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Presenting in English: How to Give Successful Presentations [Paperback]

Mark Powell , J. Marks
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1 Jan 1996 1899396306 978-1899396306 1
Resulting from research into what really makes presentations so successful, this book's approach combines the language and skills needed to give effective presentations. The book is aimed at intermediate to upper intermediate students and employs simple rhetorical techniques. It shows how to deliver complicated subject matter clearly and effectively and employs models for clarifying and dealing with questions. The skills training is step-by-step and the open format allows for personalized input. An accompanying cassette is available, whose recordings are designed to improve delivery.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Language Teaching Publications; 1 edition (1 Jan 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899396306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899396306
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 20.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 885,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Published by "Language Teaching Publication" this book is obviously intended for non-native speakers - which is exactly how I use it - for language and COMMUNICATION training of mainly European business people. However, it is so imaginative and well structured that I feel native-speakers would also benefit from the exercises.
Notice that I stressed the word COMMUNICATION. In my work I use "Presenting in English" to add new dimensions to language training and even the most advanced English speakers come away from training sessions with an altered view not only of their English, but also of business language in general and their approach to the art of presentations.
The book is highly structured into units covering every aspect of giving presentations - every unit is packed with stimulating and thought provoking examples which makes the work more interesting and dynamic as no two "students" approach some of the exercises in the same way.
My favourite section is "Simplifying" which contains some of the most thought provoking material and without a doubt has led each one of my students into a new pattern of thinking. And it's fun.
The sections on "Rhetorical Questions" are also highly amusing as we work through the exercises and my students develop their "acting" skills - using voice and expression in new ways often turns many grammatically correct but dry, turgid presentations into something much more dynamic.
There are 40 or 50 topics - they could be worked through systematically or you can pick and mix as I do. Every unit can be extended using actual examples composed by the student from their own work experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great--but a little misleading 9 Sep 2013
By Frank
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I have been waiting a long time for this book to be updated. The original edition (and mine is battered and tattered from overuse because it has been such a valuable resource) contains outdated information (such as the short presentation which contains reference to the "Twin Towers") and this edition revises that along with a few other things, although otherwise it is mostly the same. The CDs are also easier to use, of course, than the tapes. To me, it is the best book out there for presentations, and some sections are also good just in themselves for practice, for example, in the language of graphs and for general English pronunciation. My only objection (which is why I gave it only 4 stars) is that the amazon title suggests that it is all US English. The CD tracks, however, are given in a variety of English accents. This is really not a problem (actually it is probably a good thing), but the "US" heading is misleading. Overall, though, I highly recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Firstly, I should say I bought this book as a resource for teaching undergraduate, non-native speakers how to give an academic presentation in English - slightly different from the book's intended purpose.

Having said that, I was, frankly, disappointed to find that the book was mainly just a series of gapfill exercises - students just look at a list of words and then write the correct one in the gaps in a series of sentences. They can listen to the correct answers on a cassette (available separately). There were a couple of other exercise types, but overall I felt the book lacked imagination, merely providing the kind of worksheet that most teachers routinely create themselves anyway. The design was also unimaginative - there was little use of pictures or colour, for example, to make the pages appear attractive.

So much more could be done to improve this material, in terms of layout, appearance, more imaginative exercises, use of authentic listening texts, the use of listening PRIOR TO gapfill, inclusion of less-controlled activities for student practice, recycling of vocabulary... the list just goes on and on.

The only reason I did not give the book one star was that it does include some relevant language which could benefit students if taught and practised appropriately. It also addresses an area (giving presentations in English) in which there is a real dearth of carefully thought-out and well-produced material. The bottom line - at most I would use this book to supplement other teaching material, but I would say that if you had the book, you would only be slightly better off than if you did not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Business Presentations 1 Nov 2012
By Disser
This book is a very helpful resource for working 1-on-1 with higher level business students. It's relevant and useful practice for them, and the units on emphasis are especially approached well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Presenting English 2011 23 Nov 2011
By E. Browne - Published on Amazon.com
I love this book. I have used it in many English training programs and it is very rich in content and helpful. That said, it made me sad to see this book re-edited, and then find that the pictures were slightly changed (to a less attractive style, in my opinion) the lay-out re-done, but no updating of the text itself. There is an example that talks about the the future of the industry in Europe depending on the yen, and an example with 2005 as a future reference. The text was first published in 1996 - so in a way it's amazing how well it has vintaged. But to have 2011 as the new copyright date, without changes being made to update examples and then no reference to when the text was actually written is disappointing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Higher-Level Learners 5 Mar 2013
By Disser - Published on Amazon.com
Although the vocabulary in this book makes it difficult to use with learners who are not advanced, the techniques and exercises are extremely useful for teaching presentation and persuasion skills. Geared toward working professionals, this textbook includes using rhetorical questions, tripling, clarification, commenting on visuals, effective openings, dramatic contrasts, and dealing with questions. One of the reasons I like this book is because there is also a section on developing language - allowing me to push higher-level learners to expand their vocabulary range to sound more professional or switch into a more formal register. In addition, a large portion of the book works on pronunciation skills such as articulation, stress and intonation, thought-groups, and pacing.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for High to Advanced ESL Company Employees 2 Jan 2013
By Mary T. - Published on Amazon.com
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I contract out to a well-know international company where I tutor employees transferred to the states. This is the best book I have found for teaching business vocabulary/phrases/expressions that turn up in meetings at companies especially in retail. There is practice with the related prepositions and verbs.

The book is aimed at making presentations. My students don't have to do that, but they sometimes have to listen to presentations and they do have to participate in informal department meetings. Whether they are listening or speaking, they will run into the phrases, vocabulary and grammatical structures illustrated in the book. The units are a few pages each and include guided exercises. It comes with 2 CD's.

My chief complaint is that while the original version had recordings in North American English, the new edition's CD is spoken in British English. There are also issues uploading the content to itunes or MP3 players which means you need a CD player. I actually rely on an old tape player and the original tape that came with the first edition. I consider this an annoying drawback to using the recordings during a class session.
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