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Spanish Oral Presentation Guide for Beginners

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Spanish Oral Presentation Guide for Beginners

The moment to show off your Spanish skills is here, and we’ll teach you how to wow your audience, coworkers, boss, or clients. The way you introduce and close your presentation can have a positive or negative effect on your audience. So, it’s normal that you get nervous about speaking in front of a crowd and communicating your ideas effectively.

Practicing oral presentations in Spanish helps you focus on pronunciation and clarity while broadening your academic, job, and business opportunities . However, what may be even more valuable is that it gives you the chance to take risks, gain confidence, and exercise persuasion in a foreign language.

If you have a presentation soon, and want to blow everyone’s mind, here is your guide to giving oral presentations in Spanish for beginners.

5 Engaging Presentation Openings

The first part of our Spanish oral presentation guide is to help you find the most engaging ways to open your speech.

1. Start with a Reflexive or Engaging Question

For example:

¿Sabían ustedes que la entonación de nuestra voz no es sonido sino emoción? (Did you know that the intonation of our voice is not sound but emotion?)

Starting with a question allows you to keep your audience attentive throughout your message.

2. Tell an Anecdote

55% of our communication stems from non-verbal language ; everything our audience reads through our expressions, mannerisms, tone, etc., while 38% of our communication is vocal and 7% is words.

Hence, the importance of telling a story at the beginning of your presentation, so your audience connects with what you are going to deliver. We are all natural communicators.

At first, you may feel shy about opening yourself to the world, but believe it or not: your story counts, your story inspires, and even more than you think.

3. Utilize Objects

Generate interest with an object that’s relevant to your message. For instance, you can follow a similar script to this one:

Esta cartera que hoy acompaña mi atuendo tiene un significado muy especial. Esta cartera ha sido elaborada, tejida y pensada por gente que cree en sus sueños. ¡Qué gusto estar el día de hoy aquí hablando con emprendedores que creen en construir!

(This purse that matches my outfit today has a very special meaning to me. This purse has been sewn, knitted, and created by people that believe in their dreams. What a pleasure to be here today talking with entrepreneurs that believe in building things!)

Utilizing resources as elements of your speech will help your public to relate and feel part of your speech. Everything has a meaning and a representation. Remember that your public will forget what you said but will always remember how you made them feel. So, make them feel welcome!

4. Statistics

Using statistical data will help give your statement a significant rational weight. Remember that statistics aren’t read, they’re interpreted. This forces you to describe exhaustive research about a topic.

This isn’t about boring your audience with numbers, it’s about using statistics as a tool to make people reflect on your message. An example of an introduction in Spanish with statistics is:

¿Sabían ustedes que el 80% de los consumidores que adquieren sus productos en línea confían más en las recomendaciones de sus amigos o familiares que de las propias empresas?

(Did you know that 80% of consumers that buy your products online trust more in the recommendations of their friends and family than on the ones of companies?)

5. Who are you?

Greet your audience. This is fundamental to bond with them. Say your name, who you are, what your topic is and why it is important to pay attention to you. Let’s put it into practice with this example:

Hoy me encuentro feliz de estar con ustedes compartiendo lo que sé. Mi nombre es Liam Jones, soy periodista y locutor de radio, y hoy quiero que aprendas a utilizar tu voz para hacerte escuchar.

(Today I am very happy to be with you sharing what I know. My name is Liam Jones. I am a journalist and radio host, and I want you to learn to use your voice to make yourself heard.)

Respect your essence, know yourself and regularly practice the above types of introduction.

Verbal and Non-Verbal Presentation Tips

The next part of our Spanish oral presentation guide is divided into verbal and non-verbal language.

Non-Verbal Language Tips

Your gestures can emphasize, substitute or contradict what you express with words.

Use open gestures, like moving your hands, stretching your arms and legs, and opening your shoulders. Additionally, avoid having objects in your way between your body and the audience, such as folders, books, and tables. Your face should be visible all the time.

Choose gestures that ease people’s understanding of your speech. For example, pointing in a direction.

Avoid fidgeting out of nervousness. For instance, touching your hair or glasses.

Distribute your gaze amongst your audience, so everybody feels included. You can divide your audience into different quadrants. Let’s say, four, and choose a person of each quadrant to “talk to”.

Volume and Intonation

Mentally “take measurements” of the room, so the volume you choose to use is enough for both people in the front row and in the back to hear you. Also, avoid monotonous intonation. Highlight with your voice the keywords of your speech.

