Week 15 (January 30)
Week 14 (January 23)
- Revise your presentations based on the feedback you received in class.
- You should have 5 slides. No more. No less.
Week 13 (January 16)
- Presenting reasons and solutions practice.
- finding out which of your topics is most interesting for your peers.
- Prepare a 7-8 minute presentation on your problem.
- Prepare a maximum of 5 slides.
- Make sure the introduction has a hook, topic statement, and overview.
- The body should explain the problem, provide evidence, and have "real world" solutions.
- The conclusion should be a short summary of the problem and solution.
Week 12 (January 9)
- Happy new year.
- Important dates and scheduling.
- Final presentations: problem or issue/solution talk.
- Brainstorm 10 problems or issues about your education at YNU.
- For each problem or issue, make it focused and narrow. Don't choose a topic like English education at YNU.
- For example, rather than say students don't have enough opportunities to talk with each other in class, say " teachers do not use enough group work activities that have clear goals".
- Based on what you did in class, come up with 3 focused and narrow problems or issues that interest you.
- For each issue or problem, provide 5 reasons that explain why the topic is important. You could explain how it affects you and your peers' future.
- For each problem or issue, come up with 3-5 concrete solutions.
- Start searching the web for information about your topic. Make sure to take notes.
- Please use the worksheet and after completing it, print out 2 copies and bring them to class.
Week 11 (December 19)
- Midterm presentations round 2. Please use the evaluation form.
Week 10 (December 12)
- Midterm presentations round 1. Please use the evaluation form.
- Based on the feedback you received from your classmates, revise your presentation.
- Extend your presentation to 5-6 minutes by adding additional information about your hometown.
Week 9 (December 5)
- Writing practice.
- Checking mind maps.
- Using specific details and examples.
- Note taking practice.
- Prepare a 4-5 minute presentation about your hometown.
- Use a mind map for your notes.
- Make sure you have an introduction that includes:
- An interesting hook.
- A topic statement.
- An overview of your talk.
- Print out 2 copies of your final mind map.
- Remember that this presentation will count for approximately 20% of your final grade.
Week 8 (November 28)
- Writing feedback papers.
- Small talk practice.
- Practice using mind maps for presentation notes.
- Practice using mind maps for note taking.
- Try using a computer or mobile device mind mapping app. For example:
- Add more nodes with concrete information about your hometown.
- Make sure you have a node for your introduction that includes child nodes for the hook, topic statement, and overview.
- Learn how to printout your mind map. If you can't print out your mind map, take a screenshot and print that out.
- Print out two copies of your mind map. Leave space to write in your name and assigned number by hand.
Please bring your laptop computers to the next class.
Week 7 (November 21)
- Review of introductions.
- Review of mind mapping.
- Checking your mind map.
- Making sure your introduction is properly structured.
- Introduction presentations.
- Abstract and concrete language.
- Finish the abstract and concrete language worksheet.
- Revise your mind maps so that third level child nodes use concrete language.
- Add 2 nodes to the second level nodes.
- Make sure that your mind map has at least 5 second level nodes.
- Print out or make 2 copies of your mind map and bring them to the next class.
- Remember we will have class in 7-301 for the rest of the semester.
Week 6 (November 14)
Important: We will have class in 7-301. Please remember to bring your laptop computers (ノート PC).
- Review and homework check.
- Writing practice for your hometown presentation.
- This activity is very important.
- This is a graded assignment.
- I will check your work for grammar.
- Check your TOEFL ITP score.
- Mind mapping your introduction and practicing your introductions.
- Add more concrete details and examples to your mind map. Each child node should have 2-3 child nodes.
- Be prepared to present your introduction next week. Remember, only the introduction will be presented next week.
- Print out 2 copies or make 2 copies of your mind map and bring them to class. I will be grading your mind maps.
Week 5 (November 7)
- Review the guide to introductions.
- Vocabulary check.
- Practicing hooks for a presentation about your first day at YNU.
- Find a quote online that you can use.
- Tell a story.
- Tell a joke.
- Ask a question.
- Make a strong statement.
- Give an example.
- State a fact.
- Make a list.
- Brainstorming words and phrases to use when talking about your home town.
- Make a mind map about your home town with a minimum of 5 parent nodes, each with a minimum of 4 child nodes. Bring your mind map to class next week.
Week 4 (October 31)
- Read the guide to introductions and make sure you understand it.
Week 3 (October 24)
Group discussion about the Malcolm Gladwell talk. Please use these questions to help you talk about the presentation.
Partner introductions. Please use the evaluation form.
How to make a good introduction.
- Make sure you take notes. You will need them for the next presentation.
- Prepare a 4 minute presentation about one of your family members. Make sure to have a proper introduction based on your class notes.
Week 2 (October 17)
- Self introduction presentations. Please use the evaluation form
- Useful phrases sheet
- How to watch TED talks.
- Watch the Malcolm Gladwell talk "Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce".
- Take notes while you watch the talk. What does he do that makes his presentation good?
- What does he do that makes his presentation not so good.
- Bring your notes to class.
- Prepare a 3 minute partner introduction talk.
- Do not write out your partner introduction talk. Only use notes, or an outline, or a mind map.
- For guidance, look at some of the topics in the Week 1 homework.
Week 1 (October 10)
- Icebreaking activities.
- Course syllabus.
- Prepare a 3 minute self-introduction talk.
- Do not write out your self-introduction. Only use notes, or an outline, or a mind map.
- Talk about:
- Where you are from.
- Your family.
- Your best friend(s)
- Your hobbies.
- Favorite music.
- Favorite movies.
- Favorite food and drinks.
- Favorite classes and teachers.
- Countries you want to visit.
- Your dream.