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Academic Lecturing and Presenting in English

Modul 2 – Wahlbaustein (2.2) oder Modul 3 – Wahlbaustein (3.3)

This two-day workshop provides you with training and practice in giving professional lectures and presentations in English. By the end of the course, you will know how to give a memorable lecture with a clear message. You will additionally be given the linguistic tools to signal structure, build rapport with the audience, handle difficult questions and close classroom presentations confidently. We will also discuss how to adapt your presentations to international audiences of mixed English ability, and in the later sections of the course you will be given the opportunity to practise your English lecturing skills and to receive individualized feedback.

As the workshop aims to be as practical as possible, we will hold short presentations after lunch on day two to give you all the chance to move from the theory to the practice and to receive feedback on your skills. For this reason, all participants are asked to prepare a 6-8 minute presentation in advance of the workshop on a topic that they would typically teach. Some more information will be sent on this a week or two before the workshop begins, and we will set aside time during the workshop to incorporate new techniques into the presentation.


  • Opening and closing lectures memorably
  • Signalling structure to give audience a sense of direction
  • Adapting presentations to international audiences
  • Building rapport with audience
  • Handling (difficult) question and answer sessions

After the seminar, lecturers will

  • feel more confident delivering content in English
  • possess a range of strategies for opening and closing presentations, maintaining the attention of the audience, and handling difficult questions
  • understand where their own strengths and weaknesses lie
  • be able to adapt presentations to fit heterogeneous and international audiences

Prerequisites: Participants must have a minimum of B2 level English.


Event Information

Mon./Tue. 12/13 August 2024, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm each day

Online (access data will follow by e-mail)

Dr. Darren Paul Foster

Lecturers at the University of Oldenburg: free of charge
Lecturers from other universities: 255,- Euro

The workshop includes 20 work units.

Places are limited. Registration is required.
To register (Lecturers at the University of Oldenburg)
To register (Lecturers from other universities)
Registration deadline: 29 July 2024

Target group
Teachers at the University of Oldenburg (and other universities)

Zur Person: Dr Darren Paul Foster, from Cornwall, England, is a language lecturer at the Freie Universität 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.

Dr. Darren Paul Foster stammt aus Cornwall, England, und ist an der Freien Universität Berlin als Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben tätig, wo er Seminare zu akademischen und professionellen Schlüsselkompetenzen unterrichtet. Er bietet außerdem Kurse in der Hochschuldidaktik zu interkultureller Kompetenz, akademischem Schreiben und Präsentieren an verschiedenen Universitäten an. Als ausgebildeter Englischlehrer bietet er zudem Workshops zu bestimmten Gebieten hochschulischer Lehre an, darunter Kurse zum Prüfen in englischer Sprache, Verwendung von Humor in der Lehre sowie zur Führung produktiver Unterrichtsgespräche.

12.08.2024 09:00 – 13.08.2024 17:00

(Stand: 19.01.2024)  | 
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