Technical speaking

Registering for a technical speaking course

If you've taken Doctoral Academic Communication Requirement Assessment 1, you'll be able to register on this page.

If you've received an email confirming exemption from the Requirement, you'll be able to register on this page.

If you're a national of a majority English speaking country and therefore automatically exempt but would like to take a technical speaking course, please contact english@ic.ac.uk.

Please make sure you register for the course that corresponds to the stage of your doctoral programme (e.g. if you're in your final year, you should register for Effective Speaking 3).

Overview of the courses

Effective Speaking 1 and Effective Speaking 2 are courses that support doctoral students in the early stages of their research and in the run up to their ESA. Students will develop the language and skills needed for effective communication of their research.

Effective Presentation Skills eases students into confident and competent communication of their science to a live audience. 

Effective Speaking 3 gives students the opportunity to consider the most appropriate language, voice and approach to engaging with others in the academic community.

Technical speaking courses

Effective Speaking 1

This is a 4-week course (90 minutes once a week) designed to guide and support students during the early months of their doctoral programme. Students will practise talking about their research area, their plans and strategies, and the setting up of their research project. They will practise explaining key concepts orally, adapting explanations and content to the knowledge base of the listener, and negotiating politely.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If this course is full and you are unable to register for it, there will be further course opportunities to practise speaking about your research in the coming months of your programme.

2019-20 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
 Thursday  21 Nov - 12 Dec  10:00 - 11:30  Effective Speaking 1  *This course is fully booked.
 Thursday  21 Nov - 12 Dec  14:00 - 15:30  Effective Speaking 1  *This course is fully booked.
Preparation for Academic Writing

Effective Speaking 2

This is a 4-week course (90 minutes once a week) preparing students for activities in the run up to the Early Stage Assessment (ESA) as well as for the ESA spoken element itself. It is therefore most beneficial to doctoral students who are around 6-9 months into their programme. Students practise speaking about their research area and identifying connections with the research of others; they discuss gaps in the literature, outline methodologies they plan to adopt, give a detailed technical explanation of their work and practise answering questions. They are encouraged to be both concise and precise. It may also be beneficial to students in the run up to the Late Stage Review (LSR).

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If this course is full and you are unable to register for it, there will be further course opportunities to practise speaking about your research in the coming months of your programme.

2019-20 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
Thursday  24 Oct - 14 Nov  14:00 - 15:30  Effective Speaking 2  *This course is fully booked for the autumn term.

Effective Presentation Skills

This is a 4-week course (2 hours once a week) aimed primarily at 2nd-year doctoral students who would like to improve their presentation skills. The course focuses on voice control, confidence, designing effective PowerPoint slides, judging one’s audience, improving pronunciation of key terms and performance evaluation.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If this course is full and you are unable to register for it, there will be further course opportunities to practise speaking about your research in the coming months of your programme.

2019-20 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
Wednesday  20 November - 11 December 16:00 - 18:00   Effective Presentation Skills  *This course is fully booked for the autumn term.
Preparation for Academic Writing

Effective Speaking 3

This is a 4-week course (90 minutes once a week) for 3rd-year doctoral students, preparing them for a range of activities in the final stages of the PhD. They will practise networking, attending conferences (asking questions and presenting), as well as preparing for the viva. They will have the opportunity to practise through role play, prepared speaking tasks (the elevator pitch) and discussing approaches to these through pair work and group discussion. They will have an opportunity to consider how to use networking as an opportunity to further their careers and will also use viva practice to explore dealing with challenging questions.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If this course is full and you are unable to register for it, there will be further course opportunities to practise speaking about your research in the coming months of your programme.

2019-20 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
 TBC  TBC  TBC   Effective Speaking 3
Preparation for Academic Writing