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Speaking Persuasively:
Making an Argument via Short Films

Speaking Persuasively is a 12-hour course focusing on the production of a persuasive short talk. During the course you will watch four short films (ranging from 15 to 30 minutes) of different genres, from drama to animation, one for each 3-hour session. These will be used as a basis for discussion and the creation of a short talk. Sessions will focus on specific skills involved in creating a persuasive review including: 1) structuring views, 2) summarizing key points, and 3) expressing persuasion.


Speaking Persuasively will provide you with the opportunity to construct an oral argument. This will be done through the construction of an oral film review. 


After completing the course, you are expected to:


  1. Identify how a persuasive talk, especially in the form of an oral review, is structured;
  2. Master effective summarization skills;
  3. Express clear opinions in a discussion context and individually as part of a talk;
  4. Understand language used for critiquing;
  5. Interact effectively in discussions;
  6. Discover techniques for learning new vocabulary;
  7. Develop an appreciation for film.

Code(s) SPS-001
Date(s) 5, 7, 9, 12, 14 & 16 July 2021
Time 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Venue(s) Online (Zoom)
Facilitator(s) Jerry Wong
Duration 12 hours
Maximum Number of Participants 18
Fee $500 (refundable)
Registration Dates 11 - 16 June 2021
Enquiry If you have any questions, please contact us at:
Telephone: (852) 2358-7851
Office: Room 3018 (Lifts 2 & 3)
  1. In view of the latest university arrangements, we accept online payment only (i.e. Visa/Master credit card) for the short courses until further notice. Once you apply for a course, you have 4 hours to complete your registration and payment. If you are unable to complete this process within 4 hours, your application becomes invalid, and you have to cancel your previous application and re-apply before the deadline.
  2. The short course will be conducted online. Please go through the guidelines here, which detail the preparation and computer equipment required, before joining in the event.

Online Registration Current Available Course


Priority is given to students in UGC-funded programs.

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