Communication Skills for Post-Docs

Advanced Pronunciation

This 12 week course is designed to give Advanced ESOL students direct instruction on how to improve their pronunciation to be better understood by native English speakers. It is highly individualized, and students will receive a comprehensive pre- and post-evaluation of their speech patterns.  The class meets twice a week & will focus on identifying and correcting accented speech sounds and common pronunciation problems which contribute to misunderstood communication. Participants will be recorded and videotaped to track pronunciation advancements. Class presentations will also be assigned. Enrollment is limited to 6 students.

Advanced Communication

This 10 week course is a follow-up to the Advanced Pronunciation Class and will offer advanced students the opportunity to polish their speaking skills with a focus on clarity. It includes a continued focus on individual pronunciation issues, practicing different methods of delivery, and improving verbal and non-verbal communication. A variety of professional and social scenarios will be used including formal and informal workplace communication. Participants will be recorded weekly and use self-evaluation and peer feedback to assess their progress. Enrollment is limited to 16 students.

Presentation Skills

This course is designed to prepare, develop and deliver presentations for conferences, in-class lectures, seminars, workshops and business meetings. Participants will learn to organize and outline their presentation material, practice proper methods of delivery, use presentation aids, and develop different forms of speeches that lead to effective presentations. Participant presentations will be videotaped and evaluated by both the instructor and the participant to track progress throughout the semester. The course will run for 8 to 10 weeks depending on the number of participants. Enrollment is limited to 10