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Oral Presentations

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Oral Presentations

Post by flouna on Fri May 27 2011, 15:22

Oral Presentations
Oral presentations are a great way for students to practice their English skills. The extra pressure of knowing they're going to be in front of the classroom provides students with some great extrinsic motivation for staying on task. (As a general rule, it's better for students not to write out their presentations. Rather, they can use notecards to stay on track.)
Oral Presentations: Basics
The Big Rule: Tell them what you're going to tell them** Tell them**Tell them what you told them.
In other words, your presentation should have three parts: an introduction, body, and conclusion. Let's look at these three parts and see what you should include in each.
The Introduction
The purpose of the introduction is not only to introduce your topic, but also to interest your audience in the topic.
1. Grab the audience's attention by somehow involving them in your topic. You can do this by asking a question, offering an interesting fact, using a quotation or telling a short story. (The question "How many people here have a home computer?" is a lot more interesting than "Today I'm going to tell you about the Internet.")
2. You should preview the content of your presentation by offering a brief outline of what you will be discussing.You may also want to include why you choose this topic to present on.
The Body
The body of your presentation should support your introduction by offering facts, opinions, and reasons to support your topic. It should contain at least three ideas with supporting details to illustrate your point.
The Conclusion
The conclusion should restate the main points without giving examples. Think of it as a brief summary which emphasizes what you want the audience to remember.You can finish with a recommendation, a personal thought, an observation, or a question. Your closing statement (the last statement) should pull your presentation together.
Oral Presentations: Do's & Don'ts
1. Be organized! The more organized and focused your presentation is, the more relaxed you'll feel.
2. Breathe!(It helps you relax.)
3. Don't try to cover too much material. Remember you only have 7-10 minutes.
4. Do speak clearly, slowly and at an appropriate level for your audience.
5. Use vocabulary that is appropriate for your audience. If you use new vocabulary, make sure you explain it and write it on the board.
6. Do make eye contact with all members of your audience.
7. Do move around.
8. Do use hand gestures.
9. Do allow the audience to ask questions at the end of your presentation.
10. Don't read your presentation. You can use short notes, but reading a presentation is unnatural; also, it makes it very difficult for your audience to follow.
11. Do practice your presentation with a partner or in front of the mirror.
12. Do remember to thank your audience and introduce the next speaker.


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