Conferencing and Presentation English for Young Academics

  • Michael Guest

Part of the Springer Texts in Education book series (SPTE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Michael Guest
    Pages 1-12
  3. The External Framework of Academic Conferences

  4. The Conference and the Structure of its Core Speech Events

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Michael Guest
      Pages 87-93
  5. Academic Conference Discourse: The Research Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Michael Guest
      Pages 97-103
    3. Michael Guest
      Pages 105-110
  6. Practical Ideas and Suggestions for Effective Conference Performance

  7. Academic Conference Agnates and Extra-Textual Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Michael Guest
      Pages 195-205
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      Pages 207-210
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      Pages 211-215
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      Pages 225-228
  8. Practical Preparations for the Conference Presentation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Michael Guest
      Pages 231-237
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 239-245

About this book


This book discusses and demonstrates the types of English discourse used at academic conferences and offers guidance to prospective conference participants from multiple perspectives. It is a combination of research taken from numerous academic conferences attended and observations made by the author, based on well-established research methods in applied linguistics, as well as a guidebook aimed at students, ESP teachers, and young academics and professionals wishing to upgrade their skills to participate fruitfully in, and contribute to, academic conferences. It offers academic novices and non-native speakers of English in particular much that is new and practical, far beyond the realm of simple ‘presentation tips’. It addresses various topics, such as chairing discussions, poster management, discussion sessions, the TED phenomenon, workshops, and the emerging field of English as a lingua franca. The style alternates between the accessible and practical, and the analysis of the linguistic categories underpinning the discourse: genre analysis, the nature of the specialist discourse community, features of academic spoken discourse, and the presentation as multimodal narrative are all explored. The book includes authentic samples of model speech discourse throughout, along with questions and exercises for deliberation or practice in each chapter.


Conference English Asian Englishes English for Specific Purposes English as a Lingua Franca Presentation skills Spoken English Academic English

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Guest
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of MedicineUniversity of MiyazakiMiyazakiJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-2474-1
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-2475-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2366-7672
  • Series Online ISSN 2366-7680
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