Advanced Academic English: Presentation Skills


Communication Skills

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools


Advanced knowledge of English. The language itself should not form a hurdle when presenting. The module "English Proficiency For Presentations" can act as a linguistic preparation to this course if necessary.


Participants learn how to hold a well-structured presentation which will be tailored to and leave an impression on its target audience.


This module of the Conference Skills trajectory investigates the necessary skills for a successful academic presentation. It tackles the following topics:

  • Preparing a presentation: pitching your project + tailoring your talk to the intended audience
  • Structuring a presentation: guidelines for a proper introduction, body and conclusion
  • Delivering a presentation: focus on vocal control and body language

Authentic footage is used to trigger class discussions. These will lead to guidelines which are implemented in interactive presentation tasks.

Placement test: No

Time schedule & Venue

Course code

Dates   (4 sessions of 3 hours) Time

Teaching room/Venue



19 April 2023 -10 May 2023

Weekly (3 hours) on Wednesday



Nils Smeuninx (UCT)


1 June 2023 - 22 June 2023

Weekly (3 hours) on Thursday


Veyrac 8

Nils Smeuninx (UCT)

Registration procedure

You can not register for this course if you have already followed the course 'Advanced Academic English: Conference Skills'.

Register by following this link.

Your subscription will be confirmed by separate e-mail from the Doctoral Schools.

Registration fee

Free of charge for the members of the Doctoral Schools. The no show policy applies.

Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% active participation. During the final class, the participants hold a short presentation on their research topic for an educated lay audience. They will be evaluated with a specific focus on structure and delivery of their presentation. This course counts as 1 transferable skills training in the cluster Communication skills.