Rhythm and Pronunciation

Slow down when you need to separate ideas, this reflects confidence and helps you recover people’s attention. Pronunciation should be clear , so be careful with mumbling sounds.

Nobody has the right to tell you how to dress, but it’s recommendable that your attire matches both your personality and the context of your presentation.

Verbal Language Tips

Order and structure.

A presentation that has order and structure is easy to follow, understand, and remember.

Organize your speech in parts. For example: importance, data, chronology, interesting bullet points, zoom in, and zoom out.

Use discourse markers; words that organize and connect ideas. Some examples are:

To Start Interventions El objetivo de esta exposición es… / Hablaré en primer lugar de… / Para comenzar… (The objective of this presentation is… / Firstly, I’ll speak about… / For starters…)

To Introduce Comments or Examples Por ejemplo… / Como es el caso de… / Recordemos, en ese sentido, que… (For example… / As is the case with… / Let’s remember, in this sense, that…)

To Structure the Discourse En primer lugar… / En segundo lugar… / Por un lado,…por otro lado… / Finalmente… (In first place… /In second place… /On the one hand…on the other hand… /Finally…)

To Resume the Subject Volviendo a lo que hemos visto al principio… / Como decía… / Señalaba que… (Going back to what we’ve seen at the beginning… /Like I was saying… / I was pointing out that…)

To Establish Logical Relationships Consecuentemente… / Eso nos demuestra que… / Deducimos, entonces… (Consequently… / That shows us that… / We deduce, then…)

To Conclude Tratemos, finalmente, el último aspecto… / En resumen,… / Para terminar… / En conclusión… (Let’s address, finally, the last aspect… / In summary… / Lastly… / In conclusion…)

You should adapt it to your audience’s knowledge, formality level, and the purpose of your presentation.

Sentences should be short and simple. Avoid the overuse of muletillas (catch phrases).

Oral Presentation Conclusions in Spanish

When you’re giving a presentation in Spanish, do not miss the chance to leave a good impression. The final part of a speech is what we remember the most. So, use it to deliver a message or briefly summarize what you want to convey. You can create a compelling conclusion with a phrase, rhetorical question, quote, or call-to-action.

En conclusión, cualquiera puede padecer de un problema de salud mental. (In conclusion, anyone can have a mental health problem.)

Si las personas más brillantes pueden padecer problemas de salud mental, ¿por qué nosotros no? (If the most brilliant people can have mental health issues, why can’t we?)

La mente es como un paracaídas, si no se abre, no sirve para nada. Muchas gracias, público oyente, por haber abierto su mente a escucharme en esta exposición. (The mind is like a parachute, if it isn’t opened, it doesn’t work. Thank you very much, listening public, for having opened your minds to listen to me in this presentation.)

Ready to be confident in your next Spanish oral presentation?

The key to giving a memorable oral presentation in Spanish is to be original, creative, and do something that’s unusual but true to your essence. Thus, you’ll make the difference.

If after reading our Spanish oral presentation guide, you think you still need help to prepare yourself for your Spanish presentation, count on our top-notch team of Spanish fluency coaches . So, don’t let fear of success hold you back, and book with one of our coaches.

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How to: Feel Comfortable Giving a Presentation in Spanish

Dear Esther,

Giving a presentation in any language can be scary, but when you have to present to people you don’t know, in a language you might not dominate (or even if you are fluent ), it can be downright terrifying. However, as an experienced presenter in Spanish—read here and here about how I did my entire degree abroad—I am here to tell you that you can do it! And it doesn’t have to be as scary as you initially think. Here are my top tips for getting through your presentations in a foreign language:

Prepare your notes:

Even if you are able to make things up as you go along in English, you should be aware that it is more difficult to control a topic in a non-native language. Therefore, take the extra hour or two to make sure you know what you want to say and how you want to say it. I know a lot of people—from all different backgrounds alike—who don’t bother to take the time to truly prepare their presentations and you can tell when they present. In addition, it will make life easier if you properly organize the content before you start preparing the presentation because then you will have you bases covered.

Pro-tip: If you’ve already prepared an assignment or paper around the topic, use this as your guide (even if it is in English). This will help you feel comfortable that you say what you have to say.

Prepare your slides:.

Once you know what you want to say and how you want to say it, you can start to prepare the visual part of your presentation (whether it be a PowerPoint, Prezi, or other tool). Make sure that the visual cues you give yourself help your words flow. My personal preference is to use a little bit of text and let your words speak for themselves (you don’t want people reading the slides instead of listening to you). Consider using keywords or photos that you can connect to your content instead of reading directly off the slide. At the same time, make sure you know what works for you and prepare accordingly.

