Oral presentations

Oral presentations

Most of you are used to giving presentations, but what do you think teachers really want you to do?

Firstly, you have to introduce yourself if the audience does not know you well. Then introduce your presentation. State your thesis question and let the audience know what to expect without giving away details.
Structure your presentation in a logical order. Start by introducing your topic and remember to conclude or sum up the main ideas of your presentation.
A good idea is to use markers when you move on from one topic to another. Then you seem well organized.
I would like to start by saying…
First of all…
Let me move on to….
The next part of my presentation…
I will come back to this…..
To conclude/sum up……
Thank you for listening/for your attention

Pronunciation: Practice pronouncing difficult words or names. Do not speak too fast. Speak loud and clear. Look at the audience. Practice beforehand so you do not spend too long time on the presentation.
Notes: Use notes or keywords. A good idea is to use note cards to remind yourself of what you are going to say. Do not read from your manuscript.
Visual aids: The simpler, the better is the general rule. Limit text, a title may be sufficient. Use images, and limit the use of animation. Make sure you avoid spelling mistakes on your slides. Sloppy spelling mistakes should not occur. Use a dictionary and look up words you are unsure of.
Body language: Try to relax, although that may not be the easiest thing to do. Remember that you communicate both with your body and your voice.
Good luck with your upcoming presentations 

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