XENL003: Communication Skills for Sport Sciences

Communication Skills for Sport Sciences, XENL003
 Ryhmä 4,5,7
Ryhmä 6

Instructor: Mr. Marlen Elliot Harrison, PhD, MA

Office: Oppio 107

Contact: marlen.harrison at jyu.fi,  046 588 0325 (text and phone) 

Classrooms: (see Korppi for schedule)

 


OVERVIEW

Students will enhance their oral communication skills in academic and professional situations relating to their own field and future profession. Students will become familiar with the conventions and cultural considerations associated with spoken production and interaction. In addition students will develop communication confidence and team working skills.

ASSESSMENT
Assessment will be based on attendance, active participation, peer and self-assessment, instructor assesment and successful completion of assignments. Assessment is on a scale 1-5.

  • ATTENDANCE is required at all scheduled meetings. Should you be absent, it is YOUR responsibility to contact classmates and check the syllabus to learn what you missed. I will expect all missed work to be completed upon your return.
  • Less than 80% attendance for any reason may result in the lowering of your grade (0-5) by one full number.
  • LATE WORK IS NOT ACCEPTED FOR ANY REASON. 

Required Coursework: You will be assessed based on the following main projects…

  1. Individual Presentation (25%) – You will individually present a topic of your choice to a small group of your classmates using a presentation aid (poster, handouts, powerpoint, etc; 10 minutes + 5 minutes q&a,). You will post your presentation aids and a brief outline of your presentation on your blog.
  2. Panel Presentations (25%) – You will collaborate with no more than 3 other classmates in order to identify and discuss a pertinent issue in your discipline related to your individual presentations (20-25 minutes). You may assign a reading or other pre-class activity for other students so they can better benefit from your presentation.
  3. Digital Identity (25%) – You will be required to create a digital identity via a WordPress.com blog where you post the above information (note: this blog may be public or private, it will be your choice). Because our lives are increasingly digital, and it is useful to share our skills and ideas, this digital identity will also introduce you to communicating to the world in English via the internet. You will also complete a number of brief activities that will scaffold your learning in this course and post them to your blog.
  4. Participation (25%) – Your instructor will assess your in-class participation and award points accordingly.

Course activities include some or all of the following:

Communication Skills

Rationale for Coursework: In order for you to gain experience in research reading, writing and communication, you will consider what you are passionate about in your field and begin to develop a professional identity reflecting this passion. Your first presentation will require you to apply your academic reading skills while also offering you practice in public speaking, creative and analytical skills and interaction with an audience. This presentation will be your first-step toward communicating & presenting to a real audience comprised of a small group of your peers. You will later collaborate with these same classmates to create a panel presentation (for the rest of the class) that is geared toward a professional audience (students in a class you might teach, fellow practitioners) or conference in your field (e.g. FEPSAC , ASP , etc). Your instructor will provide more information about required coursework during the course. Assessment of the above (#1-#5) will be based largely on your: presentation skills, interaction with classmates and instructor, professional vocabulary, language quality, fluency, and pronunciation. Click here for assessment criteria for Communication Skills courses.

OUTCOMES

After completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Communicate orally, with confidence, in informal and formal situations within an academic and workplace context
  • Make a professional presentation that follows internationally accepted norms
  • Find and use electronic resources to facilitate and support the above
  • Recognize, understand and adjust to basic intercultural differences in communication

 


 

SCHEDULE
GENERAL RESOURCES

 

