I'll Huff and I'll Puff



1. First of all, decide the topic of your presentation.

  • Try to select something easy to explain and to understand.
  • Talking about something we like or are interested in usually makes the difference in oral presentations.
  • You have to feel what your are telling your audience. If you enjoy it, they will do it too.
  • Remember who is your audience. In this case, your classmates, so, don't forget they aren't experts. Simplify.

2. Once your topic is clear, it's time for the information search. First, use a mind-map or a brainstorming process to elicit all possible ideas and, second, look for factual (dates, scientific info, figures...) and analytical (hypothesis) information on the Internet. Have a look at the resources given. Check the resources. There is a video about how figures are expressed in English.

3. Next, you and your group will create a digital presentation (Prezi) taking several aspects into account:

  • Control the amount of information: simplify and get to the point
  • Use all means available on the Web: videos, photos, etc.

4. Write the first draft of the speech. Include the three sections of a presentation: introduction, body and conclusion. Help yourself with the specific structures and vocabulary included in order to link sentences properly.

In this section you tell your audience who you are, what the presentation is about and the reason for choosing the topic. Try to catch their attention with an unexpected element, such as music, video or image. You are expected to give them a background on the topic.

MAIN BODY: In this second section, you will explain the main details of the topic. The information given shouldn't be too hard, difficult or long. Visual aids will help you to keep the attention of the audience.  It is very important to recap information and to make the public aware of the point where you are. For example, if the main part has 5 points, it's advisable to especify always the point number you are talking about.

CONCLUSION: Is the last section and the one dedicated to summarize the main points and to offer a conclusion. As in the introduction, tray to catch their attention with an unexpected element, again an impacting video, image or similar. It is very important to finish the conclusion properly and not to use something like "And that's all".

5. Finally, it's time to deliver our presentation.

BODY LANGUAGE plays a very important role in this step. We don't notice it but our posture says many things about us and our feelings. Here some tips:

  • Always face the audience
  • Use your hands to emphasize and reinforce your points.Vary your gestures and positioning.
  • Nod your head and smile to emphasize what you are saying.
  • Make eye contact with all members of the audience


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