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Address the audience, adding an opening sentence or two

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  1. A phrase or sentence built by (tiresome) repetition of the same words or sounds.
  2. A Read the text again and choose the correct ending to each sentence.
  3. A Read the text again quickly and complete sentences 1-6.
  4. A) Order the words to make sentences.
  5. A). Look at the calendar which shows his arrangements for the next few months and then make up sentences, as in the example.
  6. A. Match the questions and answers. Complete the sentences.
  7. A. Rewrite the sentences without using the underlined words. Keep the meaning the same.

1. An audience of students stating the purpose of your address

2. An audience of professors and students who have gathered for participating at Annual Students’ Conference

3. Members of official foreign delegation visiting BSU.

4. A group of high school students visiting the faculty on Open Day.

5. A group of high-ranking officials at the meeting of American-Belarusian Friendship Society.


^ 4 Prepare four different openings using the techniques above. Practice the openings with a partner. Choose one of the presentation situations below.

· You are talking to high school students. You want to persuade them that knowledge of English can be beneficial to any career.

Audience: high school students.

· You are going to make a report at the International Seminar ‘The techniques of planning a presentation’.

Audience: participants of the conference, teachers and students of universities.


^ 5 Discuss these points:

1. What is the problem with reading a presentation word for word? What alternatives are there?

2. How can you ‘break the ice’ at the beginning of a presentation?

3. Is it a good idea to tell the audience at the beginning what you will talk about and for how long?

4. Is it a good idea to summarize the main points again at the end?

5. Some people prefer to answer questions during the presentation, others at the end. What are the advantages and disadvantages of both methods?

6. What kind of audio-visual aids do you use in your presentations?

7. Can you give any other advice on how to give a successful presentation?


6 Study the Useful language for Presentation given below and decide whether each sentence in the box is formal (F) or informal (I).

²T 2.1. Listen to the openings of one formal presentation and one informal presentation. Tick (ü) the phrases from the Useful Language for Presentations used by the speakers.

Reading, Speaking and Writing

Text 1

1 Skim the text which is the welcome speech of the head of the Department of the English Language and Speech Communication (DELSC). The text outlines the main goals of the course. After skimming the text refer to the analysis of stages of a presentation and answer the following questions:

1. What technique does the author use to get their audience’s attention?

2. How many main points is the author going to speak about?

3. What words are used for outlining the presentation?

4. How does the author connect some points to the needs/interests of the audience?

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Читайте в этой же книге: Part A. Skills Development | The diagram below will help you to organize your conversation. Practice your conversation so that you can act it out for the rest of the class. | Match a first part (1-10) with a second part (a-j) to make correct sentences. | Vocabulary Focus | Vocabulary File for Unit 2 | A. Basic phrases | F. Small talk | Grammar Review |
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