Tohid Asef Tohid Asef

effective presentation
upper-intermediate level


In this business English lesson, students learn the strategies on how to deliver effective presentations through TBL (Task Based Learning). The lesson starts with students watching one of the videos from TED TALKS. Then, they discuss the criteria of a good presentation. Finally, they will have a presentation using the language and strategies learned in the lesson.


Abc Hand-out answer key
Abc Hand-out answer key
Abc Hand-outs
Abc overhead projection
Abc White board
Abc computer/laptop
Abc Markers

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of language and skills used for giving presentations in a business context

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist and specific information listening practice using a presentation by a businessman


Warmer/Lead-in (6-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The student watches one minute of a presentation about "why work doesn't happen at work". Then, the teacher stops the video and elicits from the student what the video contains. The answer is a presentation/talk to a number of audience. Then, the teacher asks him/her what makes a good presentation/presenter e.g: dress well, use body language, make eye contact, etc. The teacher gives the student two minutes to write his/her ideas down. Next, the teacher gives the student a paper containing ten tips for giving a good presentation. The student reads the tips and see whether their ideas are similar to the ones written on the paper. Finally, the student watches the next three minutes of the video and check the tips that the presenter follows, e.g: he smiles and makes eye contact with the audience, he uses his voice effectively, he tells stories,etc.

Exposure (12-15 minutes) • To provide a model of the task and highlight useful words and phrases

The student listens to the beginning of a presentation by the Director of Human Resources in an international company and answer the following questions: 1- What is the main aim of the presenter? 2- what kind of audience is he probably addressing? In the feedback, the student checks the answers with their partners and with the answer key that the teacher provides. In the next step, the student listens to the rest of the presentation and complete a form with detailed information from the presentation. Then, students check the answers with the answer key projected on the board. Next, the teacher gives students the stages of a presentation and ask them to put them in order. Students are, then, given some model sentences to match with each stage.The teacher provides the answers to each activity respectively.

Task (10-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

The teacher tells the student that he/she is going to give a presentation to him (the teacher). The student should imagine that he/she is speaking to a new recruit at their company. The student will have five minutes to prepare a short, two-minutes presentation. He/She will choose from a the following titles which are written on the board: 1- A general introduction to their company 2- An introduction to the organizational structure of their company 3- A new product or service being offered by the company 4- A summary of training opportunities within the company Then, the student delivers their presentation . The teacher reminds him/her that they should use the language learned in class and the strategies for an effective presentation which they watched in the video at the beginning of the lesson.

Language Analysis (6-8 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the task language

The teacher finishes off by giving some positive feedback and elicit some areas to work on. He also assigns students to record and listen to their presentation at home as a follow up exercise.

Web site designed by: Nikue