Jeanette Dennisson

Associate professor


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In this course, we will improve oral communication competency through both informal discussions and formal academic-style presentations. Discussions and presentations will mainly focus on describing health-related topics using easy, non-technical terminology.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to…

  1. summarize science-related topics using easy, non-technical terminology
  2. ask appropriate questions and respond to them during discussions and presentations
  3. use the internet and/or other English resources to find reliable, current health-related information
  4. critique oral presentations for visual, physical, and body message


                              Attendance:     15%

                   Group Challenges:      20%

              Individual challenges:       15%

              Ted Talk Discussions:       10%

                       Mid term exam:       20%

                     Final Discussion:       20%


Attendance is required. Six absences is automatic failure of the class. 



Students are expected to prepare for poster and oral presentations outside of class time. It is recommended to have regular access to some form of portable electronic device (e.g., tablet, notebook PC) for use in- and outside the class.


Most authentic material will come from two websites: Science Daily ( and/or TED Talks (, as well as some research articles. There is no textbook.

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