Research Postgraduate Workshop: Designing a Successful Oral Defence

24/03/2020 to 24/04/2020

The Library is pleased to offer this online workshop on oral defence that is co-organized with The Independent Learning Centre (ILC) for research postgraduate students on 24 April 2020.  It will be conducted by webinar. CUHK research postgraduates are all welcome to register to join.

Designing a Successful Oral Defence

This workshop for postgraduate students is designed to prepare participants for their oral defence. It familiarizes them with the common structure and expected content of the defence, public persona design, and management of self-presentation. Participants will be introduced to principles of presentation and notions of persona. Praxis sessions are expected to have each presenter design selected segments of the defence.

Date: 24 April 2020 (Fri)
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Luisa Sadorra
         Language Consultant

Language: English
Venue: Webinar via Zoom

Registration: Complete the Online Registration Form

Enquiries: Email to


  • Zoom Meeting details will be sent to registrants in due course.
  • Given the nature of the workshop, participants are requested to turn their audio and video on during the Zoom session.

Speaker’s profile:
Maria Luisa C. Sadorra is a language consultant and serves as adjudicator and reviewer for TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.). She pioneered persona studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS) through the Ideas and Exposition Programme where she offered “Public Persona and Self-Presentation” to undergraduate students at the University Town College Programme. At NUS, she also taught and coordinated English for Academic Purposes as well as advanced writing and communication courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students. She was course and administrative coordinator of the Graduate English Course at the Centre for English Language Communication.