June 4, 2021 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

International Experts Series “Teaching English-in-the-Disciplines”

Webinar-Workshop 2:

Developing and delivering presentation courses for the disciplines: Pedagogy and practical advice for face-to-face, remote, and on-demand teaching

Speaker: Professor Laurence Anthony (Professor, Director of the Center for English Language Education, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan)

Online session via Zoom.


A link with password will be emailed to successful registrants the day before the event.


Presentation courses for the disciplines can be challenging for instructors because the learners are often heterogeneous in nature, coming from various disciplines and arriving with different needs, language and learning objectives, and preferred ways of study. The instructors are also likely to come from different backgrounds to those of the learners, and thus, they may not always be knowledgeable about the presentation conventions the learners need to master. A more recent challenge is devising ways to deliver presentation courses and offer appropriate feedback to learners at a distance, in remote or on-demand teaching contexts.

In the first half of this webinar-workshop, I will start with a brief review of the four pillars of effective course design and show how these concepts can be applied to presentation course design and delivery, making notes on where and how they may differ from those for presentation courses. Next, I will introduce various resources and techniques that instructors can use to gain an understanding of the skills and language objectives of a heterogeneous group of learners from possibly unfamiliar fields. Then, I will discuss various materials and methods that can be used in face-to-face, remote, and on-demand teaching contexts to develop and evaluate learners’ presentation skills. In particular, I will focus on the use of short one-minute presentation tasks that can be used to target specific learner weaknesses and adapt well to remote and on-demand learning. I will also discuss the importance of providing guidance on designing and delivering poster presentations, which can be more common than oral presentations in many fields.

In the second half of this webinar-workshop, participants will have an opportunity to create lesson materials based on the principles described, try out some of the methods introduced, and discuss issues and challenges that they have faced in the classroom.

By the end of the webinar-workshop, I hope that all participants will have gained new insights about presentation course creation, instruction, and evaluation in the challenging contexts that we face today.

Please bring the following to the webinar-workshop:

  • a sample of presentation slides in a conference setting (or other presentation settings) that you have used

About the Speaker:

Laurence Anthony is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan. He has a BSc degree (Mathematical Physics) from the University of Manchester, UK, and MA (TESL/TEFL) and PhD (Applied Linguistics) degrees from the University of Birmingham, UK. He is the current Director of the Center for English Language Education in Science and Engineering (CELESE), which runs discipline-specific language courses for the 10,000 students of the faculty. His main research interests are in corpus linguistics, educational technology, and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) program design and teaching methodologies. He received the National Prize of the Japan Association for English Corpus Studies (JAECS) in 2012 for his work in corpus software tools design.


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