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Improving your Presentation Skills

Identify ways to refine your presentations at university or in your field of expertise.

  • Duration

    1 week
  • Weekly study

    7 hours

Improving your speaking skills

This online course takes you through how to improve your English speaking skills. With a focus on delivering great presentations, you will review what makes a presentation a success.

You will break down the structure of a presentation step-by-step and identify the key language points. You will use what you have learned to write your own presentation, which you will present at the end of the course.

What topics will you cover?

  • Overview of presentation structure and language
  • Designing a presentation: using visual aids
  • Delivering a presentation - putting it all together
  • Pronunciation for effective delivery

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Develop a presentation appropriate for a specific purpose and audience
  • Use pronunication features and non-verbal communication to deliver an effective presentation
  • Produce suitable visual aids to support an academic presentation

Who is the course for?

This course is for students on the Coventry University pre-sessional English award. It is relevant for students who will be continuing their studies online and on-campus.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

What software or tools do you need?

To take part in this course you will need access to a computer or laptop with a webcam, a reliable internet connection, speakers, and a microphone.

Who will you learn with?

Course Leader on the PSE Programmes with over 10 years' experience in UK Further and Higher Education. Research interests include technology-enhanced language learning and the student experience.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

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  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control

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