マスターコース授業「発音とプレゼンテーション Presentation and Pronunciation」
Master's students meet every Thursday for 'Oral Presentation' class, designed to assist students in developing well-designed and structured presentations. The first classes of the semester covered fundamentals required for basic speech presentations, including clear pronunciation (through practice), tone, volume for emphasis, etc... Additional training in eye contact and hand gestures was also practiced.
Over the course of several weeks, students were required to give a self-introduction, a presentation about their hometown, and most recently, an instructional presentation about cooking (recipe instructions using English cooking vocabulary: How to make Okonomiyaki/ Sukiyaki, etc...). Instructional presentations are very useful for our Masters students, since they will be studying abroad in concentrations such as Make-up, Hair & Beauty, Bridal support and Dance. The focus on instructional language, for example 'imperatives' that follow a sequence ( i.e. First, pour the mixture into the bowl. Next, add seasoning. After that, mix...) will give them a solid base for both giving and receiving step-by-step directives which will be necessary in their respective international study programs.
Finally, the practice of improving their writing skills and its importance in effective presentations has also been covered, both in the Oral Presentation class and the Writing class held on Tuesday mornings. Since English as a Foreign Language (EFL) presentation writing is a new experience for our Masters students', a slow and deliberate plan to provide practical lessons aims to give them confidence in planning and executing future oral presentations.