SPEAKING IN ACADEMIC CONTEXTS: A quick revision
Question 1: An oral academic presentation has one main similarity with a written academic text. What is it?
Question 2: What are the main components that make the structure of an oral presentation a good one?
You need to structure it in such a way that it has an introduction, main body of content and a conclusion.
You need to structure it in such a way that it has an introduction which is the most important part of the presentation, where you explain your main points, followed by a conclusion.
You need to structure it in such a way that it has a table of contents showing your knowledge of the topic and a conclusion.
Question 3: What are the three main components, all equally important in delivering a good presentation?
Emotional component, stress component and pronunciation component.
Verbal component, visual component and vocal component.
Verbal component, audience awareness component, and questions/answers component.
Question 4: What is the main aim of visual components in oral presentations?
to highlight information and explain technical concepts or complex figures that might be difficult to explain through words.
to highlight specific words on screen that the audience is not familiar with.
to highlight parts of your speech, so that the audience has a transcription of what you are saying.
Question 5: Choose the best statement that describes what a verbal component is:
Subject-specific verbal expressions used in specific section of your oral presentation to capture your audience’s attention.
Those verbal expressions that signal the beginning and the end of your oral presentation.
Verbal expressions used in all sections of your oral presentation in order to introduce your main idea, develop your argument and sum up your views appropriately.
Question 6: The vocal elements in an oral presentation refer to:
How the presenter uses his/her voice such as the stress, intonation, etc.
How loudly the presenter speaks in order to be heard by the audience.
How well the presenter masters the pronunciation of the language he/she uses to deliver the presentation.
Question 7: What could you achieve by simply rehearsing your presentation or, better, video recording yourself before the actual presentation?
You will achieve a confident delivery and will be able to re-address possible issues before the big day.
You will learn to memorise everything by heart and avoid relying too heavily on your notes.
You will become more confident on how to pronounce difficult words correctly.
Question 8: During the Questions & Answers session, what should you do if you are having difficulties understanding the entire question from someone in the audience?
Ask people from the audience what they think the answer might be.
Move swiftly to another question, saying you will get back to it.
Acknowledge that you didn’t understand the question and ask the questioner to rephrase it in a different way.
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