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Presentations - types and structures

business presentations in English

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LESSON OVERVIEW

In this lesson about business presentations in English, students discuss presentation structures in depth, watch a video with tips on giving presentations, and learn useful words and phrases related to the topic.

The lesson is the first of the three-part series of lessons about delivering presentations. You will find the second part of the series here and the third part of the series here.

B2 / Upper Intermediate60 minStandard LessonUnlimited Plan

VOCABULARY & VIDEO

The lesson starts with a matching exercise in which students learn some common collocations (e.g. step up your game, nooks and crannies). After that, students use the collocations to complete six statements referring to business presentations (e.g. joking during a presentation, using visual aids). Then, students discuss if they agree with the statements or not. Before watching the video about virtual presentations, students decide whether the tips listed in the task should be on the ‘do’ or ‘don’t’ list. They watch the video and check their answers. During the second viewing, students have to answer a few comprehension questions about the video. This task is followed by a short discussion during which students share their opinions on what they learned from the video. 

TYPES & STRUCTURES OF BUSINESS PRESENTATIONS

This part of the lesson starts with a vocabulary exercise. Students read a short text explaining what an elevator pitch is, and find words (e.g. affable, detract from) which match the given meanings. Then, they briefly discuss the idea of an elevator pitch and other types of business presentations. After that, students match descriptions to four types of presentations (e.g. annual stakeholder report, team briefing). In the last part of the lesson, students do a speaking activity in which they talk about structures of different kinds of presentations (e.g. pitching an app to investors, giving a demo for the MVP). They also brainstorm possible challenges each of them presents, and discuss what tips they would give to a person delivering the presentation. 

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  1. Cris Wolves

    Powerpoint needs correction on page 18-19. Things are not in the right place

  2. Cris Wolves

    Powerpoint needs correction on page 16-17. Things are not in the right place

    1. Stan

      Cris, are you sure you’re referring to the right slides? Only slide 16 has a ‘moving’ element and slides 17-19 are static. Nevertheless, I checked these slides in Chrome, Safari and Mozilla and everywhere it all renders correctly. Please email us at [email protected] with a screenshot of the misalignment and info what browser you use.

    2. Neil Stead

      If you’re downloading the e-lessons as Powerpoint slides, you need to ensure you have the correct fonts installed on your computer – otherwise your computer will substitute them for a different one, which may not be the same size, and therefore affect layout.

      Most of the ESLBrains Powerpoints seem to use the Signika font. If you Google “Signika font”, you can download it for free. Install the font files on your Mac or PC, and you’re good to go.

  3. Shirley Sims

    wow! Really useful the lesson!

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