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Using Spoken English in Presentations

Slide#1: Intro slide to Using Spoken English in Presentations

Slide#2: Titled as ‘Presenter.’ There is a picture of Barret Whitener, and in this slide Mr. Whitener discusses his background and qualifications.  

Slide#3: Titled as ‘Communication’.  This slide is about communication. An assumption is stated regarding the proficiency level of listeners, that the expectation of the listener is fluent in English.  Discusses characteristics of communication such as clarity and understanding which result in good conversation flow.  A flow chart is presented in this slide with the words ‘clarity’, ‘understanding’ and ‘flow’. 

Slide#4: Titled ‘The Clarity Cup’.  It’s a model that illustrates techniques used when speakers are engaged in communication.  The techniques contribute to the clarification of the conversation.  The image of the model is a blue diagram of a cup that is being filled by each party engaged in a communication.  The accent of a speaker is discussed, grammar is discussed, verbs are discussed, vowel sounds are discussed, pauses in conversation are discussed, (pauses to think or find the right word).  These are elements that the “long time” or fluent speaker of English will make adjustments for, in a conversation with an ESL speaker.  Nouns are also briefly mentioned as being critical to the communication.  

Slide#5: Titled ‘Nouns’. Discusses nouns and mentions how English speakers rely on nouns to deduce meaning in the communication. It is mentioned that it is the nouns that causes most listeners to ask for clarification if the communication is not understood.

Slide#6: Titled ‘Syllables’.  It is mentioned that it is accurately articulated syllables which aid with the understanding of nouns, which facilitates the flow of communication. Syllables are mentioned because it is what is being focused on by a listener, when a speaker slows down pronunciation of words.