This checklist refers to the 1999 EAP course only. It
is NOT relevant for the EAP 2000 course. New information on the new EAP 2000 Assignment 4
will follow shortly.
This checklist is to help you with Assessment Four of the EAP course.
If your answer to a question is No, refer to the books indicated, which are in
CILL, or the Internet sites. For more information see the blue EAP book. Click here to get this checklist in Microsoft Word
- Is your topic interesting? (Practise your presentation in front of your classmates and
ask their opinions.)
- Is your topic related to your main field of study, or a serious general interest topic?
- Have you checked with your teacher that your topic is O.K.?
- Have you thought of some main points covering the most important aspects of your topic?
a. Have you got an
- the topic of your whole presentation?
- some background information to show why the topic is important?
- a sentence describing the aim or purpose of your presentation?
- an outline of the main points you will talk about?
- a sentence telling the audience when they can ask questions; e.g. "Finally, due to
the short time we have today, Id like to ask you to keep your questions 'til the
b. Have you got some
main points containing:
- an ordering word or phrase; e.g. Firstly, next, lastly, finally, I'd now like to move on
to talk about...?
- the main idea?
- the reason why this main idea is important?
- details of the idea point?
- the use of a visual aid?
||Are these main points in order? The order can be in order of importance,
time, cost, quality, quantity, points for and against, or comparison and contrast, etc.
d. Have you got a
- some words showing that you have finished your main points and are now moving on to the
- a reminder of the purpose of the presentation
- a short summary of the main points
- the result or recommendation based on the purpose and the main points.
- an invitation for the audience to ask questions?
Interaction is two-way communication with your audience. Have you planned to make
eye-contact with your audience and to use hand movements to help you to explain things?
Optionally you can ask the audience simple questions, or ask them to raise their hands to
vote on something. The audience may ask you questions at the end of your presentation, so
you will need to interact by answering them.
- Is your presentation formal enough? However, as you know your classmates well, don't use
English which is too formal.
- It is O.K. to make funny comments, as long as they are funny, and not rude.
- If there are any words in your presentation that you think your audience, including your
teacher, will not understand, explain them.
5. Accuracy of grammatical structures and vocabulary
Have you practised your presentation with someone who can correct your grammar?
6. Range of grammatical structures and vocabulary
If you don't know how to say something in English, have you found out; e.g. from your
teacher or from a teacher in the Centre for Independent Language Learning (CILL) (Room
L009, G/F, E Core)?
Can you correctly
pronounce all the important words in your presentation? You can:
- listen to a word on the Internet
- ask your teacher.
- ask a CILL teacher.
- use the Longman
CD-ROM dictionary in CILL to listen to a word.
8. Fluency of speech
- Will you use small cards with notes to remember what to say next?
- Will you practise your presentation to improve your fluency?
- If someone asks you a question and you need some time to think of an answer, will you
use fill-in expressions; e.g "Well, that's an interesting question. Very interesting.
Now let me see. Yes. Well. Hmmm."?
- If you can't understand a question, will you ask, "I'm sorry, could you explain
your question in more detail?"
9. Will you use high-quality support materials?
You can use:
- the overhead projector. Check before the presentation
that you know how to turn it on, that the light is shining at the screen or whiteboard,
and that it is in focus so the audience can see clearly. Your transparencies must be of
high quality. Use a pen, not your finger, to point to things on the transparency. Use a
piece or paper to cover parts of the transparency that you don't want the audience to read
yet. You can write notes on this piece of paper.
- photographs. They must be at least A4 paper size so that the audience at the back of the
room can see them clearly. If you want to pass them round the audience, do it after the
presentation, so that the audiences attention is always on you.
- the white board. Make sure you have pens, and an eraser to clean the board before the
next presenter uses it. You can put pictures on the board using small magnets, tape or
- short audio or video recordings. Make sure that you have a video or audio tape player,
and wind on your tape to the right starting place. Have some pictures or the script in
case something goes wrong.
Useful Materials in CILL and the Library
- Presenting Facts and Figures (Business Shelf Intermediate Level) Library: PE1115
- Effective Presentations (Learning Video Shelf Intermediate level) Library: PE1115
- Giving Presentations (Business Speaking Shelf-Upper-intermediate level) Library: P91.M37
For more details, see http://elc.polyu.edu.hk/CILL/presenta.htm