English: Oral Proficiency and Presentation Skills

About this course:

Finding yourself in a situation where you have to speak English can be a nerve-wrecking experience. What do you do if you pick up the phone and hear someone asking a question in English?  Is there a right way to make small talk to someone you don’t know at a work lunch? What is the best way to break into a discussion in a meeting?

What if you need to give a presentation in English, even if it is to a small group of people? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to do that with perfect confidence?

In this course, you will practise your spoken English in a variety of situations: from picking a guest up at the train station, planning a departmental event, attending a social gathering, to giving a presentation in front of a group of people.

Through instruction and focused practice, you will gain tools and strategies for effective communication in English. Topics include preparing for situations where you need to interact in English, learning useful phrases for arguing your views, presentation structure, tailoring your talk to specific audiences, working with voice and body language, and more.

The course consists of a total of 8 meetings (2h seminars).

Target group:

Lund University administrative and technical staff from all parts of the university who need practice interacting in English as part of their work, in both formal and informal contexts.


Most of the work for this course will be done in the class sessions. However, you will sometimes be required to prepare short presentations, if possible using materials that you might need to present as part of your work.

Further information:

Please note that this course is free of charge for participants and their work units. It is expected that participants will have approval from their supervisor to take part in the course.

All courses will be taught in English by experienced lecturers from the English Unit at Lund University.

For course certification, participants are required to attend a minimum of 5 seminars.

Contact information:

Questions about the content and timing of the courses can be directed to Lene Nordrum at lene.nordrumenglund.luse

Sidansvarig: lene.nordrumenglund.luse | 2023-11-15