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E3a Oral presentation in English for scientific conferences - 21H

Training course objectives:

  • Speak English with confidence in yourself in front of your peers at scientific conferences, symposiums and seminars.
  • Know how to use your body (respiration, position, posture, gestures) to give rhythm to your discourse.
  • Effectively combat stage fright.
  • Know how to project yourself in space and hold your audience’s attention while giving authority to what you have to say.
  • Prepare a striking presentation with optimal use of space on the screen, colours, font sizes, etc.
  • Know how to summarise your information and cut out superfluous detail to make your presentation more dynamic.
  • Know how to use your presentation as a trampoline for expression and not as a crutch.
  • Improve your capacity to answer questions from the floor.
  • Be more spontaneous in speaking English.

Description of the training course:

This training course focuses on the importance of clear pronunciation, intonation, voice projection, the physical dimension of speech, the importance of body language in front of the public, courtesy, pacing your discourse, how to organise the PowerPoint presentation as a function of the time assigned to you, and how to improve your spontaneity. Part of the training course will be devoted to debates on controversial topics in order to provoke spontaneous feedback and dialogue. The trainees will proceed step by step with their presentations using a videoprojector, explain their work and answer questions from the instructor and the other trainees. The weak points of each trainee will be identified and corrected. Each trainee will give a complete presentation on the last day under near real conditions.

PhD students in the human and social sciences are welcome. They can learn how to summarise their messages efficiently within a limited timeframe.

Complément d'information :

The trainees must have a good level of spoken English in order to participate in this training course. They must also come with a real project to give a PowerPoint presentation based on their thesis work, and be equipped with a laptop computer and a USB key.

Responsable pédagogique :


Volume horaire :

 21 heures

Dates et horaires:

Session 1:  
22, 23 and 24 January 2018
Session 2:
12, 13 and 14 March 2018

From 10 a.m to 6 p.m

Capacité d'accueil :


Lieu :

Salle 103
Université de Lyon
92 rue Pasteur
69007 Lyon

Accès transport en commun :
T2 Centre Berthelot ( IEP)
T1 Quai Claude Bernard
Métro Jean Macé


The candidates must have a good level of spoken English. They must send a brief description of their work and telephone the instructor so he can assess whether they have the capacity to follow the course.