Dodging the Damocletian sword of academic oral presentations

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Research and Development in Higher Education: Enhancing Higher Education, Theory and Scholarship Vol. 30

July, 2007, 651 pages
Published by
Geoffrey Crisp & Margaret Hicks
ISBN
0 908557 72 8
Abstract 

Most university students in Australia are required to give at least one oral presentation during their courses, and this can be particularly daunting for international students for whom English is not a first language. It has been suggested that watching a successful peer model can not only provide students with advice but actually improve their confidence in delivery. Using the peer modelling idea as a basis, I translated theory into practice by making a DVD aimed particularly at international students, but with wider application for all tertiary students. This DVD is a novelty, since there is no similar resource available specifically targeting international students at Australian universities. The DVD is designed as a teaching tool and features a simulated seminar setting, with examples of good and poor presentations, a commentary and accompanying booklets. The resource has been successfully used with local and international students by lecturers at Flinders University, and there are now plans to market the DVD to other universities in Australia and overseas.

Keywords: oral presentation; international students; DVD

Dodging the Damocletian sword of academic oral presentations

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