We know that a powerpoint is a slideshow presentation using Microsoft software and connecting an electronic device such as a computer laptop or tablet to a projector.

Today, a presentation is also commonly made on google Drive and shared in process between the student and his teacher.

A powerpoint is usually a live presentation to an audience and narrated by a speaker.

It can also be a standalone presentation with additional notes to explain the points.

Ideally, a handout to the audience is useful to support the presentation.

It is very important to understand the technique for making slides on a powerpoint.

Online sources, like a library, can be used to help develop and create your powerpoint but ultimately it must be written in your own words.

There are some basic rules to follow for making a powerpoint.

There should not be too much information written on each slide, just enough for the audience to read and understand while you are speaking to them.

Each slide should be consistent with another as to format style and presentation.

In other words, the layout should be the same as regards colour background and text, size of text and how the text is written.

Dark background with light text works better than the other way around.

It is recommended that points of reference on each slide are made by bullet points and that there are only six bullet points for each slide.

In support of this, short, sharp catchy phrases should be used, not full sentences and there should be six words for each bullet point.

Astute presenters will include pictures or graphics to emphasize the point they wish to make but this will not work well if there are too many.

The attention span of an audience will wane if the presentation is not engaging.

So it is suggested that there is no more than twenty slides on the selected topic and that you should aim to speak for about one minute on each slide.

That means your powerpoint presentation should not exceed twenty minutes.

It is imperative that the student knows well the student he is presenting about.

The student will definitely need to research his topic, prepare his powerpoint presentation and practice presenting it several times before eventually presenting to a live audience.

The student should remember to speak slowly, surely and clearly to the audience.  He can refer to the screen as the powerpoint is presented but he should not read what can just as easily be read by the audience.

Many students will be presenting a powerpoint in English as a foreign language, perhaps part of a test or exam for Internet Technology (IT) or English studies.

The simpler the bullet points are written and the more assured the student is in speaking about the topic to the audience, the more effective the presentation will be in delivering the message and capturing the attention of the audience for the full duration of the presentation.

The idea, of course, of a powerpoint presentation in English is to test the ability of the student in his technology skills as well as his general use of English.

The student should not be afraid of making mistakes either in the structure of phrases written in the presentation or in what is spoken to the audience because an audience will know if a student is just trying to read from the screen or recall from memory something he has learnt by heart.

It is not easy to present a powerpoint.  You need courage, confidence and character in order to do so.

Keep the powerpoint very simple and only use vocabulary that you know.

Good luck in making your powerpoint.


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