  • General writing advice: http://www.monash.edu.au/lls/llonline/writing/general/essay/1.xml
  • Reading skills: http://kielikompassi.jyu.fi/omatila/tila/eng/assess_studyskills_reading.shtml
  • Presentation skills: http://marlenharrison.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=114&Itemid=1#pres
  • Using the internet to find info: http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/detective/index.html
  • Evaluating sources: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/673/01/
  • Plagiarism: https://kielikeskus.jyu.fi/opetus/englanti/policy-on-plagiarism
  • Best Practices: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/03/
  • Formal and informal language use: http://cc.oulu.fi/~smac/TRW/INFORMAL_handout.htm
  • Academic language: http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/
BIOMECHANICS RESOURCES
SPORTS & PHYSIOLOGY SCIENCES RESOURCES
  • Nat'l Assoc for Sport and Physical Education, USA: http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/
  • Assoc for Physical Education, UK: http://www.afpe.org.uk/
  • Australian Council for Health, Physical Education & Recreation:  http://www.achper.org.au/
  • Physical Health and Education, Canada: http://www.phecanada.ca/
  • British Assoc of Sport & Exercise Sciences: http://www.bases.org.uk/Clinical-Exercise-Physiology
  • Sport Sciences and Physical Education: http://www.sportsciencesandphysicaleducation.com/
  • Sports Sciences Conferences: http://www.conferencealerts.com/sport.htm
 

Ryhmä 4,5,7

BLOGROLL

W 1/19 Introductions, Review of Syllabus, Goal-setting

In class we will:

  • Play a game and get to know each other.
  • Set up blogs.

Homework (due 1/24):

  • Set up and design your blog. You'll find a guide to help you by clicking here.
  • Leave a comment at the bottom of this page which lists your name, group # and blog address. For example: Angelina Jolie, Ryhmä 3, http://jolieangelina.wordpress.com
  • Create an ABOUT page on your blog and include a short bio and photo of your face.
  • READING & WRITING: A) Choose a sport event, educational program or physical exercise (or related topic) that you ARE NOT familiar with but that YOU ARE interested in. This topic will later be expanded on to serve as your individual presentation so choose wisely. B) Find and review at least three sources on the internet that offer information about this topic and write 2-3 paragraphs on your blog summarizing what you read. Your classmates are your audience so keep in mind who you are writing this for. Try to limit your time to 30 minutes to complete this activity. Please link to the sources you used. C) At the end of the process, make a list of at least three areas that you found difficult in completing this assignment. For example, you may have worried about how your English writing flows or you may have had difficulty reading English material in a short amount of time, etc. You will talk about this process in class next Monday. The Resource links above should be helpful!
  • WATCHING: Go to Youtube and find a video that reflects your topic above. Link to this video in your blog post above.
  • NOTE: GROUP 7, homework will be due on Wednesday 1/26

M 1/24 Getting Started

 

Today we will:

  • Present your homework to a small group of your classmates. We will then review your homework and presentations to identify the areas you most need assistance with. I want to tailor this course to your needs, specifically, so that it can be a useful and fruitful experience for you.
  • Review blog set-up and use.
  • Discuss choosing a topic for individual and group presentations.
  • Discuss plagiarism.
  • Discuss managing English language and communication anxiety.

Homework (due 1/26):

  • Please find your blog groups (see Blogroll link above week 1 schedule on this syllabus, or in BLOGROLL menu at the top of any page). Please review and offer commentary on your group members' blogs.
  • THINKING: Consider what aspect of your topic you would like to focus on for your presentations. You may want to continue spending 2-3 minutes reviewing or continuing with your Mind Maps that we started in class today. Also consider the following questions about your presentations:
    AUDIENCE?
    FOCUS?
    ACADEMIC/EDUCATIONAL?
    OUTCOME?
    KEY POINTS?
    PROPS?
  • GOAL SETTING: In a new blog entry, make a list of at least 3 goals you have for yourself while in this course and explain for each goal how you will go about achieving them. For example: I want to improve my confidence in speaking English. To do this I will speak out in class more often than I usually do.
  • WATCHING: Go to Youtube and find at least one video on effective English presentations. Link to this video in your blog post above.

 

W 1/26 – Planning Presentations

Today we will:

  • Discuss our homework and practice free writing to help us plan our presentations.
  • Discuss aspects of effective presentations by reviewing the youtube examples we identified for homework.
  • Find some professional research articles for our presentations using Google Scholar and the university website.

