EAP – Presentation skills

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EAP APA Glossary Grammar Vocabulary Presentation skills

This page is divided into four sub-sections. Part one provides the information necessary to complete the assessed Problem & Solution presentation task. Part two provides guidance on how to ‘design’ an effective academic-style presentation. Part three provides guidance on how to effectively ‘deliver’ such a presentation. Finally, in part four, there is a list of vocabulary relevant to the subject of effective presentation skills.

Effective presentations — detailed review


Effective presentations — the essentials
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Project guidelines & Grading details

Presentation summary practice (E-waste)

Slide outline sheet

Template presentation
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Effective presentations — design principles
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Peer review sheet

Peer review report sheet


Layout & Style

  1. Keep the design simple
  2. Colour: newspapers/websites typically use black on white
  3. Font-families: use a few and use them consistently
  4. Font-sizes: use a few and use them consistently
  5. As with the Template presentation create (a) a title slide (b) an outline slide (c), a section divider/summary slide and (d) a standard slide

Structure & Content

  1. All main ideas to be delivered during presentation should be on slides
  2. Try and follow the 5×7 rule: a maximum of five bullet points per slide, each point containing +/- seven words
  3. Images, where used, are relevant to the topic and the point being made
  4. Spelling and grammar should be error-free
  5. As with the Template presentation use the ‘Notes panel’ feature to keep any additional information and record the sources you use


Presentation skills (5:50):

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Weak versus Strong presentations:

These example presentations are designed to highlight common mistakes and how to avoid them.

Weak presentation (4:03)

Strong presentation (4:15)

How to become a more effective presenter:

The first video shows the same presenter giving the same presentation twice (the second time with some improvements). The second video provides some relevant information on useful body language skills whilst delivering a presentation (eye contact, gestures and posture).

Ways to improve (3:24)

Body language (2:43)


Graphs & ImagesTo really “know” a word you will need to:
Use it in the correct context (how, where and when)
Spell and pronounce it correctly
Be aware of (1) its meaning/s and definition/s
(2) its grammatical form (e.g. adjective, noun or verb)
(3) its synonyms and antonyms (related and opposite words)

Word Syllables Translation &c.
Enthusiastic en•thu•si•as•tic
متحمس [adjective]
Having or showing strong enjoyment and/or interest in something.
— Khaled was very enthusiastic during his presentation and this is key reason for its sucess.
Synonyms: energetic, passionate.
Rapport rap•port
علاقة [noun]
A good relationship in which the people or groups involved understand each other’s ideas and communicate well.
— Mitha was able to establish a good rapport with the other students as a conseqence of her personality.
Synonyms: affinity, empathy.
Gesture ges•ture
إيماء [noun/verb]
verb: ges•ture
[noun] A movement of part of the body, especially a hand or the head, to express an idea or meaning.
[verb] To make a gesture.
— Alex made a gesture to say thank-you.
— Alia gestered meaningfully with her hands for everyone in the audience to be quiet.
Synonyms: signal, sign, motion, indication, gesticulation, show.
Posture pos•ture
وضعة [noun]
verb: pos•ture
A position of a person’s body when standing or sitting.
— He stood in a flamboyant posture with his hands on his hips.
Synonyms: pose, strike an attitude, attitude, stance, standpoint, point of view, opinion, position, frame of mind.
Pronunciation pro•nun•ci•a•tion
النطق [noun]
The way in which a word is pronounced; the act or result of producing the sounds of speech.
Intonation in•to•na•tion
ترتيل [noun]
The rise and fall of the voice in speaking, especially the pitch pattern of a sentence, which distinguishes kinds of sentences or speakers of different language cultures.
— She spoke English with a strong Arabic intonation.
Emphasis em•pha•sis
نبرة [noun]
Stress given to a word or words when speaking to indicate particular importance.
— They placed great emphasis on the individual’s freedom.
Synonyms: stress, accent, force.
Passionate pas•sion•ate
شغوف [adjective]
Having, showing, strong feelings or opinions about someone or something.
— James is passionate about his favourite hobby which is gardening.
Synonyms: affinity, empathy.
Pause pause
توقف [adjective/noun]
[adjective] To briefly interrupt an action or a speech.
[noun] A temporary stop in action or speech.
— Jawaher paused before giving here opinion on the subject.
— John went outside as there was a brief pause in the rain.
Synonyms: break, interruption.
Coherent co•her•ent
متماسك [adjective]
Forming a unified whole; the full story. An argument, essay, theory, or policy that is logical and consistent.
— They failed to develop a coherent economic strategy, as a result there was a recession.
— The collection of books together made for a coherent body of knowledge on the subject of ‘choice’.
Synonyms: Logical, Reasoned, Rational.
Effective ef•fec•tive
فعال [adjective]
To be successful in producing the desired or intended result.
— Ohud was very effective, when she presented, the whole room fell silent.
Synonyms: Successful, Productive.
Significant sig•nif•i•cant
ذو أهمية [adjective]
Sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy.
— It was agreed that the most significant point in Mahra’s presentation was that coral reefs could be saved.
Synonyms: Important, Outstanding, Notable, Noteworthy, Remarkable.
Structure struc•ture
متماسك [noun/verb]
[noun] The arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something complex; the organising of sentences into paragraphs and, paragraphs into an essay.
[verb] To construct or arrange something according to a plan.
— The two sentences have equivalent structures.
— The programme is structured around exams and projects.
Synonyms: Arrange, Compose, Construct, Design, Form, Organise, Order, Shape.
Communication com•mu•ni•ca•tion
الاتصالات [noun]
Something imparted, interchanged, or transmitted; communications: the means of sending messages, orders, etc.
Fundamental fun•da•men•tal
noun: fun•da•men•tal
[adjective] Forming a necessary base or core; of central importance.
[noun] A central or primary rule or principle on which something is based.
— The UN is designed to protect a number of fundamental human rights.
— Two courses cover the fundamentals of microbiology.
Synonyms: basic, rudimentary, elemental, elementary, underlying, root.
Analyse an•a•lyse
تحليل [verb]
Examine (something) methodically and in detail, typically in order to explain and interpret it.
— We need to analyse our results more clearly.
Synonyms: examine, inspect, survey, scan, study, scrutinize, look over, peruse.
Evaluate e•val•u•ate
تقييم [verb]
To form an idea about the quality of something or, the amount, number, or value of something.
Synonyms: assess, judge, estimate, appraise, analyse, examine.

Aquascript’s full list of academic vocabulary and phrases


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