Speaking in Academic Contexts

Presenting a seminar paper

Using Visual Aids 

Exercise 1 Turning text into slides

The following extract has been taken from a text which is intended to be read as an essay. Look at the slide which follows it and note down the differences between them.

Cunningsworth (1995, p. 38) stresses the importance of examining the type of activities in a coursebook in order to ensure that they serve a purpose. Wordlists and definitions do not have a place in coursebooks, neither do words out of context. The given activities should help raise students’ awareness of the relationships between words. He divides these into 4 areas which he suggests good vocabulary activities should make use of:

  1. semantic relations – word groups according to meaning, synonyms, hyponyms, opposites;
  2. situational relationships – word sets associated with particular situations, eg sport, transport, politics;
  3. collocations – words commonly found in association, eg food and drink, for better or worse, also noun+ preposition links and phrasal verbs (verb + particle links);
  4. relationships of form (often referred to as ‘word building’), eg long, length, lengthen

Slide 2

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