Homework:

  • READING: Find and read one recent academic article on some aspect of your presentation topic.
  • WRITING: A) Complete your list of goals/outline for your presentations. B) Write a short summary of what you think were the most important ideas from your academic article. Be sure to also state what is most relevant to your presentation. This only needs to be about one paragraph.
  • COMMENTING: Leave comments/respond to group members' blogs.

 


M 1/31 Communicating about Research

Today we will:

  • Practice summarizing and paraphrasing for academic oral and written communication. 

Homework:

  • COMMENTING: Leave comments/respond to group members' blogs.
  • RESEARCH:  Using the internet, find and read about two different theories about the concept of "face" in communication. Then in a blog post answer the following questions.
    •First, what is meant by ”face”?
    •Second, what kinds of theories did you discover?
    •Third, why is this concept meaningful for this course?

 

W 2/2 Cross-cultural Communication 

Today we will:

  •  Marlen will offer a presentation on issues in cross-cultural communication.
 

    Homework:

    • WRITING: In a 1-2 paragraph blog entry, reflect on what you learned or liked about today's presentation and make connections back to your own experiences or presentations.
       
    • COMMENTING: Leave comments/respond to group members' blogs.

     


     

    M 2/7 Individual Presentations, the Dress Rehearsal 

    Today we will:

    •  Practice our individual presentation with our classmates to help us get ready for the more formal presentation. Please use some kind of presentation aid (powerpoint, handout, poster, outline, etc) that will help your audience follow along.
    • Marlen will offer suggestions for strengthening your various modes of communication.

      Homework:

      • WRITING: In a 1-2 paragraph blog entry, reflect on your current level of preparation and confidence about your presentation. What haven't you done that you still need to do? What do you feel good about? Worried about? How will you prepare?
      • COMMENTING: Leave comments/respond to group members' blogs.

       

      W 2/9 Individual Presentations

      Today we will:

      •  Individual Presentations. Please use some kind of presentation aid (powerpoint, handout, poster, outline, etc) that will help your audience follow along. Make sure to post your presentation to your blog on a page entitled PRESENTATION.

      Homework:

      • WRITING: In a 1-2 paragraph blog entry, reflect on the success of your preparation. How did it go? How could you tell how it went? What would you do differently next time?
      • COMMENTING: Leave comments/respond to group members' blogs.

       


      M 2/14 Planning Panel Presentations, Part 1

      Today we will:

      •  

        Discuss the difference in presenting individually and collaboratively.

      • Make panels of 2-4 people around central themes.

      Homework:

      •  

        COMMENTING: Leave comments/respond to group members' blogs.

       

      W 2/16 

      Today we will:

      •  

      Homework:

      • COMMENTING: Leave comments/respond to group members' blogs.

       


      M 2/21 Planning Panel Presentations, Part 2

      Today we will:

      • Spend time in class with panel members to develop presentations.

      Homework:

      • WRITING: On its own page entitled "LETTER", write a reflective letter to your instructor discussing your experience in the course. This should not be an essay, but rather an actual "letter" that addresses any or all of the following:
        * What grade (0-5) do you think you deserve and why?
        * What were your expectations of a) your own performance and b) the course overall and a) how did you meet or not meet your own expectations and b) how did the course meet or not meet your expectations?
          * What was the most useful activity or assignment in terms of advancing your knowledge of Academic Reading and Communication?  Why?
        * What would you have done differently or taking the course a second time? What recommendations can you make to your instructor to improve this course for future VAL students?
        * What was your greatest challenge in this course and how did you successfully or unsuccessfully  meet this challenge?
        * How will this course be useful to you in the future?
        Note: You are not limited to the above questions; feel free to write about anything you want your instructor to know.
      • COMMENTING: Leave comments/respond to group members' blogs.

