The Influence of Public Speaking Prosody on Delivering Academic Presentations

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© Media Watch 11 (4) 607-617, 2020
ISSN 0976-0911 | e-ISSN 2249-8818
DOI: 10.15655/mw/2020/v11i4/204634


The Influence of Public Speaking Prosody
on Delivering Academic Presentations


Marina V. Yakutina
Financial University under the Government of Russian Federation, Russian Federation  



The article reports on a study of public speech’s influence on making academic, public presentations more efficient. The paper draws on the findings made in the auditory and peer analysis of presentations delivered by students of IT English divided into two stages: before training and after public speech training. The article contains an overview of prosodic and extralinguistic factors that are responsible for ineffective academic presentations. Particular focus is given to the feasibility of academic presentations (to inform, motivate to study, expand knowledge on the subject, and others) from the university students’ reviews of their presentations. The author argues that a good balance between visuals and the speaker’s rhetorical competence is vital for effective academic presentations. The observations made in the article may be useful to develop expertise in the delivery of academic, public presentations as a part of professional training. 


Keywords: Academic presentations, communication, prosody, public speech, visual aids




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Marina V. Yakutina is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Professional Communication at the Financial University under the Government of Russian Federation. Dr. Yakutina’s research interests include forensic language, speech prosody, prosody of public speech, foreign language education and teaching methods.


Correspondence to: Marina V. Yakutina, Department of English and Professional Communication, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, office 303, Leningradsky prospect 49, Moscow, Russia 125993