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International Conference Presentations Tim Kelly University of Warwick
International Conferences International environment with a multitude of cultural expectations. The language will be English. Anglo-American / Western model.
Chinese University Teacher Training in English (CUTE) Cambridge & Warwick Tsinghua University, Lanzhou University Qinghai University, Xinjiang University Qinghai University, Xinjiang University Inner Mongolia University of Technology Inner Mongolia University of Technology Qufu Teachers’ University Qufu Teachers’ University Hebei University of Technology Hebei University of Technology
CUTE Strands English for Teaching English for Publication English for International Conferences
Dr Graham Lewis Centre for Academic Practice University of Warwick
Dr Lewis’s Conclusions “You are entertaining as well as presenting information.” “Papers are not presentations.” “You should throw your paper away and start again from the key issues.” It is a mistake to simply read your paper aloud.
Reading vs presenting
Problems with reading aloud “Reading…sends everyone to sleep.” You don’t engage the audience if you don’t look at them. Reading aloud in an interesting and engaging way is a difficult skill to master, even in your native language.
Overview Prologue & warning: papers are not presentations: beware of reading aloud! Useful language to structure the oral presentation of your paper Conference conventions Data from CUTE 2 project
Openings Right, well, what I want to try and do is to talk a little bit about… The title of my talk is… Today I’m going to talk about…
Thanking the Chair “Thank you (name) for that introduction…” “Thank you (name) for that introduction…” “Thank you very much (name)” “Thank you very much (name)” “Thank you for that kind and somewhat flattering introduction…” “Thank you for that kind and somewhat flattering introduction…” Saying how pleased you are to be present “I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to be here…” “I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to be here…” “It’s a great honour to be here today…” “It’s a great honour to be here today…”
Engaging with previous speakers “When I wrote this I hadn’t read (name)’s paper, but I think we’re… on the same wavelength…” “When I wrote this I hadn’t read (name)’s paper, but I think we’re… on the same wavelength…” “I would like to find a way of engaging with what (name) has been talking about and link it to some of the issues I’ve been grappling with…” “I would like to find a way of engaging with what (name) has been talking about and link it to some of the issues I’ve been grappling with…” Doing down / bigging up “I feel rather humble, given not only the panel, but the audience…” “I feel rather humble, given not only the panel, but the audience…” “…who were part of the esteemed Academy before I was…” “…who were part of the esteemed Academy before I was…”
Breaking the ice
Giving an overview
“So what I thought I’d do is…” “…discuss (x, y and/or z)” “Obviously when discussing (x) we do need to bring in an element of (y)… so I’m going to discuss that as well…” “And then finally move on to…” “And then I can touch on my research…”
Giving an overview Firstly I’d like to talk about… Then I’m going to discuss… Thirdly I’ll say something about… And finally I’ll try to draw some conclusions…
Limiting scope Time limits Excess of Detail Contended area
Time constraints “I’m not going to show you what the new economy is… because I only have, what, 17 minutes left?” “And I have to move forward because I have ten minutes…” “And to some extent, this is something that needs more argument than I’ve time to give here, but to some extent…”
Limiting scope Excess of detail “I won’t bore you in great detail…” “I’m not going to talk in detail about this, but I do want to mention…” Contended area / Other “I won’t talk about statistics at all - I know what a serious bone of contention it is. “Theology is politics; politics is not theology, but I’m not going into this debate here.”
Transitional Stages (Moving from one part of your talk to the next) What I want to do now is move away from talking about the epidemic… and start talking about the virus.
A few features A few features DDDDefining CCCClarifying CCCComparing and contrasting CCCCiting EEEEvaluating EEEExplaining through example / reformulation RRRReferring forwards and backwards SSSSequencing SSSSignalling importance SSSStructuring via rhetorical questions SSSSummarising and ending QQQQ & A
Clarifying & reformulating “I should clarify that…” “Well maybe I need to explain this. I think it’s because…”
Making evaluative comments “The nominal group technique has many advantages.” “I think this argument is convincing (in relation to…)” “I’m sceptical about that.” “I think this is almost a complete fiction.”
Importance markers “The important message is…” “Now it’s important of course…” “The crucial thing is…” But the main factor is… That’s the key point.
Concluding remarks “Let me wind up here…” “I’m afraid that this is one of those talks which end up by saying there are no simple answers.” “The story warns against essentialising… and in favour of taking into account a very wide range of factors and looking to a wide range of solutions.”
The Importance of the Social
Tips Avoid speaking too fast or too softly. Avoid engaging with your computer / the screen rather than the audience. Avoid putting too much detail on slides. There is no point displaying graphs and tables if the audience can’t read the data in them. Keep to time. 100 words a minute maximum Work hard in advance on your pronunciation Practice / rehearse your speech
The biggest sin of all! “The biggest sin of all is taking time from another person’s presentation. Never, ever, overrun to the point where you are jeopardising the presentations of other speakers. If you do so you have managed to ignore the Chair, shown disrespect to the other speakers and your audience, and demonstrated your inability to plan or pay attention.” “The biggest sin of all is taking time from another person’s presentation. Never, ever, overrun to the point where you are jeopardising the presentations of other speakers. If you do so you have managed to ignore the Chair, shown disrespect to the other speakers and your audience, and demonstrated your inability to plan or pay attention.” [BAAL] [BAAL] (British Association of Applied Linguistics) (British Association of Applied Linguistics)