Presentations in class are a great chance for students to express themselves in their own words. Sometimes I have to give them a topic but I love it when they just start talking about something that´s in their minds at the time… The other week they were telling me about the constrains of building an extension of the roof in San Mamés, the difficulties of connecting 2 towns via a tunnel under the sea, self-driving electric cars… I love it! In Pamplona I used to ask my students to prepare a topic for homework and then I would record them and prepare a report on what needed correcting… their commitment to doing a good speech was amazing, we all enjoyed the rehearsed speeches so much! Always clapping at the end…We learned about ways to travel to Mars, why a plane works, how to produce craft beer… all of them so enlightening and entertaining!!
So, try rehearsing a speech about a theme you are interested in, get an audience to present it to, you´ll gain confidence and your level of English will undoubtely benefit…xxx More next week.