Think about it this way: Your slides should act as an outline for what you want to say, helping your listeners follow along or jot down key points. However,if you need notes, consider bringing them along separately.

While you may feel stupid talking to yourself (maybe in front of a mirror) or practicing with your housemate, the first time through a presentation always feels harder than the second or third. If you have time to practice a time or two before you get in front of your final crowd, you can make sure you feel your way around words that you don’t feel comfortable with (potentially switching them out for others) and confirm that your presentation makes sense.

Pro-tip: if possible, try to rehearse with a native Spanish speaker who can help you figure out if what you say is clear or not. And remember that constructive criticism in your practice moments is a good option in comparison to your professor not understanding you during the presentation.

Relax and smile:.

A big part of the quality of the presentation is how comfortable you are with yourself. Even if you don’t feel like you really know the content or you are worried about presenting in front of your class, your attitude will affect the perception the audience has of your knowledge. If you are able to get up in front of everyone and act in a calm, collected way (despite the fact that you are shaking inside), that will go a long way towards a good presentation.

Try it: I found the video below that talks about about how body posture impacts our perception of a situation and I have never gone back—before every presentation you can find me in superhero pose!

It’s not the end of the world:

I just want to remind you that, at the end of the day, if your presentation is terrible it is not the end of the world. Honestly, as someone who has been there, it is commendable that you are potentially getting up in front of a whole class of native speakers to give a presentation in a language that you are only more or less comfortable with. Personally, the most important thing is to notice how you feel during the presentation and figure out ways that you can ‘do it better’ next time. Like anything, practice makes it easier, but sometimes we have to fall before we can fly.

We would love to hear about your presentation experiences while abroad. Are you a nervous presenter or are you as cool as a cucumber? Let us know!

Sincerely, Spain

P.S. I would just like you all to know that while I am a good presenter, I am not always (read almost never) comfortable when presenting, I am just good at hiding it. It has allowed me to ace presentations—not only at school but also in front of other crowds—and job interviews. Therefore, I believe it is a skill worth developing.

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Useful Phrases to Give a Presentation in Spanish

¿has dado alguna vez una presentación en español .

Si es así,  ya sabes que puede ser bastante difícil pensar en las palabras correctas cuando todos te están mirando. ¡Cuánta presión y qué nervios!

Bueno, no te preocupes, porque en esta entrada aprenderás una serie de frases en español que te ayudarán a que tus presentaciones sean más  profesionales.

INTRODUCCIÓN

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Al comienzo de tu presentación sería ideal seguir los siguientes pasos:

  • Preséntate a ti mismo y a tu tema.
  • Haz un resumen de tu exposición.
  • Dile a la audiencia cómo manejarás las preguntas.

Para presentarte di tu nombre, en qué empresa trabajas y/o cuál es tu trabajo específico:

“Buenas tardes. Mi nombre es (tu nombre) y soy (tu trabajo) en (tu empresa)” .

Luego, puedes decirle a la audiencia cuál es el tema general. Aquí hay dos frases que puedes usar: 

“Mi presentación es sobre…”

“Hoy me gustaría hablarte de…”

Siempre es una buena idea darle a la audiencia un resumen o una descripción general de su presentación. Recuerda dirigirte a tu público tratándoles de USTED :

“Permítanme darles una descripción general de la presentación de hoy”.

“En primer lugar  voy a hablar de… (tema 1)”

“Después de eso, echaremos un vistazo a… (tema 2)”

“Entonces, consideraremos… (tema 3)”

“Y finalmente, explicaré… (tema final)”

Luego, dile a la audiencia si desea que la gente le haga preguntas en medio de la presentación o solo al final. Aquí hay una frase para cada uno:

“Por favor, siéntase libre de interrumpirme si tiene alguna pregunta”.

“Dejaré algo de tiempo para preguntas al final de la presentación”.

HACER TRANSICIONES ENTRE TEMAS

Para comenzar el primer tema, puedes usar frases como éstas:

“Me gustaría comenzar por/con… ”.

“Empecemos por… ”.

En este contexto, las palabras “comenzar” y “empezar” significan lo mismo.

Para pasar a otro tema, puede usar estas frases:

“Ahora vamos a pasar a…”

“Ahora veamos…”

“Ahora me gustaría discutir…”

“Ahora déjame pasar a…”

Notarás que todos comienzan con la palabra “ahora”: esta es una señal para tu audiencia de que estás presentando un nuevo tema.

