20 Presentation Tips for Your ESL Students
Helping learners to give presentations is an excellent way to encourage fluency. For some of your students, the ability to give a good presentation in English may be mandatory for their jobs. Here are twenty tips to help ensure a successful presentation, from beginning to end. Who knows? You may find them useful too.
- Allow plenty of time for preparation.
- Answer the all-important question-words: why? who? where? when? how? and what?.
- Structure your presentation into introduction, body, conclusion and questions.
- Write notes based on keywords.
- Rehearse your presentation several times and modify it as necessary.
- Select the right equipment for the job.
- Use your equipment effectively.
- Make use of clear, powerful visual aids that do not overload your audience.
- Use clear, simple language, avoiding jargon.
- Use active verbs and concrete facts.
- Explain the structure of your presentation at the beginning so that your listeners know what to expect.
- Link each section of your presentation.
- Signpost your presentation from beginning to end so that your listeners know where they are.
- Overcome your nerves.
- Establish audience rapport.
- Be aware of your body language.
- Understand cultural differences.
- Maintain interest by varying the speed, volume and pitch of your voice.
- Deal with listeners' questions politely.
- Respond to your audience positively.
These tips are condensed from Presentations in English.
© Josef Essberger 2002