MPJ_PJPS Presentation Skills

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Ing. Mgr. Blanka Pojslová (lecturer)
Mgr. Bc. Eva Punčochářová (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Bc. Eva Punčochářová
Language Centre, Faculty of Economics and Administration Division - Faculty Branches of University Departments - Faculty of Economics and Administration
Contact Person: Mgr. Lucie Jurková
Supplier department: Language Centre, Faculty of Economics and Administration Division - Faculty Branches of University Departments - Faculty of Economics and Administration
Timetable of Seminar Groups
MPJ_PJPS/01: Wed 10:00–11:50 S305, E. Punčochářová
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 14 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 9/14, only registered: 0/14, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/14
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
At the beginning of the course students should:
- have upper-intermediate knowledge of English (B2).
Main objectives of the course:
- to acquaint students with basic techniques used in the process of preparing and giving a presentation;
- to extend their range of vocabulary related to this discipline;
- to practise the newly learnt skills in front of the audience.
By the end of the course students will:
- have improved their presentation as well as English language skills;
- have become familiar with various presentation techniques and their practical application;
- will be equipped to give professional presentations in the commercial sphere.
Learning outcomes
By the end of this course, students should:
- improve their presentation skills,
- handle various presentation formats
- provide other students with constructive feedback and be able to do self-reflection.
  • 1.INTRODUCTION - key features of an effective presentation, getting started, stating your purpose, different ways of attracting the attention of the audience, making an immediate impact on the audience, how to introduce yourself and your talk.
  • 2. EFFECTIVE OPENINGS - problem technique, amazing facts technique, story/anecdote technique, signposting, survival tactics.
  • 3. EXPLOITING VISUALS TO MAXIMUM EFFECT - introducing visuals, commenting on visuals, description: shapes, trends, changes and developments.
  • 4. CAUSE, EFFECT AND PURPOSE - key words and phrases for linking ideas, giving facts and reasons behind them, linking the parts, sequences/ordering, comparing, digressing, contradicting, giving examples.
  • 5. USING YOUR VOICE - articulation, chunking, stress, pacing, intonation, well-known sayings, idioms, sound-scripting.
  • 6. THE RIGHT KIND OF LANGUAGE - advantages of speaking versus reading, personal and impersonal language styles, changing written language to spoken language, emphasis.
  • 7. FURTHER BASIC TECHNIQUES 1 - focusing, softening, repetition, rhetorical questions.
  • 8. FURTHER BASIC TECHNIQUES 2 - dramatic contrasts, tripling, machine gunning.
  • 9. FURTHER BASIC TECHNIQUES 3 - build-ups , knock-downs, simplification, creating rapport.
  • 10. BODY LANGUAGE - eye contact, facial expression, hands, movement, posture.
  • 11. KEY LANGUAGE - business terms, formality, useful expressions.
  • 12. HANDLING QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE - types of questions.
  • 13. Review.
    required literature
  • Presentation Skills exercise book - available in the online course materials.
    recommended literature
  • POWELL, Mark. Presenting in English :how to give successful presentations. Boston: Thomson,. 128 s. ISBN 1-899396-30-6. info
  • KLARER, Mario. Působivá prezentace a přednáška v angličtině. Translated by Marta Ševčíková. 1. vyd. Praha: Grada, 2007. 154 s. ISBN 9788024718088. info
Teaching methods
individual and group projects, presentations, class discussion
Assessment methods
Final mark awarded after the following requirements have been met:
- 80% attendance;
- completion of homework;
- presentation of three given topics;
- active participation in class.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Autumn 2020, Spring 2021.
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