Public Speaking: Engaging Your Audience in English

Stage fright is real, and the fear of public speaking only gets multiplied if one has to do it in one’s non-native language. To prepare oneself for the versatile needs of work life, this course will strengthen your speaking and listening skills of English as a second language. Specifically, you will learn how to communicate effectively in different types of professional settings (meetings, seminars, small talk), to recognise the importance of communication skills (both verbal and non-verbal) in these settings, and in this way to gain confidence in yourself as a user of English. You will also learn how to provide constructive peer feedback on each other’s presentations.

This course is for students who want to learn how to speak in public without fear. For this reason, you ought to be ready to step outside of your comfort zone for the duration of the course. Also students who simply want to become better public speakers are encouraged to attend the course.

Melina Aarnikoivu:

Melina Aarnikoivu holds a PhD in applied linguistics, which she completed at the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. In addition to being a Visiting Professor at SAS, she is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research. In her current research, she is focusing on doctoral education, academic writing, as well as the potential of crowdsourcing and big data in qualitative higher education research. Melina is also a Co-Leader of miNET research network, which gathers together Finnish-based researchers studying 21st century mobilities, migration, and internationalisation. Additionally, she is the Assistant Editor of the Journal of Praxis in Higher Education, which is committed to research aimed at the transformation of existing practices and conditions in higher education. Finally, Melina is a Joint Lead Editor of the ECHER blogan online space for sharing information, experience, advice and opinion about the art, craft, and practice of doing research in the field of higher education. Melina’s publications and other scientific outputs can be found on ResearchGate.

Photo by Jussi Koskela.