Developing Presentation Skills in a Foreign Language

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Wednesday 10 May

TRACK 2:
PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATIONS

P R E S E N T A T I O N
Developing Presentation Skills in a Foreign Language,
Mr. Martin Businger, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland
Place: Room B5-31
Time: 9.15 – 10.00
Description: Speaking in front of an audience is a daunting task, even more so when a talk has to be delivered in a foreign language. Therefore, language learners who want to improve their presentation skills need training opportunities designed to promote the learners confidence and linguistic autonomy. The goal of my contribution is to propose guiding principles for presentation skills practice tailored to the needs of foreign language learners. I will give examples of how these principles can be put into practice.  Examples of the above-mentioned principles are: – Learners give a large number of short presentations (cf. the well-known time-on-task principle);  – A carefully structured presentation both supports orientation for listeners and allows for flexibility on the speakers part; – Learners in the audience are always given a task. According classroom activities have been developed in courses for German as a foreign language at university level.