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Conference Presentations: Preparation and Delivery

Careful preparation and clear communication are key to delivering a successful conference presentation in an international context. This course aims to provide PhD students with insight into the key characteristics of effective academic oral presentations, as well as with knowledge and tools to develop skills and confidence in communicating research-related material in English. 


After completing the course, students should

  • Be able to apply rhetorical strategies to the preparation and delivery of academic presentation
  • Be able to evaluate and write conference abstracts
  • Be able to use appropriate linguistic strategies and techniques to deliver clear and engaging academic presentations in English
  • Have improved their overall ability to deliver conference presentations in English

Content and format

This is a skills-oriented course on preparing and delivering conference presentations.

  • The first two sessions focus on applying a rhetorical approach to effective academic presentations as well as on appropriate English language skills for presentations. The main emphasis is on strategies and techniques for successfully preparing, organizing, and delivering presentations, including writing the conference abstract, as well as for communicating effectively in English in academic contexts.
  • The third session is an optional workshop in which students work on their argumentation and abstracts by means of peer and instructor feedback.
  • The fourth session gives students the opportunity to deliver short academic presentations and to receive peer and instructor feedback.

The teaching methods include a combination of teacher presentations, class and small group discussion, short exercises, and individual practice presentations followed by peer and teacher feedback.

Students will receive access to the course site and the pre-course readings and assignments in Blackboard by the registration deadline.

Successful completion requirements

Students are required to actively participate in all the sessions, read several short chapters and articles, complete several short assignments, and prepare, discuss, revise, and deliver a 10-minute academic presentation to receive full credit for the course.

Target group

  • PhD students at Arts, Aarhus University
  • Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, though priority is given to PhD students from the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University

  • if you come from another Faculty/University please write to the person under "Contact (Administration)


  • Minimum/Maximum enrolment is: 6-12
  • ECTS credits: 1.5
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Teacher: Stacey Cozart
  • Including: 
  • Morning coffee/tea, 
  • Lunchsandwich, water, coffee/tea and sweets

Course Aarhus F2020, March 10 (Nobelparken, Building 1481/262) and 17, 24 and 31 in Nobelparken, Room 1483/454.

Course Autumn 2020

Aarhus University, Aarhus:

  • Day 1: August 20, (9:00-15:00) 
  • Day 2: August 27, (9:00-15:00)
  • Day 3: September 3, (9:00-12:30) *
  • Day 4: September 17, (8:30-16/17:00) **

* Optional workshop.
** Participants will be assigned to meet in smaller groups for part of the time allotted for this session.

Registration deadline: August 18, 2020 (10:00 AM)
and course site opens in Blackboard. 

Academic contact person