Giving Oral Presentations

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  • The Homework Tasks below contain more than 9 hours of self-study. Your classroom English teacher may suggest you do some of these for homework, or you could choose those that interest you.
  • Some of the tasks listed below should be done in the Centre for Independent Language Learning (CILL). You will need to join CILL by doing an orientation which takes about 20 to 30 minutes when the CILL teachers will explain to you how to use the centre effectively.
  • It is a good idea to keep your work in a folder so that you can show it to your teacher if you have any questions, and for reference if you want a CILL attendance certificate. For this certificate you need to write a short essay detailing what you have learned.


Homework Tasks

On-line Tasks

Click here for an exercise in ordering the sections of a presentation.

Presentation Planner - helps you to write presentations by asking you for all the necessary sections of a presentation. It then produces printable notecards and a script. It also reads your presentation to you to help with your pronunciation.


CILL Homework

Main Materials Alternative Materials Extra Materials

Early Intermediate Level Materials

CILL Presentations Program (suitable for intermediate levels too).
If you are in CILL, use the multimedia CILL presentations program, which you can go to by leaving the Internet and going to the Main Menu - Speaking - Presentations.


Meeting Objectives -
Video and Book - Unit 3
- describing company activities
- giving data on numbers
- describing organisational
- presenting findings of a


Exchanging Information
Business Speaking Shelf
Book and Tape - All Units
Phrases useful in presentations:
- answering questions
- confirming details
- explanations
- checking facts
- giving opinions
- advantages & disadvantages
- suggestions
- solutions

Intermediate Level Materials

Effective Presentations - Video & Book
- background information
- times and tenses
- introducing a presentation
- organising and signposting
- words for linking ideas
- spoken or written language
- talking about visual aids
- body language
- ending a presentation
- answering questions
- doing better next time


Presenting Facts & Figures
Book & Tape - Business Shelf
- talking about numbers in
...charts, tables and graphs
- signposting a presentation
- describing trends (rise & fall)
- comparing and contrasting
- predicting the future
- describing causes and effects

Executive Listening
Business Listening Shelf
Book and Tape
Business Listening shelf
- Unit 17: graphs & figures
- Unit 20: business performance, graphs & figures

Upper-intermediate Level

Giving Presentations - Business Speaking Shelf -
All Units
- purpose of the presentation
- organisation and signposting
- giving information
- persuading the audience
- using visual aids; eg. OHTs
- concluding
- answering questions


Presentation Skills -
Video & Handouts
- compare a good and a bad
- planning a presentation
- choosing visual aids


Watch any TV program that has a presenter; eg. the news or a charity show.
Use your knowledge about presentations to write down the good and bad points about this presenter. Think of how you can use their good points to improve your presentations.

Video yourself doing a presentation, then list your good points and points you could improve. Make a checklist for the next time you do a presentation.

If you are in CILL, use the multimedia CILL presentations program, which you can go to by leaving the Internet and going to the Main Menu - Speaking - Presentations.

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Last updated on: Friday, March 23, 2012