Giving Academic Presentations, 2e

by Reinhart

ISBN: 978-0-472-12878-5 | Copyright 2013


Giving Academic Presentations provides guidance on academic-style presentations for university students. A goal of the text is to make presenters aware that giving an effective academic presentation requires mastery of a broad range of skills. -->


The presentation genres addressed in the book are: making introductions, describing and comparing objects, explaining a process, defining a concept, and giving a problem-solution speech. Among the many academic skills and concepts addressed in the book are:

  • Examination of major speech types and the accompanying organizational strategies
  • Discussion of speech overviews and suggestions for designing them and creating visuals to accompany them
  • Suggestions for speaker-listener interaction including checking for understanding, soliciting questions from the audience, preparing for and responding to questions, and interrupting the speaker to ask questions or request clarification
  • Discussion of the importance of using evidence in academic speaking and the advantages of using certain types of evidence
  • Suggestions of ways to qualify claims and strategies for making weaker or stronger claims
  • Strategies and practice to improve pausing, stress, and intonation
  • Practical advice about preparing and practicing speeches
  • Opportunities for presenters to evaluate their own and others’ work

The Second Edition includes many new tasks and additional speeches; more attention to working with and using visuals; information about computer projection and using PowerPoint; and new sections on presenting biographical information, referring to handouts, and giving research presentations.

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Giving Academic Presentations (pg. i)
Contents (pg. vii)
Unit 1 Giving and Introduction Speech (pg. 1)
Unit 2 Describing and Comparing Objects (pg. 28)
Unit 3 Explaining a Process or Procedure (pg. 59)
Unit 4 Defining a Concept (pg. 93)
Unit 5 Giving a Problem-Solution Speech (pg. 132)
Unit 6 Putting It All Together (pg. 162)

Susan M. Reinhart

Susan M. REinhart is an author of Academic Interactions.