Assess yourself: Speaking in academic contexts
By launching the following exercise, you will read a list of ‘can-do’ statements (e.g. I can use signpost language).

Assess how well you can do the following by choosing one of the following options after each statement:

Very well - Quite well - Satisfactorily - Poorly - Not at all

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Section A - Speaking in academic contexts: Generally
a. I can explain the structure and main characteristics of an oral presentation in academic context.
b. I can design and give a well-structured presentation on topics within my own field of study.
c. I can respond to follow-up questions with confidence.
Section B - Speaking in academic contexts: Before presenting/speaking
a. I can use reference tools and techniques to research the topic and prepare for subject-specific vocabulary.
b. I can write an outline which contains bullet points indicating the main ideas.
c. I can design graphs and tables to illustrate data.
d. I can cite examples to support my argument.
e. I can rehearse my presentation or speech by recording myself.
f. I can self-correct during the preparation process, assess the effect of different styles and discourse structures (e.g. formal or informal language).
Section C - Speaking in academic contexts: During presenting/speaking
a. I can follow the outline I prepared in a natural manner.
b. I can use subject-specific vocabulary and formal language.
c. I can speak in a conversational style (i.e. reciting from the written script).
d. I can use signpost language to signal what has been covered and what is coming up to carry the audience with me.
e. I can adjust my tone of voice, pitch and intonation, and use pauses to draw audience attention to important points I want to make.
Section D - Speaking in academic contexts: After presenting/speaking
a. I can organise information for further use (information management, classify and organise information).
b. I can evaluate my own presentation in relation to appropriate criteria.
c. I can use peer feedback constructively.
d. I can reflect on my own presentation as to what have or have not worked and write down in my Learning Diary, and design a way for improvement.
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