       

      W 2/23 Panel Presentations

      Today we will:

      • Share panel presentations. Please use some kind of presentation aid (powerpoint, handout, poster, outline, etc) that will help your audience follow along. Please post your panel presentation to your PRESENTATION blog page.
      • Review the course objectives and your personal progress.
      • DUE TODAY: Reflective Letters; both presentations should be posted to blogs; all blog work should be complete.

       

      Ryhmä 6

      BLOGROLL

       

       T 1/18 Introductions, Review of Syllabus, Goal-setting

      In class we will:

      • Play a game and get to know each other.
      • Set up blogs.

      Homework (due 1/25):

      • Set up and design your blog. You'll find a guide to help you by clicking here.
      • Leave a comment at the bottom of this page which lists your name, group # and blog address. For example: Angelina Jolie, Ryhmä 3, http://jolieangelina.wordpress.com
      • Create an ABOUT page on your blog and include a short bio and photo of your face.
      • READING & WRITING: A) Choose a sport event, educational program or physical exercise (or related topic) that you ARE NOT familiar with but that YOU ARE interested in. This topic will later be expanded on to serve as your individual presentation so choose wisely. B) Find and review at least three sources on the internet that offer information about this topic and write 2-3 paragraphs on your blog summarizing what you learned. Your classmates are your audience so keep in mind who you are writing this for. Try to limit your time to 30 minutes to complete this activity. Please link to the sources you used. C) At the end of the process, make a list of at least three areas that you find difficult in completing this assignment. For example, you may worry about how your English writing sounds or you may have had difficulty reading English material in a short amount of time, etc. You will talk about this process in class next Tuesday. The Resource links above should be helpful!
      • WATCHING: Go to Youtube and find a video that reflects your topic above. Link to this video in your blog post above.

       


       

       T 1/25 Getting Started and Planning Presentations

      Today we will:

      • Present your homework to a small group of your classmates. We will then review your homework essays and presentations to identify the areas you most need assistance with. I want to tailor this course to your needs, specifically, so that it can be a useful and fruitful experience for you.
      • Review blog set-up and use.
      • Discuss choosing a topic for individual and group presentations.
      • Discuss plagiarism.
      • Discuss managing English language and communication anxiety.
      • Discuss our homework and practice free writing to help us plan our presentations.
      • Begin planning presentations by creating a list of goals or outline.
      • Review the basics of a good presentation.
      • Find some professional research articles for our presentations using Google Scholar and the university website.
      • Discuss and practice reading strategies such as scanning and annotating using academic articles.

      Homework (due 2/1):

      • Please find your blog groups (see Blogroll link above week 1 schedule on this syllabus, or in BLOGROLL menu at the top of any page). Please review and offer commentary on your group members' blogs.
      • THINKING: Consider what aspect of your topic you would like to focus on for your presentations. You may want to continue spending 2-3 minutes reviewing or continuing with your Mind Maps that we started in class today.
      • WRITING: A) Complete your list of goals/outline for your presentations. B) Write a short summary of what you think were the most important ideas from your academic article. Be sure to also state what is most relevant to your presentation. This only needs to be about one paragraph.
      • GOAL SETTING: In a new blog entry, make a list of at least 3 goals you have for yourself while in this course and explain for each goal how you will go about achieving them. For example: I want to improve my confidence in speaking English. To do this I will speak otu in class more often than I usually do.
      • WATCHING: Go to Youtube and find at least one video on effective English presentations. Link to this video in your goal setting blog post above.
      • READING: Find and read one recent academic article on some aspect of your presentation topic.
      • COMMENTING: Leave comments/respond to group members' blogs.

         


       T 2/1 Communicating about Research and Cross-cultural Communication 

      Today we will:

      • Discuss our homework and identify what we've learned about a) our topics, b) research and c) ourselves.
      • Discuss the qualities of an effective presentation using the videos we found for homework.
      • Practice summarizing and paraphrasing for academic oral and written communication. 
      • Marlen will offer a presentation on issues in cross-cultural communication.
      • RESEARCH:  Using the internet, find and read about two different theories about the concept of "face" in communication. Then in a blog post answer the following questions.
        •First, what is meant by ”face”?
        •Second, what kinds of theories did you discover?
        •Third, why is this concept meaningful for this course?

