Explaining a process
A process is a series, a sequence, an orderly progression.
One step or event follows another: first this; then that; then something else.
We explain a process to:
1) describe how to make or do something
2) describe how something works
Name the process.
Where did you learn about the process?
Why is the process interesting, ie why would someone want to learn about it?
Present each step of the process clearly and in sequence.
Use transitional expressions to make the sequence easy to follow and add interest.
Summarize the results of the process or make a final suggestion.
Tips for an effective presentation
- Be sure to complete the process; don’t omit any steps.
- Use language that allows everyone to understand what you are talking about.
- Prepare your presentation thoroughly. Practice it in front of someone.
- Use cue cards with brief notes. Don’t read your presentation word for word.
- Use pictures, charts or other visuals to help illustrate the process.
- Prepare and photocopy a list of specialized vocabulary, if necessary.
Transitional Expressions for Explaining a Process
Beginning a Process Continuing a Process Ending a Process
(at) first second, third step finally
initially until to conclude
begin by after(ward) (and) lastly
as soon as