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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Effective Participation in Seminars

Module code: EAL4660

HEAR transcript: included as co-curricular activities 

Module duration: 5 weeks / 2hrs a week 

Skills Points for doctoral students: 10

Non-credit bearing

Preparation and assessment: none

Seminars give students the opportunity to share their understanding of lecture content and their thoughts on a given topic. Seminar discussions involve debate and disagreement, and this makes some students anxious. Learn to love seminars! In this module, we will teach you some techniques to keep a conversation going and help you to develop different strategies to present your input. You’ll practise how to politely question, how to challenge, and even how to agree with others in a way that opens up the discussion. If you are new to university study or worried about participating in seminars, or even if you just want to practice debates and discussions in English, this module is for you.

 Key skills: presenting a sound argument, expressing opinions with confidence, disagreeing assertively  

Students' feedback on this module: 

"This class gave me tools how to participate effectively in seminars. I am no longer as quiet as I used to be."

"Thanks to this class I learnt how to engage in an academic conversation. I am really grateful I found this class!"

"Our teacher was great. I enjoyed the classes, the materials and I met new friends."

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