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Studies in English – presentation guidelines

Here are some guidelines for the June 29th presentations. This post will be updated from time to time. Please come back and visit again to check for the latest updates.


  1. Presentations must be in English. BUT remember your audience! Help them understand by translating key words or giving a glossary 用語集
  2. Presentations must be not shorter than 2 minutes and not longer than 3 minutes.
  3. Presentations may be in groups, BUT consult with me about this.
  4. Your purpose is to educate your classmates:
    1. tell them something they did not know
    2. connect your presentation to the class topic of linguistics.
  5. Please do not kill us with Powerpoint! Do not read what is on your slides! We can read!
Death by Powerpoint
Death by Powerpoint. Please don’t! (Cartoon from English@kkc) http://ncowie.wordpress.com/category/oral-presentations/page/2/


How will I evaluate your presentations? See the chart below. Click on the image to see a larger version. You can also download a pdf version here:  DWC_Presentation_rubrics.

I will use 6 categories to evaluate you:

  1. Grammar
  2. Vocabulary
  3. Fluency and pronunciation
  4. Voice and non-verbal
    1. how loudly and clearly you speak;
    2. eye-contact; gestures and posture;
    3. visual aids, e.g. handouts or Powerpoint slides)
  5. Sense of audience
    1. do you think about your audience?
    2. Do you help them to understand?
  6. Content/organization
    1. is your presentation logically organized so that it is easy for the audience to follow and understand?
    2. Did you show understanding of the key concepts?
    3. Did you compare your book or story or chapter with the textbook?
    4. Did you keep to the time limit, or was your presentation too short or too long?

    DWC_Presentation_rubrics PNG
    DWC_Presentation_rubrics PNG

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Research in English II Session #13: January 8th, 2010

Alice Springs, Northern Territory
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Welcome back, everyone, to the first of our last two classes in 2010.

Important announcement: the makeup class scheduled for Wednesday Jan. 13th has been cancelled. Instead, there will be class as usual on Friday, Jan. 15th.

Here is the lesson plan for today:

  1. I return the remaining #2 reports.
  2. Review of the criteria I use to evaluate your writing
    1. conventions of writing: sentence and paragraph structure, punctuation, etc.
    2. Vocabulary: rich, precise, correctly used.
    3. Grammar: basic and advanced structures, word order
    4. Organization: logically organized, correct use of paragraphs
    5. Originality: have you used your own words? Do you have interesting ideas or approaches?
    6. Academic writing:
      1. formal register:
        1. avoid “I”; your writing should be impersonal and objective;
        2. avoid contractions like “don’t”;
        3. be precise in your use of words
      2. citations (“according to ….”, (Krashen, 2003), etc.
      3. references / bibliography, including websites and the date visited
      4. opposing arguments (both sides of an issue)
      5. logical thinking
  3. What does “discuss” mean?  Discuss – requires an answer that explains an item or concept, and then gives details about it with supportive information, examples, points for and against, and explanations for the facts put forward. It is important to give both sides of an argument and come to a conclusion.
  4. Topics for January, and details of the final exam.
  5. Australia quiz. Who or what are these (answer in 1 or 2 sentences):
    1. Alice Springs
    2. the Great Barrier Reef
    3. Canberra
    4. Stolen generation
    5. White Australia policy
    6. Pavlova
    7. vegemite
    8. Lamingtons
    9. RFDS
    10. Uluru
    11. Broome
    12. Bush tucker
    13. didgeridoo
    14. APEC
    15. What does Australia export apart from beef?
    16. How many foreign students does Australia have?
    17. Where did the new settlers who came to Australia in 2001-2 come from?
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