English for Conferences

Titel English for Conferences
Dozent(in) Alisa Kasle-Henke, B.A., M.A.
Termin Blockveranstaltung, 14.-18.Februar 2011
Gebäude / Raum Raum 4098, Diathek Kunstgeschichte/Bildwissenschaft, Gebäude D

Inhalt der Lehrveranstaltung:

Professional and convincing presentations are a key to success in many fields. International academic conferences require that academic professionals are able to deliver their presentations to an international audience in English — comfortably and convincingly. In order to meet this challenge, they have to master not only the linguistic aspects of presenting in English but also pay attention to the cross-cultural differences in presentation styles.

Course objectives

In our 5 day intensive training you will:

Understand the elements of winning presentations

Learn and practice relevant English phrases and expressions for presentations

Develop an awareness of cross-cultural differences in presentation styles

Train and enhance your presentation skills in English

Learn how to visualize your presentation with the use of PowerPoint for international audiences

Become aware of your strengths in presenting and raise your comfort level when presenting in English


Who should attend

This training is suited to graduate students who plan on attending international conferences and who would like to enhance their presentation skills in English. In this one-week, intensive course we will interactively work on presentations and improve your style, form and confidence when presenting in English.


This course is entirely in English and taught by a native speaker. The discussions and lectures are lively and interactive. This is a chance to learn the important phrases needed to present in English, while paying attention to the appropriate form, style, and visualization for an appealing and effective presentation in English. Although the course will only run in the mornings, there will be work for you to be doing in the afternoon, so it is best if you can dedicate the whole week to the course.


Planning and Preparation

          Catching the audience’s attention

          Effective Openings

          Understanding presentation styles

Structure and Development

          Models of structure for English presentations

          Checklist for openings and conclusions

Rhetorical Devices and Body Language

          Applying rhetorical and stylistic devices in English

Dealing with an Audience

          Understanding international audience expectations

          Establishing rapport

          Handling questions

Use of Media

          Frequent PowerPoint mistakes

          Tips for PowerPoint and body language

          Creating “visual” slides in English

          Understanding cross-cultural differences in the use of visual aids


Fragen zu Kursinhalten an Alisa Kasle-Henke: