Re: (teach) Re: oral english ideas
- Hi Ryan,
I too have found mini-debates to be successful in the larger classes as well as other activities. Here is one that seems to work well in smaller classes.
I ask the students to prepare a 5-minute presentation describing their home town or their favorite town. Along with the speech they are to prepare a collage about the town. Two or three students give their presentations each week. Each week, at the end of the presentations I put the collages on the walls.The students know this in advance. I've used this activitiy now with over 300 students and they seem to like it for several reasons. They gain confidence in speaking because they know the subject matter well, they get to use their creative juices, and they take pride in being able to answer the questions that always come up later from other students as they observe the art work over the rest of the term. Also, students from other classes often stop by and look at the art work.
I haven't tried brain-storming but plan to do so soon.
Nanjing Normal University
- Some students have difficulty paying attention when others are doing
presentations. One thing that perks them up a little bit is giving them
a task to do related to the presentation. It can be to observe and rate
it in a simple way.
Students can give one point for each of the following items:
Explain why it is an important subject
Explain the parts of the presentation
Say how long it will take
Say if the audience should interrupt with questions or wait until end
Signpost to Body
Makes point 1 clearly
Makes point 2 clearly
Makes point 3 clearly
Signpost to Conclusion
Summary of what was stated with no new points
Question and answer
That is just some very simple and basic points on doing a presentation
(and presentations don't have to follow that format). Of course, it is
also important how each part is done but this is simple enough to keep
everyone awake and tuned in to what is being said.