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The following ESL resources are available for Presentations:

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Language for presentations
Common phrases for opening, sequencing and closing a presentation.


Reading passages
The problem with PowerPoint (288)
BBC Magazine piece on the pitfalls of screen displays such as PowerPoint in presentations. (Despite the title, this is not specifically about PowerPoint). Useful points divided under clear headings. Language - idiomatic. [c740 words]


How to deliver an Oscar-winning presentation (109)
3.47 Humorous piece with serious advice made for native speakers. Fast delivery and a lot of information. Good visuals. May be useable with upper-int / advanced groups with plenty of lead-in and support (worksheets with specific comprehension tasks) NOTE: Clicking the 'text version' button at the bottom right of the screen will display (almost) the entire script.


Bad Public Speaking Example 1 (576)
What is says - university student gives rambling presentation on marketing



General English course books (adults)

New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book 

Peter Moore   Sarah Cunningham   
Module 5 Unusual achievements  Page 57   Speaking Task
Students listen to people talking about achievements and then work in groups to prepare a short talk on an achievement (invention / political advance etc.) they consider significant.

ESL lesson plans

Politics and the US Election

Complete lesson Vocabulary: politics, elections; skills: political issues.
US Election ESL worksheet 1 US Election ESL worksheet 2 US Election ESL worksheet 3 US Election ESL worksheet 4
Download Politics and the US Election (PDF)

Gender discrimination at work

Complete lesson Vocabulary: work clothes; skills: gender discrimination; grammar: reported speech.
Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 1 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 2 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 3
Download Workplace gender discrimination (PDF)

English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 1 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 2 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 3
Download English grammar notes: comparison with as...as (PDF)