a number of things have got me thinking about the visual aspects of the
presentations I give. And I was inspired to try out a new approach to preparing
the slides for my next talk.
Facebook discussion about tips for newbie presenters, someone mentioned the
impact that visuals can have; a picture speaks a thousand words and all that.
That got me thinking that I rarely use visuals and maybe I could include some
I read a really interesting article that suggested that when teachers use
text-heavy slides in class, students actually retain less of the information.
The article explains that this is because the overload of information (written
on the slides plus the teacher's commentary) can just be confusing, so neither
source quite hits home. The article was about high-school students (not especially
ELT), but I wondered whether the same principles might apply to conference
of course, I already try not to overload my slides with lots of text, but as
someone who talks primarily about language, it's a bit difficult to get away from
altogether. Never one to shy away from a challenge though, I thought I'd try
and give it a go.
weekend I've been putting together a talk for an EAP conference in St Andrews at
the end of the month. I realized I couldn't quite wean myself off words
altogether, but I've completely abandoned my usual style of slides with bullet
points of the key points and gone for a very low-text alternative. Here's a taster
any of you are in St Andrews and come along to my session, I'd be really
interested to get your feedback on how the slides work out. Did you like the
visuals or were you yearning for some old-skool bullet points?!
Labels: EAP, PowerPoint, presentation, visuals, vocabulary