Giving a good academic presentation
- Think about the aim of your presentation and what you want to achieve.
- Concentrate on your audience - who they are and what they (want to) know.
- Choose the topic that interests you - involvement and motivation are key to confidence.
- Give your presentation a clear and logical organization so that everyone can follow.
- Present information visually– this adds interest to your talk and makes it easier to follow
- Practise giving your presentation until you are familiar with the key points; this way you may discover any potential problems and check the timing. Besides, practice will also make you feel more confident.
- Cope with nerves – breathe deeply; it calms you down and stops you from talking too quickly.
- Control your voice – speak clearly and try to sound interesting by changing intonation and rhythm.
- Watch your body language – try to give the impression that you are relaxed and confident.
- Maintain an eye contact with your audience – it keeps them interested in what you are saying. For this reason, you should not read.
- Provide visual information – but do not give too many facts at a time, give your audience enough time to take them in.
- Keep attention by asking questions which you are going to answer yourself.
Basic outline / structure
- Introduction - introduce the topic / some basic background / Thesis ( your stance or argument)
- Outline - provide basic bullet points on the key parts of the presentation
- Main body - divide the main body into sections
- Evaluation - always include evaluation. This can be a separate section or part of the main body.
- Conclusion - summarise key points, restate the thesis and make a recommendation / suggestion / prediction.
- Reference List - create one slide with all your sources
- Questions - be prepared to answer questions
Basic Presentation Language
Advanced Presentation Language
What is an Academic Presentation?
Presentation Worksheet [Teacher]
What is an academic presentation? This lecture discusses the key ideas of giving a presentation including referencing, signposting, delivery and rehearsal. Teacher's notes and 2-page listening worksheet with answers. Great lesson to introduce students to giving an academic presentation. Example. Video [7:00] Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] / MEMBERSHIP
Create PPT slides people will remember - Duarte Inc [CEO]
Harvard Business Review: How to plan an informed presentation and what is needed to create really effective slides that keep an audience engaged. More HBR listening worksheets are [webpage] Example Video [03:08] Level: ***** [B2/C1] / MEMBERSHIP
A basic presentation for lower levels.
This is a video example of a 'basic' presentation on Domestic Violence using signposting language and a basic structure
Presentation Feedback form.
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Peer Feedback form
Good idea!! While the students perform their presentation, the other students can evaluate the presentation (with a basic criteria), write questions to ask at the end and/or give some constructive feedback on the positives / negatives of the presentation.