CON REFERENCIA A DIAPOSITIVAS / GRÁFICOS

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Si estás dando una presentación en PowerPoint, querrás consultar las diapositivas, que pueden mostrar imágenes, mapas, gráficos, cuadros, tablas, etc.

Aquí hay algunas frases que puedes usar:

“Esta diapositiva muestra… ”.

“Mirando esta diapositiva, podemos ver que… ”.

“Como puede ver en esta diapositiva…” .

REPITIENDO / CORRIGIENDO

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¿Qué harías si dijeras algo incorrecto o confuso durante tu presentación?

Primero, ¡no te pongas nervioso/a! Los hablantes nativos de español también cometen errores durante las presentaciones, así que ¡no es el fin del mundo!.

Aquí tienes algunas frases para retomar el rumbo:

Frases para decir algo de nuevo usando diferentes palabras:

“Déjeme decirlo de otra manera”.

“Déjeme reformular eso”.

“En otras palabras…”

Frases para corregir un error:

“Lo siento, eso no es correcto. quise decir que… [hemos contratado a 15 nuevos empleados, no a 50] ”.

Disculpe + corrección con énfasis.

Por ejemplo: “La escuela fue fundada en 1999, disculpe , mil novecientos ochenta y nueve”.

Frases para describir efectos:

Por lo tanto … (usualmente usado para una conclusión lógica)

Este producto es más caro de producir. Por lo tanto, los márgenes de beneficio son más bajos.

En consecuencia … (más formal)

La empresa no obtuvo el permiso de construcción adecuado. En consecuencia, tuvimos que pagar una multa por incumplimiento.

Como resultado …

Hemos invertido en mejores equipos de seguridad y, como resultado , la cantidad de accidentes se ha reducido .

Entonces …

Los anuncios tuvieron éxito, entonces , ahora planeamos expandir el programa.

Las palabras “por lo tanto” y “en consecuencia” se usan típicamente al comienzo de una oración. “Como resultado” se puede usar al principio o al final de una oración, y la palabra “entonces” se usa típicamente en el medio de una oración.

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Al final de su presentación, puede dar un breve resumen de sus puntos principales o el mensaje más importante. Aquí hay algunas frases para eso:

“En conclusión…” “Cerraré resumiendo los puntos principales”. “Permítanme recordarles brevemente lo que hemos cubierto”. Como frase final, puedes decir: “Gracias por su atención.”

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Para informar a la audiencia que está listo para responder preguntas, puede decir:

“¿Alguien tiene alguna pregunta?” (generalmente se hace en una reunión/grupo más pequeño)

“Me gustaría dar paso a las preguntas ahora”. (generalmente se hace cuando se presenta a un grupo más grande)

Si no entendió la pregunta de la persona, puede decir: “Lo siento, no entendí eso, ¿podrías repetirlo?”

“Lo siento, no entiendo muy bien tu pregunta, ¿te importaría reformularla?” Las expresiones “lo siento” y “te importaría” se incluyen por cortesía.

Si la pregunta requiere información que no tienes en este momento, pero que podrías averiguar más adelante, puedes decir esto: “Esa es una pregunta interesante. En realidad, no lo sé muy bien, pero intentaré responderte más tarde con una respuesta”.

Si no puede responder la pregunta, pero alguien más puede, entonces diga: “Desafortunadamente, no soy la mejor persona para responder eso, pero puedo ponerlo en contacto con un colega mío” .

Finalmente, si la respuesta a la pregunta va a ser muy larga, puede decir: “Me temo que tomaría mucho tiempo explicarlo, pero tal vez tú y yo podamos hablar de eso más a fondo después”. Esto significa que no desea responder la pregunta de inmediato, pero está dispuesto a hablar con la persona al respecto después de la presentación.

Esto es todo por ahora. 

Espero que te sea muy útil.

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12 Spanish Presentations to Use in Your Lessons

Presentations are amazing teaching resources ! We can’t deny it.

No matter your students’ learning style and no matter how much we try to incorporate the use of all the senses in our lessons, having a visual aid that keeps the students’ attention can really improve your instruction.

And let’s be honest, no other class will benefit more from visual aids than a language class full of beginners —especially when introducing vocabulary.

So check out these 12 pre-made presentations that you use in your classes!

What to Remember When Using These Presentations

12 spanish presentations to use in your classroom , 1. el clima/tiempo (the weather), 2. los animales (animals), 3. la familia (the family), 4. los colores (the colors), 5. las partes del cuerpo (parts of the body), 6. la cabeza (the head), 7. descripciones físicas (physical descriptions), 8. qué hora es (telling the time — o’clock).

