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ARTS: Conference Presentations: Preparation and Delivery


Careful preparation and clear communication are key to delivering a successful conference presentation in an international context. This course aims to provide PhD students with insight into the key characteristics of effective academic oral presentations, as well as with knowledge and tools to develop skills and confidence in communicating research-related material in English.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, students should

  • Be able to apply rhetorical strategies to the preparation and delivery of academic presentation
  • Be able to evaluate and write conference abstracts
  • Be able to use appropriate linguistic strategies and techniques to deliver clear and engaging academic presentations in English
  • Have improved their overall ability to deliver conference presentations in English


This is a skills-oriented course on preparing and delivering conference presentations.

  • The first two sessions focus on applying a rhetorical approach to effective academic presentations as well as on appropriate English language skills for presentations. The main emphasis is on strategies for successfully preparing, organizing, and delivering presentations, including writing the conference abstract, as well as for communicating effectively in English in academic contexts.
  • The third session is an optional workshop in which students work on their argumentation and abstracts by means of peer and instructor feedback.
  • The fourth session gives students the opportunity to deliver short academic presentations and to receive peer and instructor feedback.

The teaching methods include a combination of teacher presentations, class and small group discussion, short exercises, and individual practice presentations followed by peer and teacher feedback.         

Supplemental information

The course materials and instructions for the assignments will be available in Brightspace a few weeks prior to the first session.

The course is for PhD students at Arts, Aarhus University

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, though priority is given to PhD students from the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University

Bring your computer or tablet.  

Successful completion requirements

Students are required to actively participate in the three obligatory sessions, read several short chapters and articles, complete several short assignments, and prepare, discuss, revise, and deliver a 10-minute academic presentation to receive 1.5 ECTS credits for the course.

Dates E21:

  • 4 November from 9.00-15.00 - Aarhus University, building 1911, room E3 317
  • 11 November from 9.00-15.00 - Aarhus University, building 1911, room E3 317
  • 18 November from 9.00-12.30* - Aarhus University, building 1911, room E3 317
  • 2 December from 9.00-17.00** - Aarhus University, building 1911, room E3 317

 *Optional workshop

**Participants will be assigned to meet in smaller groups for half of the day.

Course 2021

Aarhus University, Aarhus:

  • Day 1: 4 November, (9:00-15:00)
  • Day 2: 11 November, (9:00-15:00) 
  • Day 3: 18 November, (9:00-12:30)*
  • Day 4: 2 December, (9:00-17:00)**

* Optional workshop - location: Aarhus University, building 1911, room E3 317

** Participants will be assigned to meet in smaller groups for half of the day - location: Aarhus University, building 1911, room E3 317

Registration deadline: 15 October 2021


  • ECTS: 1.5
  • Language: English
  • Span: 35-40 hours
  • Course certificate: upon satisfactory completion
  • No. of participants: Min. 6, max. 12
  • Location: Aarhus University, building 1911, room E3 317