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.


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


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

Time schedule & Venue

Course code

Dates   (4 sessions of 3 hours) Time

Teaching room/Venue



5 until 26 October 2023

Weekly (3 hours) on Thursday


Veyrac 6

Nils Smeuninx (UCT)


14 November until 5 December 2023

Weekly (3 hours) on Tuesday

13:00 - 16:00


Nils Smeuninx (UCT)


18 April until 16 May 2024

Weekly (3 hours) on Thursday



Nils Smeuninx (UCT)


6 until 27 June 2024

Weekly (3 hours) on Thursday


Veyrac 4

Nils Smeuninx (UCT)

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

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.

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.