  • 9. Qué hora es? (Telling the time — quarter past, quarter to, half past)

10. Qué hora es? (Telling the time — remaining times)

11. la rutina diaria (daily routine), 12. los cuartos de la casa (the rooms of the house), the power of slides for spanish classes.

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Why reinvent the wheel? Here are 12 presentations already put together that you’re free to adapt to your lessons. If you don’t like a particular slide, just delete it or change it!

Most of these presentations come from a site called ¡Oye! , except for El clima , which comes from a site called Tpduggan . Both sites were created by teachers as resources for other educators.

To access the PowerPoints, click on the Spanish headings. You’ll be directed to the website where you can search for the title of the presentation. You can then choose and download the appropriate file.

You have several useful presentations to choose from, so let me give you a couple of notes before we start:

  • ¡Oye! is a site that has presentations and exercises for each learning skill, divided into topics and school years. Many of the exercises can be used with an interactive whiteboard, although they also have a printed version. In order to use this site and download the presentations between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the week, you need to be registered and pay a monthly fee . The rest of the time, access to the site is free. Keep this in mind when you’re preparing your lesson.
  • Tpduggan is exclusively a site that collects PowerPoint presentations of all kinds: vocabulary, grammar, geography, exercises, etc. However, use them with caution because they use English a lot and have lots and lots of text . On the other hand, you can find lots of inspiration and ideas for creating your own presentations.
  • Most of these presentations use drawings instead of pictures . Even though this may seem more appealing to children, it doesn’t mean older students or adults will mind them. However, you can always edit the presentations and change the pictures to something you consider more suitable for your class. After all, no one knows your students’ interests and needs better than you.

Description: This presentation teaches the names of the seasons and weather expressions that go with them. It’s perfect for introducing the vocabulary for the first time or reviewing it. Since all the pictures are drawings, it may be more appealing to younger children. If you feel real pictures may be better for older students, you can always edit the presentation and change the pictures.

Suggestions: One thing I do recommend you change is the first slide,  ¿Qué tiempo hace?   (What’s the weather like?), because beginners may get confused and think this is how we ask about the seasons. I’d change it to Las estaciones del año  (The seasons of the year) or ¿Qué estación del año es?  (What is the season?).

Description: This one contains vocabulary for animals (with drawings) and is under the section and title of “Pets.” It goes beyond the word and the picture and introduces structures to ask questions.

For example:

¿Es un gato? (Is it a cat?)

¿Qué es? (What is it?)

¡ Es un perro! (No! It’s a dog!)

In addition to that, it has animal sounds in the drill at the end—a definite plus and more fun for your students.

Suggestions: You can always change the drawings to real pictures or add more animals and questions according to your lesson or students.

Description: The presentation introduces the family members through an example of a family tree. It introduces new vocabulary while at the same time introducing basic sentence structures for discussing relationships.

Alicia es la madre de María. (Alicia is María’s mother.)

Luis es el hijo de Alicia. (Luis is Alicia’s son.)

Suggestions: My only suggestion here would be to ask your students to copy the family tree in their notebooks before you get to the true/false drill that tests their knowledge. Otherwise, they’ll be too focused on remembering who was who to remember the relationship between them. Let’s make it simple for them!

Description: This presentation introduces the colors. In the first slides, your students will learn how to ask  ¿Qué color es? (What color is it?) and learn the correct term for each color. You’ll just need to edit a small mistake here: the word marrón (brown) is missing the accent.

In the last slides, your students will have to tell you which color results from the combination of two given colors.

negro + blanco = gris (black + white = gray)

Suggestions: This last part makes the color introduction a little more interesting since they’ll also have to think about color theory. They’ll love the fact that they’ll get drums as an anticipation sound before giving the answer and applause after giving the correct one. Make sure your computer has the sound on and the volume up.

Description: This one introduces and reviews the main parts of the body through a drawing of a girl. In the first slide, the body will slowly form part by part with each click, and you’ll see the name of the body part along with its proper article. The slides that follow are drills to review what students have learned.

Suggestions: In the first drill, students name the parts of the body that the arrows are pointing to and the answers are revealed with each click. The words are written on the slide to help students remember the correct spelling.

The final drill looks like a puzzle with random parts appearing. If you want to test their memory and spice it up a little bit, you can speed up how fast they appear.

The words won’t appear in this drill, just each part of the body. Because of that, another thing you can do to see if they remember the spelling of each word is to ask them to write down the name of each part as it appears (with their notes closed, of course).

