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COM 82 — Presentation Skills for Non-Native English Speakers

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Jun 26—Aug 14
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jun 28
Units: 2
Tuition: $610
Instructor(s): Stuart Friedman
Limit: 40
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
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6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Jun 26—Aug 14
8 weeks
Refund Date
Jun 28
2 Units
Stuart Friedman
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Think of all you've achieved by being fluent in English. But when it comes to delivering a compelling and impactful presentation that resonates with English-speaking audiences, fluency is not enough. As with many other languages, it's the nuances and subtleties in tone, inflection, pauses, and pacing that can be the difference between a great presentation and one that’s either less interesting or harder to follow.

While accent reduction and other language courses focus on pronunciation, this course will take a deep dive into overcoming challenges with enunciation—which includes word clarity and voice control—ensuring that what’s said is easy to understand. Students will learn to moderate their speech and become adept at creating presentation flow and visual content that complements their delivery. Topics covered will include a review of differences in communication styles across cultures, how audiences listen and why they stop listening, choosing effective words and phrases, and smooth transitions between slides. Video examples will be used to illustrate techniques discussed, and students will create and deliver a series of mini-presentations to hone skills that will guide them for years to come.

This course is designed to sharpen and deepen students’ expertise in presenting in English. Advanced-level proficiency in spoken English is required, and students are expected to have previous experience presenting in English. Please refer to the preliminary syllabus for further details and instructions on prerequisites.

CEO, Stu Friedman Associates

Stuart Friedman is a high tech executive, coach, and trainer with 30 years of experience. His clients have included Genentech, Sony, Intel, and Nissan. He has lectured at SF State and USC and has been interviewed by Forbes and WCBS Newsradio (NYC). He is a featured TEDx speaker, has authored online training courses for ExecSense (Financial Times), and has written for Fortune, Business Insider, and BroadwayWorld.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.