Some tips for your next presentation

Week 7 already! You only have 7 days of class left for this term. Is everyone ready for their Spring Break? 🙂

As was announced in class today, your final presentation will be on a topic of your choice. Please follow the handout guidelines, and make sure you hand in the required work on time.

I have some tips for you for the next presentation. I hope this will help to inspire some of you to get creative and original with your presentations. Here it goes…

1. Use a variety of sentences.

Try to use a variety of sentences, and focus on the length of sentences. If your sentence is too long, it may be difficult for the audience to follow you. Use short sentences or different sentence structures. This will help the audience to understand you. It is also advantageous for you because you do not have to forget what you are supposed to say in one sentence!

2. Use action words

Try to use action verbs or phrases. This will keep the audience’s interest high. Action words/phrases are like… develop, create, produce, lead, facilitate etc.

3. Tell personal stories

The greatest way to connect with your audience is to share something about yourself. It doesn’t mean you should tell the biggest secret of your life to everyone! However, sharing an experience of yours will help the audience to get to know you, and to connect with you better.

4. Use positive adjectives

Positive words can stimulate our  imagination and keep our attention. Too many negative words can make the audience sleepy, sad, or uninterested. However, be careful not to use the same words over and over again.

5. Use emotional words

This is probably another great way to connect with the audience AND have them remember your presentation. The emotion that is created does not matter – it can be happy, sad, exciting, upsetting etc. Presentations that provoke emotion are memorable. To create the “emotion,” you can ask the audience to imagine a situation. Remember how many of the TED talks ask the audience to “imagine a situation”? It’s a great trick to involve the audience!

If you have any other suggestions for a good presentation, feel free to leave a comment and share with the others!



Poster session videos

Excellent work making the posters and presenting/promoting your city! Everyone did very well in a very short period of time. It was interesting to see how creative everyone got 🙂

Here are the videos from the poster sessions:

311LS (1): Angela, Kazuo, Eva, Louis, Jisoo, Akiko

311LS (2): Anna, Yuting, Kiki, Nori, Weiyi, Ada, Ami, Taishi

Handouts by everyone uploaded!


Yes, Spring 1 is almost over! We only have two more weeks left. Time flies when you are having fun, right? 😉

The “Listening exercise handout” that everyone made has been uploaded! If you go to the “Resource” page, you will be able to see a list of them. There should be a link to the handout and answer key for each person. Please try them when you have the time! Everyone selected very interesting videos, and I think it will be worth watching.

Do ads promote gender stereotyping?

traditional_gender_stereotypes__by_thearchosaurking-d5e5ctdToday, we discussed about how media can stereotype gender in our society. We watched two videos:

Stereotyping?: Behavior differences between men and women

Fox News: Do ads promote gender stereotyping?

The Fox News video is much more difficult since Tucker and Margo both speak very fast. Think about what we discussed, and watch it several times. It might start getting easier for you to pick up some words.

For your homework this weekend, please watch the following video. Also, make two discussion questions. Please post those discussions questions here as a comment.

TED Talk: How movies teach manhood

In the talk, Colin Stokes talks about “Bechdel Test”. If you are interested in knowing more, you can click here. Stokes mentions that recent Disney movies have heroic females (like the movie “Brave”), but they don’t show role models for boys. He asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain.

Click here if you need the transcript

Do you agree/disagree with this? What do you know about the Disney movies you have watched?

Watch the TED Talk carefully for his details. Then, post your discussion questions. Please post your discussion questions in the comments by Sunday 9:00PM.


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