Presentation lesson plan for Business Engish
When giving a presentation it's important not to put your audience to sleep. There's also great value in sounding professional. Learning the skill of presenting well is not only useful for public speaking and giving formal presentations, but is also invaluable in conversations when wanting to clearly communicate your ideas and convince others that your ideas and proposals are worthwhile.
This lesson plan aims to teach students not only how to effectively use commonly used phrases and vocabulary, but also to put together a well structured, and thoroughly thought through and convincing presentation.. To this end, I have used two resources (a video and a text) which the students have to analyze and summarize. In the video, Nancy Duarte analyzes two outstanding speeches - 'I have a dream' by Martin Luther King, and Steve Jobs' iPhone launch. The text is a document produced by Newcastle University for their students on how to improve their communication and presentation skills.
This business English lesson plan is suitable for upper-intermediate, advanced and proficiency level students (B2, C1 and C2).
The goal of this lesson is to improve the ability of the students to give presentations, giving them appropriate tools to do so, i.e. an overall outline and strategy, vocabulary and phrases, and the opportunity to practise.
The lesson starts with the students giving their own ideas about what makes a good presentation. This is followed by a video from TED which carefully analyzes the structure of successful speeches. There is also a reading with pointers on how to improve your communication skills. The students need to use these resources to formulate a diagram that summarizes the points that they have found to be the most valuable.
The students then get a hand out of appropriate phrases and sentence starters to use during different parts of the presentation. They then get to choose a topic from a given list, prepare a presentation and then deliver it to the class.
Once the students have done this lesson,they can practise giving presentations during other lessons on any given topic.
For a list of useful phrases to use during a presentation without the full lesson plan, go to Giving a Presentation Vocabulary.
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