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A25 - Oral presentation in English for scientific conferences - 21H

Accessible as Distance Learning
Total number of hours 21h


Keith HODSON, accent Europe


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


  • 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 summarize 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.


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 organize 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 human and social sciences are welcome. They can learn how to summarize their messages efficiently within a limited timeframe.


Session 1
January 27, 28 & 29, 2020 | from 10 AM to 6 PM
Opening date for registration: November 27, 2019

Session 2 - ONLINE 
Postponed to September 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 2020 | from 9 AM to 1 PM
Opening date for registration: July 8, 2020

Additional Information

ONLINE SESSION. Please make sure you have a computer and an internet connection to take part in it.