Advanced Academic English: Effective Slides


Communication Skills

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools


Participants should have an advanced knowledge of English so the language will not form a hurdle within this workshop. They should already have some experience with designing academic slides as they will have to bring own material to the second class.


Authentic examples from a broad range of disciplines, including the participants' own material, will be used to discuss various aspects of slide design, such as:

  • how to edit your content to fit this visual medium
  • how to support your main message
  • how to find the right balance between text and images
  • which colour scheme, titles, animations and figures to use
  • how to properly structure a slideshow

Analysis and comparison of examples will lead to deducing practical guidelines that will be implemented in productive exercises. Participants will receive both peer and teacher feedback to their slides.

This course does not offer an initiation to the use of PowerPoint or other programs, but gives insights into the practical implementation of the participants' (basic) knowledge of the software they use.

Placement test: No


The students learn how to make appealing slides and well-structured slideshows that make academic presentations more dynamic and the take-home message more memorable.

Time schedule & Venue

Course code

Dates   (2 sessions of 3 hrs)




SLID-2324-01 7 and 14 November 2023 09:00 - 12:00 ONLINE

Eveline Mainil


7 and 14 December 2023 

13:00 - 16:00 ONLINE Catherine Verguts

25 April and 2 May 2024

13:00-16:00 ONLINE Eveline Mainil

17 and 24 May 2024

09:00-12:00 ONLINE Catherine Verguts


Registration procedure

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

  • First semester: Follow this link for the registration and waiting list. 
  • Second semester: Follow this link for the registration and waiting list. 

Your registration will be confirmed by separate e-mail from the Doctoral Schools. Cancellation of your registration can only be performed by sending an email to

The no show policy applies.

Registration fee

Free of charge for the members of the Doctoral Schools.



Number of participants


Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% participation. After the final session, participants are asked to send in an academic slideshow.

After successful participation, the Doctoral Schools will add this course to your curriculum of the Doctoral Training Programme in Oasis. Please note that this takes up to one to two months after completion of the course.