Speaking & Presentation (GRD 721 & 730)

GRD 721
Academic Interactions
3 credit hours
Instructor: Jonghee Shadix (jshadix@uab.edu)

Speaking and listening course for international graduate students, post doctoral fellows, and employees seeking to develop and further refine the English language skills necessary to interact effectively and confidently when speaking to one person or to a group.  Students will discover strategies for handling speaking tasks of increasing complexity, ranging from face-to-face conversations, to small group discussions, to professional presentations.  Students will also develop skills for handling challenging interactions, including expressing an opinion, agreeing and disagreeing, and adapting to high stakes situations such as job interviews.  Online course components will further promote the development of vocabulary, grammatical accuracy, and pronunciation.  Spring, Summer and Fall.  Pass/No Pass.

GRD 730
Developing Your Professional Image
3 credit hours  
Instructor: Dr. Kellie Carter (kcarter@uab.edu)

Build communication skills and learning strategies while exploring cultural values. Through small-group interaction, students learn to effectively discuss their opinions, organize effective talks, and analyze complex problems. This course prepares students for the kinds of communication expected in graduate school —participating in academic discussions; debating scholarly projects with colleagues; and delivering formal talks at professional meetings. Summer and Fall.  Pass/No Pass.