Poster Presentations

Why: Most people will do a lot of presentations in their studies from next year. This is also communication practice, and helps you develop your “elevator pitch” skills, which are important in the workplace (see this example at shopify). This is also so you and your classmates can learn more about topics that are important to society.

Photo by Derek Huang on Unsplash Photo by Derek Huang on Unsplash

What to do: With a partner, together choose a topic that you both enjoy or find interesting, and create a poster to teach your classmates about it. The poster should be bright and colourful, with few words.

  1. Choose topic together and read and learn about it
  2. Create a summary of the topic (few words on the poster, focus on a good script)
  3. Create a poster (About A2 to A3 size) about your topic
  4. Use colours and pictures (spend most of your time researching and preparing a script)
  5. In class, give a mini presentation (5 minutes) explaining the topic. Include a minute of question & answer time. You will present alone to one or two classmates, repeat the presentation many times, and then change roles with your partner.
  6. When you are watching other people’s presentations, ask questions and learn more about the topic.
  7. Give feedback to your classmates about the quality of their presentation.

For grades, posters are judged on completeness and aesthetics. Some classes there is a grade for the quality of script.

Aim: To teach your classmates about a topic related to an article in our book. The presentation should give enough information for other students to learn more about it. The poster must include:

  • Title/topic
  • Contextual info (basic extra info to describe the title) < optional
  • A summary or list of key points of the article(s) (your own writing / do not plagiarise, not long)
  • Explanation of relevance to society
  • Graphs/charts, pictures
  • References/bibliography
  • Footnotes & photo credits
  • Your name & student numbers.
  • Size: Any
  • Shape: Any
  • How: On paper

What to say

This is the most important part of the presentation. You will have 5 minutes of presentation time, including Q&A. Perhaps it’s best to structure your presentation like this below. You don’t have to follow this structure, but it can help.

  1. Welcome the audience & introduce the book
  2. The hook (a sentence or two that catches the attention and interest of your audience)
  3. Summary of the topic/article
  4. Examples of relevance to society
  5. Conclude with a statement.
  6. Invite questions.

Must see Presentation language.ppt.

 Suggested format

Visuals are not the most important part of your presentation, but should help you explain your main ideas. There are many ways to organise and design your poster. Do not decorate, as everything should communicate.

For more poster design and format ideas, see:

One possible format for poster design. One possible format for poster design.

Should include:

  • Title
  • Contextual information (to briefly describe the topic)
  • Names of authors/presenters
  • Main information / data
  • References (Name of author, year of publication, book or website you got the info from)
  • Photo credits (name of photographer, year photo was taken, website you got it from)
  • Footnotes

Photos & images

Don’t ever steal photos from “Google”. Google doesn’t have photos, but shows photos from other websites. These photos have copyright protection, and cost to purchase. You can use free photos that have Creative Commons licence from:


Extensive Reading Poster Presentation example by students. Extensive Reading Poster Presentation example by students.

How to make: There’s many ways to do this. This website, blog/, has the ten basic rules of designing visually, which will help you a lot. Also see these ideas by See Mei Chow, infographic info: visual arrangement, and storytelling ideas. Below are three more possible ideas; but really, any style you like.

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Reading - Poster Presentation layout idea 001 Reading – Poster Presentation layout idea 001
Reading - Poster Presentation layout idea 002 Reading – Poster Presentation layout idea 002

Presentation day

One person will present, and the partner will see other people’s presentations. You will present many times. Then halfway through, you will exchange roles with your partner, and see other presentations.

Never read the poster; talk to your audience. If the person wants more info, they can read or ask you in Q&A. The audience wants to hear from you, so prepare a simple script.

Example showing that ER posters are presented by one group member to someone from another group. Example showing that ER posters are presented by one group member to someone from another group.

Poster preparation gambits

When you are working with your partner, only use English. If I think the class doesn’t use English, then all future presentation preparation will be homework. Also, working together in English is practice for working in an English speaking workplace. As you speak, you can say these:

What do you think? How about [suggestion]? What colour should use here?
What kind of picture should we use? How about this? [show] What can we put here?
What do you think of [suggestion]? Could we [suggestion]? Is this [big enough]?
I’ll borrow a [red marker]. Can I borrow a red marker?
That’s a good/great idea. Sure. / I think so too. Erm… I don’t think so.
Erm… how about [other idea]?