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Prof. Becker - English 101: Research Talk Resources

Welcome! This guide was created to help students in Professor Sarah Becker's ENG101 class.

The Research Talk

Each of you will share your research findings in a 5 minute talk, in the simple but powerful style of a TED talk.

What is a research talk?

A talk is a genre of presentation in which an expert (in this case, you) stands in front an audience to discuss an idea. With TED Talks in particular, the expert attempts to “wow” the audience--backing each of their points, but never overloading them the audience with excess detail. Overall, a talk should be suggestive, thought-provoking, and eye-catching and brief--not exhaustive or overlong. Remember: a talk is not the same as an article, so don’t just read from your article!

Speech Writing Tips

One double-spaced page takes about two minutes to read aloud (but you should not read word-for-word from your paper!).

A five minute speech would equal about 2 1/2 pages of typed text (at default font/typeface). DO NOT READ DIRECTLY FROM YOUR PAPER!

A ppt presentation to accompany a five minute speech should have a maximum of 5 slides.


Remember that your listeners will not have a works cited page to see where your information comes from. Be sure to give them that information in your speech - you do not need to recite article titles and page numbers, but let them know the information you are giving them is from an authoritative source.

For example:

A 2013 Pew Research poll showed that although 69% of of U.S. adults surveyed felt that the obesity problem in the U.S. was either' Extremely' or 'Very Serious,' only 42% felt that the government should play a significant role in reducing obesity.

According to a 2014 study by researchers at Boston University Medical Center only 40% of college football players could recall being given information on concussions by their athletic trainer although all had acknowledged receipt of such information earlier in the season.

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