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January 7th Lesson

Dear students,
Please come to class prepared. For homework, you will need to download the print below and read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Choose a case study, summarise it, and report it to your class.
http://www.eflclub.com/rikkyo/humanrights2.pdf

Your final presentation will either be;

A) a summary of one of the case studies on the BBC website related to the thirty articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including your personal opinion (URL address on download print above).

or

B) the application of one of the thirty articles of the UDHR (Universal Declaration of Human Rights) to a personal concern of yours.

This final presentation should be between six and eight minutes, and you will be presenting alone. It is worth 30 percent of your final grade.

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

December 17th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will present about globalization in groups or alone. Please speak for at least three minutes per person, and try to make eye contact by not reading.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

December 10th lesson

Dear students,
Our final topic will be on globalization. If you would like to read about this topic in advance in English, the website below is very good.
http://www.globalization101.org/issues-in-depth
You may also want to use this site to plan your presentation on December 17th. For this presentation, you may be solo, or group, and you may choose your group members if you are presenting as a group. (Each member of the group will score the same number of points).
There will be two handouts for this lesson (Your teacher will bring them).
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

December 3rd lesson

Dear students,
Today you will give presentations in groups of three about the media. As usual, each person should talk for at least three minutes. Please don`t copy other people`s words, and try not to read too much. You should include your survey and results as part of your presentation. All group members will score equally for this presentation.
If you missed last week`s lesson, you will have to seek out fellow absentees and work with them to finalize your talk. Also, if it is possible, please conduct a survey by contacting your classmates at a convenient moment.
In the following week, our final topic (of four class assignments) will be globalization.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

November 26th lesson

Dear students,
Your next presention will be on December 3rd about media.
There will be no downloads for today's lesson. You will form groups, choose a topic, and do a survey related to your topic in class. This information should reveal a tendency, preference, usage, for example, about your chosen topic. You should present this information in class the following week ideally in graphical form. The purpose of this exercise is for you to practice interpreting graphical information as part of your presentation.
You may choose who to work with, or you can ask me to make random groups for you.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

November 19th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will make your second presentation on language. Please make sure to speak for at least three minutes per person.
The following week (November 26th), you will talk about media, choose your topic, and begin to prepare your presentation outside of class. Then on the 3rd of December you should be ready to practice your presentation in class. The 12th of December will be the date of your third presentation.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

November 12th class

Dear students,
Today you will finalize your second presentation on language.
We now have a tentative schedule for the rest of the semester:
November 19th; presentation 2
December 3rd; presentation 3
December 12th; presentation 4
January 14th / 21st final 6-8 minute solo presentation.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

December 7th is test day!

Dear students:
As has been announced to you in spring, you are scheduled to take the second TOEIC-IP test on December 7th.  You will be receiving a postcard of notification from the university which is also the Admission Ticket for the exam (受験票,jukenhyoRead the instructions on the card carefully, and make sure you keep it in a safe place.  You must bring your admission ticket with you on the day of the exam.
Kind regards, Chris Elvin

October 22nd lesson (not the 15th, sorry!)

Dear students,
Today you have your first of four class presentation assignments. You should speak for at least three minutes each, and I will provide feedback for each group. Individually, I will mark holistically and give you feedback as a score out of ten. Furthermore, you should aim to pass each of the eight criteria that I told you about in a previous lesson.
One other point is please state your sources. You do not necessarily need to write like a thesis, but you do need to tell your audience where you got your information from. This will add credibility to your presentation and help the audience tell what is your opinion and what is someone else's.
I hope all will go well today.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Dear students,
There is no class on the 15th October, sorry.
My post originally had the 15th as the date, but that was a mistake!

Fashion presentations

Dear students,
On October 8th, please prepare your presentations (writing, editing, checking with your teacher, memorizing, practicing). You may use presentation software if you wish. On October 2nd you will have your first of four assignment presentations, which will be worth 10 points.
Last semester, students were assessed on eight criteria; two each presentation. This semester, however, I think holistic marking may work just as well, if not better. Regardless, I will provide feedback after you present.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

October 1st lesson

Dear students,
Thank you for coming to class today.
I think you all have a good understanding of how to present.
For the October 1st lesson, we will discuss design and fashion. Please think about what aspect of design or fashion you are interested in. You may bring resources (books, magazines, web pages, etc.) to class about your topic of interest. In this lesson, you should have time to start organizing your group presentation, so you will need to find like-minded people to work with.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

June 4th lesson

Dear students,
Your next topic is social issues which you should present on June 11th. As you will be assessed on fluency and delivery soon, why don`t  you consider preparing an electronic posterpresentation using software such as Microsoft Powerpoint? If you have been reading up to now, this might be an effective way to communicate directly with the audience.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

May 28th Lesson

Dear students,
In today`s lesson, please come prepared to give your presentation.
Also, why don`t you think ahead to our next topic which will be social issues. I welcome your suggestions beforehand.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

May 14th presentation class

Dear students,
Today is your first of four presentations. The topic is communication. Please talk for between two to three minutes per person. Of the eight categories that you will be assessed on (fluency, accuracy, organization, delivery, pronunciation, posture, eye contact, and content), period 1 students will be assessed on organization and posture, period 2 students will be assessed on organization and eye contact.
Please come to class prepared, and good luck!

May 7th lesson

Today please bring your resources to class in order to prepare for your communication presentations. Your presentation should include some research and some critical thinking.
Good luck!

April 30th lesson

Dear students,
Our four topics for this semester will be communication, environment, social issues, and education.
Today, you will elaborate on last week's topic of your hometown by giving specific details about your three hometown subtopics. These details will make up the body of your speech.
You will also prepare for your communication speeches, so please try to think of a narrow topic within the communication field to do some reasearch and planning. Your speech should include some opinions of the experts and also of your own. At the very least you should have some idea on what your communication topic will be.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Semester topics

Dear students,
Thank you for coming to class today, and thank you for accessing the blog. Next week, we will use the textbook and also choose presentation topics. We will probably have time to do four out of six topics in one semester. The topics are: communication, education, social issues, environment, technology, and values. Ideally, I would like both of my presentation classes to choose the same four topics, as one blog is shared by two classes.
See you next week,
Chris Elvin

Welcome to Chris Elvin's Rikkyo University spring 2013 semester blog.

Hello new students.
Please subscribe to this blog, or access it before class. Sometimes (not every week) I will post messages about class, links, downloads, and other information for your course. If you did not receive a course outline, you may download one here: http://www.eflclub.com/rikkyo/P1Syllabus2013Elvin.doc http://www.eflclub.com/rikkyo/P1Syllabus2013Elvin.pdf
Kind regards, Chris Elvin