2017 English Presentations Spring

Week 1

Classwork

Assessment


Week 2

Classwork

Homework

  • 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 self-introduction talk.
    • Do not write out your self-introduction. Only use notes, or an outline, or a mind map.
    • Look at the evaluation form before the next class, print out one copy, and bring it to the next class.

Week 3

Classwork

  • Review.
  • Self-introduction presentations. Please use the presentation evaluation form.
  • Group discussion about the Malcolm Gladwell talk. Please use these questions to help you talk about the presentation.
  • How to make a good introduction.
  • Using mind maps.
  • New partner interview activity.

Homework

  • Use a mind map to take notes about your partner.

  • Use your mind map to prepare a 4-5 minute talk about your new partner. Remember to prepare a good introduction and print out your mind map.


Week 4

Classwork

Homework

  • Watch the Dan Pink talk "The puzzle of motivation".
  • Make a mind map about what motivates you. Please try to use the free versions of Coggle or MindMup for your mind map. Remember not to include private information such as your name or student number or email in the mind maps. With Coggle you can have 3 private mind maps, and with MindMup everything is public.

  • Use the mind map to prepare a 4 minute presentation about what motivates you. Remember to have a proper introduction and use concrete details.


Week 5

Classwork

Homework

  • Watch 2 TED talks of your own choosing.
  • Use Coggle or Mindmup or any other mind mapping app to take notes about what the speakers did well and what the speakers did not do well. Some of the things you might want to consider include:
    • Introduction and hook.
    • Use of examples.
    • Concrete details.
    • Short stories and jokes.
    • Slides and what they explained.
    • Eye contact, posture, hand gestures, and movement around the stage.
    • How they concluded their talk.
  • Remember, you need to use a mind mapping app this week. If you can't understand how to do something, Google it.
  • Print out your mind maps and bring them to class.

Week 6

Homework
  • Make a mind map about what motivates your classmates to study at YNU and use it to prepare a 5 minute presentation. Remember you want to have a good hook and use concrete details and examples.

Week 7

Classwork

  • Review.
  • What do you think are important criteria for this presentation?
    • In your groups, come up with a list of 5-10 criterion that you will use to provide feedback to your classmates.
  • Informal motivation presentations.
  • Using concrete details and examples.
Homework
  • Watch the Ken Robinson talk "Do schools kill creativity?"
  • Make a mind map of Ken Robinson's key (important) ideas.
  • Take notes about what you like and don't like about his presentation. What does he do well? What does he do that is not so good? You can include your notes in your mind map.
  • Your mind map should have a minimum of 5 main nodes with at least 3 child nodes with multiple sub-child nodes.

Please use the email address I give you in class to upload your mind map. Please follow these directions:

  • Make sure to carefully check your mind map for correct information and spelling.
  • Name (save) your file this way: assigned student number_Week7_MindMap
  • Save your file as a PDF. If you don't know how to do this, please Google to learn how to do this.
  • Attach it the file to the email.
  • It must be sent by Monday, June 5, 06:59.

    • Below is an example of how your mind map might look:

Week 8

Classwork

Homework

  • Make a mind map about your 2 best learning experiences and use it to prepare a 5-6 minute talk, focussing on using concrete examples and details. This will be your second midterm presentation. Upload it to the usual address.

Make sure you name your file correctly or you will not get credit for the work.


Week 9

Classwork

  • Presentations about best learning experiences. Please use this evaluation form.

Homework

  • Look at the Presentation Zen website to prepare for our next class. Carefully read about what makes a good slide.

  • Watch the first 15 minutes of Steve Jobs introducing the iPhone in 2007. You only need to watch the first 15 minutes. Don't worry about understanding what he is saying (there are no Japanese subtitles). Focus on his slides and how they are designed, and how they help him communicate his ideas.

  • Be ready to explain what makes a good slide for a presentation.

Week 10

Classwork

Homework

  • Design and produce 3 slides that you could use in your best learning experiences presentations. Print them out and bring them to class.
  • Be ready to give your best learning experiences presentations again using your 3 slides.

Week 11

Classwork

  • Review.
  • Presentations using slides.
  • More practice with concrete examples and details.

Homework

  • Think about your worst learning experiences.
  • Make a mind map and use it to prepare a 6 minute talk for the next class. This will be your third midterm presentation.
  • Make 5 slides that you can use in your talk. Print them out and bring them to class.

Week 12

Classwork

Homework

  • Begin thinking about a problem that Japanese university students have that needs a solution.
  • Find information that shows that the problem is real and affects Japanese university students. Find information that supports your solution.
  • Make a mind map that describes the problem and includes solutions. Print out your mind map and bring it to class.
  • Email me your mind map as a PDF. Name your file correctly and use your assigned student number. The file name is student number_Week12_Homework.

Week 13

Classwork

  • Explaining your problem and solutions to your classmates.
  • Question asking practice.
  • Mind map critiques.

Homework

  • Revise your mind maps based on the feedback you received in class. You will use your mind map to prepare a 7-8 minute presentation about your problem and solution.
  • Make sure that you have concrete details and examples about the problem and solutions.
  • Make five to seven slides to explain your ideas and print them out.

Week 14

Classwork

Homework

  • Revise your presentations based on the feedback you receive from your classmates. Practice and prepare for the final round of presentations in the next class.

Week 15

  • Final presentations second round.