A Guide for Students in the Multicultural University
Chapter 10: Communication: Speaking in the Global Classroom
WHY IS SPEAKING IN THE GLOBAL CLASSROOM SO IMPORTANT? Good communication skills in both your first and second language are vital to your future career success. Take a look at the jobs advertised on your favourite employment website. You will see that for most jobs in the global marketplace you will need to communicate well in both speaking and writing. You will need to present your ideas confidently in a range of situations such as in front of a small group or a large group. You will find that colleges and universities seek to develop these skills through a range of activities such as in class presentations or discussions in tutorials. These can range from five minutes to up to an hour in postgraduate or final-year studies. If you have conducted research, as in a masters or doctoral programme, your final oral presentation of your work is a key part of your assessment. Oral presentations may be individual or part of a group presentations. In tutorials, for example, a case meeting may be simulated where you discuss a problem or conduct a case analysis. By giving a presentation or participating in a tutorial, you will not only gain a better understanding of content knowledge but you will also learn how to discuss ideas and present your point of view, ask questions and answer questions. Giving a presentation of a topic requires you to understand your subject deeply and to be able to distil key points and to memorize these in...
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