Speaking Skills


Academic debating at university, debate phrases and key processes. Click here.


 Academic presentations, signposting language and delivery tips.  Click here.


Seminars are small group discussions. Seminar phrases and advice. Click here.

Academic Speaking Phrases

Debates Phrases

A selection of the key language for debating.

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Presentation Phrases

A selection of key presentation phrases 

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Seminar phrases

A section of key phrases to use in seminars

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Discussion Topics

Easy level

  1. What do you do to relax?
  • Discuss…
  • Relax on your own or with others?
  • How do people in your country relax?
  • Parents relax?
  1. Should people buy or rent houses?
  • Discuss…
  • Benefits and drawbacks
  • Parents, friends, your future
  1. What is your favourite technology app?
  • Why?
  • How it works?
  • Other apps that are important to you


Medium Level:


What are the benefits of studying in another country in terms of quality of education, the cultural experience and future employment benefits?


From the perspective of children, their parents and grand-parents, what are the advantages of all three generations living together in one house?


In terms of cost comfort and convenience, which is a better way to travel by car or train?


Hard level: More academic discussion topics

A Foreign Language

From a personal, economic and social perspective, what effect can learning a foreign language have on your life?

Global population

How will the increasing global population affect people in their home, working and financial lives?


How could a move towards a greener environment affect countries economically, socially and politically?