      Homework:

      • COMMENTING: Leave comments/respond to group members' blogs.
      • WRITING, A: In a 1-2 paragraph blog entry, reflect on what you learned or liked about today's presentation and make connections back to your own experiences or presentations.
      • WRITING, B: In a DIFFERENT 1-2 paragraph blog entry, reflect on your current level of preparation and confidence about your presentation. What haven't you done that you still need to do? What do you feel good about? Worried about? How will you prepare?

       


       

      T 2/8 Individual Presentations

      Today we will:

      • Individual presentations. Please use some kind of presentation aid (powerpoint, handout, poster, outline, etc) that will help your audience follow along. Make sure to post your presentation to your blog on a page entitled PRESENTATION.
      • Marlen will offer suggestions for strengthening your various modes of communication.

       

        Homework:

        • COMMENTING: Leave comments/respond to group members' blogs.
        • WRITING: In a 1-2 paragraph blog entry, reflect on the success of your preparation. How did it go? How could you tell how it went? What would you do differently next time?

         


         T 2/15 Planning Panel Presentations

        Today we will:

        •  

          Discuss the difference in presenting individually and collaboratively.

        • Make panels of 2-4 people around central themes.
        • Plan panels.

        Homework:

        •  

          COMMENTING: Leave comments/respond to group members' blogs.

        • WRITING: On its own page entitled "LETTER", write a reflective letter to your instructor discussing your experience in the course. This should not be an essay, but rather an actual "letter" that addresses any or all of the following:
          * What grade (0-5) do you think you deserve and why?
          * What were your expectations of a) your own performance and b) the course overall and a) how did you meet or not meet your own expectations and b) how did the course meet or not meet your expectations?
            * What was the most useful activity or assignment in terms of advancing your knowledge of Academic Reading and Communication?  Why?
          * What would you have done differently or taking the course a second time? What recommendations can you make to your instructor to improve this course for future VAL students?
          * What was your greatest challenge in this course and how did you successfully or unsuccessfully  meet this challenge?
          * How will this course be useful to you in the future?
          Note: You are not limited to the above questions; feel free to write about anything you want your instructor to know.

         


        T 2/22 Panel Presentations

        Today we will:

        • Panel presentations. Please use some kind of presentation aid (powerpoint, handout, poster, outline, etc) that will help your audience follow along. Please post your panel presentation to your PRESENTATION blog page.
        • DUE TODAY: Reflective Letters; both presentations should be posted to blogs; all blog work should be complete.

         

         

         

         


        PRESENTATION SKILLS LINKS

         

         

        Presentation Advice

         

         

        GOOD STUFF

        You introduced your presentation and forecasted what youwould do

        Good use of critical sources to help you show yourscholarship!

        Overall: Eye contact, Pronunciation

        You spoke clearly and slowly

        Good use of video to illustrate ideas

        I liked your questions at the end, helped stimulate furtherdiscussion

         

         

        NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

        Be careful with English pronunciation of words that areunfamiliar

        Please use spell-check to review errors in spelling andcapitalization

        Could you include some kind of physical activity? How aboutprops?

        Try to incorporate images into your slides to stimulateimagination, especially at the beginning!

        Test à Teach à Test:  QuestionsàInfo àQuestions

        How can you more deeply engage your audience and bring theminto your presentation?

        If you have extra time, what can you do to use your timewisely and make your audience happy?

        If you put info on slides, no need to read it!

        Signposting, (“Next, I will…”) and Summaries (“So far Idiscussed…”; “So, to conclude…”)

        Put your NAME on your first slide!!!!!

        CONSIDER YOUR AUDIENCE AND WHAT WILL MAKE THEM HAPPY!

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

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