Before this last drill, you have one slide that says: “Name the parts of the body as they appear on the screen.” My suggestion is to erase this English sentence. There’s no need for translated words in a language class, it’ll just distract them from the Spanish words.

Description:  With a similar structure to the previous presentation, the head is formed part by part with each click and the name appears with its article. Afterward, there are a couple of practice drills to review them.

The drills also follow the same structure as with the presentation of the body. In the first drill, the parts of the face are indicated with arrows and the answer appears. In the second drill, the parts randomly appear without names.

Suggestions: Review them in the same way I suggested for the body. 

Description: This presentation focuses on the description of the eyes and the hair. Your students will be able to answer the following questions:

¿De qué color son tus ojos? (What color are your eyes?)

¿Cómo es tu pelo? (What does your hair look like?)

They’ll also be given the proper vocabulary to answer:

Corto, largo, rizado, liso, rubio, pelirrojo (short, long, curly, straight, blond, red)

The first few slides are descriptions of different characters (in drawings) and the last ones are drills that ask your students to describe or answer specific questions about what other characters look like.

The task on the last slide is to draw a character according to the description. Because this last exercise can be really fun for them, you may want to consider adding a few more descriptions. Your students can then draw and compare their pictures.

Suggestions: One thing to consider: before you use this presentation in class, make sure you already taught them noun and adjective agreement. 

And one small piece of advice. In this presentation, they’re referring to straight hair as liso but you could use the opportunity to teach your students about the language variations according to the place in which it is used. Many countries use lacio instead of liso when referring to straight hair. Here is a very interesting discussion on the topic. Hope it helps!

Description: The structures of all these presentations that have to do with time are quite similar: first there are examples on how to tell time, then there’s a drill where examples are mixed up for your students to practice. At the end, there’s the opportunity to add hands to the clock.

This first presentation shows students how to tell time to the hour, plus noon and midnight. You may need to add en punto  (o’clock; sharp) to each slide or just write it on the board to emphasize that it’s another way to say it.

9. Qué hora es?  (Telling the time — quarter past, quarter to, half past)

Description:  This one shows students how to say y cuarto  (quarter past), menos cuarto  (quarter to) and y media  (half past). 

The hands of the clock aren’t always very clear, so you can either try to edit them or clarify to your students where the hands are supposed to be exactly.

Description: Students will learn how to tell times that are not on the hour, quarter-hour or half-hour.

I spotted an error that you’ll have to correct: on the eighth slide, instead of being la una y veinticinco  (1:25) it actually shows la una y veinte  (1:20), so make sure to edit it.

Description: This one shows a basic daily routine, as its name states. You should present it after teaching your students how to tell time since the last part of this presentation combines the activities of the routine with the time at which they happen.

At the end, you have the same activities and a clock next to each one that tells the exact time those activities happen. This allows them to practice the new daily routine vocabulary, telling time and the conjugation of the verbs.

Suggestions:  The first part is the introduction of some basic activities such as despertarse  (waking up),  levantarse  (getting up), vestirse (getting dressed), etc. They’re all in first person, but if you’ve already taught students the verbs in the present tense, ask students to conjugate the verbs in the third person.

So, one example shows a boy having breakfast with the slide saying Desayuno (I’m having breakfast). You’ll ask your students, “ ¿Qué hace él? ” (What is he doing?) They’ll then conjugate the verb correctly by telling you, “ Desayuna. ” (He’s having breakfast.)

Also, when combining the pictures with the times on the 13th slide, the second example may be confusing since the clock looks like it says siete menos veinte (6:40) instead of ocho menos veinte (7:40), so you may want to edit this one.

Description: The first part introduces each room. This will be drilled on the 12th and 13th slides. But on the 11th slide, you have pictures of objects (without their label) that you’ll find in these rooms like a bed, chair, lamp, etc. The question on this slide is ¿En qué habitación se encuentra…?  (In which room is …?)

Suggestions: The goal is to practice the name of the room where these objects are, but since they have no label and your students probably won’t know their names, I suggest you print out the pictures of those objects with their names and distribute them randomly to your students before the lesson (or before the presentation).

Once you reach this slide, you can ask the student that has each object to either say the name, show the card or write it on the board to teach their classmates. This way you’re adding an interactive element in the middle of your presentation.

I’d also suggest you change the title to Los cuartos de la casa  or add the article to En casa  (at home) so that it becomes  En la casa .

