Oral Presentation Skills for Students and Teachers

Oral Presentation Skills for Students and Teachers

It’s language, stupid! (New book by Michael Cribb) — 18 May, 2020

It’s language, stupid! (New book by Michael Cribb)

Ever thought there might be something missing from our understanding of the universe? Ever thought there may be some extra dimension curled up, hidden away right in front of us? What if language was that dimension, a fifth dimension in the fabric of the universe which unfurls itself whenever we think, speak or write? We all have access to this hidden world, or you wouldn’t be here reading this. Don’t pretend that you don’t! To use language is to broadcast our minds and expose our conscious thoughts. We orchestrate our societies in language – history, science, law, politics, and public discourse would not endure without language. The world would not exist without language! Come on a journey across, through and down this dimension to unravel the DNA of the mind. Along the way we’ll talk with AI, sneak a peek at infinity, and dabble in Quantum Mechanics. But it will be language which takes centre stage and language which ultimately reveals what it means to be human.


Available on Amazon in paperback or eBook.


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Intonation 5 – Tone unit: worked example (L2) — 3 December, 2019

Intonation 5 – Tone unit: worked example (L2)

When we speak, we tend to speak in ‘chunks’ – small groups of words. Each chunk has its own change in intonation and there is usually a brief pause before the next chunk. We call these chunks ‘tone units’ and these units appears to be one of the basic building blocks of speech. A tone unit is the minimum unit of speech which can carry intonation. It is typically a few words in length but can be a single word or syllable. Other terms for this unit are ‘intonational unit’ or ‘foot group’.

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Pitch & Tone — 23 June, 2017

Pitch & Tone

Difference Between Pitch and Tone

The difference between pitch and tone is very small and not easy to understand. Don’t worry if you still don’t understand after reading this – it will take some time before you do. Pitch is proportional to the fundamental frequency (F0) of a sound. However, pitch refers to how the human mind perceives (hears) the sound whereas frequency is an objective measurement that we can make with an instrument. The human auditory system is actually very sensitive to changes in pitch and pitch is one of the prime factors in creating perceived stress.

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Intonation 4 – Pitch Dynamism Quotient — 11 April, 2017

Intonation 4 – Pitch Dynamism Quotient

Pitch Dynamism Quotient is a measure of the variation a speaker has in the pitch of their voice over a length of speech. It can be considered as a measure of the ‘liveliness’ (Hincks, 2004) a speaker puts into their voice when making an oral presentation.

Pitch variation can be measured using the standard deviation, but since males and females normally have different pitch registers, a normalised value of the deviation is necessary in order to make valid comparisons.

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Intonation 3 – Use of pitch range — 7 April, 2017

Intonation 3 – Use of pitch range

When making an oral presentation, a skilled presenter will use the full pitch range in order to structure and segment their monologue. Pitch can be useful in a presentation to highlight, among other things, the division of the talk into spoken paragraphs (paratones). Less skilled presenters often use a narrower pitch range which gives them less headroom in which to show these divisions.

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Some Presentation Tips — 10 January, 2017

Some Presentation Tips

So, you’ve chosen to do Language in the Mind for your final year in university. (Either that or it was one of the mandatory modules you had to do if you chose the Language and Literature route). Good for you. I mean that with the most sincerity. There is a lot of work to be done in this module; a lot of reading will take up your time, but it is definitely one of the most intriguing modules I’ve done in my years here and has shown just how complex our minds really are.

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One Experience, Different Perspectives — 27 July, 2016
Oral presentation by random French girl —

Oral presentation by random French girl

I am here in Britain for the summer school experience in Coventry and I really got impressed to see that some topics are universal. I have known through my linguistics courses in France that the body language could be, in some way, a national way to express ourselves. But sometimes some gesture will not convey the same message according to the country from which you are coming from. Just to give you an example, I met a girl from Czech Republic and we had this little talk about how to wish for luck. In France we cross the fingers and in her country they just do a fist and shake it.

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How to hit your audience attention! — 26 July, 2016
Oral presentations, Erasmus and my piece of advice — 3 December, 2015

Oral presentations, Erasmus and my piece of advice


My name is Maria and I am an Erasmus student from Spain. This year I have been studying at Coventry University, this means that I have had to attend to classes which are taught in English, as well as the assignments. Because of this, I have had to work with English students and do my presentations in English. At this point, I would like to share with you my experience, and see if this can help other Erasmus students in order to be prepared when coming to study to Coventry.

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