EAS Team presentations
AimThis format is intended to give you the opportunity to show:
- how well you can work together in English on an extended project
- how good your spoken English is in a more formal setting
ContentThe presentations are to be based on one of the themes already covered in the course. You should choose a topic for your presentation based on work done this term, including:
- travel / tourism
- multiculturalism (including different English-speaking cultures, world festivals & traditions)
- an Oxford-related topic, e.g. arts-related, education-related, or socio-economic
ScheduleYour group presentations will be on Tuesday 19 February, 2013 (week 7). The actual time of your presentation will be drawn out of a hat. You must all be here at the normal class times, irrespective of when your actual presentation is (i.e. 10.00 to 12.15 on Tuesday).
Deadline:You must finish your presentation by Sunday 17th February and e-mail copies to your morning tutor by midnight. Your plan should include:
- The title
- An outline (plan) of your presentation
- Copies of any visual aids or images you are using, and questionnaire/survey material
AssessmentIt is assessed both on:
- your team's performance on the day
- your team-work in the preparation of the presentation
- The content of the presentation and its wider relevance
- The way in which you have prepared, and work as part of a team
- Your presentation technique
- The visual aids
- Your English, including accuracy, fluency and pronunciation
Recommended resources for self-study
- For useful language and other tips, visit the UEfAP website
- To read, try the book The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs (see below).
- For online video tutorials, go to YouTube and watch some tutorials by Carmine Gallo, author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, and others (see below for links)
- To view a selection of talks by top international speakers, with subtitles if you want, go to TED.com (see below for suggestions).
- To see a master at work, watch a couple of Steve Jobs' keynote speeches on YouTube (see below for my suggestion)
- Watch the 5-minute online showreel of a professional business keynote speaker
1. UEfAP (Using English for Academic Purposes) website
- Speaking in academic contexts: http://www.uefap.com/speaking/spkfram.htm
- Rhetorical functions in academic speaking: http://www.uefap.com/speaking/function/funcfram.htm
2. Books on presenting
The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience, by Carmine Gallo (2009), McGraw-Hill Professional
- "Apple CEO Steve Jobs’s wildly popular presentations have set a new global gold standard - and now this step-by-step guide shows you exactly how to use his crowd-pleasing techniques in your own presentations. The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs is as close as you’ll ever get to having the master presenter himself speak directly in your ear. Communications expert Carmine Gallo has studied and analyzed the very best of Jobs’s performances, offering point-by-point examples, tried-and-true techniques, and proven presentation secrets that work every time. With this revolutionary approach, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to sell your ideas, share your enthusiasm, and wow your audience the Steve Jobs way."
Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter) by Garr Reynolds (2011), New Riders
- "Best-selling author and popular speaker Garr Reynolds is back in this newly revised edition of his classic, best-selling book,Presentation Zen, in which he showed readers there is a better way to reach the audience through simplicity and storytelling, and gave them the tools to confidently design and deliver successful presentations."
3. Online Tutorials
Sell Your Ideas the Steve Jobs Way (47 mins)