How to do an oral presentation

11 01 2008
Here you have some guidelines to make the oral presentation for this term. You can download them if you wish. There will be a copy on the noticeboard and in Páginas de Profesores, EOIGijón website.

Remember to put your name down for a specific day on the Speech Calendars ( noticeboard in class)

How to do the oral presentation 

1. Read an article from a magazine such as Speak Up or Think in English ( available in the library) or from InternetVisit the following links: 

2.Look up words or vocabulary you don’t know and check the pronunciation.

3.Write out the presentation in rough, just like a first draft of a written report. Review the draft. You will find things that are irrelevant or superfluous-delete them.

 4.Rehearse your presentation. Bear in mind you will be speaking only for five minutes! 

5.Never read from a script. It is also unwise to have the talk written out in detail as a prompt sheet - the chances are you will not locate the thing you want to say amongst all the other text.  

6. You should know most of what you want to say! So prepare cue cards which have key words and phrases (and possibly sketches) on them. Postcards are ideal for this. Don’t forget to number the cards in case you drop them. 

7. Make list of specific words (necessary to understand the talk) that other students in class might not know, and pre-teach them before you start the talk. 

Making the presentation   oral-presentation.jpg                             

Greet the audience (for example, ‘Good morning, ladies and gentlemen’), and tell them who you are. Good presentations then follow this formula:

  • tell the audience what you are going to tell them,
  • then tell them,
  • at the end tell them what you have told them.

Keep to the time allowed.


Speak clearly. Don’t shout or whisper - judge the acoustics of the room. Don’t rush, or talk deliberately slowly. Be natural - although not conversational. There’s no need to be nervous!!

Deliberately pause at key points - this has the effect of emphasising the importance of a particular point you are making.

Use your hands to emphasise points but don’t indulge in to much hand waving. People can, over time, develop irritating habits.

Look at the audience as much as possible, but don’t fix on an individual - it can be intimidating.

Pitch your presentation towards the back of the audience, especially in larger rooms.

Finally …,

Enjoy yourself. The audience will be on your side and want to hear what you have to say!  

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