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Using Gestures In Presentations

Using Gestures In Presentations

Students practice using gestures appropriate for oral presentations. A fun ESL presentation skills activity.

Level:  Any

Topic:  Gestures

Time:  15 minutes


  • Make one copy of the Conversation Cards, and cut as indicated.
  • Review the Conversation Cards and think of possible gestures for each of the cards.



Explain the importance of gestures when giving a speech.

Non-verbal communication through gestures can emphasize the message of your speech. It is important to use natural gestures that highlight key words, numbers, and adjectives. Gestures should not be overused. If there are too many gestures, then the audience will get confused.


Pass out the Conversation Cards – give each student one card.


Ask the first student to go to the front of the classroom and do the action written on the card. The other students’ task is to guess the verbal equivalent of the gesture.


Continue with each student until all the students have had a chance to go to the front of the classroom.


There are multiple possibilities of verbal equivalents of the gestures. Discuss all possibilities with the students.

Extended Practice

Ask students to brainstorm other words that can be used with gestures. Accept all answers, but encourage gestures that are natural and not forced or awkward.

Printable Worksheets

Conversation Cards

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