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Presenting in English - Difficult Cloze 3

Article and voice by David Harper

  

Activity by Steven Starry - (Alcorcón, Villaviciosa, Leganés)


Fill in all the gaps with the missing words, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. You can also click on the "[?]" button to get a clue. Click the this button again for another letter. You can also click on "[?]" for a different hint. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues! After this activity click on "Next Activity" above.
Rellena los espacios en blanco con las palabras que faltan. Haz click en "Check" para comprobar tus aciertos. Si te resulta difícil la respuesta utiliza el botón "Hint" y te revelará una letra de la casilla en la que te encuentres, puedes clickear varias veces en "Hint" y te dará cada vez una letra más de la palabra. Para obtener ayuda también puedes clickear en el botón "[?]" y te dará una pista. Perderás puntos con las pistas. Si quieres continuar con otra actividad, haz click en el botón que aparece arriba.

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A Brief Introduction to Presenting in English Part 3 – The Performance
The obvious problem when presenting in a language (in a different language) is nerves. However, by carefully planning your presentation we have reduced the amount of ´’ (to make a quick decision or give an answer quickly) that you will need to do. This will allow you to concentrate (preposition) the content of your talk, reducing the mental effort involved with navigating your way (preposition) the various stages of the presentation.
Furthermore, by preparing your introduction beforehand, you will be able to (to begin an activity in a way that makes it more comfortable or easier) the presentation allowing yourself to get over the most nerve-racking part of all; the first five minutes. Similarly, a (to practice beforehand) ending to the presentation will ensure you don't forget to leave the audience with the important points clear in their minds.
, (as we said previously) talk precisely and clearly; use emphasis and pauses to ‘punctuate’ your points. Keep your hands above your waist and use movement and body language to complement your voice in (to express your ideas and opinions clearly so that people understand them easily - don't forget "ing" in the verb after the preposition "in") your message. Do not turn your back (preposition) the audience when referring to the screen and try not to read (using the same exact words) from the displayed text; don’t forget, your audience can read.
Keep your notes (with timings) in front (preposition) you and refer to them when you need to. Don’t forget it is important to check the progress of the presentation (preposition) the schedule, so make sure you have some kind of timer available. This could be a wall clock, mobile phone or watch but if you use a wrist watch, take it (preposition) and put it (preposition) front of you.
You will need to decide if you you prefer taking questions during the talk or leaving them (up to) the end. We will cover this issue in the next episode.
Language to help you navigate the talk may include:
“To start off then ...............”
“To move (preposition) to my next point .............”
“To (to return) to what I was saying ...............”
“To give you an example of what I mean .............”
“To digress for a moment ...............”
“To summarise ................”
“To (to express briefly the important characteristics of the presentation) then ................”

Language to help you with your visual material may include:
“Take a look at this. . .”
“As you can see. . .”
“I'd like to . (to make aware of, señalar). . .”
You may ask, “what about questions and interruptions?” Well, in the next episode we will look at how to deal with unanticipated events and the language needed to (to succeed in dealing with a problem, superar) potential problems.