English Language Education

Presentation Skills

This course focuses on how international students can improve their presentation skills.

Giving academic presentations can be very challenging for students, particularly if English is not their first language. This course aims to help students become more skilful and confident academic presenters. It will focus on three key features of presentations: content, design, and delivery. The course is primarily for international students who will need to give presentations on their programmes.

Course Details

Course Content

  • What makes an effective academic presentation
  • Presentation practice and feedback
  • Useful presentation language
  • The use of visual aids, including to refer to research data
  • Dealing with questions

Teaching Methods

Classes will involve tutor input, individual tasks and pair or small group work. During the course, students will have the opportunity to give presentations on academic topics of their choice but adapted for a non-specialist audience. To help students improve, the presentations will be critically evaluated by the tutor and classmates.  The tutor’s feedback will include comments on pronunciation and language. All materials will be provided.

Class Size

There will be a maximum of 10 students in a class.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students should:

  • be aware of what makes a successful academic presentation
  • be more confident about giving academic presentations
  • be able to use a range of commonly used words and phrases that make a presentation easier to follow
  • be able to use visual aids in ways that enhance the delivery of content
  • be aware of any language areas that may need further work

Timing and Location

Tuesdays from 23 January 16:10 - 18:00 (4 weeks)

Thursdays from 25 January 16:10 - 18:00 (4 weeks)

Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Road


All international students currently studying at Edinburgh University. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Registration is now open for Term 2 ELSIS Courses. The deadline for applications for this course is Friday 12 January 2018:

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