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University of California, Irvine

Presentations: Speaking so that People Listen

University of California, Irvine via Coursera


Do you have to give presentations in school or at your work? Is it nerve-racking? Then you've come to the right place. Everyone gets a little nervous when they think about having to stand in front of other people and speak intelligently. This course will give you helpful tips for making effective speeches and delivering them well in typical American settings. You'll learn how to organize a presentation, how to make it memorable, and how to communicate clearly. In the course, you'll have several opportunities to demonstrate the presentation skills that you learn. This will help you gain the experience you need to be more confident when you give a speech in an American classroom or on the job. Learners will record several videos of themselves giving assigned presentations and upload the videos for peer feedback.

Please note that the free version of this class gives you access to all of the instructional videos and handouts. The peer feedback and quizzes are only available in the paid version.


  • Presentation Introductions
    • This is the second course in the Learn English: Advanced Speaking and Listening specialization. In this class, you will learn about giving an effective speech for an American classroom or organization. Learning the skills that effective speakers depend on will give you confidence in speaking in formal situations like classroom presentations. In this first week, you will learn about different types of presentations and start learning about presentation structure.
  • What to Include in a Speech
    • This week, we'll focus on the body of your presentation. This is where the important information is found, so it's important to present it effectively. Again, this week, you'll get a chance to practice the skills you learn and record yourself making a speech.
  • Preparing to Present
    • This week, you will learn some other tips for giving a good presentation in an American classroom business setting. You'll learn what to do before the presentation as well as during the presentation in order to be successful. Once again, you'll be able to demonstrate your skills and submit a video of your own presentation.
  • Other Tips for Presenting
    • Even if you write a great speech, there are more things to think about to ensure you have a great presentation. This week you'll learn about other ways to ensure you give a great speech. You'll have one more opportunity to give a speech and share the video of it for feedback from your peers.

Taught by

Tamy Chapman



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    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    It's a rather comprehensive and true to the reality in its approach to the material at hand. I find it quite appealing to know beforehand what I'm getting myself into. I hope to enjoy it as I progress further along!
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    Sushmita Deshpande is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    It's a good course where we can improve and learn a lot of things. This course is really very helpful and beneficial to everyone. It would be a great learning experience

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