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Oral Assignments: Lectures and Short Talks

Oral Assignments: Lectures and Short Talks


  • Introduction
  • Gain Self-Confidence
  • Engage Your Audience
  • Structure Your Talk
  • Short Talks Without PowerPoint
  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Negative and Positive Approaches
  • Conclusion
  • Summary of Key Points
  • References


You may be asked to make an oral presentation to your fellow students about some aspect of the course. This may be because you have a particular interest in this area. Or it may be that, as a pedagogic device, your tutor likes to involve all students in learning through such presentations. The presenter and the audience can learn from each of their presentations.

Presentations may be 15 minute short talks, or say, a 40 minute session involving 20 ...

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