Advanced Academic English: Conference Skills


Communication Skills

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools


Advanced knowledge of English. The language itself should not form a hurdle when presenting.


This course improves your presentation skills at conferences and scientific seminars. Participants learn how to hold a well-structured presentation which will be tailored to and leave an impression on its target audience.


This semester course compiles various elements of the conference skills modules (except for Academic Posters).
The following topics are discussed:

  • How should you adapt your language to the medium, register and audience?
  • How can you pitch your research project?
  • How can you properly introduce and conclude your talk?
  • Which techniques can you use to structure the body of your presentation?
  • How can slides properly complement your presentation?
  • How can you overcome difficulties you may encounter?
  • How can you manage voice control and body language?
  • What should you pay attention to during a Q & A?


  • Observe: authentic footage is used to focus on separate skills and features
  • Analyze: practical guidelines for effective presenting are drawn up and discussed
  • Create: new insights are put to practice in the context of the participants' own research multiple times throughout the course. Both the teacher and peers will give feedback to these presentation tasks.

Placement test: No

Time schedule & Venue

Course code

Dates    (1 course = 10 x 2 hrs)


Teaching room/Venue


on following dates:

Mondays 10 + 17 + 24 February +

2 + 9 + 16 + 23 + 30 March +

20 + 27 April 2020


from 12:00-14:00


Technologiepark Zwijnaarde, room to be determined


on following dates:

Tuesdays 11 + 18 + 25 February +

3 + 10 + 17 + 24 + 31 March +

21 + 28 April 2020


from 13:00-15:00


Room Veyrac 8 (3rd fl), University Language Center, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 136, Gent


For PhD students from ELIN and INTEC, the UCT is organizing an Advanced Academic English Conference skills course (10 sessions of 2 hrs) at Technologiepark in Zwijnaarde. in spring 2020.

Note: Please bring your own refreshments. The Doctoral Schools don’t provide these unless mentioned otherwise.

Registration procedure

You can not register for this course if you have already registered for Academic Posters, English Proficiency for Presentations, Effective Slide Design and/or Presentation Skills in English.

There is no need to register at the University Language Centre!

Register by following this link:   Your subscription will be confirmed by separate e-mail from the Doctoral Schools.

If the course is fully booked, you can request by e-mail to to be added to the waiting list. Please mention your ID student nr.

Please read the cancellation policy: cancellationpolicycourses

Registration fee

Free of charge for the members of the Doctoral Schools. The no show policy applies: no-show policy UGent



Number of participants


Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

The participants will hold a presentation on their research subject for an educated lay audience towards the end of the course. This course counts as 1 transferable skills training in the cluster Communication skills.