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January 12th lesson

Dear students,
Today is your final presentation and it is worth three times the normal class presentations. Please be well prepared and do your best.
Recently, some of you have been forgetting to write an introduction, perhaps because the topic was discussed in the previous week. Regardless, you should still introduce your topic appropriately to get the audience interested.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

December 15th lesson

Dear students,
Today is your fourth of four class presentations. The topic is globalization, and you should speak for at least three minutes.

During the winter vacation, you should prepare for your final presentation, which will take place on either January 12th or January 19th. Everybody should be ready on the 12th; the order of the speakers will be chosen at random. This time,  you should speak for at least five minutes. The topic can be either human rights or language, and you will present your speech alone.
After you finish your globalization presentation on December 15th and if there is time, please show me your map or outline or speech or slides of your final presentation, as I might be able to offer some advice.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

December 8th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will prepare for presentation 4, globalization, which you will present on December 15th. You may be a pair or solo. Please bring your materials to class and let me see your outline, slides, notes or script.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

November 24th lesson

Dear students,
Today is the third of your four class presentation assignments; the media. It is worth ten points.
I am looking forward to hearing your professional and polished presentations.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

November 17th lesson

Dear students,
Today you may prepare for the following week, presentation 3 (media). Please show me your slides and speeches or notes. You may be in a group, a pair, or solo. Rembember to be new and interesting, to think critically about your topic, and to research thoroughly.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

October 27th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will deliver your second presentation about fashion or design. You should speak for three minutes or more, have effective slides (two or three per minute is a good pace), speak clearly and accurately, make eye contact regularly, and be interesting.
You will be assessed on content (what you say) and delivery (how you present it).
Good luck!
Chris Elvin

October 20th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will discuss about fashion and design, either in small groups or in pairs.
Please download the worksheets below and bring then to class.

download design and fashion 1

download design and fashion 3

After you have talked about fashion and design, you will start to prepare your second presentation in groups of about three people, which you will present on October 27th. The assessment criteria for this presentation will be delivery (five points) and content (five points).
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin
PS. If you subscribe to Netflix, there is an interesting documentary about fast fashion that you may like to watch; "The True Cost".

October 13th lesson

Dear students,
Today is your first of four in-class assignment presentations. It is worth ten points. There will be about twenty minutes at the beginning of the lesson for you to prepare and have me check your slides or speeches if you wish.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

October 6th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will prepare in your group for the following week's presentation. Each member of your group should speak for at least three minutes. On October 13th, I will assess your presentation based on the mechanical skills that you would have practised last semester.
1) to speak for three minutes or more
2) to make eye contact regularly with your audience
3) to speak English clearly
4) to have attractive slides which support your speech, which are without spelling or grammar mistakes
5) to present new and interesting information to your audience, which is well researched, and which shows your clear opinion of the topic.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

July 7th Final Presentations

Dear students,
Today and July 14th, you will deliver your final five-minute presentation. It is unfair on others if you are not ready for today; therefore please all be ready. If you are not ready, you will be penalized.
The topic of your final presentation is anything you want - free.
You must speak for at least five minutes.
Your presentation is solo.
You should say something that the audience would like to hear; be new and interesting.
The order of your speeches will be random.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

June 30th lesson

Dear students,
Today is the last of four 10-point presentations before your 30-point final presentation in July. You should make sure that your slides are professional and error free, and if you haven`t been communicating with your eyes, please do so.
Good luck!
Chris Elvin

June 23rd lesson

Dear students,
Today you will prepare for presentation IV in pairs, that you will deliver on June 30th. If you have free time, you should also work on your final presentation, which is worth 30 points, and which you should present on either the 7th or 14th of July.
If you wish, let me check either your outline, or slides, or script, of presentation IV or your final presentation.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

June 16th lesson

Dear students,
Today is presentation III - social issues. Please remember to speak clearly, with eye contact on your audience, have good visuals and well explained graphs, and to say something interesting that your listeners would like to hear. You should speak for at least three minutes per person and you should conduct yourself in a professional manner.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

June 9th lesson

Dear students,
Today you should prepare for next week`s third presentation assignment on social issues. You may work either alone or with one or two partners. The maximum number is three per group.
The assessment criteria for the next two presentations will be different from the first two; You will be awarded five points for professionalism and five points for content.
Professionalism in one`s presentation includes being well organized, speaking English clearly; having meaningful, stylish and effective slides in English without spelling or grammar mistakes; having good audience communication including with one`s eyes; and showing good manners.
Content refers to your ideas. You should be well researched and your information should be new and interesting to most of your audience. You should also tell or show the audience where you got your material from, either orally or by showing them in a slide in your conclusion.
If you want me to check your slides for mistakes, or to offer advice o…

June 2nd lesson

Dear students,
Today you will do your second class assignment by delivering a presentation about education. The criteria are the same as last time; speak for three minutes or more, make eye contact with the audience, speak clearly, be new and interesting, and show clear and effective visuals.
You should try to focus on your weak points from last time, and try to get the maximum of ten points.
Good luck!
Chris Elvin

May 26th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will learn a little about conclusions by reading your textbook. After that you should get ready for the following week`s presentation on education. Please remember to speak for three minutes or longer, to have good visuals, to make eye contact, and to say something new and interesting.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

May 19th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will deliver your first presentation. You should speak for at least three minutes per person. You may use presentation software (bring a USB stick, or log on to your Rikkyo account), or you could just use large sheets of paper.
You will be assessed on length of presentation (3 minutes or more), eye contact, topic interest (new and interesting to class), the clarity of your speaking, and the quality of your visuals.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

May 12th lesson

Dear students,
Last lesson you learned about giving evidence, transitions, and the importance of visuals. You will now soon be ready to present. You should have gathered information about your topic, communication, with members of your group for homework, and today you will assimilate your information to get ready for your first presentation next week.
Please show me your idea, outline, script, or graph, and I will offer advice. If you want to use presentation software, please do; it will make your presentation look professional. Your presentation should include at least one graph or chart that one of you should explain.
I am looking forward to your speeches.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

May 5th class

Dear students,
Today you will carry on with the textbook. You will learn about body paragraphs and transitions. If there is time, you will start to prepare a communication presentation in groups.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

April 28th lesson

Dear students,
Today you will work a little bit more with the textbook before preparing another casual presentation. There are no downloads for today`s lesson.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

April 21st lesson

Dear students,
I have been told that we HAVE TO use a textbook for classes in the first semester. Consequently, we have no other option but to use "Speaking of Speech", which is the default choice for teachers who don't want to use a textbook. I'm sorry about that, and sorry for causing you trouble at the book store!
We will use the book on Tuesday, a little.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Presentation topics

Dear students,
Our presentation topics for the semester are: communication, educaton, social issues, and environment. Next Tuesday, you will discus communication before planning your presentations.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin