Presentation skills for effective teaching and learning


Although we tend to concentrate on our presentation skills when teaching, they will not be effective unless the session had been carefully designed. However, it is important that we have a level of competence in presentation skills. These include the following points:

  • Start with smiling at the audience, and introduce yourself. Greet them with “Good Morning” etc.
  • Start with stating the purpose and learning outcomes of the lecture.
  • Speak so that you are audible, keep a steady pace, take some pauses, and introduce some variety of tone.
  • Use language which is accessible to your audience, avoid jargon unless you are talking to specialists.
  • Avoid reading directly from your notes or a text, unless it is a very short key section.
  • If you are not sure that you are audible check with someone in the back row.
  • Maintain eye contact with the audience. Ensure this spans the entire room, not just the middle and the front row.
  • As you move from topic to topic during the lecture introduce the change of ideas.
  • When you introduce an activity make sure the instructions are clear to the students. It is often helpful to display these visually as well as explaining them orally.
  • Ensure that there is time for summarising the main points at the end

Comments are closed.