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Academic Lecturing and Presenting in English

Werkstattseminar 3.3 (Modul 3, Wahlbaustein - alternativ Modul 2, Wahlbaustein)

Academic Lecturing and Presenting in English

This course provides you with training and practice in giving professional presentations and lectures in English. By the end of the course, you will know how to give a memorable presentation with a clear message. You will be given the linguistic tools in order to signal structure, build rapport with the audience, handle questions and close the presentation confidently. We will also discuss how to adapt your presentation to an audience of mixed English ability, and in the later sections of the course you will be given the opportunity to practise your English presenting skills and to receive individualized feedback.

In order to achieve its goals, the workshop will use both synchronous and asynchronous formats. The synchronous work will take place via Zoom, and in between Zoom sessions, participants will work through materials independently. On the first day, the workshop will begin with a get-to-know-you Zoom session and the structure of the course in terms of synchronous versus asynchronous activities will be given then.

On day two, participants will hold a presentation after lunchtime. For this reason, all participants will need to prepare a five to ten minute presentation in advance of the workshop, which they will then modify during the workshop to incorporate the techniques we have discussed. An email will be sent two weeks before the course begins with further guidelines on the presentations, and by the end of the workshop, participants will feel more confident in delivering content in English to heterogeneous audiences.


  • Use a variety of methods to open and close presentations
  • Signal structure to give audience a sense of direction  
  • Build a rapport with the audience
  • Handle (difficult) question and answer sessions
  • Adapt presentations so that they are suitable for international audiences


  • Powerpoint presentations and videos
  • Individual and pair work
  • Class discussion via Zoom
  • Practical exercises (synchronous and asynchronous)
  • Presenting practice
  • Individual and group feedback


  • Termin: Donnerstag, 04. November 2021, 09.00 bis 17.00 Uhr
    Freitag, 05. November 2021, 9.00 bis 17.00 Uhr
  • Ort: Online
  • Dozent: Dr. Darren Paul Foster
  • Anmeldeschluss: 21. Oktober 2021 (max. 12 Teilnehmer*innen)
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N.B.: Participants must have at least level B2 /upper intermediate to advanced English skills

Zur Person:

Dr Darren Paul Foster, from Cornwall, England, is a language lecturer at the Free University of Berlin who specializes in academic and professional skills courses. With an MA in European Languages and Cultures and a PhD in Modern Languages from Exeter University, he additionally offers workshops for other lecturers in intercultural competence, academic writing and professional presenting at various universities in Germany. As a qualified English teacher, he additionally offers workshops on classroom discussion, examining in English and using humour in seminars.

04.11.2021 09:00 – 05.11.2021 17:00

(Stand: 08.10.2021)