Another suggestion would be to either eliminate the last slide of the presentation or at least erase the English translation. I’d just keep the slide’s title ¿Cómo es tu casa?  (What is your house like?) to encourage them to describe their own house (how many rooms, which floor they are on, etc.), but in the presentation, it’s unnecessary to have so much text. Just list any necessary vocabulary on the board.

Even though it’s been on the market for almost 30 years, PowerPoint is still a favorite when it comes to presentations.

It allows you to show pictures, graphics, charts and diagrams, or embed videos , songs and sounds. The possibilities are endless!

How about taking your students on a virtual tour with a photo presentation? Or teaching comparatives and superlatives through a set of slides of something your students can compare? Create a comic book , maybe? Or show them a sequence of events and encourage them to predict what will happen next when you’re teaching the future tense?

Even though it takes some time to create them, they’ll work for you for a very long time. You can easily adapt them to your lesson or to your students’ needs. If you prefer to create your own presentations, you can find plenty of tips and tricks online to make them awesome. 

But don’t worry if you just don’t have the time. The internet has a ton of websites where teachers share their presentations and are free for you to download and use in your classroom. And you can still modify them to add your personal touch.

Now, I’m going to be brutally honest with you. In the world of Spanish presentations, finding good presentations to introduce vocabulary to beginners is not easy.

Here are some of the main problems I’ve encountered with Spanish presentations:

  • The use of English to explain Spanish . These presentations may be appropriate for teachers but not for the students. We want them to get used to Spanish, and bombarding them with information in English won’t allow them to immerse themselves in the language we’re trying to teach.
  • Lots of text . In any kind of presentation, this decreases the attention of the students and, therefore, the effectiveness of the message; either they listen to you or they read the presentation. But in a language class where you’re presenting new vocabulary, having lots of extra words is even worse.
  • Not an absolute necessity. It’s important that you set your learning goals before you decide to use them and not the other way around. It’s important to be purposeful with PowerPoints and make sure it’s not the only way you introduce new vocabulary—the novelty will wear off and your students will get bored.

An ideal PowerPoint presentation for teaching vocabulary must be clear, concise, without paragraphs and with lots and lots of pictures—even more so when you are introducing words to beginners. And most importantly, they should only be in Spanish.

You want your students to associate the new word with an image (and maybe a sound), and you want them to remember it in Spanish.

Speaking of images and sounds, you may find great use in some of the fantastic learning material found on FluentU . With FluentU’s diverse and growing library of authentic content, students learn and live Spanish in an immersive fashion.

FluentU works for you as the educator as well! FluentU’s integrated teaching tools make it simple to monitor your students’ progress as they complete exercises and review the newly learned material. You’re sure to find content that can work wonderfully as a basis for PowerPoint presentations.

I hope you enjoy these resources and ideas for many (school) years to come.

And if at some point you decide to spend some time creating your own presentations, please share them online so you can help other teachers the same way they’re helping you now!

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Speaking a foreign language in front of a crowd can make you nervous, especially when the Spanish presentation is in front of native speakers. We recommend you to prepare yourself with Spanish courses until you complete your language training and reach a high level. In addition to having the language skills, it is important to show confidence, follow the structure of the information and speak clearly so that the audience understands the topic of your Spanish presentation.

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It is essential to structure a framework for your Spanish presentation where you will apply the knowledge and practice from your Spanish lessons . According to public speaking experts, it is recommended to prepare a conference in 3 steps:

  • Open with something personal to capture the attention of your audience and announce what the presentation will be about.
  • Name three important points and develop them with a story, examples, experience, etc.
  • Summarize the key points briefly and concisely, mentioning the personal or audience impact.

The structure of a Spanish presentation is delimited by three phases: introduction, development and conclusion. Preparation is the key so you will need to study a presentation, we recommend you to learn the first 30 seconds verbatim, remember that it is important to have an interesting introduction to capture the audience’s attention from the beginning.

During the development incorporate information with multimedia material and the content that is in another language translate it or add subtitles in Spanish.

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During Spanish lessons you will learn how to communicate effectively in Spanish by developing the skills of reading, listening, writing and speaking in Spanish. Each is an integral part of mastering the language, but we will focus on the last one: speaking. Here are some useful phrases to use during your Spanish presentation:

Phrases to introduce your presentation

  • ¡Buenos días/ tardes /noches a todos!
  • Bienvenidos a la presentación acerca de…
  • Soy ______ de la compañía ____ y el día de hoy les presentaré el tema…
  • Mi nombre es______ y hablaré sobre ______.
  • Las preguntas al público son una forma de llamar la atención de la audiencia, por lo que son una herramienta interesante y empática que sirve como una introducción ideal a presentaciones en español exitosas.
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Phrases for the development of your conference in Spanish

During the development of the Spanish presentation it is important to pay attention to the correct pronunciation of the words, as well as the tone, rhythm and pauses. Remember that you can practice these aspects in Spanish courses  to improve your Spanish speaking skills.

