How to Make an Oral Presentation

How to Make an Oral Presentation

The purpose of this course is to teach students the necessary communication strategies to prepare and give a successful oral presentation.

We have more and more information and less and less time. Therefore, it must be presented in a concise, orderly and attractive way to catch people’s attention in any environment.


Professionals from specific groups who have to speak in public to persuade and sell products, or to defend an idea; students who have to describe a project in front of an examining board, government staff who have to present a service, teachers, etc. Or anyone who wants to improve this skill to be successful in any field.

We need to speak in Catalan. Although a written command of the language is not necessary, the students’ general training helps them understand the strategies studied during the course more quickly.


Teach students the factors involved in oral discourse, describe the structure of this discursive genre and teach the basic strategies for effective oral communication.


1. Introduction

2. The first difficulty: keeping nerves under control

3. Public speaking strategies

3.1. Non-verbal elements

3.1.1. Facial expression

3.1.2. The voice

3.1.3. Intonation

3.1.4. Attitude

Discourse examples

3.2. How to be natural and informative

4. We assess an oral discourse using a guideline.

5. The three parts of an oral presentation

5.1. Introduction summary

5.2. Development

5.3. Conclusion

6. The importance of the introduction and conclusion

7. Preparation, the key to success

7.1. We prepare the script: previous questions

7.2. We prepare the script: we look for ideas and organise them.

7.3. We practise it and assess ourselves using a guideline (teaching sequence 1).

8. Some tips for the end or final discussion

9. We try three types of speeches depending on the amount of time we have:

9.1. The 3-minute speech

9.2. The 3 to 5 minute speech

9.3. The 15 to 30 minute speech


6 hours (extendible to 10 hours, with the addition of practical exercises)