General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Professional Presentations with Intentional Highbrow Humour
Language English
Module lecturer mgr Danuta Furszpaniak
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position lecturer
Faculty Foreign Languages Teaching Centre
Semester 2024/2025 (winter)
Duration 30


Thursday 11.30-13.00 Collegium Heliodorii Święcicki Room 311

Module aim (aims)

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

B2 level of English


Week 1: Participants’ needs analysis. The idea of humour.  

Week 2:  Unusual ways of introducing oneself. Proposed presentation model. 

Week 3:  Presentation structure. The Introduction. 

Week 4: Presentation structure. AI support.    

Week 5: The idea of linguistic humour in presentations.      

Week 6: Purposeful use of linguistic humour in presentations.          

Week 7: Incongruity in students’ slides with humour. Concluding a presentation.        

Week 8: Incongruity in students’ slides with humour. Handling questions.     

Week 9: The presentation model.

Week 10: The power of body language.    

Week 11: Unique oral and visual delivery of the message. 

Week 12: Students’ Presentations. Boundaries of humour in presentations.    

Week 13: Students’ presentations. Secrets of creativity.

Week 14: Students’ presentations. Presenters’ strong sides.

Week 15: Course review.  A topic suggested by participants.

Reading list

Berk, Ronald A. (1998)   Professors are from Mars and Students are from Snickers. How to Write and Deliver Humor in Classroom and in Professional Presentations, Mendota Press, Madison.  

Hughes J., Mallett A. (2012) Successful Presentations. For Professionals who Use English at Work. Video Course,  Oxford University Press.

Grussendorf Marion (2007) English for Presentations,  Oxford University Press.

Morreal John (2016) Laughing All the Way. Your Sense of Humour. Don’t Leave Home without It, Motivational Press Inc.

Nilsen D.& Nilsen A. Linguistic Humor and Language Play. Power Point presentation.

Powell, Mark (2012) Dynamic Presentations, Cambridge Business Skills, DVD,  Cambridge University Press.