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How to Make a Mini Presentation

Published: 11.08.2009, Updated: 03.03.2017
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In the English curriculum, communication is one of the main competence aims. A student shall, for example, be able to:

  • express him/herself in writing and orally in a varied, differentiated and precise manner, with good progression and coherence
  • select and use appropriate writing and speaking strategies that are adapted to a purpose, situation and genre
  • produce composite texts using digital media
  • select an in-depth study topic within his/her own education programme and present this to the other pupils

The following text suggests points to consider when making a short oral presentation.

How to make a mini presentation 

Points to remember:

  • It is important that your presentation is not too long (5 minutes or less).
  • It must be clear, well-organised and easy to follow.
  • Decide what is important to include in the presentation, make notes and an outline.
  • Do not write a complete text.
  • Notes and keywords will help you to remember what you want to say.
  • Remember to speak to your audience, establish eye contact. Do not read from a text.
  • Practise your presentation in advance.
  • Make sure that you finish within the time allowed.
  • You can use audio-visual aids, but don’t let them dominate the presentation.


  • Introduction: Introduce yourself and the title of your presentation and give a brief outline.
  • Main Part: It is important to organise the information in sections so that it is easy to follow.
  • Conclusion: Sum up. Give your opinion if relevant. Thank your audience for listening.
  • Sources of information: Remember to give the sources of your information.

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