Mathematical Communication is a developing collection of resources for engaging students in writing and speaking about mathematics, whether for the purpose of learning mathematics or of learning to communicate as mathematicians.


The following pages are about having students communicate mathematics orally.

Things to consider before having students communicate mathematics orally.

  • Why do you want students to talk about math or give math presentations?

    If your objective is for students to learn math or to reduce math anxiety, consider having students talk informally about math rather than giving formal presentations. Most of the rest of this page assumes students will be giving formal presentations.

  • Specify the details of the assignments: timing, content, format (chalk? slides?), grading.
  • Set a rehearsal policy.
  • Provide guidance for giving effective presentations, for example by giving a presentation lecture or workshop and by pointing students to examples of good math presentations.
  • If students are giving slide presentations, point them to helpful LaTeX resources.

Logistics for presentations

Additional resources

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