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ALRJournal. 2021; 5(9): 50-58 | DOI: 10.14744/alrj.2021.64325

Teaching presentation skills for engineering students: analysis of common mistakes

Anastasia Zabrovskaya
Department of English for Industrial Engineering, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow, Russia

The skill of making and giving a presentation, both in native and foreign languages, is undoubtedly one of the most important communication skills which students acquire at university, and then apply in their career for improving personal and professional status. The presentation skill includes a rich diversity of skills young specialists are expected to develop and master: they not only learn how to represent themselves, explore and cover the topic of their scientific research, talk about their scientific developments and achievements, share the message with their target audience. They also learn how to successfully deal with the Internet space, sort resources by relevance, analyze the information received and structure it, make up their own texts. When students start honing their presentation skills in the first year, they do not quite clearly understand what exactly preparation for a presentation means, they have a vague idea how to structure their report, start and finish it, what tools they may need to attract the attention of the target audience. Most students have to overcome psychological stress of performing in public. Moreover, modern generation of students, the generation of digital natives, who are accustomed to the perception of ready-to-use information and are often unable to process texts efficiently and independently, think critically and analyze, draw conclusions, seems to have problems in grasping the essence of the presentation skill. It is the role of a teacher to help students improve skills that will eventually lead to students' ability to speak in public with an interesting, thought-provoking, well-organized speech. This study attempts to summarize the experience in this field of teaching, and discover common mistakes of both teachers and students in training the presentation skill.

Keywords: Analysis, presentation, self-presentation, communication skills, digital natives, teacher image, visual aids, learning expectations, target audience, critical thinking

Anastasia Zabrovskaya. Teaching presentation skills for engineering students: analysis of common mistakes. ALRJournal. 2021; 5(9): 50-58

Corresponding Author: Anastasia Zabrovskaya, Russia
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