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English in in the Caribbean (Seminar) Prof. R. Hickey (Lecturer) SS 2007 (Term) English in Jamaica(Title of presentation)

(Your name[s] :)Maria Müller [and Michael Meyer](Type of credit, LN=Leistungsnachweis, QN=qualifizierter Nachweis, TN=Teilnahme, KW=Kulturwirt, RC=Reading course)Modul IV, VI or VIII

(Name, type of credit and module must be specified here for all authors of the presentation, as well as before each part.)

Please note
Please note:

  • If more than one person has worked on a presentation then there must be a slide before the section which each individual is responsible for. This slide must contain the following information:

  • Name of individual

  • 2) Type of credit

  • 3) Module number


First introduce yourself and say in a sentence or two what you will be talking about.

This is where you start your presentation. Bear in mind that a presentation is intended to offer general information in a visually effective and easy to comprehend manner. Avoid detail and concentrate on the overall picture so to speak.

During your presentation, look at and face the audience; maintain eye contact throughout and avoid unnecessary breaks or interruptions. Do not read from a script.

Structure of presentation
Structure of presentation

Always proceed from the general to the particular. Make sure you put your subject matter in a broad context so that hearers can understand the framework of your presentation.

Don’t put too much information on each slide (ten to twelve lines are enough). Make sure the text fits well into the middle of each slide using a font not smaller than 24 pt.

Your subject matter
Your subject matter

If you think people do not understand what you are saying, explain in a short aside (a sentence or two with a good example). Bear in mind that people do not usually ask you to explain something. You must guess by the expression on their faces what was not understood.

Be careful not to run out of time. Practice reading your presentation at home beforehand.


Summarise the main points of your presentation. You can do this as a list, i.e. “1,2,3, etc.” to make it maximally easy to understand.

Thank your audience for their attention.


Here you must enter *all* the books, articles and internet web pages which you consulted for your presentation. How to do this is explained on the ELE website under ‘Help for students’.

References can be taken, of course, from the Reference Guide on the ELE website and from the further websites such as Studying the History of English and Studying Varieties of English.

Cutting and pasting
Cutting and pasting

If you take material from the internet or other sources, then you *must* specify this clearly: the source must be given on each slide (in smaller font on the bottom). This applies to all text, tables, maps. It also holds from sections of books/articles you may type into your presentation.

The important point is that it must be clear what is your own contribution and what you have taken from elsewhere. Not specifying the latter is PLAGIARISM!

Technical tips i
Technical tips, I

  • Do not embed too many images in your presentation. Certainly if they are justified, but not just for effect. However, for all presentations about varieties of English make sure that you have maps of your region. When talking about authors, you can give a picture and dates of birth and death (if the latter applies)

  • Always, always run the spell checker through your presentation before you hold it. To do this choose Tools, Language and select English UK (or US). (German: Extras, Sprache, etc.) Then mark all slides and press F7 and go through the checking process.

Technical tips ii
Technical tips, II

  • If you need sound files, then bring these along separately (as individual files). Unfortunately, links to sound files from within PowerPoint tend not to work.

  • If you need phonetic symbols then you can use the phonetic font which is supplied on the ELE website. To use such symbols following the instructions on the following slide.

Technical tips iii
Technical tips, III

  • Go to the branch “Free downloads” further down the tree on the ELE website. Click on the option “Get the phonetic font” and then on “Download the phonetic font”. Save the file “X_Arial.ttf” to the directory “C:\Windows\Fonts” as explained on the right-hand side of the screen.

  • After you have done this you will notice that when in PowerPoint you can insert phonetic symbols via the option “Insert”, then “Symbol” and by then choosing the font “XPhon_Arial”.

Technical tips iv
Technical tips, IV

  • If you are going to show a presentation on any computer other than your own it is advisable to make sure that PowerPoint embeds the fonts you use into your presentation. To do this, choose “Options” in the “Tools” menu and tick the box “Embed True Type fonts”. Then select the first button “Embed characters in use only” (this is sufficient for all purposes).

Last point
Last point …

If you alter this presentation and “personalise” it, something which is quite legitimate for students to do, then make sure that you keep to the general framework (first slide, and others before sections by individual students, references and sources, etc.).

Do not use low-contrast colours, e.g. dark blue background with a black font, as these reduce the legibility of your presentation on the wall in class.