What do students say about the process of preparing for and delivering an oral presentation in front of their classmates? Here are some comments from students involved in the research. (All names are pseudonyms.)

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Questions asked:


Overall, how well do you think you did in your presentation?

 

4.Emma

er I was not er-I think was ⇗ OKAY
I wasn’t really ⇘ STRESSed
and I feel er –
I think that was yes it was ⇘ OKAY
I didn’t really LOST all my WORDS at a ⇗ MOment and er-
yes I was I was er →HAPPY about my presen-
what I have done for my ⇘ presenTAtion

 

7.Eva

er (.) I think our presentation (.) er was ⇗ GOOD
erm (.) but er at the start I was little bit ⇗ NERVOUS

 

12.Anna

it was total ⇘ diSAster .hhh hh .hhh [LAUGHTER]
my presenTAtion yeh
because I’m not er very well PREPARED for that ⇘ presenTAtion
because I have er (.) three ⇘ presenTAtion
in that ⇘ DAY
so (.) it’s the ⇘ REASON why

 

13.Paul

mm (.) not as (.) as good as I ⇘ WANtedyeh
er I was a bit ⇗ STRESSed
and er (.) reading too much my ⇗ NOTES
mm (.) yeh basically other ⇘ STUFF

 


What went well?

 

5.Peter

the GOOD point were that (.) I was not feeling very ⇗ NERVOUS
and that I spoke really ⇗ CLEARly
to to make MYSELF more ⇘ underSTANDable for the others

 

7.Eva

7-Eva

12.Anna

I think nothing gonna be er very well on that presentation
[nothing?]
nothing

 

13.Paul

I ⇗think
I don’t think I have MADE so much -MIstake
in the ⇘ GRAMMAR or thing like that
er (.) I’m not sure
it’s just my .hh hh [LAUGHTER] just my opinion
erm (.) er yeh (.) maybe in the accent
I think it was (.) okay
er basically I think yeh

 


 What problems if any did you experience?

 

7.Eva

mm (.) maybe I could er (.) er more (.) train er (.) our- my oral ⇗ presenTAtion
but in content I think (.) it will be enough for this ⇘ presenTAtion

 

6.Sarah

yes
take my time
and er (.) pronounce er
I tried to do it so fluently
and to go fast
and it wasn’t needed
especially when the audience wasn’t English speaking

 

12.Anna

12-Anna.gif

 

13.Paul

speaking too fast
erm (.) bit nervous
er (.) yes yeh basically I was speaking too fast
so it was a bit short
my parts were a bit short
yeh

 

17.Lily

mm I think (.)
my voice is
I heard a video
and it’s always very shaking my voice
because I’m nervous
even though it was a small presentation
in front of classmates
mm it’s easy to make me feel nervous
this is the point I need to improve
and er mm I think I also need to improve the vocabulary I use
I think

 

20.Lee

er (.) maybe the grammar part
and yeh
and too many intervals during the speaking
and a lot of grammatical errors

 


Did you use a script (notes) during the presentation?

Research Notes – PDF file

 

4.Emma

no I just have notes to remember the key words
I didn’t have-
I didn’t (write) any script
to not be just on my script on reading
I didn’t want that
didn’t want it
so I’ve just prepare er (.) prepare some notes
and er I’ve done three or four times
no maybe five times the presentation
alone with two of my friends
who didn’t know about my subject
and er with the two friends I was doing the presentation
we prepare ourselves together
we do it two times before

 

7.Eva

7-Eva-b

 

12.Anna

I used ⇘NOTES
for my ⇘presenTAtion
yeh it -HELPed me
because whe- when er if I I haven’t got any SCRIPT I couldn’t say ⇘NOthing
I think ⇘SO

 

18.Dai

because I prepare lot of time
and if I forget I look the ppt [powerpoint slide]
(but you didn’t have any notes ?)
no I don’t have

 


Did you practice before the presentation? If so, how?

 

8.Zoe

8-Zoe

 

20.Lee

how did you practice?
erm (.) just look through (.) the whole (.) the other slides
and (.) look at my notes
just like this

 

did you speak at home by yourself out loud?
yes just one
do you think that’s good practice
yeh, I speak to a mirror

how do you normally practice?
erm it usually takes a few days
and maybe some discussion with the team members
er this times is the French team members
so we have different notion
on what we are going to present in the classroom

 


If you could do the presentation again, what would you do differently?

 

8.Zoe

| erm (.) I think we should erm practice more (.) before |
| because (.) I will be honest with you |
| er we met two times |
| and er in the first time (.) we just made the presentation and didn’t practice |
| and the second time (.) we practiced |
| but (.) practice for once is not enough I think |

 

12.Anna

12-Anna-b

 

16.Cherry

mm maybe I will need to practice more hard
many times
this is erm-
I think this xx improve
just practice again
and er make me realise I need to change some word
become natural
yeh become natural

 

12.Anna

er I DEFINITELY I will be better ⇘ prePAred .hhh
and er (.) learn the whole ⇘ presenTAtion by heart
and BUT I couldn’t erm ⇘ DO it
because I I cannot enough TIME to ⇘ prePARE it