Small Group English Class: Info and Tips

Marking Criteria

Your 6-minute presentations will be marked on:

  1. Clarity (how clear it can be understood)
  2. Insights and Creativity: (does it reveal interesting info, practical suggestions, and new ways of viewing the world)
  3. Effort to Improve: (are you actually getting better?)
  4. Use of Time: (are you on time, overtime, or undertime?)
  5. Use Of Technology: (logical arrangement of information, good choice of images and graphics, advanced functions of PowerPoint, solution to connectivity issues)

Pointers and Suggestions

  • Highlighting practical value
    • Highlight what the audience should learn or what action they should take based on your message.
    • If you don’t budget enough time for your conclusion, it may be extremely rushed, and your final message (the most important part) will be drowned out. Worse, you might get cut off and not be able to even start talking about the practical value!
  • Number of slides and time
    • Don’t use too many slides – create a reasonable amount, and if you see opportunities to reduce, cut out slides you don’t need. This relates to balancing time out between each slide. A common mistake is to zip fast through the first few slides, then spend too long a time on the last few. What a waste of your hard work!
    • Relax, stay calm, and spend the correct amount of time on each slide
  • Avoid using too many unfamiliar terms
    • If you do, provide a brief explanation. eg:
      • Speaker: “VOCs are one of the most common types of indoor air pollution”
      • Audience: (VO… whats?)
      • Speaker: “VOC stands for volatile organic compounds…”
      • Audience: (Volatile orgasm compass? Who..? What…? Is this even the right meeting..?)
      • Speaker: “‘Volatile’ means its a chemical that evaporates at low temperature. Think of alcohol, acetone, benzene, etc. Usually, volatile organic compounds are bad for our health.”
      • Audience: “Aha…volatile orgasm compasses are bad for our health…”
      • Speaker: “No…I….what…?”
  • Practice correct pronunciation of difficult terms
    • You might not be sure how a certain new expression or term is read out and said, especially highly technical terms. Try get some feedback from your friends – if you have no friends, then what can you do? Google Translate can be your friend, and provide quite accurate renderings of any word, as well as a source of endless entertainment:

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