Passport to Academic Presentations Student’s Book with audio CD

Douglas Bell


A course for students giving oral academic presentations in English-speaking colleges and universities.

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ISBN: 9781908614681

Upper intermediate to proficiency
CEF Level: B2 to C2  IELTS Level: 5.0 to 7.5+

Product Description

Passport to Academic Presentations

Oral presentations have become an increasingly important feature of Higher Education; developing abilities in this area can be crucial for students’ academic success.

Passport to Academic Presentations aims to demystify the entire oral presentation process by examining each of the different stages in turn. No prior knowledge is assumed, and students are gradually introduced to a set of core language and skills, allowing them to tackle oral presentations in an academic context with increased confidence and fluency.

A key feature of the course is its focus on transferability; students are encouraged to apply the material to their own specific subject areas throughout. Each unit also contains advice on pronunciation and tips for improving oral presentation delivery.

The Student’s Book comes with a free audio CD. Videos of the presentations and interactive exercises are also available free online at

Key Features

  • Audio CDs for further self-study and listening practice
  • Tips for successful presentations
  • Step-by-step coverage of the oral presentation process
  • Focus on key language and pronunciation areas
  • Online material includes extended learning through filmed presentations and interactive exercises


Format: Paperback


Unit 1: Getting started
Unit 2: Organizing your material
Unit 3: Dealing with questions and answers
Unit 4: Creating more impact
Unit 5: Using visual aids
Unit 6: Giving persuasive presentations
Review of units
Language reference section

Author details

Douglas Bell is the author of Passport to Academic Presentations and is currently employed as the Head of CELE (Centre for English Language Education) and Director of Year 1 programmes at the University of Nottingham-Ningbo, China. He has been actively involved in various aspects of both English language and modern foreign language teaching since the late 1980s and in addition to the UK and China, has worked extensively in Austria, Japan and Turkey. He has also carried out ELT consultancy work in the United States.

Doug has research and materials writing interests in the teaching of English for specific purposes (particularly English for academic purposes) and in the effect of cross-cultural differences on international business communication. Along with an undergraduate degree in German and Italian and an advanced postgraduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, he holds postgraduate diploma qualifications in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Teaching English for Specific Purposes and Teacher Training. He also has a Masters degree in Teaching English for International Business.


"This book should sell well for short courses at learning centres with its combination of practical guidelines and varied examples. Although, as mentioned, it is aimed at tertiary students, I would recommend it also for secondary school students and even for new academics preparing for their first conference presentation (perhaps minus the activities)!"

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