17 + 24 November 2020     +

1 + 8 December 2020

 from 10:00 - 12:00

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Sarah De Paepe (UCT)

 

Registration procedure

You can not register for this course if you have already registered for Academic Posters, English Proficiency for Presentations, Effective Slide Design and/or Presentation Skills in English.

There is no need to register at the University Language Centre!

Register by following this link:    https://webappsx.ugent.be/eventManager/events/AAEconf

Your subscription will be confirmed by separate e-mail from the Doctoral Schools.

If the course is fully booked, you can request by e-mail to to be added to the waiting list. Please mention your ID student nr.

Please read the cancellation policy: cancellationpolicycourses

Registration fee

Free of charge for the members of the Doctoral Schools. The no show policy applies: no-show policy UGent

Language

English

Number of participants

23

Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

The participants will hold a presentation on their research subject for an educated lay audience towards the end of the course. This course counts as 1 transferable skills training in the cluster Communication skills.