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Giving Academic Presentations, Second Edition

Second Edition
Susan M. Reinhart


Giving Academic Presentations provides guidance on academic-style presentations for university students. A goal of the text is to make presenters aware that giving an effective academic presentation requires mastery of a broad range of skills.

The presentation genres addressed in the book are: making introductions, describing and comparing objects, explaining a process, defining a concept, and giving a problem-solution speech. Among the many academic skills and concepts addressed in the book are:

  • Examination of major speech types and the accompanying organizational strategies
  • Discussion of speech overviews and suggestions for designing them and creating visuals to accompany them
  • Suggestions for speaker-listener interaction including checking for understanding, soliciting questions from the audience, preparing for and responding to questions, and interrupting the speaker to ask questions or request clarification
  • Discussion of the importance of using evidence in academic speaking and the advantages of using certain types of evidence
  • Suggestions of ways to qualify claims and strategies for making weaker or stronger claims
  • Practical advice about preparing and practicing speeches
  • Opportunities for presenters to evaluate their own and others' work

The Second Edition includes many new tasks and additional speeches; more attention to working with and using visuals; information about computer projection and using PowerPoint; and new sections on presenting biographical information, referring to handouts, and giving research presentations.

Product Details

  • 8 x 10.
  • 200pp.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 2013
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-03509-0

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  • $25.95 U.S.

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