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Grade 2 English Conversation Lessons at Xiangtan Normal University...
Lesson 29 -
purpose of this lesson is to discuss the most effective ways to plan and
for grammar and spelling errors
using slides or any computerised presentation make sure that your presentation
is free of any spelling or grammatical errors. Let someone proof read your
work. You don't want to be embarrassed by spelling errors during your presentation.
your presentation by yourself or with a friend. Make sure you keep within
the time frame allowed for the presentation. The more you practice it before
the time, the more confident you will feel when you give the presentation.
a plan B
when you make use of slide shows, you are using technology. We all know
that technology is not always to be trusted. Have a Plan B ready. For example,
have a paper copy of your presentation and transparencies available for
time before you start your presentation to test the equipment you are going
to use. Familiarise yourself with the set-up so that you can focus on your
presentation and not on where the next button is. Check the clarity of
the content and the colours again, and make changes if necessary.
introduce yourself and your topic, and briefly explain the process that
you are going to follow with your presentation.
appearance (dress and grooming), the quality of your handouts and your
visual presentation, etc., are very important.
promptly and keep within your time frame. Remember to leave enough time
for questions afterwards.
enthusiastic about your presentation and remember to smile - this will
help to relieve some of the stress.
to make eye contact with your audience. Never read your presentation -
this is boring and you will lose the attention of your audience.
as loudly and clearly as you can to make sure that all the members in your
audience can hear your presentation. There is no point in giving a presentation
if most of the audience has trouble hearing you. If you struggle to speak
louder, make use of a microphone system. Don't speak too rapidly.
the end of your presentation, thank your audience for their time.
is important to keep the following in mind when you design transparencies
or slides for your presentation:
it short and simple
slide show or transparencies should include only important and relevant
key words to remind you of what you want to talk about. Limit the amount
of information per slide. You will lose your audience if there is too much
information on the slides. Rather have more detailed hand-outs available
for your audience.
correct Font and Size
a font and font size that will be easy to read. An example of an easy to
read font is "Arial". Make sure your font size is big enough so your audience
will be able to read the information that you are presenting. The normal
typing font size "12" is too small for slides and transparencies. It should
at least be "18" points or larger. Do not make use of too many different
font types - keep it simple and clear.
you make use of colour, be aware of the colours that you are using. Certain
colours, like certain yellows, etc., are difficult to see. The text and
the background colours you use should complement each other. Make sure
your foreground colour (text) is clear and soft on the eyes when combined
with the background colour.