Advanced Academic English: Presentation Skills


Communication Skills

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools


Advanced knowledge of English. The language itself should not form a hurdle when presenting. The module "English Proficiency For Presentations" can act as a linguistic preparation to this course if necessary.


Participants learn how to hold a well-structured presentation which will be tailored to and leave an impression on its target audience.


This module of the Conference Skills trajectory investigates the necessary skills for a successful academic presentation. It tackles the following topics:

  • Preparing a presentation: pitching your project + tailoring your talk to the intended audience
  • Structuring a presentation: guidelines for a proper introduction, body and conclusion
  • Delivering a presentation: focus on vocal control and body language

Authentic footage is used to trigger class discussions. These will lead to guidelines which are implemented in interactive presentation tasks.

Placement test: No

Time schedule & Venue

Course code

Dates   (4 sessions of 3 hours) Time

Teaching room/Venue



19 April 2023 -10 May 2023

Weekly (3 hours) on Wednesday



Nils Smeuninx (UCT)


1 June 2023 - 22 June 2023

Weekly (3 hours) on Thursday


Veyrac 8

Nils Smeuninx (UCT)

Registration procedure

You can not register for this course if you have already followed the course 'Advanced Academic English: Conference Skills'.

Register by following this link.

Your subscription will be confirmed by separate e-mail from the Doctoral Schools.

If the course is fully booked, you can request by e-mail to to be added to the waiting list. Please mention your ID student nr.

Registration fee

Free of charge for the members of the Doctoral Schools. The no show policy applies.

Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% active participation. During the final class, the participants hold a short presentation on their research topic for an educated lay audience. They will be evaluated with a specific focus on structure and delivery of their presentation. This course counts as 1 transferable skills training in the cluster Communication skills.