Category oral presentations

Pitch & Tone

Difference Between Pitch and Tone The difference between pitch and tone is very small and not easy to understand. Don’t worry if you still don’t understand after reading this – it will take some time before you do. Pitch is… Continue Reading →

Use of pitch range

When making an oral presentation, a skilled presenter will use the full pitch range in order to structure and segment their monologue. Pitch can be useful in a presentation to highlight, among other things, the division of the talk into… Continue Reading →

Intonation 4 – Pitch Dynamism Quotient

Pitch Dynamism Quotient is a measure of the variation a speaker has in the pitch of their voice over a length of speech. It can be considered as a measure of the ‘liveliness’ (Hincks, 2004) a speaker puts into their… Continue Reading →

Intonation 3 – Use of pitch range

When making an oral presentation, a skilled presenter will use the full pitch range in order to structure and segment their monologue. Pitch can be useful in a presentation to highlight, among other things, the division of the talk into… Continue Reading →

Some Presentation Tips

So, you’ve chosen to do Language in the Mind for your final year in university. (Either that or it was one of the mandatory modules you had to do if you chose the Language and Literature route). Good for you…. Continue Reading →

One Experience, Different Perspectives

It only took a two-week course to discover how a journey outside my country can change me, my views and my perspectives towards many things in life and how much I am fortunate to be a part of sweet eternal… Continue Reading →

Oral presentation by random French girl

I am here in Britain for the summer school experience in Coventry and I really got impressed to see that some topics are universal. I have known through my linguistics courses in France that the body language could be, in… Continue Reading →

How to hit your audience attention!

Being in front of number of people, presenting a topic in any area is a piece of art that you must be trained enough to succeed in. A successful presenter is a person who really attracts you from the first… Continue Reading →

Oral presentations, Erasmus and my piece of advice

Hello, My name is Maria and I am an Erasmus student from Spain. This year I have been studying at Coventry University, this means that I have had to attend to classes which are taught in English, as well as… Continue Reading →

Handling Questions

After a presentation, there is usually a period of time when the audience is able to ask you questions. It is important during this time that you: stay professional don’t relax too much answer the questions to the best of… Continue Reading →

Intonation 2 – the tone unit

In my previous post on intonation, I talked about the phonological paragraph and how intonation can be used to segment these in a presentation. This is an important device that an expert presenter will use to give their talk structure… Continue Reading →

To steeple or not to steeple?

I often give advice to my students on body language when they are preparing for oral presentations. One important aspect of body language is gestures: what we do with our hands and arms as we speak? Do we put them… Continue Reading →

Intonation

Intonation can be defined as the rise and fall of the pitch of the voice over a group of words, usually called a ‘tone unit’. A tone unit is a group of words (but can be a single word) under… Continue Reading →

STUDENT BLOG: The art of public speaking

I refer to it as an art, because speaking, or presenting, in front of an audience can be a similar experience to acting, which is an art. Speaking in public is an experience that gives you the chance to create…. Continue Reading →

STUDENT BLOG: Doing a presentation can be…

… incredibly nerve-wracking and stressful, especially if you’re the kind of person (like me) who hates standing up in front of people. In fact I believe it’s more worrying to stand up in front of people you know, because as… Continue Reading →

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