Oral English Skills Advanced Level

Welcome, ESL Students and Teachers

Oral Presentation Topics



Week 1

Introduction to public speaking.


Week 2

Developing public speaking skills.

Students choose their presentation topics (each students selects a different topic).


Week 3
1. Our traveling experiences.
2. Continents, cities and countries of the world.
3. Wonders of the world.
4. Famous mountains, seas, rivers, waterfalls and deserts.


Week 4
1. Categories of lies; white lies and their meanings.
2. What is the truth and how can we find it?
3. Famous quotations of famous people about truth and lie.


Week 5
1. How to bridge generation gap?
2. Differences of relationships between parents and children in China and in Western countries.
3. The secrets of successful communication.


Week 6
1. How to make our life successful?
2. Major business tycoons and the reasons or their success.
3. The importance of failure and success in our careers.
4. How to change our lifestyle.
5. Healthy lifestyle.
6. The importance of failure in our careers.


Week 7
1.  Women, money, crime and suicides.
2. Money is the only source of happiness.
3. Should women earn more money than men?
4. Problems of gender equality in China.
5. Women, men and money.
6. Men are worse gossips than women.
7. Psychological differences and similarities between women and men and how to improve communication.
8. Gender equality and the importance of sex education.
9. Is money the root of evil?


Week 8
1. How to start and how not to start a small business.
2. How to write a business plan.
3. How to manage small and large companies.
4. Major business tycoons and their lives.
5. How to make your business successful.
6. The Internet business: how to make money online.
7. Advertising as communication.
8. The advertising industry; the Internet and advertising.
9. Principles of marketing management.


Week 9
1. Culture and cross-cultural misunderstandings.
2. Symptoms of culture shock.
3. Stages most people go through in adjusting to a new culture.
4. Coping strategy for culture shock: survival techniques.
5. Cultural misunderstandings (case studies).
6. Foundational triad of Western culture.
7. Principles of Western culture and etiquette.
8. Western culture of thinking, speaking and writing.


Week 10 No classes (May Day holiday).


Week 11
1. Sports and games.
2. Famous athletes and the history of the World Olympic Games.
3. Violence, aggressiveness, drugs and other negative aspects of sports.
4. Professionals, amateurs and new kinds of sports in the 21st century.
5. China and preparations for Beijing Olympic Games.


Week 12
1. Racism and its history.
2. Problems of ethnicity and race in the modern world.
3. Racist and sexist language and how to avoid it.
4.  The advantages and the disadvantages of co-educational and segregated schools.
5. The advantages and the disadvantages of feminism and anti-feminism.


Week 13
1. Application of placebo in medical practice.
2. The advantages and the disadvantages of Chinese herbal medicine.
3. What should a good doctor say and what should a good doctor not say to a patient (case studies).
4. How to maintain good relationships between doctors and patients (topic for group discussions).
5. The most widely spread diseases in China and problems of their treatment (AIDS, Hepatitis B, arthritis, etc.).
6. Loss weight dieting, health and depression.
7. Psychiatrists, psychologists, and the treatment of depression.
8. Malaria - problems of treatment in developing countries.
9. Human cloning and its possible consequences.

10. Euthanasia and its psychological effects on humans.


Week 14
1. Transportation, global economy, Japan and trade war.
2. The advantages of riding a bike and the disadvantages of driving a car.
3. Problems of traffic jams and their solutions.
4. Accidents and technology.
5. Science and technology in 2056.

6. Automobile, pollution and accidents.
7. Problems and solutions of energy in 2020.


Week 15
1. A friend in need is a friend indeed.
2. Friendship, love and successful communication.
3. Friendship between women and men.
4. Marriage, friendship and responsibility.


Week 16
1. Differences between Western business etiquette and Chinese business etiquette.
2. Etiquette and cross-cultural misunderstandings.
3. Basic table manners in Western countries.
4. Job interview etiquette.




Sample - Oral Presentation Outline

Every student must hand in an outline to the teacher before giving her/his presentation. The outline must be printed on one page (A4 size page) and must contain the student number, the name of the student in English and in Chinese,  title of the topic and the basic points of the presentation. The font size must be Arial 9.

You will find a sample of an outline here.