Test Your Speaking & Listening Skills: How To Give a Small Group Or Individual Presentation

5th - 11th

How do you structure oral presentations? Guide your orators with this plan. Groups of English language learners will practice presenting their opinion in response to the question "Do you think the death penalty is justified for some crimes?" The example template shows two main ideas, supporting details, and sentence frames that one would use to argue their opinion. A solid introduction to presentations!

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Human Sexuality Presentations

Learners examine human health by researching the internet. In this human sexuality instructional activity, students utilize the web to locate a website which contains information about a certain sexual aspect. Learners create a group presentation on one subject from a list of human sexuality topics and participate in a class discussion regarding the web presentations.

5 Things Every Presenter Needs To Know

Prepare your pupils for making excellent presentations. Class members discuss elements of a successful presentation, work in groups to come up with their own scripts for the featured video, compare their work to the original voice-over, discuss the two listed videos, and prepare their own presentations for homework.

Verbal Boxing

Students debate issues. In this debate lesson, students are presented topics to debate. Working in small groups, students compete in one minute boxing rounds.  Resources are included.

Building Reading Skills: Fluency

Students practice their fluency skills. In this fluency lesson, students read aloud stories to their peers and they help to coach one another on their fluency, pronunciation, phrasing, and inflection. They discuss what makes a good reader enjoyable to listen to and easy to understand. 

Enhancing Your Presentation Skills

Watch Doug Jefferys present on presenting skills! From a conference-type venue, Jefferys speaks to an audience about the fear of public speaking and how to overcome it. He indirectly refers to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, making eye contact, pausing, body language, and more. A good amount of humor makes this video enjoyable and interesting.


Students demonstrate how to give a good presentation. In this presentation lesson plan, students focus on their appearance, booklets to hand out, and delivery of information.

From Generation to Generation

Kids find out through art analysis and discussion that a plate isn't always just a plate, but the product of pottery skills passed down from generation to generation. After considering the skill and art of pottery, they interview a family member to discover what skill has been passed down in his or her family. Using their notes, students then compose an explanatory letter describing that skill to future generations. 

Developing Presentation Skills by Using Authentic Literature

Advanced level ESL students engage in an increasing verbal communication skills through children's literature. The focus of these activities is for children to develope presentation skills. Each activity would compliment any class room.

News and News Analysis: Navigating Fact and Opinion in the Times

Help your class understand the difference between fact and opinion by exploring the New York Times homepage and articles. In pairs or small groups, pupils complete a scavenger hunt, answering the provided questions. Next, discuss the hunt and the idea of interpretive journalism. Finally, class members examine two articles about the same event at the sentence level to compare the mix of fact and opinion. An additional extension idea is included if you want to go deeper into the topic.

Helping Homeschoolers: Speaking and Listening Skills

Develop speaking and listening skills through analysis, imitation, and technological assistance.

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