Everyday English for Health and Social Care and Education Support 2
Everyday English for Health and Social Care and Education Support 2

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Everyday English for Health and Social Care and Education Support 2

4.1 Structure

When you present information, you need a structure to help both yourself and your listeners. You need a structure in order to plan and organise what you are going to say. Your listeners need a structure so that they can follow and understand you.

A structure can look like this:

  • Introduction
  • Main points
  • Conclusion.

Activity 15 Summarising a talk

Timing: Allow about 5 minutes

Listen to the short audio below, in which someone reports back on a presentation that they attended, and answer the questions below.

You may want to pause the audio while you write down answers to the questions and/or listen to it more than once.

Download this audio clip.Audio player: track_24.mp3
Skip transcript

Transcript

I was asked to attend the presentation by the manager. It took place on Wednesday in the staff restaurant. It was about plans to introduce a new computer system.
We were given the reasons why we needed a new system. Our current one is out of date and cannot keep up with the workload.
A demonstration of three new systems will be given next month. Each one is different and will mean changes in the way we work. People from each department will be invited to the demonstrations.
The computer changes are going to happen. We should decide who we would like to send to the demonstrations.
End transcript
 
Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

1. What does the speaker say as her introduction?

To use this interactive functionality a free OU account is required. Sign in or register.
Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

2. What are her main points?

To use this interactive functionality a free OU account is required. Sign in or register.
Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

3. How does she conclude the piece?

To use this interactive functionality a free OU account is required. Sign in or register.
Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

Discussion

  1. The speaker was asked to attend the presentation by the manager. It took place on Wednesday in the staff restaurant. It was about plans to introduce a new computer system.

  2. The main points were as follows.

    • The reason they need a new system: the current one is out of date and cannot keep up with the workload.

    • A demonstration of three new systems will be given next month. Each one is different and will mean changes in the way they work.

    • People from each department will be invited to the demonstrations.

  3. The computer changes are going to happen. The staff need to decide who they would like to send to the demonstrations.
FSE_SSH_2

Take your learning further371

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses372.

If you are new to university level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. Find out Where to take your learning next?373 You could either choose to start with an Access courses374or an open box module, which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification.

Not ready for University study then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn375 and sign up to our newsletter376 to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371