Integrating Technology in the Second Language Classroom

Jean LeLoup & Bob Ponterio 
SUNY Cortland 
© 2007

Creating a PowerPoint presentation (Office 2003)

Getting started

Find the PowerPoint icon and launch the program. 

Choosing a presentation mode

Create a new presentation using the 

Blank presentation

option.  Press OK.

Blank presentation

After choosing Blank presentation, you get a window that allows you to select from templates for type of presentation and presentation design, much like in the Template window.  You can preview all of these before choosing them. 

Choosing a layout

Template for a Title slide

Add a Title slide as your first slide.

Add a title and subtitle by clicking in the appropriate fields and typing your text.

We'll call our presentation "Victor Hugo". Include your name in the subtitle field.

Note that you may modify the font through the Format menu as you would in a word processor.

Insert a New Slide through either the Insert / New Slide menu or by clicking on the New Slide button.

Select the outline slide with bulleted entries.

As you did before, add your text to give your new slide a title and add 3-4 pieces of information in the bulleted text area.

We'll use the title: "Hugo's Life" and add bullets for:

  • Born 1802
  • Wrote
  • Died 1885
Now insert a slide with graphics and bulleted text.
Add a title.  e.g. "Literary works".

Add some bulleted information:

  • Cromwell (1827)
  • Hernani (1830)
  • Notre-Dame de Paris (1831)
  • Les châtiments (1853)
  • Ruy Blas (1838)
  • Les contemplations (1856)
  • Les misérables (1862)
Add a graphic such as clip art by following the directions on the slide.

Add a final slide with a catchy title such as "the end".

Include a photo: de/hugo.html

A number of different views of your presentation will help you work effectively.  The views may be selected through the view buttons at the bottom of your pesentation window or through the View menu at the top of your PowerPoint window.
  • Normal view
  • Outline view - easier to edit typed information
  • Slide view - best idea of how the final slide will look.
  • Slide sorter view - see all slides and move slides around
  • Slide show - run your presentation with any animations and effects
Add a Background to your slides by selecting a slide and choosing Format / Background or simply right-click on the background of a slide and select Background.  Change the color of the background and apply the color to all of your slides.

If you wish, add additional information under a bulleted item by indenting it to the next level.


Insert a sound on a slide by recording your voice.

Use the menu Insert / Movies and Sounds / Record Sound. A simple sound recorder lets you record from your microphone and give the sound a name. Note that sound inserted in this maner will not be compressed, so it will take up a LOT of space. Much more than mp3 format.

There are many other ways to include sound or movies from Clip Organizer, from files, or from a CD. See articles below for including sound as narration (Slide Shor / Record Narration), using mp3 sounds, changing the actin settings of sound buttons, playing sound in the background, etc.


 Special effects

PowerPoint in the classroom :
PowerPoint Tutorials (Electric Teacher) :
PowerPoint And Sound by Indezine :
Introduction to Sound for PowerPoint Presentations :
Designing Self-Guided PowerPoint Presentations :

PowerPoint Tutorial: Adding Sound to a PowerPoint Show :

Sound Clips for PowerPoint Presentations in Midi Format :

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