  • Establish contact with the audience

To increase audience interest and engagement, it is important to establish contact with your audience. Use interactive elements such as polls to get them involved and express themselves on the topic, here are some examples. We remind you that you can learn Spanish while living an incredible experience in Mexico or at the Spanish school Bogota . You choose the school, we make sure you learn Spanish in an attractive way.

  • Por favor levanten la mano si alguna vez ______…
  • Alguien ha pensado en______?
  • Por favor pregunten cualquier duda o tema.
  • Comparando _____con_____, podemos notar que…
  • Claramente, ______ tiene más sentido que______…
  • Mientras que la Opción A es______, Option B se refiere a…
  • Primeramente ______, en segundo lugar______…
  • En la siguiente diapositiva…
  • Asimismo, es importante mencionar que…
  • Ahora pasaremos al siguiente tema…
  • Preparé un video al respecto…
  • Esta imagen explica perfectamente el concepto…
  • Pongan atención en el video/imagen en donde …
  • El promedio es…
  • Los resultados demuestran que…
  • De acuerdo con este párrafo, la atención debe de estar en…
  • I want to stress the importance of…
  • This is of high significance because…
  • Moreover, it has to be said that…
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Finish your Spanish presentation successfully

In order to close your Spanish presentation correctly, here are some phrases to put your Spanish lessons into practice.

  • En conclusión, podemos decir que…
  • En resumen, los puntos principales son…
  • Teniendo en cuenta los aspectos mencionados, podemos concluir que …
  • Fue un honor estar con ustedes el día de hoy.
  • Gracias por su tiempo y atención.
  • Gracias por asistir al evento el día de hoy.

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When I was asked this question I was reminded of the fact that while the answer may seem quite simple to those of us who are used to putting together these types of events, it may not be so simple for someone who has never done one before.

Let’s look at this one step at a time. Firstly, a presentation should get and maintain an audience’s attention. It should be based on the selected author, in a way that most audience members will find attractive. Also keep in mind that there are a number of different types of media formats available that you can use to give a presentation. You could for example hang a sign on the wall displaying relevant details about the author, which involves some research and a little writing on your part looking for images and biographical information and creating short texts (stay as brief as possible). Another possibility is to give a presentation which you could prepare on the computer using tools such as Power Point or Prezi, and you could add sound or even video files. You could also give a lecture on the author, using images and/or texts… as a Spanish teacher , this last option is the one I like to have students do in class, because it forces them to verbally express what they’ve learned about the person they’re giving the presentation on, although one problem that often arises is the fear that some people have about public speaking.

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When collecting information in preparation for the event, it’s important, fundamental rather, to compare information you’ve found with other sources, since not everything on the internet is necessarily accurate. Make sure that your explanation of the author is as accurate as possible. Students who give in to the temptation to “copy and paste” information they’ve found online are later faced with a problem when giving their presentations: the vocabulary used does not coincide with the student’s usual “style”, and the words clearly “sound awkward”. That’s why I always advise students to avoid copying (although it’s of course the easiest method) and encourage them to instead paraphrase, putting what they read into their own words. It involves a bit more effort, but the final result is infinitely better than when students simply parrot someone else’s text, texts they sometimes don’t even completely understand.

If you’d like to give a biographical overview of the author, remember that the excessive use of dates and figures can end up overwhelming audiences. I always recommend to students that they “sacrifice” a bit of the accuracy that dates may provide opting instead for linking phrases like “cinco años después”, “a los siete meses...”, etc. reserving specific dates for particularly significant events either related to the person’s life or the historical context.

To give a presentation that audiences will find interesting from the very beginning, I also recommend preparing a general introduction about the author’s identity, their type of work, and the scope of their influence both geographically and historically. Afterwards, offer a short summary of two or three facts related to the author’s work or life, keeping it simple, and then launch into the main part of the presentation.  

It’s important for students to remember that if they don’t “believe” what they’re saying, it’ll be impossible to expect other people to believe it. They should also remember that the idea is not to accumulate piles of information, that’s what encyclopedias are for. The goal of every presentation should be to get listeners interested in the person being talked about in a way that inspires them to want to find out more about that person on their own. 

Remember what they say: “lo bueno, si (es) breve, (es) dos veces bueno”.

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