Course Description

Though there are similarities between teaching and presenting at a conference, there are also some key differences. There is a feeling that teachers must be good at giving talks because they spend so much of their time in front of an audience, but in fact the two activities require some different skills and strategies. One of the important distinctions is that teachers are almost always in front of their own students, who they get to know very well. Speaking at a conference means speaking for a relatively short time in front of an audience of unknown people. 

This course is the first of two courses on giving conference presentations. It will help you understand the different types of presentations, the advantages of giving a conference presentation, help you learn how to start with a presentation, and how to choose a topic.

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Getting started with Conference Presentations

Maria Fernanda Rodriquez

Course Author

Course Author

Sue Leather

Sue Leather is an ELT Consultant, Trainer and Writer. She is Director of Sue Leather Associates, an ELT Consultancy group which supports international ELT projects, both face-to-face and online. Sue has also written some 30 graded readers with publishers such as Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Cengage/National Geographic. She won the Language Learner Literature Award in 2005 for her reader Dead Cold and has been nominated twice. She is a board member of the Extensive Reading Foundation. ​An enthusiastic proponent of extensive reading, she has talked to teachers about using graded readers around the world.